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Adult Speech & Language Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Are you about to start your career and or are you looking for a new challenge? The Adult Community team are looking for 2 fulltime Band 5s to be based at Tilehurst Clinic Reading though we do occasionally need you to work at other sites or attend meetings within the locality - both East and West Berkshire. We are looking for someone who is NQT or with experience and motivation and a desire to be part of a small but enthusiastic team.

For newly qualified staff, you will work your way through our Preceptorship programme over the first year of employment which will help you make this transition and consolidate all the skills and knowledge gained throughout your training. A large number of our clients have swallowing problems and so you will be expected to complete your post graduate dysphagia training within the first year of working in the team. It is a completely adult caseload and fully supported by experienced SLT's band 6s and the band 7s Clinical specialists.

You will be closely supervised to sign off your NQT competencies and dysphagia training will be provided. LSVT training is also desirable but you will be able to complete this training as we offer this to our PD clients. There will be close support from the Community team across Berkshire and opportunities to spend time in the other SLT Teams based in Berkshire. We now use Teams to keep in touch and have regular weekly updates and team chats.

Interviews to be held 15th June 2023

Main duties of the job

o Working with clients with acquired disorders -eg PD Stroke

o To provide advice to parents/carers regarding the management and care of patients/clients with communication and swallowing difficulties

o Using RIO patient held records

o Provide LSVT to PD clients

o Group working with specific client groups

o Actively participate in team meetings

o Work flexibly in response to service need across multiple sites

o Liaise with the team for support on a day to day basis

o Provide a service in all community settings including Out-paitents clinics ,home visits ,NH

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

The trust employs almost 5,000 people over more than 100 sites and community settings across Windsor & Maidenhead, Slough, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

As an inclusive employer, we value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall 100 Top Employer. Whatever your background or individual needs, at Berkshire Healthcare you'll be supported by friendly and professional managers to succeed.

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

o Caring for and about you is our top priority

o Committed to providing good quality, safe services

o Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Benefits of working for us include: Flexible working options to support work-life balance. 27 days annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell leave Generous NHS pension scheme 20.68% employer contribution Excellent learning and career development opportunities Advanced IT enablement Cycle to Work and car leasing scheme Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants via the Blue Light Card Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and more to support equality Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and access to our three staff nurseries

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Licence to Practice
  • Registered with HCPC


  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist

Previous Experience


  • Experience in evaluating own practice
  • Experience in adult clinical field
  • Evidence of desire to work with Adult caseload

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel to multiple sites - must be a car driver with access to own vehicle

Continuous Professional Development


  • NQT Competencies
  • Dysphagia competencies

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).

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Speech and Language Therapy Adults Community, Tilehurst Clinic

168 Corwen Road


RG30 4SH

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