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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post has been newly created due to expansion into the developing field of social, emotional and mental health. This includes working in two new schools for children with ASC and SEMH that have opened in Hailsham and Hastings with a particular focus on emotional well-being and trauma-informed care. OT and SLT are integral to the success of these schools in achieving aspirational outcomes for pupils with SEND.

The post-holder will work closely with colleagues as part of an integrated team of OT's, SLT's, ITA's and school staff to embed therapeutic practice in order to support neurodiversity in the classroom. We want to hear from candidates who have an interest in this developing field, particularly an interest in attachment and trauma.

The post-holder will bring strong communication skills in order to build collaboration between schools at both strategic and educational delivery level. We are looking for candidates who are able to influence change and able to drive innovation. A passion for the empowerment model of enabling children with neurodiversity is critical to the role of SLT within this role.

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist you will provide a specialist therapy service to children aged 0-19 as part of an East Sussex Children's Integrated Therapy Service, provided by Kent Community Health Foundation Trust (KCHFT).

You will be responsible for managing a complex and specialist clinical caseload and provide a high quality and cost-effective clinical service to disabled children /young people and their families in collaboration with the Locality team, Professional Leads and Clinical Managers.

You will be responsible for the appraisal and line supervision of Band 5 staff and/or assistant.

In addition, you will provide assessments for children aged 0-19 that can be used to inform education, health and care needs assessments and advise on the expected support needed to access education.

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our valuesCompassionateAspirationalResponsiveExcellent.

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

We've signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we're delivering our pledge to be the best employer.

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both.

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Ourcareer pathwayswill help you achieve your aspirations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place on the 8th of December 2023.

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Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • Registered health care professional (HCPC registration)
  • Health related degree and evidence of relevant post graduate development at Level 6


  • Management or supervisory qualification or experience of study



  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in area of practice


  • Experience of leading and managing teams



  • Understanding of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance to relevant to care setting and its application across health care services

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to manage time effectively, priorities and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information to individuals and groups

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice.
  • Ability to work under pressure

Ability to manage


  • Ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage own time effectively

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Chaucer Clinic


BN26 6QH

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