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Advanced Speech and Language Therapist

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service are looking for a band 7 Advanced Speech and Language Therapist to join our large and diverse team on the school-aged pathway. We serve the South-East London Borough of Lewisham, as part of the Community Health Service for Children, Young People and Families (CCYP) rated at 'Outstanding' in our last CQC inspection.

Main duties of the job

You will take a clinical lead in the delivery and co-ordination of speech and language therapy provision to a neighbourhood of schools as part of our friendly and supportive leadership team. In this role you will hold a caseload alongside protected leadership time, giving you the opportunity to develop your clinical specialism of choice.

You will benefit from:
  • Inner London HCA (High-Cost Living Allowance)
  • A shared base with the wider team at Kaleidoscope Centre Catford.
  • Great transport links and easy access to central London.
  • Weekly protected admin time.
  • A range of digital resources including I-pads for assessment and an allocated, networked laptop for offsite working.
  • Access to regular team training and CPD events.
  • Great peer support from a friendly and diverse team.
  • Access to a range of therapists with clinical specialisms, able to offer CPD opportunities and second opinions
  • Opportunities to work with colleagues across clinical pathways on service delivery, audit and quality improvement projects.
  • Involvement in developing and delivering training to education staff. The team is registered as a college with the Open College Network (OCN) allowing our learners to gain high quality, recognised qualifications.

About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Job Summary:
  • Accountable to Therapies Manager.
  • To provide clinical leadership and highly specialist speech and language therapy assessment and participation for the schools pathway providing differential diagnosis, assessment and review of children and young people referred to Schools Pathway.
  • To identify, develop, implement and evaluate highly specialist training (formal/informal) in speech, language and communication disorders in school age children and young people for parent/carers, speech and language therapists, paediatricians, teaching staff and a range of professionals, within and external to the Trust taking account of different levels of knowledge and skills of the audience.
  • To act as an expert witness/advisor providing expert clinical opinion to Lewisham Education SEN Service, attending Special Educational Needs Tribunals, Disagreement Resolution Meetings and other relevant meetings as required ensuring that the childs speech and language therapy needs and the level of resources required to meet these are clarified.
  • To ensure that the service provided is integrated (within the relevant multi/uni disciplinary care pathways), evidence based and delivered in accordance with care pathways/protocols and responsive to the needs of the local population.
  • To independently assess, diagnose, manage and evaluate outcomes for children and young people presenting with a range of speech, language, communication difficulties some of which may be highly complex, and provide second opinions as required.
  • The post holder will hold a specialism within the profile of the clinical caseload.

  • Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
    • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
    • Registration as a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
    • Competence/willingness to undertake relevant advanced training/post qualification training
    • Successful completion of highly specialist post graduate study relevant to the field at Master's degree level or equivalent specialist advanced short courses


    • Membership of relevant professional forums



    • Significant post-qualification experience working with school age children with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs
    • Significant experience of working within mainstream and specialist educational settings
    • Significant experience of working with schools, families and engaging them in interventions
    • Experience of clinically supervising staff
    • Experience of advising/providing second opinions for children with complex speech/language or communication difficulties
    • Experience of service development
    • Experience of developing training materials and delivering training to others
    • Experience of change management
    • Experience of using technology to support therapeutic interventions


    • Experience of methods of involving users in service development
    • Experience of taking part in appraising and setting objectives for less experienced staff
    • Experience of writing protocols and/or policies
    • Experience of developing training packages for others

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust



    32 Rushey Green


    SE6 4JF

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