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Speech and Language Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Kelling, Holt
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Norfolk Learning Disabilities Service comprises of five community teams countywide and is made up of joint health and social care professionals delivering specialist health provision and social care to adults with learning disabilities. We work in the community to ensure adults with learning disabilities lead as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.

This is an exciting opportunity, we are seeking a highly motivated Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist (Newly Qualified Practitioners welcomed) to join the multidisciplinary team in North Norfolk. You would work alongside and be supported by an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to provide a clinically effective and timely communication service. This post is substantive and based in Kelling.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to work in a variety of settings including people's homes, day services and respite placements. You will use your SLT assessment skills to set goals, plan and review interventions, working in partnership with the individual to support them to meet their goals.

You will benefit from being part of a supportive, experienced group of Speech and Language Therapy staff working in Learning Disabilities across the county of Norfolk. They will receive regular supervision from experienced Learning Disability Specialist SLT's.

You will need to be highly motivated, flexible and enthusiastic and we encourage creativity and innovative thinking.

Effective communication and organisational skills are essential. We welcome applications from candidates who are able to work autonomously and who are enthusiastic about working in the community with vulnerable adults who have a wide range of learning disabilities.

Opportunities for personal and professional development exist through supervision, management and peer support, sharing of best practice and regular continuing professional education.

About us

The North LD Team is based from Kelling Hospital in Holt. There are picturesque areas that we visit as part of our daily roles, and this role offers the employee the option to enjoy the benefits of working in the community in coastal North Norfolk.

The team are passionate about providing care to patients and carers/families and will support the successful candidate to become a valued member of the team.

North Norfolk offers good links to towns and cities in East Anglia, and there are areas or natural beauty to be explored on our doorstep.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose
  • To provide high quality speech and language therapy assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment for adults with a learning disability with communication and swallowing disorder
  • To work collaboratively across the Locality and Learning Disability service to ensure a seamless approach.
  • To develop targeted therapy programmes
  • To work as part of a multi- disciplinary team to ensure multi -professional patient care for adults with a learning disability with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To contribute to service development and data collection within Locality and Norfolk Learning Disability Service.
  • To supervise assistants and students in the assessment and management of swallowing and communication difficulties.
  • To deliver service in accordance with LD service specification.

Person Specification



  • oRelevant degree from a course accredited by Royal College of Speech & Language Therapist


  • oBasic post graduate dysphagia training

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Knowledge of application of standardised speech and language assessments
  • Presentation and training skills
  • Ability to plan interventions in a collaborative way
  • Knowledge of specialist equipment
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • IT Skills


  • Knowledge of mental health legislation and risk assessment/management current legislation
  • Knowledge of breakaway de-escalation techniques
  • Experience of Stsymone or LAS or equivalent IT system



  • Able to communicate effectively using the English language in both verbal and written forms
  • Able to present information in a variety of formats at local and trust level meetings
  • Good computer skills

Personal and People Development


  • Able to reflect on and critically appraise others and own performance
  • Ability to motivate self and others

Personal Attributes / Behaviours


  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people / vulnerable adults



  • Must hold a full and valid driving licence or have access to a vehicle for work purposes
  • Commitment to life long learning
  • Commitment to client centred non discriminatory practice
  • An understanding of hazards associated with lone working in the community
  • Ability to adapt to changing work patterns to accommodate patient and service needs

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Simpson Centre - Kelling Hospital

Old Cromer Road

Kelling, Holt

NR25 6QA

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