Specialist Speech and Language Therapist






£13.45 to £21.52 Per Annum



Contract Type:


Main Duties / Responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to:


Provide a high level of clinical expertise, which supports a person centred approach.Deliver a safe and effective service for children on the caseload.Contribute to service developments, which are evidence-based, innovative and targeted to those in need.Maintain a high level of clinical expertise.Promote an intra-disciplinary approach in the management of the caseload, which enhances the quality of service provision.Contribute to the development and delivery of teaching/training programmes to colleagues, staff in school and parents/carers.



Service Provision

To provide specialist clinical expertise being responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and management of the full range of communication and swallowing disorders in children.To demonstrate the effective and efficient management of children on the caseload.To devise and supervise the delivery of Speech and Language Therapy programmes in appropriate settings.To work closely with all those involved in client care to ensure the delivery of a flexible targeted service, sensitive to need.


Leadership and Team Working

To promote intra-disciplinary working and develop effective relationships with other disciplines, care givers/relatives.To maintain and develop good working practices whilst continually seeking to improve the quality of service delivery.To work collaboratively with staff from other services to enhance client care.To take a delegated lead on service development/team projects in liaison with the team.To contribute to the induction of new staff.To supervise students as required by the Team Leader.


Human and Physical Resources

To contribute to team and intra-disciplinary working which ensures the most effective use of human resource and skill mix.To ensure effective use of resources both clinical and administrative.


Clinical and Social Care Governance

To support the team in implementing risk management and service standards/protocols to ensure clinical effectiveness.To participate in Staff Development Review and regular service audits.To take account of the views of service users including parents/care givers and identify to the line manager improvements to the service where benefits can be demonstrated.To safeguard, maintain and develop professional standards to maximise the delivery of care.




To ensure that statistical information is relevant, timely and accurate.To ensure client records are accurate, up to date and meet the Service Standards.To provide the line manager with information and data to assist in service planning and service developments.


Teaching, Training and Supervision

To provide specialist clinical placements for Speech and Language Therapy students.To participate with the line manager in identifying and responding to the training needs of colleagues, care-givers and others involved with the client group.To participate in the development, delivery and evaluation of teaching/training programmes appropriate to the client group and others working with the client group.



Research and Development

To promote an ethos of continuous improvement and implement risk management and quality initiatives, which reflect best practice/evidence based care.To advise the line manager of possible areas of research, audit and service developments and to participate in these, as appropriate, within the resources available.To maintain a high level of knowledge and practice within the specialist area through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.






This job description is an outline of the post, as it is currently perceived.  It may therefore be subject to change in the light of future developments.


The post holder may be required to work weekends, evenings & statutory days. In response to continued service development the duties of the post may be conducted over a 7 day period.



General Responsibilities


Employees of the Trust are required to promote and support the mission and vision of the service for which they are responsible and:


At all times provide a caring service and to treat those with whom they come into contact in a courteous and respectful manner.


Demonstrate their commitment by their regular attendance and the efficient completion of all tasks allocated to them.


Comply with the Trust’s Smoke Free Policy.


Carry out their duties and responsibilities in compliance with the Health and Safety Policies and Statutory Regulations.


Adhere to Equality and Good Relations duties throughout the course of their employment.


Ensure the ongoing confidence of the public in-service provision.


Maintain high standards of personal accountability.


Comply with the HPSS Code of Conduct.