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Lead Speech & Language Therapist

London – The Portland Hospital
Full time
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HCA UK are incredibly proud to be awarded ‘Private Hospital Group of the Year ‘ 2020 at the Health Investor Awards.

Job - Lead Speech & Language Therapist

Location - The Portland Hospital, London

Contract Type - Permanent

Hours- Full time hours 37.5hrs Monday to Friday. Part-time and Job-share applications are also welcome.

Salary Range- Competitive dependent upon skills and experience. This role is equivalent to a band 8 in the NHS.

Other Information - Please note we able to provide VISA sponsorships for candidates within the EU and outside the EU.

Job Description

The successful post holder will provide leadership to the speech and language therapy team as the most senior speech and language therapist within the Children’s Therapy and Rehabilitation Service. You will also be responsible for the speech and language therapy service delivery and development.

Part-time and Job-share applications are also welcome.

Reward & recognition – We reward your commitment in delivering the highest standard of care with generous and competitive benefits such as our contribution pension scheme, private medical insurance, annual salary review, 25 days holiday each year; with the option to buy and sell. We invest in your career development with clear career pathways and access to further education. We can also offer you support with relocation if you are living outside of London or the UK; subject to terms and conditions

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To provide a highly specialist speech and language therapy service to children who present with a range of complex acquired and developmental communication and swallowing difficulties.

  • To provide highly specialist assessment, diagnosis and intervention including training and support for staff, clients, parents and families.

  • To provide supervision and line management for the Band 7 and Band 6 speech and language therapy staff.

  • To support the Head of Therapy to shape and grow the Children’s Therapy and Rehabilitation Service.

  • To identify, deliver and evaluate highly specialist assessment approaches to support the differential diagnosis of a range of complex developmental and acquired speech, language and communication difficulties

  • To assess and manage children who present with dysphagia in both in and outpatient settings

  • Experience in conducting instrumental swallow assessments, making appropriate management decisions based on findings and communicating these to relevant professionals and family members

  • It would be desireable that you have had experience working with children with tracheostomy in an acute inpatient setting

  • To provide highly specialist intervention approaches for complex developmental and acquired speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders, including the development of AAC systems.

Skills & Experience

  • HCPC registered

  • Professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy

  • Registered member of RCSLT (desirable) and HCPC (essential)

  • Extensive experience in the field of paediatric speech and language therapy particularly in the following areas:

Paediatric eating, drinking and swallow difficulties

Tracheostomy and speaking valve assessment and management

Neurodevelopmental difficulties, neurological disorders and acquired brain injury

Delayed and disordered speech and language development

AAC assessment and intervention

Complex learning difficulty

Medically complex clients

Paediatric videofluoroscopy

About The Facility

Internationally renowned for clinical excellence, The Portland Hospital is the only independent hospital in the UK entirely dedicated to women and children. Our inpatient and outpatient specialties reflect this, providing clinical expertise in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Women`s Health.

Our Paediatric wards hold 56 inpatient beds + 11 day case and are equipped with the latest technology to provide advanced medical and surgical care, including a Paediatric Neurorehabilitation Unit and a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit which reflects the acuity and complex nature of the children who are admitted to our hospital. The Portland Hospital has a large number of international Paediatric patients, often funded by relevant embassies.


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