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Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum (Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to progress your clinical skills and professional career in paediatrics? Are you looking for a role that offers flexible working to coincide with your home life and also pays HCAS?

We currently have an opportunity for either a developing band 5 or experienced band 6 Speech and Language Therapist to join our CYPIT west team. The post will involve working in the mainstream schools and early years teams in the Reading area. We are seeking staff who are passionate about working with children and young people and keen to further develop their clinical skills in a varied and well supported post.

In this role as a Band 5-6 Children's Speech and Language Therapist, you will be responsible for the planning and management of your own caseload and interventions and working collaboratively with colleagues from other services in the area.

If you take this role on as a developing band 5 you will be offered the support you need to complete the competency framework to achieve working at a band 6 level.

The position is Monday to Friday 9:00am - 17:00pm and we are happy to consider those looking for term time only work. The role will involve travel to several sites but also leaves room for some home working.

Our CYPIT service supports children and young people from birth to 19 years of age across Berkshire. We're an integrated therapy service, committed to impact-based clinical decision making and co-production of therapy plans with our families and partners.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide high quality assessment and interventions for children and young people with developmental / complex needs
  • Opportunity to work alongside, and learn from experienced therapists
  • Be involved in the implementation of training packages
  • Contribute to defined projects and service development initiatives
  • Maintain accurate and contemporaneous clinical records

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 you to be considered for this role:
  • Qualified Speech and Language Therapist registered with HCPC
  • Experience (including placement experience) in working with children or adults with complex or neurological needs
  • Ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites within central Reading

  • If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Emma Marsh on 07815 485060 wholl 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


    RG6 6BZ

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