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Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to offer this exciting opportunity to work across our specialist inpatient and community services in CPFT. This post is suitable for a specialist therapist with experience of working with children and young people (CYP) who present with social, emotional and mental health needs.

If you enjoy innovative practice, have strong communication and interpersonal skills and are enjoy working flexibly with children and young people with SEMH needs we would love to hear from you.

We are a friendly and supportive team committed to providing effective services to CYP across in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

With a strong ethos of CPD, clinical support and supervision, our dynamic team provides evidence-based advice, training and interventions to CYP their families and setting staff. We work with CYP aged 0-19 with speech, language and communication needs and feeding difficulties at universal, targeted and specialist levels.

Part-time and flexible working requests will be considered.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the development and delivery of specialist Speech and Language Therapy provision within children's inpatient units, a secure children's home, and hospitals for children and young people (CYP) who present with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, working closely within multidisciplinary teams.

The post holder will be responsible for the autonomous assessment and management of a highly specialist and complex caseload of young people with SEMH needs and other communication disorders which may present with additional diagnoses. The post holder will be responsible for management of all referrals relating to SEMH specialist settings across the Trust and have an oversight of the SEMH pathway and management in the service.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share out vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disable people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

1. The post holder will demonstrate highly specialist knowledge and clinical skills in SEMH and trauma across the 0-19 age range.

2. To be highly proficient in the assessment, identification, treatment and management of the specialist health and communication needs of Children with SEMH needs and other complex conditions. This may include assessment of complex conditions and presentations such as developmental trauma, autism, ADHD as well as behaviour which challenges.3. To use highly specialist observation skills to assess service user and care staff interaction (including verbal, non-verbal communication etc) encouraging adaptive strategies to maximise effective communication being aware of cultural or linguistic differences.

4. To modify clinical intervention based on outcomes and assessment findings

5. To make onward referral as appropriate

6. To enable the implementation, adaptation and use of alternative and augmentative communication across a variety of communication environments. Working together with service users and their supports.

7. To identify the need for, and be involved in, development and delivery of training packages to enhance the communication and other skills of setting and support staff, as well as parents and carers and others working with children with SEMH needs and other communication difficulties.

8. To work collaboratively with service users, their support staff, carers and families as appropriate, to make decisions relevant to the service users individual needs.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Qualification Degree or equivalent
  • Registered with Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD


  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses
  • Member of Special Interest group



  • Some years working as a Band 6 Paediatric SLT
  • Range of experience of working at Band 6 level
  • Placements and volunteering (SEMH).
  • Personal experience, processed with therapeutic support.
  • And/or enthusiasm and engagement within the field of SEMH


  • Teaching experience of delivering presentations

Knowledge & Skills


  • Relevant national, local and regional legislation and policies, including those related to SEMH, including NICE guidelines.
  • Underlying reasons for behaviour - including autism, learning disabilities (LD), developmental language disorder (DLD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Implications on speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) & SEMH.
  • Safeguarding as it applies to SEMH.
  • The impact of attachment and complex trauma.
  • Well established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group including informal assessments for pragmatics, narrative skills, in additional to other language assessments.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to see the CYP in their wider family and social context.
  • Ability to see the positives in a CYP (unconditional positive regard).
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build trusting relationships with other professionals, parents and CYP.
  • Attunement - being able to contain CYP's emotion and support them to regulate.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Winchester Place

80 Thorpe Road,



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