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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like to join a warm, welcoming and inclusive multidisciplinary team dedicated to providing flexible, creative, person-cantered and evidence-based support within an inpatient mental health setting for adults and older people?

If so, a fantastic opportunity has arisen for a band 7 Speech and Language Therapist to join our multidisciplinary team and lead on the development of the Speech and Language Therapy clinical pathways and service offer for the specialist mental health inpatient service. This is a newly created post within a brand new team and will be supported by two other speech and language therapists working across the three inpatient locality services within the care group.

The role provides an opportunity to be actively involved in and lead on service development projects to ensure the provision of a high quality service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to develop and lead the SLT service within inpatient specialist mental health services. The post holder will carry a caseload, completing complex assessments and interventions, including assessment and management of communication needs, dysphagia/eating and drinking difficulties and advising on inclusive communication strategies for people with a range of mental health needs and co-occurring conditions who are supported within specialist mental health inpatient services. The post holder will also offer advice, training and consultation to other clinicians and support staff . The post holder will take a key role improving the identification and support of people on the autistic spectrum and will have experience and additional training in this area. The successful applicant will work within a multi-disciplinary team comprising of a range of mental health professionals. There will be regular professional supervision. The post will involve liaison, joint-working and providing advice to other clinical, social and care agencies and other external agencies when appropriate.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Degree in SLT
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of study/postgraduate training at Masters level or equivalent


  • DISCO or ADOS/ADI-R trained
  • Post basic dysphagia qualification
  • Leadership qualification



  • Knowledge and understanding of person centred care
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation and quality framework associated with the clinical speciality (e.g. MHA, Clinical & Social Governance).
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and SLT role within it
  • Understanding and application of safeguarding procedures, and input into complex intervention plans
  • Understanding of the role and function of other organisations providing services to people with mental health needs and how these complement services the NHS provides
  • Awareness of planning & developing services processes


  • Advanced clinical knowledge of medical and mental health conditions, diagnosis, treatment and care



  • Experience of working with people with mental health issues/learning disabilities/autism services
  • Experience in leading change
  • Experience of providing supervision to others
  • Direct experience and expertise of working with clients with complex needs
  • Awareness of current mental health agenda at both a national and local level
  • Awareness of relevant legislation , national policy and best practice guidance


  • Bed based experience
  • Experience of working with people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Experience of service development
  • Strategic working across services with other disciplines

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Beech House


SL11 8QA

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