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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our Specialist Schools Team.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will provide highly specialist communication and dysphagia assessment, therapy and support to a caseload of autistic children and young people and those with learning disability and complex needs in educational and home settings.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached job description and person specification for further details.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:

Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Relevant professional qualification (1st degree level or equivalent)
  • Experience in working with children and young people with Autism, Learning Disability and complex additional needs
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists and Health Professions Council
  • Evidence of specialised continuing professional development up to Masters level
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups
  • Dysphagia trained, or willing to undertake dysphagia training if not already trained.


  • Knowledge of Makaton signing
  • Membership of relevant clinical excellence networks
  • Additional training beyond degree level in approaches relevant to autism, learning disability and AAC



  • In order to undertake the duties of the post it is expected the successful candidate will have significant / relevant experience.
  • Experience of working with children with Autism and/or Learning Disability and/or complex additional needs.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with other professionals
  • Involvement in development, delivery and evaluation of training packages
  • Experience of working with relatives and carers
  • Experience in providing advice on client management to other health professionals, carers and non-specialist health colleagues


  • Experience in working in educational and home settings
  • Experience in managing a specialist school caseload

Knowledge and skills


  • In depth knowledge of broad range of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions for children and young people with Autism and/or Learning Disability
  • Up-to-date knowledge of national policies and legislation relevant to client group
  • Knowledge of professional and clinical guidelines relevant to the client group
  • Competent in use of IT for everyday communication
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Evidence of ability to manage specialist and complex caseload independently
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent presentation skills, oral and written
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance, audit and required standards of record keeping
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Ability to work effectively with other professions, agencies and family carers.


  • Knowledge of primary and/or community health care

Personal Attributes


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially in relation to liaison and joint working
  • Evidence of highly developed negotiation skills and management of conflict
  • Commitment to continued professional development and reflective practice
  • Commitment to equal opportunities in work and service delivery
  • Ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities
  • Adaptable to new situations and personnel.
  • Flexible and innovative approach to working practices.
  • Commitment to person centred planning and user and carer involvement in service delivery and development

Demonstartes Trust Values


  • Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Flockton House

18 - 20 Union Road


S11 9EF

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