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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum pro rata inclusive of Inner London HCAS
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The post holder will be responsible for the management and delivery of speech and language therapy services within a large London prison. We are excited to be the first remand prison to have launched a neurodiversity-and trauma-informed prison wing that provides an accessible and adapted environment for those who cannot cope effectively on the main residential wings, with significant input from the multidisciplinary network of operational and clinical staff. The successful Speech and Language candidate will be responsible for assessment and management of individuals with communication needs and will offer advice, training and consultation to non-speech and language therapy colleagues. They will take the key role in the development of accessible information and services and will lead on the further development of the Neurodevelopmental pathway- additional training will be available in this area. There may also be some involvement with dysphagia referrals and input to the dysphagia pathway for the NLFS. The successful applicant will work within a multi-disciplinary team comprising of a range of mental health professionals. There will be regular professional supervision and they will meet with colleagues from the speech and language therapy team within the wider service. The post will involve liaison, joint-working and providing advice to other clinical, educational and criminal justice professionals and other external agencies when appropriate.

Main duties of the job

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About us

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) andcommunity Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care. BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which is the lead provider of forensic mental health services that managed the devolved New Models of care budget, it delivers MH care across some of the prisons, and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.'

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • Recognised degree or equivalent qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration.
  • Good IT skills and experience of using computer based communication programmes


  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Dysphagia Trained

Experience and Knowledge


  • Clear evidence to demonstrate specialist experience and the acquisition of clinical skills for working in the criminal justice system with people with mental health conditions, learning disability and autism
  • Experience of teaching and training others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within professional settings
  • Experience of compiling and using accessible information and appropriate range of IT skills to support this
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience of working autonomously within a prison service
  • Evidence of work-based learning to demonstrate clinical skills within a range of clinical settings
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems and where there is a history of violence.

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills and ability to communicate sensitive and complex information.
  • Ability to communicate findings from assessment to service users, and members of the multi-disciplinary team / other professionals.
  • Collaborative and consultative skills within multidisciplinary working.
  • Skills in the assessment, intervention and management of communication difficulties.



  • Ability to be flexible, engaging and approachable and can work quickly and responsively with both service users and the multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to be reflective about their own practice.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as under supervision and with colleagues.

Other Requirements


  • Understanding of clinical risk management and the ability to manage this
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


HMP Pentonville

Caledonian Road


N7 8TT

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