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Principal Speech & Language Therapist Acute - Child Development

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year pa inc pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023
We seek an experienced Speech and Language Therapist with highly specialist skills in supporting infants, children with dysphagia and complex needs. This role provides leadership to SLTs working within acute services at Northwick Park Hospital and child development services in Harrow.

Working with colleagues on Neonatal Unit you will play a key role in developing the Family Integrated Care programme .Working with pre-school SLT leads in managing a high-quality service meeting the needs of children and families in Harrow. You will have a clinical leadership role across the whole service for dysphagia, with responsibilities for developing team training plans to ensure appropriate skill mix to meet the needs of CYP.

The opportunity enables you to develop leadership and management skills while maintaining a highly specialist clinical caseload. We welcome a dynamic individual with an interest in the development, delivery and redesign of services to ensure high quality, personalised and accessible services to users.

You will have opportunities to lead projects within our integrated paediatric therapy team which has a strong multi-disciplinary ethos and established pathways with medical and nursing colleagues in both acute and community settings . There are excellent links with early help teams, local nurseries and colleagues within the Harrow Children integrated Partnership with local initiatives such as child health hubs, family centre development and SEND agenda.

Main duties of the job

This post is responsible for the management and leadership of SLT's providing services to Children and Young People (CYP) on the acute wards and Neonatal Unit (NNU) at Northwick Park Hospital and to pre-school children with complex needsin Harrow. He/ She will
  • lead SLT services within Family Integrated Care programme on the NNU.
  • co-ordinate SLT provision for children ensuring smooth transition for children between Acute - Community settings.
  • in collaboration with pre-school leads manage the SLT service for pre-school children with complex needs as part of Harrow Child Development Service .
  • assume delegated responsibility for delivering clinical governance across the acute service/ preschool services,
  • lead recruitment , line manage staff team and ensure systems for supervision, appraisal, and development are in place.
  • plan, deliver and evaluate highly specialist training to other professionals and parents/carers on all aspects of speech, language and communication with particular responsibility in neonatal care, dysphagia, autism and complex needs.
  • have a clinical leadership role across the whole service (Acute, pre-school and schools) for dysphagia. This includes developing a dysphagia team training plan, assuring appropriate skill mix is available to meet the needs of CYP with dysphagia.
  • lead collaborative working with children, parents/carers and with colleagues in health, education and social services in planning and delivery of Pre-school/Acute Services.

About us

You will be joining a multidisciplinary team of over 60 Paediatric therapists providing services to CYP 0-18 years in the London Borough of Harrow who are committed to child and family centred care. We are committed to the well-being of our staff and are easily accessible via public transport from central London and neighbouring counties

We can provide the following for our whole team:
  • Flexible working
  • Time to ensure access to regular and ongoing CPD
  • Structured induction and excellent support systems with personal appraisal, objectives and training plans designed to meet your personal development need
  • Access to clinical specialists in all areas

W welcome enquiries from experienced speech and language therapists who wish to further develop leadership and clinical skills in this developing area.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Role Responsibilities A. Working Relationships and Communications Requirements of the Job.
  • To communicate highly complex/sensitive patient related information effectively to ensure collaborative working with multidisciplinary team members across health, education and social services and the voluntary sector. In particular to work with colleagues with acute services at NPH and colleagues with Education and Social Services and related health services to ensure the delivery of well-coordinated Education Health and Care plans for children/young people.
  • To take a lead role in the promotion of multidisciplinary/interagency liaison and collaborative practice across acute services, with particular responsibility for disseminating sometimes contentious information about service priorities/ developments to partners within health, education and social care.
  • To represent SALT/Therapy Service and Trust on issues relating to Paediatric Acute services, providing advice to other colleagues from health and education on the management of a range of clinical and service issues.
  • To share information with others, observing confidentiality and data protection guidelines and having due regard for local guidance on sharing information with colleagues in education, social services and voluntary sector.

  • To communicate highly complex condition related information (both verbally and in the written form) from assessment to children

    Person Specification

    Qualification and Training


    • oRegistered Speech and Language Therapist, HCPC and RCSLT
    • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
    • Evidence of completion of specialist short courses relevant to Children with complex needs SEN and Dysphagia ,
    • Advanced Dysphagia training in Paediatrics or equilivant


    • Recognised management training/diploma

    Knowledge and Experience


    • Extensive experience at post graduate level of working with children with Dysphagia and complex needs ing with parents and carers. oManaging own caseload oTeaching other professionals / parents / SLT's oLeading Projects / Clinical audit
    • Well established and specialist knowledge of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions relevant to the infants and children's with complex need
    • Proven experience of working with Neonates and in acute settings and knowledge of Family integrated Care approached
    • Knowledge and application of clinical governance and risk management processes and its impact on practice including research and audit
    • knowledge and application of relevant national policies /strategies in particular safeguarding children and SEND
    • Understanding and application of standards of record keeping and reporting.
    • Understanding of relevant HR policies, equal opportunities, recruitment and retention. oExperience of Recruitment, Supervision / line management of staff oSupporting Appraisals and PDP 's.


    • Experience of delivering family integrated care on a neonatal unit
    • Leading SLT teams

    Skills abilities and aptitudes


    • Good written and spoken English Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
    • Negotiation and Problem-solving Skills - Demonstrates good analytical and reflection skills
    • Ability to work in an unpredictable environment and to prioritise own workload. Good organisational skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively with parents and children
    • Demonstrates ability to be a team leader / player

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    Alexandra Health and Social Care Centre

    275 Alexandra Avenue


    HA2 9DX

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