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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year per annum Inc HCAs
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Speech and Language Therapist who would like to develop their skills in forensic mental health. The role sits within the low secure Learning Disability ward within the forensic directorate. It is a 15 bedded ward for men with LD and who may be Autistic. There are excellent CPD opportunities and clinical supervision arrangements within this role. And the chance to work with a highly experienced and skilled MDT.

The Speech and Language Therapy team has grown significantly in recent years, with 7 team members working across inpatient and community forensic teams. There is opportunity to develop dysphagia skills, however, the primary focus is communication. A band 5-6 development post will be considered for the right candidate.

A strengths-based approach will underpin work with service users and carers so that their individual assets can be optimised and positive life choices and opportunities can be enabled in partnership with individuals and the services around them.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for the assessment, differential diagnosis, development and implementation of specialist treatment plans for a caseload of adults with learning disabilities in a forensic setting.

To continually develop and evaluate clinical practices and achieve goals set for personal and professional development.

To identify, plan, deliver and evaluate specialist training.

To provide specialist clinical communication support to other members of the clinical team, students and volunteers.

To work with wider clinical team to plan and facilitate provision of therapeutic groups on the ward.

To be involved in clinical governance / audit projects within the local service.

To independently manage and prioritise a specialist caseload of adults with learning disabilities and communication and / or dysphagia difficulties.

To maintain appropriate records in line with Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists guidelines.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • oBSc in Speech and Language Therapy
  • oRegistration with HCPC
  • oMembership of RCSLT


  • oPost Basic Dysphagia qualification
  • oRecognised qualifications in specialist areas relevant to the role
  • oClinical Supervisory Skills training.
  • oQuality improvement training



  • o2 years post-qualification experience as a SaLT
  • oSubstantial experience working within MDT teams


  • oPost qualification experience working with learning disabilities / ASD / mental health
  • oParticipation in service / systems development
  • oSupervision experience
  • oExperience in clinical governance activities
  • oExperience working in forensic settings
  • oExperience participating in Quality Improvement projects
  • oParticipation in research / development

Knowledge and Skills


  • oGood understanding of national strategy, guidance and key standards in own specialist area and their application in practice
  • oSpecialist clinical knowledge in own area, particularly Communcation management
  • oClinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • oSafeguarding and its application in practice.


  • oCare Programme Approach and its application in practice
  • oResearch and Development Methodology
  • oMental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and their application in practice.



  • oClearly articulate the role of the Speech & Language Therapy Service to wide and diverse range of people.
  • oCommunicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • oSolve complex clinical problems
  • oRecord complex information accurately and concisely and write reports
  • oWork collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • oManage own caseload, prioritise and delegate effectively
  • oMotivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team.
  • oApply latest research evidence and evaluative thinking in practice
  • oProvide effective teaching and training
  • oUse multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings.

Personal attributes


  • oAble to work in accordance with the Staff Compact and Trust Values and Behaviours.
  • oCompassionate in meeting needs of vulnerable people, their families and carers.
  • oAble to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in distressing and challenging circumstances.
  • oAble to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team.
  • oAble to use own initiative and make decisions independently as appropriate to the band.
  • oCommitted to continual quality and service improvement.
  • oCommitted to promoting a positive image of people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • oCommitted to promoting a positive image of the Speech & Language Therapy Service.
  • oSelf-aware and committed to professional and personal development.
  • oAble to reflect and critically appraise own performance and accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision.



  • oAbility to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.


  • oThis post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


John Howard Centre

12 Kenworthy Road


E9 5TD

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