Senior Speech and Language Therapist - Campaign Ref: SC091

Children’s Disability Network Team – CDNT6 Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Lead Agency: Stewarts Care

 Applications are invited for the above senior speech and language therapy position; a panel will be formed from which other permanent or temporary posts may be filled.

Overview of the Post

The Senior Speech and Language Therapist will work as a member of the interdisciplinary team in collaboration with MDT colleagues providing services to children from 0-18 years and families who are accessing the Children's Disability Network Team.

The Senior Speech and Language Therapist will be responsible for the provision of a speech and language service to include assessment diagnostics and intervention and ongoing service delivery to children with complex needs and their families.

The Senior Speech and Language Therapist will take a lead role in key areas of service development, reporting to the CDNT manager.  Professional clinical supervision will be provided. There are currently 3 SLTs on the team.

The ability to manage and prioritize a busy caseload, and work in an inter-disciplinary way using a family centered practice approach are also keys requirements of the role.

It is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their skills and be a positive influence on shaping services within the CDNT.

Continuous Professional Development opportunities will be provided and are encouraged.

To be considered for this post applicants must demonstrate the following:

Essential Criteria

  • A recognised ISALT Speech and Language Therapy qualification and current registration with CORU

  • Practitioners must maintain annual CORU registration.

  • A minimum of three years post qualification experience

  • Excellent communication and team working skills

  • Professional, accountable, planning, and time management skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of the inter-disciplinary team working, service delivery planning and development.

  • Experience working with children or adults with complex communication needs

  • Experience working with paediatric clients presenting with dysphagia including assessment and management.

  • Experience in education and training and supervising others.

  • Have knowledge of relevant National Health and Social Care Frameworks for children's disability services.

  • Knowledge of Community Healthcare Organisation Governance of Children’s Disability Network Service.

  • Have a full clean driving licence and access to a car.

Informal enquires are welcomed by:

Liz Meaney, Children’s Disability Network Manager Tel: 01- 6518237 / 0872673258

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Senior Speech and Language Therapist €59478 to €70,033 per annum.

Detailed job description is available on our careers page here

Campaign Ref: SC091

Applications should apply through our Careers Portal by clicking here

Closing date: 27th October 2023

Please include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Children’s Disability Network Team

Stewarts Care


Senior Speech and Language Therapist 

Duration of Post

Permanent Full –time (35 hours per week)


Children’s Disability Network Team – CDNT6 Palmerstown

Reporting Relationship

Children’s Disability Network Manager

Job Purpose

To provide a range of speech and language therapy services to children 0 – 18 years and their families who attend Children Network Disability Team , within an interdisciplinary framework and family centred practice and to support other staff and students as assigned.

Incorporates the provision of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) management.

Have the responsibilities of a Mandated Person as outlined in the Child Care Act 2015.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Qualifications & Experience


Have 3 years full time (or an aggregate of 3 years full time) post qualification clinical experience

Be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a Speech and Language Therapist by the Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board at CORU.

Previous speech and language therapy experience working with children or within the disability sector.


Experience of inter/transdisciplinary team working.

Experience working with children with disorders of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) needs.

Any relevant post graduate training specific to child disability services.

Specific training and experience in assessment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Experience in assessment of children who have a physical and/or sensory disability and/or intellectual disability.

Experience of supporting children/young persons with life limiting conditions.

Previous experience in a senior post.

Experience of completing assessments under the AON process.

Organisation and Professional Knowledge


Understanding of, and commitment to the Social Model of Disability

Understanding of the role of other disciplines in the interdisciplinary team

Understanding of Best Practice in Record Keeping

Understanding of legislation relevant to the post e.g. Disability Act, Data Protection Act.

Knowledge and understanding of the theory and frameworks of assessment and intervention in Speech & Language Therapy

Understanding and knowledge of Progressing Disability Services.

Understanding and knowledge of clinical support and supervision.

Evidence and commitment to continuous professional development.


Demonstrate experience in the provision of mentoring, coaching and supervision.

Experience of MDT or Interdisciplinary working

Experience of Assessment of Need

Experience of caseload prioritisation Systems

Core Competencies


Demonstrates competency in written and verbal communication skills.

Knowledge of statutory framework in the area of disability and children.

Ability to organise work load in an effective manner.

Good recording practice.

An awareness and of professional requirements in order to carry out their duties in a compliant manner that meets best practice. 

Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and across teams.

Ability to deliver training to parents, staff or other agencies.

Participation in clinical supervision to ensure the maintenance of clinical service standards and assuring quality.


Experience developing policies or protocols.

Evidence of engagement in continuous professional development.

Experience in auditing

Experience in the provision of clinical supervision.

Demonstrate evidence of managing change.

Demonstrate evidence of leading out on new initiatives.

Personal attributes


Good communication skills

Ability to work on own initiative.

Ability to engage and negotiate with relevant stakeholders in the best interests of service users.

Flexibility, adaptability and openness to change.

Proactive approach to work.

Ability to work across teams/services.

Willingness to embrace organisational development and change.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Senior Occupational Therapist - Stewarts


Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health consolidated pay scales 

Current Salary Scale: Senior SLT pay scale

€59,478 to €70,033 per annum.

Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with DOH scales

Annual leave

29 Days per annum

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with a 7 hour standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks

The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Head of Clinic and in accordance with the needs of the service.


All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

Stewarts will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the Service Users and employees.


Stewarts will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.