Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£28,834 to £35,099 per annum
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Join our friendly and supportive team to support Flying Start and Early Years services in Ceredigion. This is an excellent area to work in for both professional development opportunities and wellbeing.

You will join a well-established community team based in Ceredigion as part of the Flying Start and Early Years team.

The successful post holder will have regular access to senior colleagues and clinical practice groups.

There are excellent opportunities for continued professional development, clinical and managerial supervision and you will be encouraged to engage in service developments. We encourage collaboration between teams in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire which means that there are extensive opportunities available for professional development.

The Hywel Dda Speech and Language Therapy service is keen to promote and actively support leadership skills in all members of staff.

We would welcome applications from undergraduates, newly qualified SLTs or experienced Band 5 looking for a new challenge.

Main duties of the job

Flying Start is part of Welsh Government's early years programme aimed at providing additional support services for children under 4 and their families living in disadvantaged areas of Wales.

You will work alongside Specialist Speech and Language Therapists and Speech & Language Therapy Assistants to provide a service to children with communication difficulties and their families.

You will work with families, carers and Early Years staff to support the development of communication for all children in the Flying Start area and a small number of children outside of the Flying Start footprint. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to provide individual and group speech and language therapy and will be expected to support the development of services to this client group in collaboration with the whole Flying Start/Early Years team. Work is carried out in a variety of locations, including children's homes, nurseries, playgroups and schools.

Raising awareness of the importance of communication is pivotal to this role and will include contribution to groups such as Launch into Language and other parent courses.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (five of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Previous experience and knowledge of working with young children and their families and carers would be an advantage. Successful applicants will need to be creative, enthusiastic and resourceful, have a range of relevant experience as a speech and language therapist or undergraduate, and be able to meet the travelling requirements of the job.

There will be opportunities to contribute to the profession at an All Wales level such as through the Public Health CEN.

We are a friendly and supportive department, offering opportunities for development of all staff. In-house and external training will be offered, and regular mentoring is provided.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh isdesirablefor this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 06/10/23

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Degree in Speech & Language Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • RCSLT membership
  • Knowledge of national and local policies and initiatives relevant to the caseload
  • Knowledge of a wide range of specialist assessment tools and procedures relevant to the caseload.
  • Knowledge of differential diagnosis relevant to SLCN in children
  • Knowledge of therapeutic interventions relevant to the caseload, and ability to demonstrate the evidence base for these approaches
  • Knowledge of multidisciplinary team working
  • Knowledge of legal and professional issues relating to confidentiality and record keeping
  • Knowledge of selecting, setting and evaluating treatment goals


  • Basic counselling
  • Understanding of the principles of audit/ clinical governance
  • Basic qualitative and quantitative research approaches
  • Knowledge of relevant Health and Safety issues
  • Knowledge of bilingualism and considerations necessary when delivering therapy in a bilingual environment



  • Experience of working with children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs in a range of settings, and including individual and group work
  • Experience of working in schools
  • Experience of a wide range of assessment and therapy techniques and their application
  • Meeting clients' needs through collaborative working with carers and other professionals


  • Experience of working in specialist units/classes
  • Delivering training to a range of audiences
  • Supervision of support workers
  • Experience of involvement in audit and other service evaluation techniques

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Aberaeron Integrated Care Centre

Vicarage Hill


SA46 0DY

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