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Highly Specialist SALT - Dysphagia, AAC and Team Co-ordinator

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

If you are a compassionate and enthusiastic practitioner wishing to enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and experience in paediatric dysphagia, AAC and team co-ordinator as a band 7, then this is the job for you. You will be working within the Manchester SALT team who are part of the Manchester Local Care Organisation.

Working closely with the additional needs team you will be responsible for providing dysphagia and AAC support to infants and children who have complex health conditions and/or learning difficulties within the community and specialist support schools across the city.

As team co-ordinator you will be involved in recruitment, staff inductions and workforce management - eg co-ordinating timetables and liaising with colleagues in education where appropriate.

This role will give you the chance to develop your continuing specialist AAC skills and leadership skills as team co-ordinator. We will support you with specialist and bespoke training, to reach your potential and excel in your role.

You will be supported in your role by a B8 clinical lead. You will also work with the Head of Service and operational team co-ordinators to ensure the smooth delivery of the AAC service across the city.

Professional development is valued and supported within our teams.

We promote flexibility and are happy to support different working patterns, please speak to us if you'd like further information about how we can support you.

Main duties of the job

You will:

To be a specialist community speech and language therapist in the field of dysphagia AAC and team co-ordinator

To act as an autonomous practitioner with specialist knowledge, skills and experience, assessing, diagnosing and managing patients on the caseload including

To work as a Speech and Language Team Coordinator supporting the operational management of the Speech and Language Therapy team.

To lead on recruitment, staff inductions and workforce management. For example, coordinating timetables and liaising with contacts in education where appropriate.

To manage and develop key pathways in conjunction with senior colleagues eg AAC and Specialist Early years interventions.

To work with key stakeholder on AAC steering groups and working parties.

To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of one's professional and clinical work, working to agreed national and professional standards.

The post involves working in the location best suited to the patient's needs at that time, including community clinics, children's centres, mainstream schools, specialist educational provision and the patient's home.

In Manchester many of the patients are from families whose mother tongue is not English.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Accredited degree or equivalent
  • HCPC registered
  • Post Basic Dysphagia qualification or equivalent
  • Membership of relevant SIGs

Skills, Knowledge and understanding


  • Highly comprehensive theoretical knowledge of paediatric SLCN, dysphagia and AAC
  • Knowledge and understanding of up to date assessment procedures and therapy in dysphagia, AAC and SLCN techniques in ASC
  • Excellent caseload management skills



  • Considerable experience of working with children with SLCN, dysphagia and AAC
  • Experience of training SLTs and others at a specialist level
  • Experience of supporting less experienced staff
  • Organisational ability

Personal attributes and abilities


  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills
  • Excellent ability to work as a team
  • Excellent negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Excellent analytical and reflections skills
  • self motivated and able to lead and motivate other in a team.

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