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Speech and Language Therapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Pro annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting post is available for a Speech and Language Therapist to join the Older People's Mental Health Service in Stockport. This will include the delivery of evidence-based Speech and Language Therapy services including assessments and specialist interventions to older people across inpatient and community settings who may have complex needs.

The post holder will also be involved in the development, implementation and review of care pathways alongside experienced clinicians. The post holder will manage the Speech and Language Therapy input to the teams including inpatient wards (functional and organic), Young and Rarer Dementia Service, Memory Assessment and Community Mental Health Teams.

The post holder will need to be experienced in assessment and will carry a case load in this area. This post provides an interesting mix of both communication assessments and interventions, as well as dysphagia practice. The post holder will have support from an experienced speech and language therapist working within the service.

The post holder will participate in Continuing Professional Development, clinical audit and in service training.

Main duties of the job

To deliver the SLT input for older adults with organic and/or functional mental health disorders. To work within the most appropriate location for the service user i.e. ward or in a community setting including nursing and residential homes as required. Experience of multi-disciplinary Team working is essential and the post holder will need to be able to prioritise and organise a busy caseload on a daily basis.

About us

The post is based at The Meadows in stockport , a small community hospital for older people with complex mental health needs . The Meadows offers a supportive working environment where innovation and ideas are very much welcomed and encouraged . There is a strong ethos of multi disciplinary working and staff wellbeing is priority.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for managing the speech and language therapy caseload withinthe Older Peoples Mental Health ServiceTo adhere to national and local standards and guidelines relating to ProfessionalPractice including RCSLT, NICE etc.To be autonomous and responsible for highly specialist assessment, differentialdiagnosis, formulation of treatment plans, writing assessment reports, providingappropriate intervention and evaluating the treatment outcome for each individualpatientTo be able to relate assessment findings to presenting impairment / pathologyTo receive referrals from all areas at The Meadows (inpatient and community)including psychiatry and psychology for differential diagnosisTo prioritise, organise and manage a clinical caseload to ensure efficient andeffective high quality patient careTo review and discharge individual patients To provide second opinions to colleagues in specialist area and to seek secondopinions when necessary

To make onward referrals when appropriate

To accept support from designated colleaguesTo offer highly specialist advice to relatives / carers and significant others aboutindividual patients and demonstrate practical procedures when appropriateTo independently manage a highly complex caseload i.e. patients withlanguage/communication disorders in the context of dementia and other mentalhealth disorders. This may include patients with challenging behaviour and patientswho have a rare form of dementia such as Primary Progressive AphasiaTo communicate complex condition-related information to patients, service users,carers and other staff in an appropriate manner.To set and maintain a high standard of clinical practice and encourage and motivateother members of the teamTo maintain levels of professional competence and highly specialist clinicalknowledge according to the needs of the serviceTo offer highly specialist clinical / professional advice within a multi-disciplinary setting to work collaboratively with other disciplines.

Person Specification



  • Degree level qualification Speech / Language Pathology Therapy. HCPC Registration.
  • Evidence of successful completion of relevant specialist short courses to maintain and develop a sound knowledge base of a specialist therapist working in the field of adult acquired swallowing and communication difficulties to Masters Level or Certificate in dysphagia or equivalent - in-depth practical experience in the field of dysphagia.
  • Proven post registration experience at a band 6 or above of working with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties .
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team including development of shared goals and care planning
  • Understanding of formal and informal assessment approaches relevant to communication and swallowing difficulties in adults with dementia and other acquired neurological conditions
  • Understanding of formal and informal assessment approaches relevant to communication and swallowing difficulties in adults with dementia and other acquired neurological conditions
  • Able to manage caseload independently. Able to manage own time and prioritise tasks
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal including the ability to communicate complex information from assessments to patients, carers and other professionals
  • Competent in the independent assessment / management of dysphagia in adults in ward and community settings
  • Use of a car or access to a ? Application AFC 25/1/22 JME-001-22 Clinical Specialist SLT Band 7 Circumstances means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs


  • Masters degree Further post-grad dysphagia training
  • Awareness of health inequalities for people with mental health needs

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


The Meadows

Owens Farm Drive Offerton



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