Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

£32,379.69 to £34,641.93 FTE, increasing to £33,998.67 to £36,374.03 FTE from Jan 22
Role type:
Part Time
28 - 35 hrs per week, 39 weeks per year (approx 0.63 - 0.79 of FTE)
Contract type:
Term-time only
Closing Date:
Job Details:

The role

We are looking to recruit a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join a highly skilled and experienced team of therapists as part of our outstanding provision in Hereford.

The role is term time only and based at National Star: Hereford.  It is envisaged that you will work 28-35 hours per week / 39 weeks (approx 0.63 - 0.79 of the full time salary of £32,379.69 to £34,641.93, increasing to £33,998.67 to £36,374.03 from Jan 2022 with our 5% pay award).

National Star was rated Outstanding by OFSTED in 2017 & Outstanding by CQC (Care Quality Commission) in 2018. At our core is the delivery of a number of specialist educational programmes ranging from broad life-skills, sensory sessions to personal development and employment skills. 

Within this exciting role, you will work in our fantastic environment that supports the delivery of high quality therapy. This role will include close multidisciplinary working with our Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Education staff and facilitator team. You will have an interest in working with people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; physical disability and/or Acquired Brain Injury; and have experience of providing direct and indirect therapeutic support in a range of settings. A knowledge of Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Makaton and/or Intensive Interaction is highly desirable.

You will be responsible and accountable for the management of learners within a personal caseload; including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of therapy programmes for learners with complex communication needs, to support their development and learning across all elements of their curriculum. You will also provide supervision and support to SLTs and professional advice, training and information to other college staff. You must be able to interpret a broad range of formal and informal assessment methods; demonstrate your professional knowledge, underpinned by current evidence-based practice; maintain concise clinical notes; and refer students to other agencies as appropriate. You must hold a recognised Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists degree level qualification; and membership of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

About us

National Star is a growing charity with more than 1,100 staff based in England and Wales. Established more than 50 years ago, we’ve supported hundreds of young people with disabilities to achieve their potential.


How we will reward you

Our Golden Hello

It’s motivating to feel valued at work. That’s why all new staff will receive a ‘Golden Hello’ up to the value of £250 for full-time staff (pro-rate for part-time employees) upon successful completion of their probation. In addition as recognition of the commitment and dedication of our team, salary levels will rise by five per cent for all staff on 1 January 2022. This means in the New Year the salary for this role will increase to xxx (per hour/per year).

Staff benefits

Fantastic career development opportunities and comprehensive induction programme - theory and practical

Award-winning training

Use of fitness suite and swimming pool and staff clubs such as badminton, arts & crafts and Zumba

Health Shield medical cover

Life insurance cover

Employee helpline

Contributory pension scheme

Opportunity to purchase a TOTUM discount card

Employee discounts at attractions, high street retailers, supermarkets, utilities and motoring, plus much more

How to apply

At National Star, we know the value of a diverse workforce, and welcome applications from all areas of the community. This includes those with disabilities, and we are a proud Disability Confident employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities. In 2018 National Star received an 'Outstanding' from Ofsted.


Please note that all applicants will be expected to undertake a DBS Disclosure, and undergo the necessary employer checks. The level of disclosure to be applied for will be dependent on your job role and will be discussed with you during the recruitment process but is usually an enhanced level. Where appropriate, the adult and child barred lists will be checked and we will not employ anyone who appears on either of those registers.


We prefer people to submit an online application as this helps support the charity in saving money.  Alternatively please send your cv to hr@nationalstar.org  or call our recruitment department 01242 527631 for further information or an application form. If you have a disability and need to apply using an alternative format, or if you have any technical problems with our recruitment system please let us know.

All future correspondence with you will be via email (application acknowledgement, invitation to interview etc). Please check your email regularly.

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