Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Children)

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Pembroke Dock
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a full time, permanent Band 6 Specialist Children's Speech and Language Therapist who will be based in Pembrokeshire.

You will be providing a combination of specialist, targeted and universal provision to children and the teams supporting the children who have a wide range of speech, language and communication needs who attend mainstream schools.

We are looking for an individual who demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with a passion for delivering high standards of care working in the heart of the community. You will work as part of a well-established team of therapists, assistants and multi-agency colleagues.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to service developments and will contribute to the provision of evidence based intervention through a Care Aims and Therapy Outcome Measures approach to caseload management.

If you are interested in developing your skills with children with cleft lip and palate and/or paediatric dysphagia and/or complex needs, then we would be happy to support this.

If you are looking for a new challenge and want to be part of an innovative forward thinking team then please get in touch.

Main duties of the job

You will be supported by a team of Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapists and have the opportunity to be part of shaping and developing the service as well as providing supervision to junior colleagues.

The caseload will comprise of children with a range of Speech Language and Communication Needs including Cleft Lip and Palate, DLD and dysfluency and there will be also be small number of children with complex needs who you would work with a specialist team to support.

You will be responsible for managing your own caseload within identified schools, providing assessment, intervention, advice and training as required. An ability to develop strong working relationships with education staff is essential.

You will also be required to liaise closely with parents, education staff and other health professionals to ensure strategies and approaches can be embedded both at home and in school.

The development of leadership skills in all posts is actively promoted within the Hywel Dda Speech and Language Therapy Service. We encourage active engagement with local Professional Practice Groups (PPGs) and involvement with innovations in Speech and Language Therapy at an All Wales/National level.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post. Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (five of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be providing a combination of specialist, targeted and universal provision to children and the teams supporting the children who have a wide range of speech, language and communication needs who attend mainstream schools.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 16/10/2023.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • RCSLT membership
  • Member of relevant CEN
  • Successful completion of specialist short courses relevant to area of clinical expertise to postgraduate diploma level
  • Knowledge of a wide range of specialist assessment tools and procedures to evaluate communication and eating and drinking skills, particularly relevant to the specialist caseload
  • Knowledge of key characteristics leading to a specialist differential diagnosis relevant to an area of clinical expertise
  • Knowledge of selecting, setting and evaluating specialist treatment goals
  • Knowledge of a specialist range of therapeutic interventions demonstrating the evidence base for these approaches
  • Knowledge of multidisciplinary team approaches
  • Knowledge and understanding of key documents and legislation relating to specialist area.
  • Well established knowledge of legal and professional issues of confidentiality
  • Knowledge of record keeping standards, data protection / Caldicott guidelines
  • Knowledge of health and safety issues
  • Basic understanding of the principals of clinical governance / audit
  • Highly developed auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically


  • Student Supervision training - introductory level
  • Basic Counselling
  • Well established knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to area of clinical expertise
  • Knowledge and experience of working with patients who have a learning disability and dysphagia to a highly specialist level
  • Knowledge of approaches to mentoring less experienced SLTs and support staff
  • Basic qualitative and quantitative research approaches



  • Considerable post registration clinical experience relevant to the advertised post/specialist area including: - Supervision of support workers - Meeting patient/service user needs through collaborative working with families, carers other professionals and the wider workforce


  • Full SLT Student placement, inclusive of assessment
  • Support of junior staff
  • Delivery of specialist training to a range of audiences
  • Working with groups

Language Skills


  • Welsh speaker (Level 1)



  • Prepared to work in a variety of sites based upon service need
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post in a timely manner
  • CRB Cleared at enhanced level

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Pembroke Dock Health Centre

Water Street

Pembroke Dock

SA72 6DW

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