Advanced Speech and Language Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
Substantive - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Fixed-Term - For a period of up to 12 months, due to maternity leave

All Age Forensic Community Services have an exciting opportunity for an Advanced Speech and Language Therapist to join our service working across the Forensic Outreach Liaison Service for Learning Disability and Autism and Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service as part of an exciting pilot with a specific SALT pathway.

The FOLS LDA service is available to people over 18 with a diagnosis of learning disability and/or autism who have offended or are at risk of offending across West Yorkshire. Forensic CAMHS are responsible for providing consultation, assessment and intervention with children, their families, and wider systems, working with children who display forensic behaviour including arson, animal cruelty, harmful sexual behaviour, violence, and aggression across Yorkshire & Humber.

This is a 12-month Fixed Term Position to cover Maternity Leave.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity for a SLT who ideally has experience of working with learning disabilities and mental health to help develop and shape the direction of the Speech and Language Therapy provision. You would work as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside partner agencies to keep people well and safe, promoting communication and independence.

The post holder would provide a specialist communication service, using expert skills to assess, advise and provide appropriate intervention to ensure individuals communication skills are maximised.

The work will be undertaken in a variety of settings, both within the community and secure settings. The post holder will be required to liaise effectively with all relevant professionals, carers, and family members to ensure the needs of the individual are met.

We are looking for a flexible, confident, enthusiastic, and proactive SLT. You will be responsible for the supervision of SLT colleagues within the pathway.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be working with service users within community settings as part of the All Age Forensic Community Services. They will also provide senior support to Speech and Language therapists in other localities providing support and advice where required.

The post holder will work effectively as part of the community team, supporting individuals who are or at risk of being in contact with the criminal justice system or hospital settings.

The post holder will identify the clinical priorities at both an operational and strategic level for Speech and Language Therapy for this service user group.

The postholder will work effectively as part of the MDT to provide highly specialist assessment, therapy, advice and support to children and adults, who have specific needs in relation to their communication.

Key Result Areas

  • The post-holder independently assesses, diagnoses and manages the communication, in particular those with the most complex difficulties, including those with challenging behaviour, to maximise appropriate health and social benefits. It may also include the management of service users for whom English is not the first spoken language.
  • As a member of the community forensic MDT, the post holder provides an effective and responsive service working alongside other team members to meet the needs of individuals.
  • The post-holder provides both direct and indirect intervention, consultation, advice and support working within a multi-disciplinary model in order to ensure that the inter-agency needs of service users are met.
  • The post-holder undertakes advisory work, second opinions and provides peer review and advice within his/her area of expertise to support and develop the clinical skills of other staff.
  • The post- holder will provide clinical supervision/advice for other SLT working within the Trust around Autism and learning disabilities.
  • The post-holder liaises both orally and in writing with any significant others involved in the management of the service user, within and outside the NHS, to ensure the service users needs are met effectively and efficiently.
  • The post-holder contributes to discussion in a multi-disciplinary forum where speech and language therapy recommendations may conflict with medical/other opinion. This is in order to facilitate quality of life and best interest decisions.
  • To advise the operational manager on clinical issues relating to SLT services within the forensic Community team.
  • The post-holder is responsible for managing his/her own caseload, including clinical administration and appointments, in order to meet access criteria and ensure a cost-effective, quality service.
  • The post-holder has autonomous responsibility for maintaining accurate and contemporaneous (within 24 hours) service users records, in order to ensure compliance with departmental, professional and legal requirements.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification

    Personal Attributes


    • Leadership skills
    • Good timekeeper
    • Maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times


    • Show creativity in working to meet the needs of people with a learning disability
    • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role



    • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or relevant equivalent overseas qualification
    • Current, valid HCPC registration


    • Leadership training
    • Membership of RCSLT

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Evidence of a high standard of performance in a range of clinical skills, promoting clinical excellence
    • Evidence of previous involvement/leading in service developments.
    • Good presentation skills
    • Commitment to improving the experience of service users and their cares
    • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
    • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities
    • Specialist knowledge and application of current best practice in speech and language therapy and adults with Autism and/or learning disabilities
    • Up to date knowledge of NHS modernisation issues, transformation agenda and implications for speech and language therapy and wider services
    • Attendance at clinical excellence networks
    • In depth knowledge and evidence of multi-professional, multi-agency working
    • In depth knowledge of legislation/guidance relevant to clinical practice
    • Able to work independently
    • Able to carry out audits, research and developments


    • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues
    • Able to demonstrate evidence based practice



    • Management and leadership experience
    • Significant experience as a Band 6/7 therapist in a relevant clinical field
    • Significant experience of multidisciplinary working including development of effective networks/partnerships
    • Active participation in audit, service evaluation and research in relevant clinical field


    • Experience of practice in a variety of health, social care and residential settings
    • Experience of supervision, appraisal and development of therapy staff and students
    • Evidence of training others, e.g. other health and social care staff



    • Postgraduate qualification to Masters Level or equivalent in a field related to Speech and Language Therapy, Autism and/or learning disabilities
    • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise
    • Documented evidence of continuing practice and professional development
    • Evidence of self-directed learning


    • Leadership training
    • PBS training and awareness

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post
    • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy)

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Fieldhead Hospital,

    Ouchthorpe Lane,


    West Yorkshire,

    WF1 3SP

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