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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Speech and Language Therapist to deliver assessments, diagnoses and interventions to children within our community clinic team.

This is a full time, fixed term band 6 post for a period of 12 months. The Manchester Speech and Language Therapy Service is a city-wide service providing support to children who have speech, language and communication needs, including difficulties with feeding and swallowing, social communication and voice.With an excellent theoretical knowledge of paediatric communication impairments, and an understanding of the issues affecting an inner city, multi-ethnic community, you will have a particular enthusiasm to work with children in the community clinic setting.

You will have considerable experience of working with children and their families and possess excellent time management, problem-solving, analytical and reflection skills. With current knowledge of the implications of the 2014 Children's and Families Act, and a particular knowledge of SEND you will also have a thorough working knowledge and use of up-to-date assessment procedures and therapy techniques.You will be based within the community clinic team within the larger citywide service.

As a band 6 therapist you will be supported to contribute to the development of the service and to offer supervision to your colleagues.

In Manchester many of the patients are from families whose first language is not English.

Main duties of the job

The Manchester SALT team is a large, well-established and innovative department. The health and wellbeing of our staff is extremely important to us and we have our own Health & Wellbeing Champions to support our team. There is a good CPD process including clinical support and mentoring. There are opportunities to attend internal SIG's and peer support groups. We also offer a comprehensive induction programme, 1-1's and annual appraisals to develop knowledge and skills.

If you are looking to take the next step in your career and progress to the band 6 level, this is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills in an exceptionally friendly, experienced and supportive team.

Main duties:
  • To be a band 6 Speech and Language Therapist, in the field of community paediatrics - community clinic team.
  • The post involves working in the location best suited to the patient's needs at that time. This will mainly be in clinics, however may also include: children's centres, early years settings, schools and the patient's home.
  • To act as an autonomous practitioner with knowledge, skills and experience, assessing, diagnosing and managing patients on the caseload.
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of one's professional and clinical work, working to agreed national and professional standards.
  • Some of the patients on the caseloads will have special educational needs.
  • In Manchester many of the patients are from families whose first language is not English.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Accredited degree or equivalent Certificate to Practice (SLT)
  • Registered with HCPC(Health Professionals Council)
  • Professionals Council) ? Evidence of completion of specialist short courses or other post-graduate training


  • Member of RCSLT
  • Member of relevant special interest group

Skills, knowledge and understanding


  • Thorough theoretical knowledge of paediatric communication impairments
  • Knowledge of implications of 2014 Children and Families Act - SEN sections
  • Knowledge and use of up-to-date assessment procedures and therapy techniques within specialist area.
  • Good Presentation skills
  • Excellent caseload management skills
  • Ability and commitment to deliver training packages
  • An understanding of the issues affecting an inner city multi - ethnic community
  • Proficient IT skills


  • Ability to transport resources and equipment across the city



  • Considerable experience of working with children with SLCN
  • Considerable experience of working within community clinic
  • Experience of working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Considerable experience of working in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals.


  • Experience of training SLTs and others (including SLT students)
  • Experience of working in an inner-city multi-ethnic environment.
  • Experience of supporting other members of the SLT team

Personal attributes and abilities


  • Excellent written and oral language skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills
  • Good negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Well developed analytical and reflection skills

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Levenshulme Health Centre

Dunstable Street


M19 3BX

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