Speech and Language Therapist | Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Job details
Posting date: 18 June 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £28,407 - £34,581 per annum, pro-rata
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 18 July 2024
Location: Luton, LU3 3QN
Company: Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Tr
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 6398972/448-BCHS-6398972

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Speech and Language Therapist Development Post Band 5-6

We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Speech and Language Therapist for a Band 5 - 6 development role within our Special Schools Team, Luton- Redgrave Children and Young People's Centre

The Luton and Bedfordshire Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service has a vacancy for a Speech and Language Therapist in our Luton Locality, working in special schools.

This is a development post and suitable for Newly Qualified Therapists interested in complex needs or from those due to qualify in the near future.

Newly qualified therapists will be supported at Band 5 level and following completion of a competency framework, they will be transferred to a band 6 role without the need for additional recruitment. We also welcome applications from more experienced therapists and applications from SLTs already working at Band 6 level.

The post holder will work as part of a team to support children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties associated with complex needs.

They will independently manage and have day-to-day responsibility for a caseload of children and young people, as part of the Special Needs Team, Special Schools caseloads. They will provide training to enable parents and other professionals to support children's language and communication needs.

(Should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised.)

To manage and prioritise a defined caseload and work with an appropriate degree of autonomy and independence, with regular support/supervision, with children on the special school’s caseload.

To deliver training to enhance the skills of the wider workforce around speech, language, and communication.

To identify, assess and diagnose communication impairments and select appropriate patients and type of therapy for effective treatment.

To assess, develop and implement speech and language therapy treatment and discharge as appropriate. To make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessment, and design appropriate treatment based on analysis of profile of need seeking advice as appropriate.

To develop clinical skills and professional knowledge through experience, training, and supervision.

To take part in the supervision of students with support.

To take part in supervision of the work of SLT Assistants and volunteers when required.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the East of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There’s one reason why our services are outstanding – and that’s our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.


To attend and report to case conferences/review meetings etc. for patients on the caseload with support as requested for situations where conflict management/negotiation may be required.

To develop clear care plans based on best practice.

To provide advice including written reports to others regarding the management and care of patients with communication difficulties.

To present and communicate complex clinical information in such a manner as to motivate and inform patients, carers, families, and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions, agreeing decision- making relevant to patient management.

To work collaboratively and liaise over clinical matters with a wide range of professions across a variety of locations and agencies, with support as appropriate.

To establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with other staff which are characterised by open communication, trust and respect.

To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of children and their carers, in particular when imparting potentially distressing information regarding the nature and implications of their difficulties.

To form productive relationships with others who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties.

To attend and contribute as appropriate to Locality Meetings, Clinical Forums and Paediatric service meetings and other professional and / or relevant meetings.

Key relationships:

1. Speech & Language Therapy colleagues.
2. Language Provision Staff
3. 0-19 Team (Health Visitors and School Nurses)
4. Allied Health Professionals
5. Paediatric medical staff
6. Administrative staff

1. Education staff
2. Social Services

Budgetary Responsibility

To monitor stock levels in own service area and request new equipment as appropriate

Does not hold budgetary responsibility but is aware of the need to plan non-pay expenditure.

People Management

Maintaining own professional development and requirement to take part in appraisal and KSF process.

To identify personal/professional development evidenced by Personal Development Plan/ Professional Portfolio

To attend relevant training (courses, meetings, CEN’s) and development in order to maintain and develop skills and knowledge required of a therapist working in this field.

To keep up to date with new techniques and developments for the promotion and maintenance of good speech & language therapy practice in paediatrics and maintain up to date HCPC and RCSLT registration.

To actively participate in reflective clinical supervision with peers / clinical supervisor in order to develop and enhance practice.

Research & Development Activity

To undertake Clinical Governance /audit projects within local service.
To participate in departmental research and clinical governance/audit projects.
To collect and provide research data as required.
To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence-based practice and outcome measures.

Clinical and Practice Governance

Observe and maintain strict confidentiality with regards to any patient/family/staff/records and information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

To manage and prioritise a defined caseload and work with an appropriate degree of autonomy and independence
Any data that is taken/shared as part of a phone call or transported or transferred electronically must be undertaken with regard to the Trust Information Governance and Information Security policies.

To share information with others, observing data protection guidelines.

The post holder must adhere to the Trust risk assessment and risk management processes.

The post holder must adhere to infection control policies and procedures.

It is a condition of your employment that you are currently registered with HCPC and RCSLT and it is your responsibility to maintain your professional registration.

Undertake mandatory training and any other training relevant to the role as required by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

The post holder must participate in clinical and safeguarding audits as required.
Participate in clinical supervision on a regular basis.

The post holder is required to participate in relevant emergency preparedness process for their team.

To be flexible to the demands of the environment including unpredictable work patterns, deadlines, and frequent interruptions.

To be aware of, adhere to and implement service and team plans and policies, including:
1. Ensuring understanding and adherence to Trust health and safety requirements, including attendance on mandatory training courses. To have regard to moving and handling regulations, restraining policies and the safe positioning of self and others.
2. Working within infection control and health and safety guidelines and being responsible for the security, care, and maintenance of equipment, including equipment loaned to clients.
3. Participation in the Trust incident reporting and risk management procedures
4. To comment on proposed service/policy developments as appropriate.
5. To demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to RCSLT Professional and Clinical and National and Local Clinical Guidelines.
6. To develop a working knowledge of relevant procedures/statutory requirements including: Safeguarding Children, SEN procedures, and other legal frameworks.
7. To participate in the implementation of service/Trust Clinical Governance Plan.

Additional Information

The post can involves working with small children – frequent requirement for sitting on child – size chairs or on the floor in a restricted position.

To apply skills in physically working with patients with disabilities with support.

To transport equipment required for sessions or training, to a variety of locations.

To be flexible to the demands of the environment including unpredictable work patterns and sudden change in patient need.

To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of children with special needs, learning disabilities and/or communication difficulties and their carers.

To demonstrate standard keyboard skills and use IT effectively to extend and complete programmes and activities.

To have the ability to travel by car throughout Luton and / or Bedfordshire when required, including a full driving licence and access to own transport (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).


Safeguarding people responsibility

Safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect is a collective responsibility.

There is an expectation that all staff develop and maintain their role relevant safeguarding people competencies and comply with local safeguarding partnerships practice. Alongside this employees who are registrants are reminded of their professional duty of care.

Safeguarding means protecting a citizen’s health, wellbeing, and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is an integral part of providing high-quality health care.

Those most in need of protection include:
1. Children and young people
2. Adults at risk, such as those receiving care in their own home, people with physical, sensory and mental impairments, and those with learning disabilities

The post holder must at all times carry out their duties with regard to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

This job description is intended only as a guide to the range of duties involved. The post holder will need to be flexible and adaptable in order to respond to other duties that may be required from time to time and the changes and developments within the Trust.

To be aware of the responsibilities of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, and staff.

All post holders must adhere to the code of conduct on confidentiality and be aware of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.

This job description is intended only as a guide to the range of duties involved. The post holder will need to be flexible and adaptable in order to respond to other duties that may be required from time to time and the changes and developments within the Trust.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure of Barring Service to be made to check for any previous criminal convictions. Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff, or users in line with its equal opportunities policy and policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders.

This advert closes on Wednesday 3 Jul 2024

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