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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
(4 days/0.8WTE) with the Intensive Community Assessment and Treatment Teams (ICATT)- North and South. Supporting adults with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism.

Should you be looking for full time work, please contact us. We have opportunities to supplement this role with bank sessions across a variety of settings within the service. Bank hours are used flexibly to enhance our service in a range of ways and to meet ad hoc requests for specialist assessments.

The successful candidate will join the well-established and respected Specialist Speech and Language Therapy Service in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services within Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

You will be well supported by senior colleagues, with many opportunities for peer support. The role involves close work with colleagues from a range of disciplines and the post is supported by an assistant SLT.

You will enjoy close links with our team and our SLT colleagues within the East Midlands, and benefit from excellent levels of support, supervision, IT and CPD opportunities.

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

ICATT supports adults with intellectual disabilities and a range of neurodevelopmental conditions to live well with mental health needs. Our overall purpose is to support the individual and their carers to maintain positive relationships to avoid placement breakdown and admission to hospital.

You will be supporting this aim with your specialist communication knowledge and your understanding of the individual's needs based on the assessments and observation you will be undertaking.

ICATT is a multidisciplinary team and you will be instrumental in the person-centred formulation of the individual's needs and care plans by adding a functional and environmental communication perspective to the discussion (using the 5 Good Communication Standards as one of the principles of inclusive communication).

One of the strengths of the SLT role in ICATT is the opportunities to work jointly with MDT colleagues to ensure a holistic approach to care of the individual. It enables to you to be involved in the care and recovery of the individual.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

Your focus will be communication, communication, communication (!) recognising the link between unmet communication needs and mental health problems:

Specialist speech, language, and communication assessments focusing on functional communication and what reasonable adjustments (Accessible Information Standards) should be in place to support the persons needs.

Liaison, advice and recommendations that aim to prevent further communication breakdown and that aim to empower the person to express their thoughts and opinions to the extent they wish. You will work in an interactive and a consultative way.

Co-working with your MDT colleagues, families, and carers to enable their inclusive communication practices in their relationships, care, and interactions with the individual.

Attendance at meetings with and on behalf of ICATT and the individual to plan for ongoing and accessible care.

Person Specification



  • Recognised SLT Degree/diploma
  • NQP competencies completed
  • RCSLT Registered
  • HCPC Registered



  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD including specialist knowledge of Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) of service users with additional mental health diagnoses / PMLD / AAC / ASD needs


  • Post basic dysphagia training or completed competencies



  • Working experience of assessing and managing caseloads with adults with learning disabilities and communication and eating and drinking difficulties
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary/agency working
  • Experience of enabling different staff groups to understand issues around communication


  • Experience of supporting students and other staff
  • Experience of delivering environmental approaches to SLT service delivery
  • Experience in developing evaluation / audit tools and resources as part of SLT team



  • Specialist knowledge of working with people with learning disabilities, SLCN and an additional area e.g. complex mental health / PMLD / ASD
  • Knowledge of Speech Language Communication assessments and interventions relating to the client group


  • Specialist knowledge of how speech, language and communication needs contribute to risk assessment and support management
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act
  • Knowledge of National Policy and guidance



  • Empathetic and psychologically minded
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well organised
  • Good reasoning skills
  • Motivated and a motivator
  • Team builder and team member
  • Autonomous and able to work without direct supervision
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to manage own well being with access to supervision to sustain this


  • Experience of supporting other staff and students

Contractual Requirements


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.
  • Able to work unsociable hours to cover service need

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Mansfield Community Hospital/ Highbury Hospital

Lindsay Close, Highbury Road


NG18 5TF

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