Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

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

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If you are a compassionate and enthusiastic practitioner wishing to enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and experience in paediatric dysphagia 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 support to infants and children who have complex health conditions and/or learning difficulties within the community and specialist support schools across the city.

You will also provide dysphagia support to children within mainstream schools.

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 dysphagia service across the city. This may include being involved in service delivery changes as needs across this area evolve and we will welcome your ideas for the service development and provide you with the support you need to grow as a professional.

Professional development is valued and supported within our teams. You will receive one to one clinical support, and support with your professional development,

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

Provide specialist assessment and management of patients with wide ranging dysphagia and/or acquired communication needs.

Take responsibility for devising, monitoring and evaluating specialist advice/programmes of care for parents/carers and other professionals.

Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to provide education, advice and support to patients, parents/carers and the wider staff team.

Have excellent organisational and time management skills, being able to prioritise a busy workload and cope well under pressure.

Take responsibility for keeping up to date with recent developments and research relevant to clinical area and contribute to small scale studies as appropriate.

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 resourcing@mft.nhs.uk.

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • SLT degree
  • HCPC registration
  • Post Basic Dysphagia qualification or equivalent



  • Highly comprehensive theoretical knowledge of paediatric dysphagia and SLCN
  • Considerable experience of working in specialist field required for post
  • Knowledge and up to date use of assessment procedures and therapy techniques in specialist field
  • Excellent caseload management skills


  • Valve changing



  • Considerable experience of working with children with SLCN
  • Comprehensive experience of training SLTs and others at a specialist level
  • Experience of supporting less experienced staff
  • Service delivery improvements
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Teamwork

Personal Attributes


  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills
  • Excellent negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills
  • Ability to work within a team

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

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Levenshulme Health Centre

Dunstable Street


M19 3BX

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