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Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Speech & Language Therapist who is passionate about children with complex needs? Are you looking for a role to support your personal development as well as offering flexibility and paying HCAS?

We have a new and exciting opportunity for a band 6 Speech and Language Therapists to join our multi-disciplinary School age mainstream & Complex needs team based at Erlegh House in Reading.

Within this post you will have the opportunity to work as part of a supportive and dynamic integrated therapy team working in a mix of Mainstream settings and specialist resources supporting children right from 4 to 19 years old.

As a SALT, you will be responsible for the planning and management of your own caseload and interventions and supporting / supervising the planning of caseload management of more junior staff members.

As a service we are committed to the development of our team and in this role can offer support to develop your eating, drinking and swallowing competencies as well as supporting with your AAC skill development.

Due to new business the successful applicant will also have the exciting opportunity to be part of setting up a new therapy service within a specialist resource setting alongside Occupational Therapists and specialist teachers.

The core hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 - 17:00 with some flexibility and we are open to both full and part time applications. You will need the ability to travel for this role.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide high quality assessment and interventions for children and young people with developmental / complex needs
  • Planning and management of your own caseload and interventions
  • Assessment, review and implementation of paper-based and electronic Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Function as a specialist autonomous clinician, supporting delivery of the CYPIT model, development of the CYPF and provide support to more junior staff
  • Provide the delivery of training to other services and families
  • As a band 6 therapist, you will actively participate in clinical supervision and the appraisal process as well as providing support to less experienced and more junior staff, including caseload management and clinical decision-making.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Be a qualified Speech and Language Therapist
  • Be registered with the HCPC
  • Have some previous experience with complex needs

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Emma Marsh on 07815 485060 or who will be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Professional Qualification E.g. Professional knowledge acquired through degree/ diploma supplemented by post graduate diploma specialist training, experience, short courses plus further specialist Training
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the diverse needs of children and young people.


  • Clinical educators' course
  • Member of relevant clinical specialist interest group
  • Able to demonstrate required clinical knowledge of up to date children's Speech and Language Therapy interventions and service issues



  • Recognised CPD in area of clinical specialism
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of a neurodevelopmental approach to the management of CYP


  • Experience with the assessment and delivery of AAC
  • Post graduate clinical experience and working knowledge in specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy
  • Experience of supervision and training of junior therapists/ Assistant staff and/or other professionals
  • Willingness to undertake leadership and management training and development

Previous Experience


  • Minimum 1 years post qualification experience in adults or paediatrics


  • Experience of working with families from a wide variety of backgrounds including age and ethnicity
  • Experience of working with CYP with communication difficulties and supporting CYP with physical and/or learning difficulties

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Evidence of a value system which puts the child at the heart of actions
  • Evidence of an understanding of the diverse needs of children and young people
  • Able to demonstrate a clinical knowledge and familiarisation with a range of standardised and non-standardised assessment tools relevant to speech and language therapy interventions
  • Able to use IT to support and innovate clinical development
  • Evidence of recent relevant CPD to a specialist level
  • Excellent, succinct written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of current professional and statutory issues
  • Ability to work across professional boundaries to effect seamless family care
  • Ability to self motivate
  • Ability to act as a role model and leader to others, in adopting change


  • Evidence of experience with managing dysphagia
  • Evidence of an understanding and application of Care Planning approaches, and evidence of a belief in its value
  • Experience in managing less senior staff
  • Ability to work in a calm and confident manner in stressful situations
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Additional Requirements


  • Car Driver with access to a car and willingness to work across Berkshire, as required
  • Good interpersonal skills

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


CYPIT West Berkshire



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