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Band 6/7 run-through Speech and Language Therapist

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £55,492 pro rata per annum including HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to offer this band 6/7 run-through SLT post working in Barnet mainstream and special schools. This role would be suitable for current band 6s wishing to develop their skills and progress to a band 7 role pending meeting competencies. We also welcome applications from experienced band 6s ready to take the step to band 7. Alternative working hours and patterns may be considered for this post.

You will work as part of a dynamic and innovative Integrated Therapy Team which includes Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Therapy Assistantsas well as SLTs.

You will deliver a Speech and Language Therapy Service to children and young people attending Barnet special schools and mainstream schools with communication difficulties. This post offers the amazing opportunity to receive dedicated dysphagia training and work through your dysphagia competencies if this is an area of interest.

You will work independently and with supervision and support, alongside a friendly, open, supportive and experienced therapy team to deliver assessment and intervention for children and young people with a range of complex communication difficulties, and to provide training and advice to empower their families and education staff.

Main duties of the job

See full job description and person specification for full details.

To provide a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy service to children and young people from birth to 19 years with speech, language and communication needs. The therapist will be required to work within settings including and not exhaustive of Special Schools, mainstream schools, clinics, and homes as required. This involves independent assessment, diagnosis and treatment for the designated caseload. This includes people from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds. You will work independently and alongside the supportive and experienced integrated therapy team.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:
  • To work in a collaborative manner with other agencies to ensure a seamless health care delivery for children and their
  • To carry out a specific caseload under the umbrella of universal, targeted or specialist therapy intervention and be responsible for organising and prioritizing a varied workload in line with the agreed Trust Priorities, policies and procedures and statutory
  • To assist other therapists in the team with the system of screening, prioritisation and allocation of cases within an agreed framework to include self-allocation and discharge
  • To carry out and record comprehensive assessments, using standardised assessments where possible. Initiate and follow through training, treatment plans and provision of services, which will foster independence and/or optimize levels of functioning, and holistic needs within own
  • Have working knowledge and ability to operate relevant IT systems, spreadsheets, word and email,
  • Liaise and exchange information, both informally and formally at case conferences with other therapy teams, disciplines and non-statutory organisations to ensure optimum intervention.
  • Offer expert support and advice to parents/carers in relation to therapy intervention and management of disability at home, school and in the local
  • Identify, source and provide standard and specialist equipment and identify functional needs within agreed priority frameworks, ensuring that clients/carers receive instruction in its
  • Accept responsibility for clients while under the care of therapy staff, safeguarding both the welfare of clients and
  • Allocate and supervise the work of junior staff on a regular basis to improve practice and identify training
  • Contribute to and participate in in-service training programmes, professional talks, lectures and working
  • To attend relevant lectures and courses, on a regular basis and maintain links with special interest groups to update and develop professional competence and promote evidence-based practice. This will include keeping a CPD
  • At all times to maintain high standards of confidentiality with regard to client and
  • To participate as a member of the team and to share information with team members
  • To liaise, plan, coordinate with, and refer to other professional staff and agencies as appropriate to provide and integrated service to the
  • Adhere to Code of Ethics and Professional Code for own discipline.
  • Carry out designated duties, which may be required from time to time relating to particular needs of the
  • To manage information and act as a source of Therapy discipline related to information by:
    • Ensuring RIO data for your case load and other data is available in a timely
    • Recording all client data is maintained as per trust and HCPC
    • Writing to a legible and literate standard in English
    • Providing relevant data to commissioning groups relating to trust wide therapy services.
    • Contributing to quality report, including
  • Employees of the Trust will be required to promote and support the mission and vision of the service for which they are responsible and:
    • At all times provide a caring service and to treat those with whom they come in contact in a courteous and respectful
    • Carry out their duties and responsibilities in a manner which assures patient and client safety
    • Demonstrate their commitment by their regular attendance and efficient completion of all tasks allocated to
    • Comply with the Trusts No Smoking Policy
    • Carry out their duties and responsibilities in compliance with Health and safety policy and statutory
    • Adhere to equal opportunities policy throughout the course of their
    • Ensure the ongoing confidence of the public in service

    Person Specification



    • NVQ level 2 or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy
    • Degree or equivalent and Licence to Practice
    • Current registered membership of HCPC
    • Further study to master's or equivalent level in clinical field, including completion of short courses and additional study including relevant post graduate training
    • Student/staff supervisions and other people management training.
    • Clinical educator training


    • Member of relevant clinical excellence network
    • Level C of the RCSLT Dysphagia competency framework (working towards or achieved)
    • Membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists



    • Experience of working in the community
    • Supervision of staff
    • Experience of clinical governance framework to monitor and improve patient care
    • Experience of organising and implementing training programmes for staff
    • Experience of managing a wide range of complex duties
    • Use of outcome measures
    • Clinical educator training
    • Day to day clinical supervision of junior staffs caseloads.
    • Involvement in audit and research


    • Minimum 5 yrs Postgraduate experience of working with children in a paediatric setting
    • Use of appraisal
    • Day to day management of other team members including annual leave, and sickness monitoring.



    • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and clinical governance
    • Appropriate assessment tools for this client group
    • Current issues in the delivery of community based services
    • Sound understanding of confidentiality
    • Social model of disability
    • Health needs in a diverse cultural and socio- economic community
    • Expert knowledge of the evidence base of area of speciality (special schools)


    • Previous NHS experience



    • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of the evidence base of rehabilitation relating to specialist area.
    • Excellent specific therapy assessment and treatment skills in field of complex physical and cognitive disabilities utilising a range of approaches.
    • Able to independently manage own and others clinical caseload and prioritise as required
    • Demonstrates effective communication skills with all disciplines and agencies
    • Clear, concise verbal and written reporting skills
    • Excellent Interpersonal skills with regard to individual client management (including empathy, observation and interview skills).
    • Excellent presentation skills of complex information
    • Ability to reflect and adapt practice to suit individuals' needs
    • IT skills including word processing and use of email



    • Demonstrate trust values: innovative, compassionate, accountable, respectful, excellent
    • Ability to deal with and resolve conflict with highly developed negotiation and problem-solving skills
    • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills
    • Well-developed concentration skills
    • Commitment to equal opportunities
    • Professional manner
    • Able to travel around the borough independently
    • Flexible approach to work
    • Uses initiative
    • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development
    • Able to respond to pressure appropriately


    • Car driver and access to a car

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


    Barnet Children's Integrated Therapies

    3rd Floor, Westgate House, Edgware Community Hospital,


    HA8 0AD

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