Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An opportunity has arisen for a part-time Speech and Language Therapist to join a highly experienced, multi-professional health and social care care team working with people with learning disabilities in Bury.

The post-holder will be based within the Community Learning Disability Team at Windsor House in Bury . We deliver high quality health and social care assessments and interventions to people with complex and challenging needs. The team comprises of community nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists, care coordinators, assistant practitioners and psychiatry input.

Main duties of the job

Delivery of evidence based Speech and Language Therapy assessments and interventions to adults with learning disabilities who may have complex and challenging needs. You will be working in a multi-disciplinary context with the expectation to be person centred, creative and innovative in meeting the communication needs of individuals whilst offering support to families and carers. The postholder will be an excellent team player who demonstrates the ability to work effectively and productively.

Key Responsibilities of the Post:

To undertake, highly complex swallowing and communication assessments in order to diagnose speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders.

To develop hypotheses based on assessment and implement Specialist Speech & Language Therapy treatment and programmes of care and discharge appropriately.

To use evidence based practice to inform clinical decision making in relation to communication impairments and dysphagia.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:

Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree qualification or equivalent

Evidence of the successful completion of post basic dysphagia qualification.

Previous experience of working with individuals with learning disabilities

Well established knowledge of relevant national and local policies, procedures and clinical guidelines (relevant to the client group).

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. Were really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure were a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent.
  • HCPC Registration - Licence to Practice.
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses or other post graduate training.
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Evidence of the successful completion of post basic dysphagia qualification


  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Networks.
  • Sign language qualification



  • Relevant clinical experience at post graduate level.
  • Experience in developing specialised packages of care.
  • Experience of working within a relevant specialist area.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with parents, carers and professionals.
  • Experience of training others.
  • Experience of managing the Dysphagia needs of clients with Learning Disabilities



  • Well established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • Well established knowledge of relevant national and local policies, procedures and clinical guidelines (relevant to the client group)
  • Well established knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group).
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its application to practice.
  • Understanding of roles of the other professionals (relevant to the client group)
  • Knowledge of standards of clinical record keeping

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including observation, listening and empathy.
  • Negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Good analytical and reflective skills.
  • Well-developed concentration skills
  • Good presentation skills both verbal and written.
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Prioritisation and caseload management skills.
  • Excellent auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural awareness in service delivery and clinical practice.
  • IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Windsor House

Hollins Brook Park, Little 66, Roach Bank road



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