Speech and Language Therapist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
West Bromwich
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
11 Jun 2023
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join the Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust on a fixed-term basis to cover a career break for 9 months.

We are looking for a specialist practitioner or newly qualified therapist who is looking to develop into this area of specialism.

The post holder will be working within a Learning Disability specialist inpatient Speech and Language Therapy team. The specialist inpatient settings are part of the Transforming Care Forensic pathways. There may also be an opportunity to experience the forensic community service which is Black Country wide.

Main duties of the job

This post involves providing specialist Speech and Language Therapy assessment and intervention to adults with learning disabilities presenting with a broad range of communication difficulties and/or swallowing difficulties and delivering and developing training for Trust staff, care providers and families.

The successful candidate will be expected to have excellent communication skills and a flexible, positive attitude and be able to work effectively as part of a Speech and Language Therapy and multidisciplinary team.

About us

We are a forward-thinking, friendly and supportive specialist Speech and Language Therapy service. We have 17 Speech and Language Therapy staff working across the service within the community, enhanced inpatient settings and pathway teams reducing hospital admissions across the Black Country.

Continuing professional development is actively supported via appraisals, opportunities to attend webinars/courses, regular clinical supervision opportunities and through networking and skill sharing with SLT colleagues from across the service.

The applicants must be able to commute to meet the needs of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assess, diagnose, and manage the communication and/or swallowing needs of patients referred to the service in inpatient/community settings. Responsible for initial patient diagnosis and assessment under the supervision of a senior SLT clinician:
  • Collection of detailed case history information
  • Informal assessment and observation
  • Undertakes clinical work with individuals and groups of clients
  • Uses formal standardised assessment and informal assessment procedures
  • Reads and abides by risk assessments relating to patients of the service.
  • Communicates assessment and therapeutic findings within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Completes contemporaneous case notes and written clinical information completion according to Trust procedures.
  • Undertakes specialist clinical work with individuals and groups of clients with guidance from senior SLT.
  • Develops coordinated multidisciplinary programmes of care / care packages.
  • Makes decisions leading to SLT review or discharge of clients and/or referral to other services, as appropriate.
  • Is responsible for managing own clinical caseload and cases under guidance of a more senior clinician.
  • Provides both direct and indirect intervention, consultation, advice and support working within a multi-disciplinary model in order to ensure that the inter-agency needs of clients are met.

Person Specification



  • SLT degree
  • HCPC qualification or expected imminently
  • Related LD experience either placement, pre or post grad
  • Positive values and attributes


  • RCSLT membership
  • Relevant LD training courses undertaken

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Gerry Simon Clinic

Heath Lane Hospital

West Bromwich

B71 2BG

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