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Speech and Language Therapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

The relocation package is for anyone joining the Trust in a Clinical role who would need to relocate in order to take up employment with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.

To be eligible for the relocation payment, you must live more than 40 miles from the base/location of the post you are applying for and you would need to relocate to within 15 miles of the new base.

If this applies to you, please state this on your application so we can discuss this with you if you are invited to interview.

The role will involve completing a range of assessments that are relevant for the referrals received for people who have a Learning Disability. This will include completing communication assessments that can support the completion of Positive Behaviour Support Plans (PBSP). The post holder will also complete dysphagia assessments and other relevant assessments to support discussions and meetings to ensure that as a MDT we can be remain responsive to the diverse needs of the learning disability population.

All aspects of the role require the completion of the relevant documentation on SystmOne, the electronic system that is used by CWP so we can continue to evidence outcomes for patients, this includes the completion of care plans and risk assessments.

The team has two bases, Macclesfield and Crewe, and there is an expectation of seeing patients across both sites.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of this post will be to provide assessment, diagnosis, speech and language therapy interventions for patients who are referred to the service in line with communicating quality 3. The role will involve managing a defined caseload and ensuring there are well coordinated care plans. The successful candidate will have the ability to manage his/her time to prioritise tasks and consult with more senior clinicians when this is required. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the Team is is essential that the post holder will work collaboratively with all appropriate agencies to ensure there is effective communication so the service can provide a high quality service to patients.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Silver' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Degree level qualification or equivalent in Speech & Language Therapy
  • HCPC Registered
  • Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Evidence of successful completion of post graduate courses/training in dysphagia


  • Evidence of attendance at management/ leadership short courses

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Can manage own caseload of complex problems independently
  • Established detailed knowledge of current evidence in the management of communication difficulties in adults with learning disabilities and also those with dysphagia
  • Knowledge of Alternative and Augmentative means of communication
  • Awareness of Total Communication
  • Established knowledge of relevant national policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and experience of clinical governance/audit
  • Interest in continuing professional development in the specified area of work
  • Ability to produce reports / guidelines using media software etc


  • Membership of an appropriate Specialist Interest Group / Regional Hub
  • Experience of work in a variety of settings
  • Evidence of postgraduate study
  • Some experience of supervising/ mentoring junior staff
  • Ability to use video/digital camera
  • Familiar with signing systems e.g. Makaton/Signalong



  • Minimum of 2 years qualified with relevant specialist experience
  • Experience of working with complex cases alongside or with supervision from a specialist therapist
  • Experience of working independently
  • Experience of working collaboratively with other professionals
  • Assessment and implementation of Alternative and Augmentative communication systems


  • Experience of delivering training to others

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Rosemount Lodge

Lea Bank Close


SK11 8HE

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