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Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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We are looking for a new Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Cleft.NET.East. There could be some flexibility in working hours. There will also be the potential for this to be offered as a development post subject to AfC guidelines, where you may have many requisite skills, experience and attributes, but require a period of supported development before undertaking the role independently. During a development period, you would be expected to undertake agreed management and leadership development activities with regular mentoring / supervision.

We seek a Cleft Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who is flexible, a team player, committed to continuous improvement and provides a kind, safe and excellent service.

Main duties of the job

You will provide strategic, operational and clinical leadership to the regional Cleft Specialist Speech and Language Therapy team. You will also provide strategic leadership for the East of England Cleft SLT network, in close collaboration with community Speech and Language Therapy Services and represent the service at national level.

You will provide clinical expertise to multi-disciplinary Clinics and your own Speech and Language Therapy caseload, providing specialist assessment, differential diagnosis and intervention to children, young people and adults with cleft / VPD related speech disorders, supporting centre Speech and Language Therapists and community based Speech and Language Therapy colleagues to do the same.

You will provide supervision and line management to a small team of highly specialist Speech and Language Therapists and contribute to the overall operational and strategic direction of the wider Cleft Service as a member of the multi-disciplinary leadership team.

Understanding of the importance of audit, service evaluation, quality improvement and research in healthcare is essential.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 6 June 2023.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • -Expert knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to the specialist field e.g. case history methods, perceptual and instrumental speech analysis tools, assessment procedures and techniques, speech and language screening assessments, behavioural and psychological assessment methods -Extensive theoretical knowledge relating to cleft speech, and relevant hearing, structural, surgical, psychological and dental knowledge -Expert knowledge of a broad range of therapy methods and tools relevant to specialist area including, motor / articulation based, phonological and biofeedback -Knowledge of National procedures (relevant to the specialist client group), including clinical governance -Sound knowledge of research design and methodology, with particular reference to own specialist field -Knowledge of leadership approaches -Knowledge of own learning needs -Knowledge of national and Trust level strategic aims relevant to specialism and SLT


  • -Knowledge of NHS and national organisations and processes involved planning, funding and delivering research projects -Sound knowledge of wider issues in speech sound disorder and potential relevance / applications to cleft related speech sound disorder



  • -Recognised Speech and language Therapy Degree -Health Professions Council licence to practise -Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists -Relevant Masters level qualification or equivalent (e.g. specialist courses in cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal dysfunction, evidence based medicine, research design, leadership)


  • -Registration for or completion of relevant PhD or Professional Doctorate Or completion of many advanced specialist courses for relevant speciality, equivalent to Masters' Degree (MA / MSc / MPhil) or working towards a master's degree -Short courses in management training and leadership skills e.g. appraisal, recruitment, supervision, student training -Supervised training in line managing a clinical service -Postgraduate Degree training in research methods / advanced practice -Cleft Audit Protocol for Speech - Augmented (CAPS-A) trained -International Phonetics Association Qualification (if not UK trained) -Willingness to potentially undertake further training / CPD as relevant to requirements of the role



  • -Extensive post qualification clinical experience working with cleft related speech sound disorders and velopharyngeal dysfunction -Experience of working in a specialist cleft centre -Evidence of leadership / line management experience -Teaching at postgraduate level -Regional reputation in field of clinical specialism -Well-developed portfolio and evidence of CPD in specialist area, leadership, research with identifiable outcomes -Evidence of conference presentations at regional, National and/or International forum. -Evidence of competent use of technical equipment video camera, electropalatography, nasometry -SLT leadership in interpretation of videofluoroscopy and nasendoscopy -Clinical leadership in MDT working and complex clinics -Collaborative case management Unidisciplinary and Multidisciplinary -Analysing and Reporting speech outcomes -Evidence of experience in supervising other professionals -Evidence of experience in other workforce management and leadership activities e.g. induction training, annual appraisal, recruitment -Experience of leading service development or improvement projects involving others


  • -Leading role in relevant specialist interest groups or specialist bodies -Contribution to specialist area in national policy and practice development -Authorship in peer reviewed publication -Experience of lead authorship and project delivery -Leading / participating in projects other than audit -Evidence of an understanding of wider evidence related to speech sound disorders



  • -Formal Presentation Skills Training -Time Management Training -Excellent interpersonal skills, including listening, sustained concentration and empathy with patients and relatives who themselves may have a range of complex communication impairments and other needs -Able to manage the emotional consequences of working with patients with a range of communication disorders/feeding anomalies -Highly developed negotiation, reflective, analytic, problem-solving and influencing skills as an equal at consultant level across the multidisciplinary team and other agencies -Excellent verbal and written presentation skills -Highly developed self-organisational skills, including prioritization of the workload -Creative and expansive problem solving abilities -Inspirational collaborative skills that enable local SLTs and other relevant professionals to develop and implement individual therapy programmes or projects to develop knowledge or services -Expert auditory skills, including phonetic transcription and perceptual speech analysis -Trans-disciplinary team-working and team leadership -Sound knowledge of IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office Software -Ability to adapt communication style as appropriate to individuals or situations


  • -Trained in nasendoscopic evaluation of velopharyngeal function -Skills in use of biofeedback methods e.g. Ultrasound, EPG -Competence with Videotherapy

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent. Accountability -Takes responsibility for own actions and promotes good team working. Openness -Shares information and good practice appropriately. Mutual respect -Treats others with courtesy and respect at all times. Personal -Capable of sustained concentration for long interviews with often distressed / anxious clients and families -Must have developed strategies for containing personal, team and organisational stress, and abilities to support others with this -Ability to tolerate flexible and mobile working conditions -Capable of working with a wide audience for teaching / training, and of engaging simultaneous skills (of e.g. assessment and demonstration) -Demonstrable leadership skills -Driving Licence / ability to travel independently around the network

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).

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