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Specialist/ Developing Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
Muswell Hill
Depending on experience per annum (pro rata) inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
Whittington Health

Haringey Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Band 5 - Band 6 run through: Developing Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Part-time permanent post: Deafness (0.8wte)

Come and join our exciting and innovative speech and language therapy team in Haringey .

We are looking for a B5 or B6 SLT to join the Haringey Children's Speech and Language TherapyDeafness Team.

If you are interested in working with deaf children, and want to be part of a dynamic and friendly SLT team then do not hesitate to apply!

The role is a Band 5-6 run through. We welcomeapplications from current Band 6 and Band 5 SLTs, or newly qualified SLTs who areinterested in developing a specialism in working with deaf children.

Additional support and training will be offered for newly qualified or less experienced therapists. Once skills, experience and competencies are achieved, the post can progress to 0.8 wte Band 6 permanent post.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated SLT to join our large team of specialists. You will gain new skills, experiences and support the deaf children and young people, their families, and school staff. We have a strong focus on working with families and achieving the best outcomes for the deaf children and young people.

The post is based in Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children, which provides a sign bilingual approach across their nursery, primary and secondary departments. We work closely with school staff and the MDT.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based within Haringey Speech and Language Therapy service. This part-time post is for 0.8 wte (30 hours per week) but this may taken as 1 part-time post or split across other roles within the Haringey Speech and Language Therapy team.

30 hours per week based in primary (3-11 years) and secondary (11-18 years) departments of Blanche Nevile Special School for Deaf Children. The school provides a sign bilingual, child-centred education. The school is co-located with 2 mainstream schools and work in close partnership at all levels. The Speech and Language Therapy is delivered both individually and within the class environment and works closely with the MDT

Key responsibilities are to carry a personal clinical caseload maintaining a high level of professional competence as well as advising/training carers and school staff on clinical issues. These may be related to effective communication strategies/good communication environments. In addition the post holder will demonstrate a good level of clinical expertise and participate in continuing professional development to maintain and further develop specialist knowledge and clinical practice.

The post holder will have onsite supervision from senior specialist Speech and language Therapists skilled in Deafness.

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



1. To carry a personal clinical caseload maintaining a high level of professional competence and demonstrate developing clinical expertise in the areas of Deafness.

2. To assess, differentially diagnose, plan and implement therapy for children with speech, language and/or communication difficulties on own caseload

3. To demonstrate specialist knowledge in these clinical are of Deafness, underpinned by current evidence based practice and outcome measures.

4. To work effectively with clients, carers, and colleagues around individual case management providing advice, guidance and support as necessary and involving them in the planning and prioritisation of care wherever possible.

5. To reflect on clinical practice adequately identifying strengths & needs of clients, reviewing their response to therapy and providing evidence of sound clinical judgement.

6. To monitor and review the progress of children on caseload and facilitate the development or modification of packages of care / targets as appropriate using evaluation/outcome measurement tools.

7. To adapt practice to meet individual client/carers circumstances, taking into account cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

8. To produce accurate, & detailed reports, therapy programmes, advice and information as necessary in a timely manner.

9. To respond to the requirements of the 2014 Children and Families Act, by completing written advice for children who may have Special Educational Needs.

10. To support the effective transition of students between schools as appropriate.

11. To liaise and refer children to other Health, Education or Social Services professionals as necessary.

12. To undertake home visits, as necessary, in compliance with Home Visiting Safety Policy.

  • To be able to gather information that may be sensitive or complex and analyse it as part of a full assessment of a clients strengths and difficulties.
  • To work closely with clients and carers using empathy, tact, reassurance and active listening to complete assessments, discuss results, and agree treatment options.
  • To routinely be able to adapt communication mode during assessment and intervention to ensure there are no barriers to communication. This includes the use of BSL, sign, symbols or other alternative and augmentation strategies with clients/carers, as well as the use of interpreters for clients and carers who are sign language users, or those who do not have English as a first language.
  • To develop skills in motivating clients/carers to engage in the therapeutic process.
  • To negotiate and manage conflict effectively in a range of settings, with support and supervision from line manager.
  • To deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible.
  • To form effective therapeutic relationships with clients and/or carers who may be under stress and/or having challenging behaviour.
  • To provide training to a variety of audiences on aspects of speech and language therapy.
  • To demonstrate developing specialist knowledge in Deafness, underpinned by current evidenced based practice, maintained through specialist courses and self-study.
  • To identify own training needs as part of the Professional Development Review in discussion with the Lead Therapist for The School and to attend training as agreed.
  • To keep up to date with current clinical developments through reading, attendance at courses, meetings, Clinical Excellence Networks (CENs) and RCSLT Hubs.
  • To develop and deliver specialist training (informal and formal) to education staff, parents/carers and other professionals.
  • To be aware of school routines, policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date professional registration with HPC and RCSLT at all times.
  • To participate in Peer Support Groups.
  • To be able to gather and analyse all information, including observation and formal assessment results, in order to identify the most appropriate intervention.
  • To make appropriate differential diagnoses and specialist clinical decisions on evidence from assessment of complex cases
  • To adapt intervention as necessary according to individual need, progress and ability.
  • To seek second opinions from more senior colleges and/or line manager in complex cases.
  • To demonstrate the ability to reflect on practice with peers/clinical supervisor
  • To develop, record and adapt individual care plans, based on assessment results and response to treatment.
  • To evaluate all training provided and amend according to feedback.


To manage and prioritise a defined caseload

To manage and prioritise own workload

To plan and organise groups and training, as required.

To plan and deliver training to parents/carers and education staff as necessary.


1.To demonstrate highly developed auditory skills to enable specialist assessment of speech and/or voice skills, including a high level of accuracy with phonetic transcriptions.

2.To demonstrate highly developed visual perceptual skills in observations of client interactions and communication.

3. To use a keyboard to input data, access emails and produce individualised therapy advice as required.

4.To use British Sign Language and Sign Supported English on a regular basis in therapy sessions.

5.To be able to use AAC techniques e.g. symbols as required during therapy sessions.

6.To use audio-video equipment on a regular basis in therapy sessions.

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree or equivalent and Licence to Practice
  • Current registered membership of HCPC


  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Member of relevant clinical excellence network
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses

Knowledge, skills & Experience


  • Relevant experience at Undergraduate/Post-Graduate level
  • Demonstrates good analytical and reflection skills
  • Good presentation skills, both written and verbal including ability to write clear and concise reports
  • Working knowledge of relevant information technology
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member
  • Knowledge of relevant assessment tools Skills in planning, assessing and implementing relevant intervention
  • Knowledge of relevant national policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions
  • Interest in acquiring broad experience across various relevant care groups
  • Ability to work independently as appropriate
  • Awareness of the roles of other relevant professionals Ability to work in partnership with other professionals and other agencies
  • Awareness of standards of record keeping


  • Understanding of local issues relevant to delivery of a Speech & Language Therapy service



  • 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
  • Demonstrate trust values: innovative, compassionate, accountable, respectful, excellent
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills



  • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Professional manner
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Uses initiative
  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development


  • Car driver

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Blanche Nevile School

Burlington Rd

Muswell Hill

N10 1NJ

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