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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about working with children with complex or additional needs including autism?

Do you enjoy joint working with colleagues such as specialist teachers and paediatricians?

Do you have experience working with pre-school and school-aged children?

With a strong ethos of clinical support and supervision, our dynamic, award-winning team provides evidence-based advice, training and interventions to children and young people. Our aim is to change the lives of children and young people with communication difficulties across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The successful candidate will specialise in working with children with complex needs, and work in the community with both pre-school and school-age children including children who stammer.

Due to exciting developments across our Trust, we are recruiting an enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. This part-time post will be based in Ely for up to 0.6 WTE.

*There may be fixed-term Specialist Speech and Language Therapist posts available. Details will be discussed with successful candidates at interview, or you will be welcome to contact Katie Thompson in advance at:

Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than scheduled.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a first class clinician with strong communication and interpersonal skills to join our friendly and welcoming team. The successful candidate will specialise in working with children with complex needs and work in the community with both pre-school and school-age children.

If you join our team, you will:
  • Receive high quality support and supervision from your locality coordinator and your area lead, as well as from clinical specialists and wider team members
  • Provide direct therapy to children who need it, when they need it
  • Work with children with a range of needs with a person-centred approach to supervision, meaning that senior clinical specialists are available to support you depending on your own confidence and experience
  • Access in-house training which aims to meet your needs and interests
  • Receive the NHS annual leave entitlement which can be taken flexibly in the year

  • Comments from therapists who recently joined our team include:

    My supervisors and colleagues are genuinely interested in my professional development and helping achieve my goals.

    There are many opportunities for additional training in areas you are interested in, such as stammering, dysphagia, or AAC.

    Everyone in the Trust is extremely friendly and approachable. I know there is always someone I can go to for support.

    About us

    Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

    There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

    If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    To independently manage a specialist caseload of pre-school and school age children who have speech, language and communication difficulties.

    To undertake a range of assessments, both standardised and non-standardised, taking account of medical, social and educational factors, which combined with specialist theoretical knowledge will lead to differential diagnosis

    To plan, deliver and evaluate specialist intervention following professional guidelines and agreed service standards

    As part of that process, to be able to plan appropriate long term and short term goals working towards discharge

    To undertake administrative duties connected with the caseload including maintenance of case notes and provision of written reports, following service standards

    To ensure that all work is carried out in close collaboration with all those involved in childrens care so that the approach to intervention and support is co-ordinated and comprehensive

    To identify when there is a need for a second opinion, referring to senior colleagues or SLT specialists as appropriate

    To make onward referral as appropriate

    To identify any variations to service delivery or demands and inform the Locality Co-ordinator and Area & Clinical Lead of the likely impact on the service

    To participate in development of policy, clinical guidelines, clinical governance and service development through discussion and involvement in projects as appropriate, including innovative practice, in collaboration with senior colleagues

    Responsibility for specific, clearly defined projects as delegated by the Locality Co-ordinator.

    To be familiar with local and national standards and to work in line with these

    To ensure that parents/carers are aware of the standards they should expect from the speech and language therapy service

    To ensure effective communication of complex condition-related information to parents/carers regarding the assessment process, assessment findings and planned intervention, including engagement of parents/carers in intervention

    To ensure children are involved in goal setting and decision making around their own care as appropriate to their age, developmental level and language skills

    To ensure parents/carers are involved in decision making around their childs care including discharge from the service

    To liaise effectively and work in partnership with other professionals (particularly teachers and teaching assistants), including the development of shared goals for intervention

    To write reports on children, in line with service standards, including contributions to statutory assessment

    To offer advice to others concerning support for individual children

    To actively contribute to case conferences/ review meetings for children on the caseload

    To recognise how and when information may be shared within the bounds of confidentiality and the Data Protection Act

    To attend SLT team meetings, actively contributing as appropriate

    Contribute to CCS internal communication strategies ensuring effective two-way communication and engagement within the organisation

    Contribute to CCS external communication strategies working with the Head of Communications to raise awareness and promote the reputation of CCS services

    To contribute to ensuring that CCS responsibilities to engage and consult with patients and the public are met in line with statutory requirements

    To participate in training other professionals/ parents as appropriate

    To identify training needs in the multi-disciplinary team needed to support the care of children on the caseload

    To attend all Trust mandatory training

    To access and accept clinical supervision from senior or specialist colleagues in line with service policy

    To supervise and clinically support SLT assistants/ teaching assistants/volunteers as appropriate

    To mentor newly qualified SLTs providing support and contributing to induction with guidance from more senior colleagues

    To provide clinical placements for SLT students including contributing to the assessment of exam placements

    Maintaining own professional development and requirement to take part in appraisal and KSF process

    To maintain and update skills and knowledge in relevant areas

    To develop and monitor own clinical expertise in specialist area through planned CPD

    To participate in service audit and projects as agreed with the Area & Clinical Lead

    To actively reflect on practice with peers and more senior colleagues to promote professional development and evidence based decision making

    To be advised on developments in current practice by more senior colleagues

    Observe and maintain strict confidentiality with regards to any patient/family/staff/records and information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

    Any data that is taken/shared as part of a phone call or transported, faxed or transferred electronically must be undertaken with regard to the Trust Information Governance and Information Security policies.

    The post holder must adhere to the Trust risk assessment and risk management processes

    The post holder must adhere to infection control policies and procedures

    It is a condition of your employment that you are currently registered with HCPC and it is your responsibility to maintain your professional registration.

    Undertake mandatory training and any other training relevant to the role as required by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

    The post holder must participate in clinical and other audits as required

    Provide patients and their families /carers with information on standards they should expect from the team

    Participate in clinical supervision on a regular basis

    The post holder is required to participate in relevant emergency preparedness process for their team.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications & Training


    • Degree or Postgraduate equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
    • Registered Member of RCSLT
    • Registered Member of HCPC
    • Evidence of successful completion of short specialist courses


    • Evidence of commitment to CPD
    • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Network

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Well established specialist knowledge about speech, language and communication disorders associated with complex conditions
    • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to the client group and the ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
    • Excellent communication skills including the ability to convey sensitive or distressing information to parents/carers
    • Understanding of the impact of local cultural, linguistic and demographic factors that influence service delivery in own area of clinical specialism


    • Working in a mainstream school with children who have complex communication needs
    • Previous experience of working with children with complex speech disorders
    • Knowledge of Makaton or BSL signing



    • Experience of developing and delivering training
    • Recent and comprehensive experience working in community clinics, schools and pre-schools
    • Experience of working in a range of multiagency settings and with interagency teams


    • Previous experience supervising less experienced colleagues
    • Experience of advising/providing further opinions

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


    Princess of Wales Hospital

    Lynn Road


    CB6 1DN

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