Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Are you looking to develop your career or build on your existing specialist skills supported by our innovative, friendly and dynamic team.

Are you passionate about communication and working in a vibrant, multicultural community?

We have a permanent band 6 position offering an exciting opportunity to follow special interests and develop specialist skills across a complex needs caseloads- i.e. community based preschool neuro-developmental assessment pathway working with the Community Paediatric Service and special school contexts. We can also support the successful applicant in developing skills in paediatric dysphagia.

You will have opportunities to work with a multilingual population alongside interpreters and bilingual co-workers.

Professional development is encouraged and both informal and formal training opportunities are available.

Staff wellbeing is important within our team with support from a well-being champion and the Trust currently offering well-being hours.

You will receive regular opportunities for supervision, peer support and be supported to work develop your clinical specialism.

We work in partnership with families, schools and other professionals to provide functional targets and high-quality care for children and families.

We offer flexible working with opportunities to work full time/part time and remote/face to face/hybrid. However, we cannot offer term time only contract for these roles.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • Enthusiastically provide aspeech and language service to children across the Oldham area
  • Assess, diagnose, develop, and implement speech and language therapy packages of care.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure a co-ordinated care plan, based on best practice/evidence base.
  • Organise and manage a speech and language caseload with support from their line manager, alongside opportunities to shadow colleagues and attend specific pathway meetings.
  • Work with children and young people with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs including developmental language disorders and children with language disorders associated with conditions such as neuro-developmental disorder( e.g. ASC ), Down's Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
  • Demonstrate clinical effectiveness through the use of evidence-based practice and outcome measures.
  • Provideclinical advice to others, including parents/carers, school staff and other professionals regarding the management and care of children with communication difficulties.
  • Work alongside education, local authority and early years partners, supporting a graduated approach to helping children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
  • Build skills in the wider workforce which will have positive intervention outcomes.

About us

Oldham Care Organisation is part of the Northern Care Alliance, one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. The place where the world's first IVF baby was delivered, Oldham is a town of pioneering firsts. Today, Oldham is responsible for delivering a range of acute and community health services across the local area and at The Royal Oldham Hospital. As a designated major trauma unit for Greater Manchester and one of only three vascular centres in Greater Manchester, Oldham is a specialist hospital for acute surgery and provides state-of-the-art onsite pathology services to the North West.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website: www.careers.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk

In line with the Trusts Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, marital status, social back ground or trade union membership. However, as members of ethnicity minority groups and individuals with disabilities are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

If you would like to contact the Team Leader, Helen Newman to talk about these posts, please call on 07566766230 ( any day but Friday).

We can also arrange a teams meeting to provide further information about this posts

Person Specification



  • Relevant band 6 experience at post graduate level
  • Qualified and registered speech and language therapist
  • Implementation of evidence-based interventions
  • Experience of assessment for a wide range of children's speech, language and communication needs
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapist
  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist/relevant short courses
  • Demonstrates good skills in sharing complex/ challenging information


  • Experience of writing and delivering training packages
  • Experience of supporting/leading other members of staff and students
  • Relevant experience of managing caseload independently
  • Evidence of MDT working- the SALT role within MDT context



  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Development of and delivery of training packages
  • Experience of working with families and education settings
  • Production and sharing of personalised care plans


  • Experience of conflict resolution
  • Working with range of services in an MDT context
  • working flexibly in different contexts, including IT systems
  • Experience of working within a team

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