Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Forensic Service for a Speech and Language therapist to work in the Integrated Support Unit within HMP Durham.

The ISU team work with service users with learning disability / autism diagnoses who present with forensic risks. The Team is made up of nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology and Support workers.

The service provides assessment and support for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions in a community setting.

You will also be part the Health and Justice SLT team who work within a wider Multi-Disciplinary framework to support service users who have communication and swallowing needs in a number of Health and Justice services. There will be flexibility of location across the region as there are a number of Trust and partner agency sites available.

Main duties of the job

Working and promoting a culture of evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

The post holder will also be part of a dynamic SLT service in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, with well defined peer support, supervision systems and CPD opportunities.

The post holder will have a degree in Speech and Language Therapy and have significant experience in Speech and Language Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs. Experience of working within forensic settings would be desirable but support and training will be provided.

The post will be to commence as soon as possible with a period of induction and training.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Lauren Edwards - Team Manager

Email lauren.edwards14@nhs.net

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Post-graduate training in specialist areas relevant to the role e.g. Intensive Interaction, Talking Mats, Dysphagia, Autism etc. (or willingness to achieve within agreed timescale)


  • Membership of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.



  • Post graduate dysphagia training and experience in relevant clinical area
  • Experience of working with adults with LD and/or MH difficulties
  • Experience of teaching/training
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision


  • Post graduate dysphagia training
  • Experience of working in a MDT
  • Experience of supervising students
  • Experience in prison setting / forensic setting



  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.


  • Awareness of personality disorder /OPD pathway
  • Knowledge of communication difficulties and impact on offender health

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Durham, Integrated Support Unit



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