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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Central London Community Health Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7- Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Pre-school Children including dysphagia and complex needs.
  • Are you interested in working a diverse and multi-cultural area?
  • Do you want to join a friendly and outgoing team?

We are looking to recruit a Highly Specialist SLT experienced in working with a mixed paediatric caseload of children with eating and drinking difficulties and a range of speech, language and communication needs.

Main duties of the job

You will also use your clinical expertise to provide supervision and training to therapists within the Children's Speech and Language Therapy Team

We are looking for someone who can:
  • jointly lead on the provision of the Dysphagia assessment and intervention in Brent through leading on relevant projects and initiatives.
  • develop and provide a specialised speech and language therapy service to patients referred with communication and/or swallowing disorders.
  • Provide specialist knowledge, advice, training and teaching to parents, carers, students and speech and language therapy team.
  • Provide clinical supervision and line management to less experienced members of the team working in the area of dysphagia.
  • Continue to develop the complex communication pathway including the use of AAC.

About us

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

To have a full look at our benefits and what it's like working for us please go here:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a highly specialist clinical speech and language therapy service, working in close collaboration with speech and language therapy colleagues, parents, carers, education staff and a range of health professionals in order to meet the communication and eating and drinking needs of children with complex special needs and their families.
  • To provide training and support to carers, speech and language therapists and other professionals in the highly specialist clinical area.
  • Be an active member of the clinical team, providing a comprehensive Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapy service.
  • Work within professional standards and clinical guidelines, promote best practice and to undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner including assessing and treating own caseload of patients/clients and maintaining professional documentation.
  • Build up and maintain key relationships with referring services (including within the MDTs, primary and secondary care services, voluntary and third sector organisations) to facilitate appropriate referrals and an understanding of the role of the Speech & Language Therapist and the Multi-professional team.
  • Be responsible for the supervision of junior staff Speech & Language Therapists and Speech & Language Therapy students.
  • Work in a variety of settings in the community to deliver appropriate treatment including, clinics, clients own home, nurseries.
  • Support self and service development through active participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and by participating in any audit or research being undertaken by the service.

Please refer to Job description and personal Specification for outline of skills, knowledge and experience required.

Person Specification



  • Registration with Health Professions Council as a speech and language therapist.
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree qualification or equivalent
  • Registered member of RCSLT.
  • Courses and experience to a Specialist Dysphagia Practitioner level with babies and small children (as described in the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Interprofessional dysphagia framework


  • Membership of relevant CEN



  • Working with clients who have a range of dysphagia, eating & drinking & communication needs. Clear, advanced clinical reasoning based on evidenced-based practice within paediatrics.
  • Specialised knowledge of paediatric therapy and management of dysphagia, eating & drinking & complex communication needs difficulties.
  • Working collaboratively with parents/carers and other professionals
  • Knowledge and experience of assessment (including standardised) and treatment techniques in paediatrics.
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of offering clinical supervision


  • Evidence of team/leadership responsibilities
  • Experience of undertaking appraisal and planning CPD for less experienced staff
  • Working in multi-cultural community



  • Knowledge of assessment tools, treatment techniques and therapeutic interventions
  • Demonstrate clear clinical reasoning based on evidence-based practice
  • Child development and its application to speech and language therapy
  • Understanding of safeguarding
  • Awareness of the principles of clinical governance/audit
  • Understanding and application of standards of record keeping and reporting.
  • Working knowledge of the roles of other professionals in Health, Education and Social Care involved with CYP.
  • Demonstrates well developed ability to analyse and reflect upon complex information.
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Evidence of excellent organisational skills
  • Prioritisation skills oAble to work independently as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities.
  • Negotiation, problem solving concentration, analytical and reflection skills.
  • Good Written presentation skills information in clear and logical manner oPresent information in clear and logical manner oExcellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy. oGood awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Present information in clear and logical manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy.
  • Good awareness of IT and IT skills


  • Health cleared by occupational health for the role specified.

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


Chalkhill Primary Care Centre



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