Therapy Department

Job Purpose

The main purpose of the job is to assess the needs of children admitted to SJIPC with speech, language and feeding difficulties and to provide interventions with the aim of enhancing their quality of life by improving their functional abilities taking into account the limitations presented by their condition and impairments.

The Speech and Language Therapist will provide holistic care to the children at SJIPC working closely with the multidisciplinary team. 



Key Performance Areas

  1. To provide speech therapy to patients referred to St Joseph’s Intermediate Paediatric Care to improve their functional abilities and to facilitate the reintegration of the child into their different life areas
  • Initial and ongoing assessment and screening of patients.
  • Development and implementation of individualised care plans
  • To manage assigned caseload and provide direct and indirect intervention based on assessment findings
  • Implement group and/or individualised therapy according to the needs of the patient taking into consideration cultural and linguistic differences.
  • Provision, monitoring and adaptation of assistive devices as required.
  • Work using a multidisciplinary approach that include the patient, parent/ caregiver, internal and external stakeholders involved in the patients care.
  • Education and training and involvement of parents/ caregivers and the patient where indicated.
  • Active participation in quality-of-care improvement meetings or developmental intervention discussions and reviews.
  • Discharge planning in conjunction with MDT to ensure continuum of care and community reintegration



  1. To ensure, implement and maintain accurate patient records as well as updated and effective administration
  • Ensure maintenance of updated assessment and patient records.
  • Record keeping of accurate statistics and timely reporting.
  • Administrative tasks related to meetings
  • Patient and departmental related report writing.



  1. To plan, implement and supervise ward therapeutic programmes together with other therapists
  • Establish and implement appropriate ward programmes to encourage continued stimulation of patients requiring feeding and speech input.
  • Ongoing monitoring, evaluation and adjustment of ward programmes to augment therapy


  1. Manage and supervise students, and or interns and related issues.
  • Orientation of students, and or interns to SJIPC
  • Liaison with student supervisors and relevant universities
  • Organise student patients and their schedules
  • Monitor student documents and progress.
  • Regular check-in meetings with students and their supervisors


  1. Enhance the therapeutic environment and speech therapy function within St Joseph’s Intermediate Paediatric Care.
  • To provide speech and language therapy in accordance with SJIPC safeguarding policy, SJIPC values, HPCSA and Speech and Language Therapy governing body rules, regulations, ethical principles and code of conduct.
  • To provide optimal service delivery ensuring that is in line with best practice and through continuing professional development.
  • Educate staff, the patient(s), parents, family and care givers on speech therapy and the value of it.
  • In service training of multi– disciplinary team in SJIPC when required and to act as a resource and support to the MDT.
  • Implementation of learnings gained from professional development activities.


  • BSC degree: Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registration with Health Professionals Council of SA
  • Trained in Alternative Augmentative Communication and dysphagia management would be an added benefit

Required Experience

  • Two years of experience as speech therapist in a similar environment or health care setting
  • Experience dealing with children with feeding difficulties due to neurological impairment


Personality, Attributes, Skills and Abilities

  • Driver’s License. (Code 10 an added advantage).
  • Work both independently and as an active team member.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English and Afrikaans. Proficiency in Xhosa an added advantage.
  • Maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.
  • Maintain professional demeanour while exercising judgment and discretion in work.
  • Must be able to work well with children.
  • Must be energetic
  • Must demonstrate initiative
  • Commitment to the mission, values and goals of the Organisation.
  • Ability to relate to and willingness to engage in fun, sporting and creative activities with children and youth. 
  • Good administration, report writing.
  • Flexibility.
  • Clear criminal record.



  • Closing date for all applications is Friday, 05 April 2024
  • Interviewing of shortlisted candidates will take place soon after closing date
  • Relocation costs will NOT be covered by the employer
  • Reference checks will be conducted
  • The employer reserves the right to not appoint
  • Candidates must be able to commence employment as soon as is reasonably possible

Please email your CV, with certificates, and a 1page motivational cover letter by Friday, 05 April 2024 to recruitment@stjosephsipc.org.za

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