Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Location Hertfordshire
Discipline: Healthcare
Job type: Permanent
Contact email: biren.daiya@blackstone-recruitment.co.uk
Job ref: J5654
Startdate: 05/06/2024

Blackstone Recruitment are working with a provider of education, care and support services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are recruiting for a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for one of their schools in Hertfordshire.

Please see details below for the full job advert:

Job Post: Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Location: Hertfordshire

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks a year

Salary: £37,669 - £44,699 per annum, depending on skills and experience

About the school:

The school is an independent Special day school which provides a highly specialist learning environment for students aged 6 to 19 who have a range of MLD and SLD needs including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and associated difficulties, who require an individualised, specialist approach. Many of the students have complex medical needs and sensory/ physical impairments. The students are supported to manage sensory overload, anxiety, low self-esteem, low confidence, and difficulty with transitions which is often demonstrative through their behaviours.

The role:

The role is a challenging, but exciting one.  It will require you to be versatile in your approach to providing individualised communication and dysphagia support to their specialist population.  The post will combine clinical, administrative, and supervisory duties.  You will work as part of an interdisciplinary team under the supervision of senior leadership but will be expected to autonomously manage your caseload including assessment, direct and indirect therapy programmes and line managing a speech and language therapy assistant.

You will provide speech and language therapy services prioritising needs identified by the assessment process as stated in the Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) or via our MDT assessments of need.


Key Duties:

  • Manage and prioritise a caseload including communication and dysphagia needs. Carry out comprehensive communication, swallowing, eating and drinking assessments.
  • Provide advice on suitability and therapy needs of prospective students. Provide individual aims for communication and eating and drinking as part of the MDT for Individual Education Plans
  • Provide individual programmes for communication, assistive technology, swallowing and feeding. Deliver speech and language interventions to individuals, small groups or within the classroom as required.
  • Maintain concise clinical recording in accordance with professional guidelines. Monitor eating and drinking support practice and provide training as required.
  • Promote Total Communication practice across the service.
  • Work with staff and family members to ensure consistent, joined up communication support. Attend and contribute to reviews, providing written reports where required.
  • Make onward referrals for specialist assessment or advice in respect of AAC or dysphagia.
  • Provide induction and individualised training as required. Supervise and line manage speech and language therapy assistant(s)
  • Work within professional boundaries and seek guidance where required.


Successful candidate is likely to demonstrate the following:

  • Speech and Language Therapy degree at graduate or master’s level
  • Certificate to practise Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered member of RCSLT and HCPC. Post-graduate dysphagia training.
  • Competencies at Level C of RCSLT Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Competency Framework (EDSCF). Requirement to undertake relevant learning, continued professional development and clinical supervision as required by RCSLT and HCPC
  • Willingness to maintain clinical links with relevant clinical groups to develop specialist expertise and knowledge relating to the role (such as dysphagia and AAC groups)


  • Person-centred approaches to support
  • Legislation relating to consent and restrictive practice within the Mental Capacity Act. Positive behaviour support planning and interventions
  • AAC systems and approaches
  • IDDSI, dysphagia interventions and feeding issues relating to this caseload.


  • Working with children and young people with SEND, PMLD and ASD. Working with children and young people with complex communication, swallowing and feeding needs
  • Working with hi and low-tech AAC systems. Delivering provision through EHCP process
  • Working in early years, school, college, or residential settings
  • Working with a dysphagia caseload. Working within a multi-disciplinary team

Be part of their successful team and benefit from a generous package that includes:

  • Opportunities for meaningful career development
  • Fully funded training and qualifications
  • Life assurance
  • Pension plan
  • Perk Box- offering high street discounts.
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Bike to work scheme.
  • Car lease scheme

Blackstone Benefits:

Permanent jobs:

✅Assigned specialised recruitment consultant

✅Access to exclusive and flexible UK locum and permanent jobs

✅Complete onboarding support

✅Informed tailored career advice

✅Personalised job alerts

✅Unlimited referral bonus

For further information on this role, please contact Biren Daiya at Blackstone Recruitment on the details provided or APPLY now.