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Speech and Language Therapist

Requisition ID:  5257

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary:  £25,941 - £27,511 per annum 


Closing Date:  28 October 2020


The Role


You will work on the Heather van der Lely Foundation funded project “Testing the efficacy of Building Early Sentences Therapy and uncovering mechanisms for change: a theoretically informed language intervention for preschool children with language disorder” which is led by Dr Cristina McKean.


The study has 2 components: a cluster randomised controlled trial of two language interventions carried out in Early Years contexts with children who speak English; and a case series study of the intervention adapted for use with children who speak languages other than English (LOTE).


The position is fixed term for 10 months covering maternity leave.


For informal enquiries please contact Dr Cristina McKean (cristina.mckean@newcastle.ac.uk)


Key Accountabilities


You will have the following responsibilities, supported by the project PI and CI team and the Research Associate who is coordinating the project.


  • Collection of assessment data
  • To deliver of interventions to children in schools
  • Data management ensuring it is reliable and complete
  • Entering data into the data management systems
  • To work with the study coordinator, to recruit and maintain relationships with schools
  • To participate in engagement activities with schools and speech and language therapists

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Undergraduate or workplace experience with a paediatric caseload including preschool children
  • Undergraduate or workplace experience working in and with schools
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with diverse groups of staff and families
  • Understanding of Health and Educational contexts in England
  • Completion of a research dissertation at undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • Able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and experience to practice
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of intervention approaches relevant to preschool children with speech language and communicaiton needs (SLCN)
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of assessment approaches relevant to preschool children with (SLCN)
  • Knowledge of professional standards
  • Awareness of and sensitiveity to needs of research participants from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Experience of working with bilingual families
  • Car driver


  • Fluent speaker of a language in addition to English


Attributes & Behaviours

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate in teams
  • Ablity to negotiate and influence others
  • Attention to detail and careful record keeping
  • Ability to analyse and reflect on own performance
  • Abiltiy to seek advice as appoprpraite
  • Excellent time management
  • Willingness to travel to research sites off Newcastle University campus
  • Understanding of relevant Health and Safety and ethical issues
  • A commitment to Newcastle policy on Equality and Diversity
  • Flexibility



  • An approriate qualification to practice as a speech and language therapist (2:1 or higher)
  • Health and Care Professions Council licence to practice
  • Registered member of RCSLT


  • Completion of RCSLT NQP competencies


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 5257