Senior Speech and Language Therapist – AON CDNT5

Applications are invited for the above full-time permanent position.

Speech and Language Therapist - SC103

 The Organisation:

Stewarts Care is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities in the West Dublin area. We support people with a wide range of support needs across residential settings, day services, supported independent living, job advocacy and vocational training. Stewarts Care is the lead agency for two interdisciplinary CDNT teams (CDNT-5 and 6) in line with Progressing Children’s Disability Services. This position is based in CDNT5, Rossecourt.

Purpose of the post:

 This post is initially to work on Assessment of Need assessments for children and the post will transition fully onto the CDNT team.

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 therapy service to include assessment diagnostics and intervention including involvement in the FEDs service and contributing to 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.  

The ability to manage and prioritize a busy caseload, and work in an inter-disciplinary way using a family centred 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.

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

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

  • Practitioners must maintain annual CORU registration.

  • A minimum of three years post qualification experience

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

  • Experience working with children or adults with complex communication needs desirable.

  • Experience of working in the area of disabilities would be an advantage.

  • Experience working with paediatric clients presenting with dysphagia desirable.

 Informal enquires are welcomed by:

Mary Feely, Children’s Disability Network Manager Tel 01 4647740 / 0870575267 or

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Senior Speech and Language Therapist: €58,599-€68,998 per annum.

Campaign Ref: SC103

Applications should apply through our Careers Portal by clicking here

Closing date: 30th September 2023

 All queries in relation to this post should be emailed to

 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 - SC103

Duration of Post

Permanent Full –time (35 hours per week)


Children’s Disability Network – CDNT5 Rossecourt Lucan

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 centered 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.

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.

Organisational 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.

  • Experience in the provision of mentoring, coaching and supervision is desirable.

  • 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 workload in an effective manner.

  • Good recording practice.

  • An awareness 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 desirable.

  • Experience in auditing desirable.

  • Experience in the provision of clinical supervision desirable.

  • Experience of managing change desirable.

  • Demonstratable evidence of leading on new initiatives desirable.

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 Speech and Language Therapist SC-103


Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health consolidated pay scales Current Salary Scale:

Senior Speech and Language Therapist €58,599-€68,998 per annum

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 Care 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 Care 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 Care reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.