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Speech and Language Therapist Equivalent to NHS Band 5

Greater London, South East England
Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 5
Specialist areas:
Education, Paediatric, Mainstream and special schools
Start Date:
National Autistic Society
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Help make an Everyday Breakthrough happen by joining our team.

A breakthrough can seem like the smallest thing, but it can make the world of difference to someone on the autism spectrum. By working as a Speech & Language Therapist at Radlett Lodge School, you’ll help make Every Day Breakthroughs happen more often.

Who we are looking for

Radlett Lodge School is a forward thinking, NAS Independent School, catering for students with autism spectrum disorder and associated complex communication needs, aged 4 – 19. We currently provide day placements for 43 students and residential accommodation for up to 12. We offer flexi-boarding for pupils attending the school. Therapeutic services are embedded across our school day and curriculum, with the aim to deliver the highest level of education and experiences and ensure the best outcomes for every young person. If you are enthusiastic, passionate about improving the lives of people with autism, and have excellent communication skills, then this could be the job for you.

We are seeking one Speech and Language Therapist, to work as part of our warm and welcoming therapy team. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a trans-disciplinary model, alongside teachers, our Occupational Therapist, Psychology team, and Specialist Learning Support Assistants. In collaboration with other professionals across the school and residential setting, you will provide specialist assessment and interventions for our children and young people. Assessment and intervention across the school utilises the SCERTS approach – knowledge of this is desirable but training will be provided if required. Knowledge of a range of AAC systems and intervention approaches is essential.

Due to the complex communication needs of our pupils, your role would include providing direct therapy to promote each young person’s development and support their access to education. Therapy sessions are most frequently delivered within the classroom environment in order to support collaboration with teachers and promote generalisation of skills. Collaborative planning and delivery of sessions with teachers is encouraged. In addition to this, you would deliver staff and parent training, support environmental modifications across the school, and represent Speech & Language Therapy within annual reviews and team meetings. Professional supervision will be provided within the NAS. There are regular opportunities for peer support and participation within a NAS CPD programme designed for clinical staff.


You will have experience of working with children or young people with autism.
You will have experience of working within a school environment.
You will be a member of RCSLT and be HCPC registered.

What we can offer you

The opportunity to deliver effective, direct, therapy in order to achieve meaningful progress with the children and young people you support.
Clinical supervision and peer support within the NAS.
Excellent induction, training and development programme
Reflective supervision, mentoring and coaching
24 hour access to online training
Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits
Access to a 24 hour Employee Assistance counselling programme
Pension scheme
Free staff parking
Staff shuttle bus to and from Radlett Station at the start and end of the day

The NAS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All appointments are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

Please read job descriptions: Speech and Language Therapist JD

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact Sally Jenkins (Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist) or Tamsin Adams (Deputy Principal Care) on 01923854922 or email

Closing Date: Monday 17 August
Interview Date: Week commencing 24 August

Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.

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