Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist Neonates and Paediatrics - UCLH Band 8a - NW1 2BU

University College London Hospital – Band 8a – Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist (SLT): Neonates and Paediatrics

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) are looking for an appropriately experienced SLT in neonatal and acute paediatric care; delivering the SLT service to the Level 3 Neonatal Unit, the Acute Paediatric wards and complex outpatient clinics.

Role Purpose:

S/he is responsible for leading and delivering a comprehensive and highly specialist service to premature infants, neonates and children presenting with a range of feeding, swallowing and /or communication problems secondary to prematurity, neurological disorder and congenital disorder; including to those children who may have tracheostomy in situ.

S/he will provide expert assessment, differential diagnosis and programmes of intervention where appropriate.  S/he will have advanced practice knowledge and experience in neurodevelopment and feeding and of premature and high risk infants and will provide multi-professional advanced level input to support improved neurodevelopmental outcome in these very fragile group. 

S/he will work closely with colleagues and oversee the neonatal and acute SLT service at UCH and ensure excellence in communication with other specialist units and within the community in order to ensure that integrated care pathways are utilised and that effective transfer of information is maintained. 

S/he will be required to provide clinical supervision and support of competency and skill to less experienced colleagues both within the team and the wider service.

Key Result Areas:

  • To demonstrate expert practice in the assessment and management of feeding, swallowing and communication for the neonatal and paediatric population within a tertiary acute setting
  • To apply expert skills to support neurodevelopment of extremely premature infants and high-risk neonates.
  • To demonstrate expert clinical skills for interpretative assessment techniques and interventions in the care of high-risk infants, including those requiring ventilation and weaning from ventilation on the neonatal unit and those requiring instrumental procedures e.g., videofluoroscopy
  • To make appropriate differential diagnoses and clinical decisions based on evidence from assessment and the literature of complex cases
  • To support induction, training, education and supervision of Speech and Language Therapy students on clinical placement at the UCH, as required
  • To be an expert educational resource to members of the multidisciplinary team and external health care providers regarding best practice in the provision of SLT care to premature infants, neonates and children presenting with complex feeding / swallowing difficulties.
  • To demonstrate excellent communication skills and counselling skills with the ability to support and counsel clients, parents and other carers with complex health and social needs

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • To provide a high quality speech and language therapy service within the Trust, by close collaboration with all members of the multidisciplinary team and speech and language therapy service
  • To comply at all times with the RCSLT’s and HPC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work, this includes: the management of patients, use of equipment and all written documentation.
  • As an autonomous practitioner, to undertake advanced assessment for patients with complex presentation across the neonatal and paediatric specialities including jointly with paediatric multi-disciplinary team agencies. This includes diagnosis and interpretation of results using specialist analytical skills.
  • To demonstrate advanced SLT knowledge in neonatology and paediatrics, underpinned by current evidence-based practice and outcome measures.
  • To demonstrate highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment diagnosis and treatment of patients/clients
  • To make expert level appropriate differential diagnoses and specialist clinical decisions on evidence from assessment/monitoring of complex cases, reflecting SLT theory and philosophy
  • To use expertise to inform sound clinical judgements/decision making for case management; developing clear care plans based on best practice and in discussion with other appropriately skilled SLTs and wider MDT members as appropriate
  • To demonstrate clinical effectiveness reflecting on evidence-based practice and outcome measures
  • To provide advanced level second opinions to others regarding the management and care of patients/ clients with complex feeding and/or swallowing difficulties
  • To be an advocate for individual families and their babies, when required, negotiating with patients, carers, and others around case management in complex cases, using effective conflict management skills, co-ordinating referrals, co-ordinating and chairing case conferences and to actively participate in structured multidisciplinary goal setting.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual patient/client circumstances
  • To reflect on clinical practice both individually and with peers identifying strengths and needs and providing evidence of sound clinical judgements, based on research and evidence-based practice
  • To ensure that children and young people are referred to other services as appropriate
  • To ensure a working knowledge of relevant procedures including: Safeguarding Children, Working with Vulnerable Adults and other legal frameworks
  • To maintain a high standard of patient records and data of all patients, (including uni-disciplinary and interdisciplinary reports) documenting all relevant information according to standards of practice. Documentation will include, Integrated care pathways, medical notes, uni-disciplinary notes, initial interim reports and discharge reports as appropriate.

Important Requirements:

  • Degree in Speech and language therapy
  • HCPC Registration with licence to practice as SLT
  • Significant clinical experience working in a relevant field post-registration, at a highly specialist level or above with demonstrable competencies.
  • Able to demonstrate relevant post graduate knowledge in infant feeding/ neurodevelopment such as SOFFI/FINE 1+2
  • Experience of carrying out evidence-based research projects/audits, using qualitative & quantitative research approaches, with related presentations and/or publications.
  • Proven experience of a specialist range of assessment tools and procedures to evaluate feeding and swallowing disorders, speech & language skills in a neonatal/ paediatric population
  • Proven experience of specialist interventions relevant to premature infants, neonates and children with complex feeding and development needs, demonstrating the evidence base for these approaches
  • Training in SLT student clinical supervision
  • Strong clinical knowledge, good initiative, and an ability to stay calm and work efficiently under pressure
  • The ability to communicate complex, sensitive information, demonstrating excellent verbal and written skills
  • Ability to demonstrate and meet the UCLH Trust values: Safety, Kindness, Teamwork and Improving.

UCLH values the commitment and focus of our Bank Staff Speech and Language Therapists, so in return we offer the following advantages:

  • Competitive pay
  • Flexible working hours
  • Priority of shifts over all agency workers
  • Access to free Bank Partners Core Skills training
  • Ability to self-book shifts with a weekly pay system
  • Opportunity to gain valuable NHS experience in chosen specialism

Apply now for this fantastic career-progressing opportunity by attaching your CV, and a member of our recruitment team will be in contact with you shortly with a full job description.

Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.