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Speech and Language Therapist

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata if part time
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Full Time
We are looking for a number of therapists to join our mainstream primary and early years services on fixed term contracts for between 6 and 12 months. The posts are appropriate for newly qualified therapists.

Applicants should eligible to be registered with the HCPC and Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (UK).

The successful candidates must have access to a vehicle and be able to travel to settings across the city.

Main duties of the job

To manage a speech and language therapy caseload with a range of needs, working with children and their families. This would include working in clinic and in educational settings.

The caseloads are extremely wide-ranging including children autism, DLD, speech sound difficulties and learning difficulties. Many of the children on the caseload will have EHCPs with complex needs and autism.

There will be opportunities to gain a wide range of paediatric experience in this post and you will find a strong commitment to professional training and development, together with friendly peer support. The Service implements the Newly Qualified Practitioners Project to ensure the initial year of practice is structured and well supported. You will be supported to achieve your RCSLT competencies.

About us

AtSheffield Children's, our purpose is clear: to provide healthier futures for children and young people. Our three strategic aims are:
  • Outstanding Patient Care
  • Brilliant Place to work
  • Leaders in Children's Health

  • We work successfully with local, regional, and national partners to provide physical and mental healthcare across acute and community settings. Many of our clinicians are amongst the best in their field, recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise.

    As well as having enormous pride in what we do, we are a friendly, welcoming, and motivated NHS Trust who are guided by our CARE values: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. Our nearly 4000 colleagues live these values, ensuring kind and compassionate care that makes patients and their families feel safe and at home.

    As we approach our 150th anniversary in 2026, we remain committed to enhancing our reputation in children's health leadership, improving the experiences of both patient and colleagues, and focusing on our communities and population health.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    • To assess and evaluate children referred to speech and language therapy and their communication context.
    • To develop appropriate communication targets and interventions for children with speech and language needs.
    • To write reports identifying strengths and weaknesses, targets, and appropriate strategies and interventions.
    • To mentor parent/carers, teaching staff and others in skill-building communication and the development of nurturing language learning environments for children with speech and language needs.
    • To provide information and advice to others regarding the management and care of children with communication difficulties.
    • To evaluate therapy outcomes.
    • To adapt practice to meet individual patients circumstances, including due regard for cultural and linguistic differences.
    • To ensure that patients and carers are involved in the planning of their care plans wherever possible.
    • To demonstrate empathy with clients, carers, families and colleagues, and ensure that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist.
    • To demonstrate negotiation skills in motivating clients, and adults supporting them.
    • To contribute to interagency/MDT collaborative working.
    • To manage and prioritise own caseload
    • To employ clinical effectiveness by use of evidence based practice and outcome measures.
    • To be aware of, adhere to, and implement service and team plans and policies.
    • To gather activity data accurately and regularly.
    • To be accountable for own professional action and recognize own professional boundaries, seeking advice as appropriate.
    • To work within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conduct.
    • To maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with RCSLT professional standards and local trust/agency policies.
    • To share information with others observing data protection guidelines and confidentiality.
    • To be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of resources and ensure standards of infection control and safety are maintained including equipment loaned to clients.
    • To participate in the delivery of training packages.

    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



    • Working with children with speech and language, and communication difficulties.
    • Working with relatives and carers.
    • Working within educational settings


    • Providing advice on client management to other health professionals, carers and non-specialist health colleagues.

    Knowledge and skills


    • Knowledge of Education Health Care Plans and SEN processes
    • Competent in use of IT for everyday communication.
    • Excellent organisational skills.
    • Excellent presentation skills, oral and written.
    • Knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions including those appropriate for use with children with complex needs.



    • Appropriate qualification



    • Resilience when managing stress.
    • Excellent reflective practice skills, including the ability to access support and supervision appropriately

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


    Flockton House

    Union Road


    S11 9EF

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