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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum incl HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Available posts to fill:
  • 3.2wte - Mainstream schools team
  • 0.4wte (2 days/ week) ICAN nurseries

Main duties of role:
  • To assess clients referred to the speech and language therapy service and to develop and implement specialist SLT treatment packages.
  • To work together with education staff in integrating therapy targets into all learning goals for children in their settings
  • To manage and prioritise a caseload independently with access to support and supervision as necessary.
  • To assist team leaders in service development
  • To be based at Carmelita House
  • To provide services to: Children and their families to support with communication needs in various community settings including nurseries and mainstream schools
  • To provide support and supervision to junior members of the team either informally or through formal supervision

Main duties of the job

To assess, diagnose and manage a caseload of clients with speech, language and communication difficulties across settings including clinics, specialist nurseries as well as clients with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

About us

You will be joining a dynamic team of SLT clinical leads who manage the provision of a full range of high quality, Universal, Targeted and Specialist Paediatric SLT services. You will be part of an innovative and forward-thinking department who are committed to putting research into practice to improve patient outcomes.

Ealing is home to one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse communities in London and we are committed to excellence in child and family centred care. We work closely with various disciplines and agencies in providing clinical care, quality improvement, teaching and training.

Ealing Community Partners (Children's Speech and Language Therapy team) are committed to providing care and services which are inclusive and treat everyone with respect. We have a committed Equality and Diversity group who are working to ensure we are an actively anti-racist team. We are fortunate to work in Ealing, one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the UK, and we are striving to ensure our team reflects the communities we serve.

The successful applicant will have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assess, diagnose and manage a caseload of clients with speech, language and communication difficulties
  • To demonstrate specialist knowledge in clinical specialism underpinned by current evidence based practice.
  • To work together with nursery staff to implement a range of interventions following the 3 Wave Model for children aged 0-18 years.
  • To support nursery staff in evaluating and developing a communication-rich learning environment.
  • To continue to develop in the assessment, diagnosis and management of a designated specialist caseload of children with communication / swallowing disorders, with support: this includes complex cases
  • To learn how to cater for children in the community and/or attending a specialist nursery with a range of communication and feeding difficulties including Profound and Multiple learning disabilities, Severe
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of the national curriculum and SEN processes in the context of speech and language therapy.
  • To reflect on practice with peers and identify strengths and needs.
  • To show evidence of sound clinical judgement, evidence based practice and outcome measures.
  • To communicate verbally and in writing, with parent/ carer/ client assessment findings, diagnosis and therapy intervention plan. This may include breaking bad news in a sensitive manner.
  • To write appropriate reports and case notes, reflecting specialist knowledge.
  • To negotiate with parents/clients/other professionals around case management with support as necessary and to recognise potential breakdown and conflict when it occurs and seek advice and support to resolve.
  • To employ negotiation skills in the management of conflict with patients, carers and colleagues.
  • To deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible.
  • To attend and contribute to relevant Speech and Language Therapy Team meetings and participate in team projects.
  • To attend and participate in departmental study/development days.
  • To work collaboratively as a member of multidisciplinary teams by discussing speech and language therapy input around client needs.
  • To supervise assistants and volunteers as directed.
  • To contribute to the teaching / training of parents, carers and other professionals.
  • To be able to target training appropriately to the needs of course participants.
  • To mentor newly qualified speech and language therapists.
  • To provide full student speech and language therapy placements.
  • To comment on proposed service/policy developments.
  • To monitor service delivery and own specialist service delivery and report to line manager
  • To be responsible for implementing agreed changes in working practice
  • To monitor stock levels in own service area and request new equipment as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of equipment ensuring standards of infection control and safety are maintained including equipment loaned to clients.
  • To maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with RCSLT professional standards and local trust policies.
  • To share information with others, observing data protection guidelines.
  • To gather activity data accurately and regularly, ensuring the provision of such information promptly within local Trust guidelines.
  • To participate in departmental research and clinical governance/audit projects, collecting and providing research data as required.
  • To be accountable for own professional action and recognise own professional boundaries.
  • To work within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conduct.
  • To undergo appraisal at pre-determined intervals within departmental and Trust guidelines.
  • To identify and attend relevant training and development in line with appraisal and service needs.
  • To keep up to date with new developments within the profession.
  • To develop a working knowledge of Clinical Governance and its application to professional practice.
  • To monitor auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of clients communication. This may require prolonged periods of concentration.
  • Any other duties commensurate within the band.

This job description gives a general outline of the post and is not intended to be inflexible or a final list of duties. It may therefore be amended from time to time in consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • 1.Registration with Health Professions Council as a speech and language therapist
  • 2.Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree qualification or equivalent
  • 3.Registered member of RCSLT



  • Postgraduate experience of assessing, diagnosing and implementing appropriate management plans for children with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and advanced training, e.g. whole class work, Makaton and EDS.
  • Specialist knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • Specialist knowledge of a range of appropriate educational and therapeutic interventions effective for working in education settings

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Carmelita House


W5 2PJ

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