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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Tyne and Wear
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two full time, permanent, Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapists to provide input into the inpatients wards for working aged adults and older people's service.

We are looking for two motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are keen to develop their skills, to join the Speech and Language Therapy service as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.

Both successful candidates will work into the working age adults and older people's wards working with patients who have complex cognitive and functional mental health difficulties. One post will work across Northumberland area and the other across Sunderland and South Tyneside areas. Preferences on location will be discussed at interview.

Main duties of the job

These services provide assessment, intervention and an MDT approach/care co-ordination services to adults who have a learning disability, challenging behaviour and/or mental health needs and require specialist speech and language therapy input for communication and/or dysphagia needs.

You will have a particular interest and enthusiasm to work in this area. You should have qualifications and experience relevant in this clinical field and work well as part of a close team and be able to work independently.

You will liaise closely with fellow professionals to address communication and eating/drinking difficulties as part of a holistic, service user centred service and will contribute to, write and review care plans and provide high quality service user centred care.

You will have a varied caseload with opportunities to contribute to a range of wider projects within a variety of wards within inpatient settings.

You will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to contribute to the existing multi-disciplinary team.

A qualification in dysphagia is desirable, but not essential as support will be given for dysphagia training as required.

About us

The Speech and Language Therapy Service in Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is continuing to develop and grow to meet the needs of our patients and local communities. We are looking for dedicated and passionate individuals with different levels of qualifications and clinical knowledge and experience to join our team.

We will provide you with a comprehensive induction period and you will have access to ongoing clinical supervision and appraisal with development reviews that will provide you with support and the specialist skills required to meet the holistic needs of the patients in your care. The post holder will be expected to actively engage in the Trusts supervision and continuing professional development process.

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the separate job description, person specification and in particular the service and role descriptor for more information.

You will be required to travel to other sites across the Trust as part of the role.

Advertising date : 18th May 2023

Closing date : 29th May 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Recognised SALT degree qualification
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of completion of a short course relevant to the area of specialism
  • A dysphagia qualification or commitment to attain this qualification and practice in this clinical area


  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Log of supervised hours/completion of dysphagia competencies

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of delivering appropriate specialist assessments and evidence based interventions to service users with communication and/or swallowing disorders
  • Specialist communication skills, considering a variety of strategies to support adults with complex communication/cognitive needs
  • Experience of developing therapeutic partnerships with service users and carers
  • Experience of communicating interventions to service users and Experience of working with service users with complex needs and their carers in successful delivery of treatment plans
  • Working knowledge of statutory issues which impact on service users eg safeguarding
  • Experience of working within a mult-disciplinary environment
  • Experience of supervising others eg assistant practitioners, students
  • Experience of contributing to audit and/or service evaluation
  • Knowledge and an understanding of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Experience of working at post graduate level as a Speech and Language Therapist with adults who have a learning disability, complex and challenging behaviours and/or mental health needs


  • Knowledge of assessment and management of challenging behaviours
  • Experience of delivering training relevant to SALT

Skills and Competencies


  • Proven ability to carry out and provide comprehensive written assessments of individuals with complex mental health needs
  • Risk assessment, risk/safety management planning skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective and appropriate treatment options including a range of evidence based clinical approaches as identified in the NICE guidance
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and good conflict resolution skills
  • Evidence of a high level of professional, organisational and leadership skills (self and others)
  • Ability to adapt within a changing environment and work under pressure
  • Ability to use electronic recording and relevant IT equipment
  • Ability to work effectively with other professionals using a multi-agency approach. Ability to work autonomously and within a team
  • Excellent time and case management skills
  • Proven track record of acting as an effective advocate for service users and their carers


  • Clinical leadership skills
  • Teaching and presentation skills

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