Speech and Language Team Lead

  • First Community Health & Care
  • Bonehurst Road, Salfords, Redhill RH1 5EG, UK
  • 06 Jan, 2023
Permanent Paediatric

Job Description


£41,659 to £47,672 a year + 5% HCAS

Are you ready to expand your career as a Band 7 Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist Clinical Team Lead helping to run and transform an innovative service at the same time as maintaining your own clinical caseload?

This is your chance to join First Community Health and Care, a staff owned social enterprise providing CQC Good frontline NHS services in east Surrey and parts of West Sussex.

In this role you will be part of Children and Family Health Surrey (CFHS), in which First Community partners with CSH Surrey and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Together, we provide one Surrey-wide community health service for children and young people from 0 to 19 years of age and their families and carers.

Joining our well established, friendly Childrens Therapies Team, youll be based at our new 0-19 facility, although youll be expected to travel between sites, using your own car. We provide assessment and therapy for Early Years education and health needs including dysphagia, as well as specialist assessment and therapy for Acquired Brain Injury, Fluency (Stammering) and Voice. Input is provided at service users homes, in educational settings, remotely, and on site where appropriate.


Main duties of the job

Were looking for a Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist who wants to develop their skills in leading a team of Speech and Language Therapists , providing clinical supervision and support while maintaining a caseload of their own. There are opportunities for innovation, transformation and development of the service, alongside the day-to-day operational management of the team.

Everyone here has a voice, and is given every opportunity to achieve their full career potential, without sacrificing the other things that matter in their lives. Youre assured of regular supervision with the service manager and peers across CFHS, opportunities for frequent collaboration with SLTs and wider professionals, plus a fantastic team ethos where we share challenges and celebrate successes together.

You can also expect high quality training and development opportunities, flexible working, an NHS pension, flexible retirement options and a range of employee benefits including an independent Employee Assistant Programme, Healthy Me Staff Health and Wellbeing programme, generous annual leave and maternity/paternity/shared paternity leave, Employee Referral Scheme, welcome benefits for certain roles and 5% high-cost area supplement (terms and conditions apply), national discount schemes and the option to have your say in how First Community works as a shareholder in our organisation.


Job responsibilities

The post holder is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy team including safety and clinical governance of the team. The post holder will deputise for the Clinical Service manager when required. The post holder will autonomously manage a complex caseload of children with a range of varied and complex needs.

Full job description can be found under supporting documents.


Person Specification



  • BSc Hons or recognised degree equivalent qualification in speech and language therapy
  • Health care Professions Council registrar


  • Registered Member of professional body
  • Evidence of successful completion of postgraduate courses up to Masters Degree or equivalent
  • Management or leadership qualification



  • 5 years Post grad experience in SLT
  • Previous therapy experience in the relevant clinical areas related to the post
  • Documented evidence of CPD
  • Competent to use standardised assessments.
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to deliver training
  • Experience of managing team members and undertaking appraisals
  • Experience of contributing to service development
  • Relevant highly specialist experience post registration
  • Experience of undertaking clinical audit
  • Experience of safeguarding
  • Experience of dealing with complaints


  • Previous experience of working with Children in the field of speech and language therapy and / or other fields.
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses relating to the post eg leadership
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups/Clinical excellence networks
  • Training relating to the line management and supervision of assistants and other therapists.
  • Experience of training parents, other therapists and other professionals.



  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance in relation to current best practice and develop skills accordingly.
  • Planning and decision-making skills and problem solving
  • Computer and internet literate



  • Knowledge of legislation and government polices related to the specialty.
  • Broad knowledge of current best practice.



  • Car owner/driver
  • Able to work as a team member
  • Flexible worker
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Able to deal with difficulties involving colleagues / clients
  • Creative

Job Start Date

ASAP or negotiable

Salary Band

Band 7


Full time