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Paediatric Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The paediatric Speech and Language Therapy team at the Southampton Children's Hospital are delighted to be able to offer a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic SLT to join us for a unique fixed-term role.

UHS offers fantastic training and development giving you the best possible opportunities to achieve the career you want. Development of our staff is central to the delivery of high quality, safe and effective care. We offer opportunities to develop within a supportive environment.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will: Work with in- and out-patients within our Paediatric SLT team. Have the opportunity to attend and contribute to daily MDTs to offer timely SLT input. Provide communication and eating, drinking and swallowing assessment and therapy. Have opportunities to represent the SLT service and be innovative in your approach to patient care and service delivery whilst being part of the dynamic MDT developing service initiatives.

We are looking for an individual who: Is passionate about working with paediatric patients and their families in an acute setting. Has experience in the assessment and management of acute paediatric inpatients presenting with communication and swallowing difficulties. Is enthusiastic and keen to develop their skills in acute paediatrics. Thrives in working in a busy, dynamic and constantly changing environment. Values and actively contributes to effective MDTs.

Person Specification

Trust values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • HCPC (Health and Care professions Council) registered speech and language therapist
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing CPD and development in relevant areas
  • Evidence of relevant speech and language therapy knowledge and expertise with recent experience demonstrating this
  • Demonstrate a holistic approach to treatment
  • Evidence of ability to cope with unpredictable events and varying clinical and non-clinical work pressures
  • Demonstrate ability to independently plan and prioritise own workload in order to meet deadlines
  • Evidence of highly developed auditory and perceptive skills


  • Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and relevant specialist groups
  • Experience mentoring or supervising speech and language therapy assistants or junior staff
  • Experience and involvement with speech and language therapy student training
  • Experience of audit/project work
  • Ability to cover out of hours commitments on agreed occasions

Skills and competencies


  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Record keeping
  • Keyboard skills
  • Numeracy skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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