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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Job Reference: 824-SOUTH-8662-B

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Speech and Language Therapy
Merton Childrens Speech and Language Health, London
£45,024 - £50,806

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) is one of the largest community healthcare organisations in London and Hertfordshire, providing our services to diverse communities/boroughs in 11 London Boroughs - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster and Hertfordshire - Watford, St Albans, Potters Bar, Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden.

We are rated Good by the Care Quality Commission and are ranked among top NHS employers. Community healthcare is our focus and our passion. We champion the role of community health professionals to make sure our patients get great care closer to home.

We are looking for an experienced, passionate Speech & Language Therapist with paediatric dysphagia experience to lead our dysphagia team in Merton.


Your role will be to provide assessment, advice and treatment to infants, children and young people (0-19yrs) with a range of paediatric dysphagia and communication needs in the community and to support and develop the wider team’s clinical competencies in paediatric dysphagia. The role will include work in the community eg: clinics/ schools and families homes. This is a unique opportunity for the right person to implement, develop and build paediatric dysphagia services across Merton whilst liaising with our external partners to support hospital discharge and school transitions for children and young people with dysphagia needs.


You will work closely with established multi-professional teams within Merton Community services and with outside agencies to support delivery of the paediatric dysphagia service including supporting families through VFSS assessments, attending joint appointments with community paediatrics, working with acute hospitals and thickener reps to meet the needs of Merton families. You will be able to carry out formal and informal dysphagia assessments in infants/ children and young people with identified dysphagia needs at home, school and in clinics. You will have hadsignificantexperience of working with a variety of dysphagia needs in the community setting/ school/ home settings, have a passion for learning and supporting others and outstanding communication/ team working skills.


We are committed to professional development and evidence based practice, offering regular in-service training and peer group / one to one supervision within the wider CLCH family. Internal and external courses are supported. You will be required to have experience working within the field of paediatric dysphagia (ideally at a specialist level – as per the Dysphagia Competencies Framework) , appropriate transferable skills working with infants, school aged children and young people, engagement in post graduate training eg; Intermediate Paediatric Dysphagia, Cervical Auscultation and practice and education in areas related to working with paediatric dysphagia eg: Developing Specialist level skills in relations to the RCSLT Dysphagia Competencies Framework. You should have experience of engaging in appraisal processes and be willing to further develop clinical skills and join local paediatric dysphagia networks and Clinical Excellence Groups. An interest/ experience in clinical audit would be desirable but not essential.

Just as we care about our patients’ wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:

  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Single occupancy accommodation in Central London – (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit)
  • Support with gaining your driving license *T&C’s apply
  • Car lease scheme *T&C’s apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

At CLCH we appreciate and are proud of the diversity in the communities we serve and the workforce we employ. Applications are open and welcome to anyone, regardless of your age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and disability. We are proud to say that we follow the workforce race equality standard and 28% of our senior staff (8A and above) are from a BAME background. CLCH also has active BAME and LGBTQI networks.

In line wih government legislation, If you are applying g for a role within a care home you must produce evidence that you have either commenced or completed the vaccination programme. If not, you must agree to have both vaccinations before your start date. All staff need to be fully vaccinated by Thursday 11th November 2021 or prove medical exemption.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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