Paediatric SLT– Combined Community Specialist and Universal/Targeted

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist - Combined Community Specialist and Universal/Targeted post

We are seeking a passionate, innovative and motivated Speech and Language Therapist to join our Childrens Speech and Language Therapy Team. We are looking for an individual who demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with a passion for delivering high standards of care in the heart of the community

The role will be to support the development and delivery of the targeted and universal levels of the speech and language therapy service in line with current commission requirements.

To audit and review outcomes for stakeholders and children accessing targeted and universal speech and language therapy service levels.

To propose service developments which make best use of available resources and reduce duplication across agencies.

This is a combined Community Specialist therapist and Universal/Targeted therapist role and Band 5-6 development opportunity option will be considered

Main duties of the job

To promote interagency work to ensure all children have appropriate language and communication opportunities to reach their desired outcomes.

Share expertise related to key messages and to model best practise with colleagues, families and practitioners.

To undertake effective and holistic assessment of children referred to understand the functional impact of any speech, language or communication need and the service role in addressing this need.

To coordinate the management of a clinical caseload of children identified as meeting criteria for targeted level response.

Management of specialist clinical caseload in line with service demands.

To establish individualised management and treatment plans, using advanced clinical reasoning and utilising a wide range of evidence based treatment skills and options to formulate highly specialised interventions and programmes of care.

To promote health and reduce inequalities for children, young people, families and communities, so that they may be able to maximise their potential in terms of health, education and social well-being.

Provide supervision to colleagues which facilitates a culture of learning and reflective practice.

Identify audit/research opportunities, initiating, designing and implementing projects and resulting recommendations/ service development proposals.

To work as a member of the integrated team for children throughout the district to ensure high quality coordinated patient care.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond.We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

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  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent qualification in Speech and Language Therapy approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
  • Registered with HCPC
  • On-going membership with the RCSLT


  • Evidence of advanced postgraduate training in field of specialism.
  • Membership of specialist interest groups.
  • Elklan, Hanen. PECS



  • Post graduate experience.
  • Experience of delivering training to others (parents, other agencies)
  • Experience of implementing own service development initiatives.
  • Experience of working in a variety of community settings.


  • Evidence of Leadership Training.
  • Audit experience



  • To demonstrate specialist knowledge across the full range of work procedures and practises, which are underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience.
  • High level of knowledge of current national and local strategies, clinical guidelines and legislation relating to the delivery of speech and language therapy services to early years, and school aged population.
  • To have a highly developed knowledge of a broad range of specialist assessments as required.
  • An understanding of the roles of other professionals involved in the specialist area of practice.


  • The Balanced System training
  • TOMs

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Highly developed physical skills where a high degree of precision, speed and high levels of hand/eye and sensory co-ordination are essential for performing real time, accurate phonemic and phonetic transcriptions and signing to support speech.
  • To use highly developed auditory, perceptual and observational skills, together with highly specialist knowledge, underpinned by current evidence based practise to assess, make differential diagnoses, structure clear care plans and adapt practise to meet individual circumstances.
  • To be able to use highly developed communication skills for communicating and understanding highly complex, sensitive and contentious information in a verbal or written form, where there may be significant barriers to acceptance and understanding, which need to be overcome, using highly developed negotiation, influencing, persuasive, and emphatic or reassurance skills. E.g. Negotiating with or motivating parents/carers, clients; sensitive communication of condition related news, providing reassurance; managing disagreements or conflicts about client management, generating and negotiating solutions in complex and emotional situations, dealing with confrontational individuals and/or agencies.
  • Skills to lead and promote multi agency and inter agency working and collaborative practise.
  • To be able to maintain intense concentration on a frequent basis in all aspects of patient management. In particular, to monitor auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of client communication, adapting and facilitating according to the perceived needs of the client.
  • Ability to manage own time, prioritise tasks and work independently to manage cases, using relevant policies and specialist knowledge to inform and make clinical decisions.
  • Ability to multi task on a frequent basis e.g. analyse data, compile complex reports with distractions and frequent interruptions.
  • To demonstrate skills and awareness of manual handling regulations in relati
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