Camden Secondary ARPs - Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
21 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Speech & Language Therapist to secure a full-time permanent post with Camden Service for Young People (CSYP 11-19s). The post holder will be based 2 days in Camden's secondary-aged Additional Resource Provisions (ARPs) for students with complex autism, alongside 3 days in one of our mainstream secondary schools. You will hold a clinical caseload of young people with a range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), providing assessment, 1:1/group interventions and lunch clubs, as well as universal input including collaborating with staff, providing bespoke training on SLCN, and more.

Currently, Camden secondary schools and college settings commission additional time from our service on annual service level agreements. Subject to service needs, staff may be required to change settings after the initial 12 months, providing new opportunities for working in other well-established Camden or Whittington Health SLT teams.

Although this is a full-time post, part-time requests will be considered.

Main duties of the job

CSYP is a reputable, dynamic and innovative team working with young people aged 11-19+. From film making to youth offending, face to face and digital, we work with young people in projects and settings that mean the most to them.

We provide:

oCore offer of specialist assessment/advice for young people with SLCN living in or accessing education in Camden.

oTraded service offer where SLTs are bought in and embedded in the school team, providing universal, targeted and specialist clinical services.

oUniversal offer of training and capacity building through our award-winning Listen-EAR consultative model, centralised training, ELKLAN and Cygnet courses.

oHighly specialist services to additional resource provisions (ARPs), mental health settings, PRUs and neurodevelopmental diagnostic teams.

oSummer groups, including school leavers group, Afasic year 7 transition group, and Camden Summer University film making and animation course.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trustbelieves that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

In addition, Whittington Health offers many staff benefits, including flexible working opportunities, health and wellbeing employee benefits including gym discounts and bike loans, employee support including counselling services, performance appraisals, staff excellence awards and NHS discounts on high street brands and services. To find out more about My Trust benefits please

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Implement interventions and staff development at a whole school level including joint target setting and outcome monitoring.
  • Use specialist clinical expertise in the assessment, treatment and management of language and communication problems in children and young people, providing appropriate specialist assessment and intervention and evaluating outcomes in face to face and/or online sessions.
  • Use specialist knowledge in supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs underpinned by current evidence-based practice and outcome measures.
  • Make appropriate differential diagnoses and specialist clinical decisions on evidence from assessment of complex cases.
  • To use / apply specialist knowledge to inform sound clinical judgements/decision making for case management, developing clear care plans based on best practice.
  • Use an understanding of how to develop and differentiate the curriculum in subject areas and develop communication schemes of work for the student population alongside school staff.
  • Work with feeder schools/services to support effective transition of students into and out of the school/setting.
  • Provide advice to others regarding the management and care of children and young people with a wide range of SLCN, Learning Disabilities, SEMH and ASD and DLD.
  • Work closely with children/young people, carers and families, in order to agree plan of management.
  • Deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible.
  • Employ excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrate skills in motivating children/young people and /or carers to engage in the interventions, targets, and outcomes.
  • Employ counselling skills with carers/young people with highly complex needs.
  • Always maintain sensitivity to the emotional needs of children/young people when imparting potentially distressing information regarding the nature of the childs/young persons difficulties and implications of the same.
  • Manage children/young people with challenging behaviours including applying appropriate management strategies as designated by the commissioning provisions.
  • Monitor and review the progress of children/young people against the targets set and agreed, and to modify targets as appropriate.
  • Reflect on clinical practice both individually and with peers identifying strengths and needs and providing evidence of sound clinical judgements, based on research and evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current policies and practice in education and incorporate these into the model of working as appropriate e.g., the local offer.
  • Manage and prioritise a complex and specialist caseload under supervision, advising line manager on issues of service delivery including shortfall, service pressures etc.
  • Contribute to multi-agency assessment procedures as required, including Educational, Health and Social Care Plans.
  • Demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues and situations, recognising and resolving potential breakdown and conflict when it occurs.
  • Ensure that children/young people are referred to other services as appropriate.
  • Contribute to Whittington Healths systems of clinical governance, developing innovations in areas of risk management, quality standards setting and clinical effectiveness in collaboration with others.
  • Be accountable for professional action and recognising professional boundaries and working within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conduct.

  • Liaison and Teamwork:
  • Contribute to the function of clinical teams both multi disciplinary and uni disciplinary by discussing own and others input around children/young peoples needs ensuring a well co-ordinated care plan.
  • Liaise and share information with health, educational and other professionals as appropriate, observing data protection guidelines.
  • Contribute to meetings, annual reviews, case conferences and co-production meetings, as appropriate, contributing to inter-agency / multi-agency team building and policy development where appropriate, e.g., education, social services and the voluntary sector.
  • Provide clinical placements for undergraduate, post graduate and MSc students training to be speech and language therapists, as required.
  • Undertake any other duties as required by the Head of Speech and Language Therapy, which may include a change in workplace.
  • Carry out administrative duties including activity data collection, updating this accurately and regularly, ensuring the provision of such information promptly within local Trust guidelines and GDPR compliance.
  • Be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of equipment ensuring standards of infection control and safety are maintained including equipment loaned to clients.
  • Participate in annual appraisal ensuring that the objectives set reflect the Service, School and organisational plans.
  • Attend specialist short courses and advanced training in order to maintain and develop skills and knowledge required of a specialist SLT working in this field and maintain up to date HCPC and RCSLT registration.
  • Contribute to team meetings and participate in in-service training as required.

  • Person Specification



    • BSc. Speech Path or Equivalent (including Dip. CST)
    • HPC licence to practise, and Registered member of RCSLT


    • Successful completion of specialist post graduate study relevant to communication and specific speech and language disorders e.g., DLD, SLCN and SEMH, ELKLAN etc.
    • Attended training in any of the following: Counselling/SFBT/CBT/ELKLAN (is a licenced ELKLAN trainer)

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of working with young people with communication difficulties including with specific disorders e.g., autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, and Learning Difficulties and SEMH, post registration
    • Experience working at a specialist level with adolescents and/or clients with a range of speech, language and communication needs aged between 8-25
    • Experience of delivering training to a range of audiences e.g., teachers, teaching assistants and specialist education and health professionals.
    • Experience carrying out evidence-based projects/practice
    • Experience writing statutory assessment advice and awareness of SEN and Educational policies, EHC plans etc.
    • Experience setting and writing SMART targets and outcoming them


    • Experience attending case conferences, co-production meetings and reviews



    • Of a specialist range of assessment tools and procedures to evaluate communication, speech & language skills relevant to communication and specific speech and language disorders
    • Of a specialist range of direct and indirect interventions relevant to communication demonstrating the evidence base for these approaches
    • Of the key characteristics leading to a specialist differential diagnosis between SLCN/SEMH/DLD/LD/ASD
    • Of selecting, setting & evaluating specialist treatment goals
    • The application of specialist knowledge of local cultural, linguistic & demographic factors to the management of a multilingual caseload
    • Detailed knowledge of multi-disciplinary team approaches
    • Knowledge of effective models and approaches to support clients & carers with behaviours that concern, mental health needs or when young people are in high levels of distress
    • Development and implementation of short term clinically based projects with identifiable impacts or outcomes
    • Good understanding of clinical governance principles



    • Experience in communicating complex, sensitive information
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Skills in delivering presentations and training, including basic adaptations to presentation / training style for a range of audiences

    Other requirements


    • Flexibility
    • Ability to reflect on practice
    • Ability to reflect on and indicate training needs

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


    Acland Burghley School (ARP)

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