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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist -Neonatal & Paediatric

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a. inc. pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
We have an exciting opportunity to join our acute neonatal and paediatric speech and language team.The post holder will join a multi-disciplinary team (including other SALTs) at Homerton Hospital to provide a high-quality SALT service to premature and term babies with feeding difficulties and their families. The postholder will advise on early communication and developmental care in line with the FiCare framework. The postholder will be involved in a new initiative providing eating, drinking and swallowing assessments and therapy to children in the small general paediatric ward within the hospital. In both settings, the post holder will work as part of a team to provide universal, targeted and specialist input to empower and support healthcare staff and families to best meet the feeding, developmental and communication needs of the babies and children.

You will:

-Work closely with other AHPs and Psychologists to deliver trauma led, evidence based therapy at Homerton Hospital.

- Provide highly specialist support and advice to less experienced therapists working with neonates and paediatric dysphagia.

- Support with delivering training to nursing and medical colleagues.

-Support parents to feel included and empowered in supporting the feeding and communication needs of their child.

-Be based on the neonatal unit and hold a neonatal caseload and will also take part in a new initiative to provide feeding assessments to the small paediatric ward at the hospital (Starlight ward)

Main duties of the job

You will have a thorough knowledge of neonatal and paediatric dysphagia in a hospital setting. Excellent interaction, initiative and problem solving skills are required.

You will be well supported via robust clinical supervision and have access to excellent CPD opportunities.

About us

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard's Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, procedures and People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ & Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s on this page

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent (Post-Graduate Diploma or MSc in Speech and Language therapy leading to registration with HPC)
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Evidence of successful completion of intermediate or advanced post graduate dysphagia course(s)
  • Completion of Neonatal or infant feeding Course or Equivalent


  • Relevant Master's Degree
  • Specialist courses relevant to neonates/children with Dysphagia/complex needs e.g. Cervical Auscultation, Breast feeding the complex infant, FINE, FICare, SOFFI etc
  • Clinical Supervisor's Course



  • Passion for the clinical area and for the acute setting
  • Demonstrating understanding of Trust Values



  • In-depth experience in relevant specialist area
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to SLT students/ SLTAs and supporting other SALTs
  • Experience of instigating and managing change
  • Active networking with other specialists including Clinical Excellence Networks


  • Experience working in a paediatric acute ward setting
  • Experience providing clinical supervision for SaLTs



  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance /audit
  • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the specialist client group)
  • In depth knowledge of assessment tools and outcome measures relevant to the client group.
  • Knowledge of standards of record keeping

Skills / abilities


  • Established skills with managing complex dysphagia independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening tact, persuasion and empathy skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with children, parents and within a multi disciplinary team
  • Able to recognise and seek advice appropriately
  • Ability to use and interpret assessment tool of choice for particular client/s
  • Demonstrates good analytical and reflection skills
  • Excellent negotiation, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to plan alone or in a group for clinical sessions and team work
  • Able to deal with complaints sensitively.
  • Ability to carry out project work associated with developing and evaluating new services
  • Computer literate (Able to use Microsoft office including Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel and Word)
  • Ability to work independently (i.e. line manager off site)
  • Ability to maintain a current knowledge of policies and research relevant to clinical area
  • Ability to initiate and respond to change
  • Good organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Good presentation skills, both written and verbal


  • Speaker of other relevant community language
  • Ability to lead a small team

Employer details

Employer name

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton Row


E9 6SR

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