Children's Speech and Language Therapist

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service is currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic Band 5 or soon to be qualified Speech Language Therapist to be part of our innovative outpatient service. The post is based in the Bassetlaw area but could go across the Doncaster and Bassetlaw health communities.

This post is also open to Newly Qualified candidates awaiting registration.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to:
  • Provide clinical expertise in supporting the delivery of high standards of therapeutic care for patients within their care / speciality
  • Manage own caseload and to provide a high standard of assessment, management, treatment and advice to meet the needs of patients.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in health, social care, local authority and other agencies to meet the needs of patients.
  • Ensure the efficient and effective use of resources available within the team.
  • Work with other members of the team in the development of the service.
  • Ensure Clinical Governance is integral to service delivery within the specialty area.
  • Represent the Therapy Team and contribute to the development of the wider Therapy service within Clinical Therapies.

About us

The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Speech and Language Therapy Service is team of 28 therapists and therapy assistants working across multiple clinical pathways but all delivering the very highest levels of care to our paediatric caseloads.

Team leads are in place to offer operational support along with clinical specialists available to provide clinical support. Clinical supervision is available for all staff.

As a teaching hospital, opportunities are available to participate in research. The department has a track record of successful applications to Health Education England - National Institute for Health Research clinical academic programmes with staff participating in the Internship and Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship schemes.

Our organisation is driven by our strategic objectives and organisational values and we look for people who are strongly aligned with them.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as a source of clinical knowledge within the team to non-qualified staff.
  • To promote clinical excellence through his/her practice within their level of competence and developing skill set
  • To manage a clinical caseload within a defined clinical area working autonomously, but with access to advice/support from senior physiotherapy staff.
  • Work collaboratively in the multidisciplinary team to plan treatment and care of individual patients.
  • Work in collaboration with other health care professionals within the wider health community to drive the excellence in clinical care and service improvement within the speciality.
  • To act as a resource for patients assessing their individual needs and observing the principles of holistic care when planning treatments that are sensitive to the ethnic, cultural and spiritual needs of the patient.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of standards/ compliance of targets within their speciality.
  • Provide advice and support to patients and carers from diagnosis and throughout the patient pathway. Liaising withthemultidisciplinary team to provide a high standard of care
  • Enable and empower patients to make informed decisions regarding treatment options through the provision of expert knowledge and utilisation of relevant resources
  • Will participate in service reviews
  • Provide prompt clinical advice to all health professionals, using personal clinical knowledge to positively influence care delivery to patients
  • Provide appropriate information and education to patients and their relatives and contribution to the development and production ofinformation for patients
  • Proactively supports patients and carers in coming to terms with their condition, providing ongoing support, encouraging them to promote health and wellbeing
  • Provide symptom advice to patients & health professionals in the management of patients
  • Assist in the formulation clinical guidelines and protocols actively involving other members of the MDT, patients, carers, community colleagues
  • Establish and sustain excellent communication links with primary care and other healthcare providers including colleagues in the voluntary sector
  • Demonstrate effective use of counselling skills when dealing with patients who are psychologically distressed i.e. having received bad news
  • Provide support to patients receiving significant news and refer to appropriate support agencies as relevant.
  • Participate in all aspects of research, clinical audit and service evaluation and through evidence-based practice, demonstrate clinical excellence with measurable standards and outcomes aiming to improve care and quality of life
  • Proactively demonstrate engagement in research
  • The post holder will have a portfolio of relevant up to date evidence of clinical practice within his/her specialist field
  • Use clinical supervision and peer group support to underpin personal professional development
  • Take responsibility for driving personal annual appraisal process
  • To hold responsibility for managing own caseload within an agreed defined area.
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapy intervention to meet the assessed needs of patients.
  • To ensure assessment / treatment is carried out in the most appropriate environment.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work and support junior staff to do the same.
  • To provide advice to colleagues with regard to the Therapy management of patients with complex needs.
  • To complete a range of written reports as appropriate.

Management/ Organisational
  • To contribute to service developments through the use of peer review, audit, evaluation of outcome measures etc.
  • To help facilitate changes/improvements to the service as required.
  • To help facilitate service developments/ changes within the clinical pathway in conjunction with other professionals/agencies and more experienced clinicians.
  • Contribute to the provision of a high standard of service, delivered within local and national guidelines and within the resources available.
  • To help in the implementation of appropriate new evidence based techniques and activities.
  • Acting as a role model, employ professional behaviour that encourages and coaches their peers to challenge their current competencies, whilst seeking opportunities to enhance their roles.
  • To liaise with and provide regular feedback to their line manager on clinical issues e.g. resources, waiting times, outcome monitoring targets.
  • To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  • To maintain robust communication networks with other agencies and professions. This may include attending meetings, case discussions etc.
  • To participate in and contribute to a range of meetings/forums as required.
  • To actively seek the views of patients and carers on patient experience provided. Taking action to make improvements where indicated.
  • Proactively engage and implement any recommendations from findings of patient and carer surveys and national reports linked to clinical care and patient safety.
  • Actively encourage staff to take part in staff surveys. Proactively engage and undertake any recommendations from findings of staff survey

Education and Development

Has a key role in promoting a learning environment. This includes:
  • regular clinical supervision
  • induction of new staff into the Team, as and when is appropriate
  • contributing to the development and delivery of educational programmes using a variety of media for relevant staff.
  • the involvement in the on-going professional development of Therapy staff and other staff/students from other professions as required.
  • providing supervision for and assessment of Therapy students on placement including the provision of written assessments in accordance with professional body competence framework
  • being responsible for own Continuing Professional Development to ensure professional competence and fitness to practice.
  • To demonstrate evidence of completion of training as per Statutory and Essential Training (SET) Matrix
  • demonstrating CPD through participation in internal and external training opportunities as appropriate.
  • maintaining a Personal Professional Portfolio.

Person Specification



  • Professional specific degree i.e. BSC speech sciences or Masters in medical sciences.
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council
  • Car driver



  • Relevant undergraduate experience of working with a paediatric caseload
  • Relevant undergraduate experience of working with a range of assessment tools and appropriate therapeutic interventions


  • Relevant undergraduate experience of working with children with special educational needs
  • Undergraduate experience of signing e.g. Makaton
  • Relevant undergraduate experience of working with multidisciplinary teams

Interpersonal skills


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Can demonstrate good analytical and reflection skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Adaptable to change
  • Prioritisation skills

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