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Band 7 - Highly Specialised Neonatal Speech and Language Therapist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Barnet/ Hamstead
£49,178 to £55,492 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 Sep 2023
This is a fantastic opportunity for an SLT who is passionate in supporting babies and families on the neonatal unit and beyond. Join the incredible Starlight Neonatal Unit--a hub of innovation and care. We're seeking dynamic SLT to support babies and families on the neonatal unit and beyond. Our unit has embraced Family Integrated Care, and we have also achieved Bronze status in the Bliss Baby Charter. We have begun our UNICEF Baby Friendly journey, aiming for level one. Be part of our team, dedicated to developmental support and family-centered care. Unleash your potential with us and help us redefine neonatal care. You will be part of a well-established neonatal therapy team. At Starlight/WestB6 we recognise the value and importance of breastfeeding and the provision of breastmilk in the neonatal unit. The successful candidate will be supported to complete their lactation training.

Main duties of the job

To manage and provide highly specialist assessment, differential diagnosis and therapeutic management of infants with dysphagia or developmental feeding and communication difficulties on the neonatal unit and provide cover to the acute paediatric ward as needed and on request.

To manage a designated caseload of neonatal inpatients producing a high standard of case notes and reports reflecting specialist neonatal knowledge.

To have acquired specialist skills in the areas of:
  • Complex neonatal dysphagia management
  • High risk infants
  • Support of lactation and breastfeeding including knowledge of the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Development of feeding and swallowing
  • Early communication and interaction
  • Family Integrated Care
  • Developmental care
  • Acute paediatric assessment and intervention skills

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

To demonstrate highly specialist clinical skills in the field of Neonatal Speech and Language Therapy and acute pediatrics

To deliver therapeutic input based on highly specialist theoretical and practical knowledge including appropriate clinical specialist skills.

To work collaboratively as part of the Neonatal multi-disciplinary team to ensure a high quality, effective and efficient service to support the infants feeding and early communication journey

To support and advocate best practice models of neonatal care such as Unicefs Baby Friendly Initiative, Family Integrated Care and Developmental Care as part of the wider multi-disciplinary team.

To work as part of the Neonatal multi-disciplinary team to create an embedded Neonatal Speech and Language Therapy service.

To actively contribute to service development within the Neonatal Speech and Language Therapy service and as part of the wider neonatal MDT

Person Specification

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & professional Qualifications


  • Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council - License to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate training in neonates
  • Postgraduate advanced accredited paediatric dysphagia training



  • Specialist level of clinical skills and knowledge in the assessment, differential diagnosis and management of complex paediatric feeding, swallowing and communication disorders.
  • Relevant postgraduate experience in the assessment and management of under ones.
  • Experience of SLT students at student clinical tutor and supervisor levels
  • Ability to work as part of multidisciplinary team


  • Relevant postgraduate experience in the acute setting
  • Experience of leading audit
  • Experience of training staff groups at all levels
  • Experience of observing in Video Fluoroscopy clinics

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Barnet / Hampstead

Barnet/ Hamstead


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