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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This post provides an exciting opportunity to join our team supporting children with eating, drinking & swallowing needs.

0.4 WTE permanent Band 7 SLT post

The SLT service supports a variety of speech, language & communication & /or dysphagia needs, covering community & specialist settings across the city & county for children & young people with complex needs.

SLTs provide individual assessment, individual & group therapy and management, training, advice and liaison through consultative & coaching approaches, as appropriate.

SLTs work as part of the wider multi-disciplinary team providing high quality, effective, accessible, person & family-centred services through tailored packages of care, training & mentoring in the most appropriate setting.

Nottingham Speech & Language Therapy service is a supportive, friendly place to work and we offer excellent CPD opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the Dysphagia Lead, Practice Development Lead and Highly Specialist SLT (Infant Dysphagia) to provide a team approach to assessment and support for children with eating, drinking & swallowing needs and their families, monitoring waiting lists and demand for the service to ensure the local team responds to local needs.

They are responsible for carrying out supervision and appraisals for staff in the complex needs team and will contribute to service planning for the wider SLT service.

The post-holder will be expected to maintain a clinical caseload, which will include some of the most complex children and families as required.

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

This role requires a high level of clinical and professional expertise in order that children with eating, drinking and swallowing needs and their families benefit from a well-coordinated pro-active, specialist, efficient and effective speech and language therapy service within the designated specialism/setting/district.

The post holder will provide highly specialist clinical expertise and leadership within specialism/setting/district, where appropriate.

They will also have experience of supervising SLT assistants and less experienced SLTs.

There is close support from other team members with a peer supervision programme also available. We are a large Nottinghamshire county wide service which provides opportunities to further develop specialist skills and knowledge.

You must have a:
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification with Post Graduate training and experience in Paediatric Dysphagia.
  • Health Professions Council License to Practice
  • Registered member of RCSLT

The post-holder will be required to travel out from the base to attend training events, meetings, community visits etc. However, there has been an increase in efficiency with the opportunity for some home working , when required, and the use of digital technology allows meetings and supervision to take place via Microsoft Teams. This platform has also been used to provide individual patient assessment and management, and group education.

Person Specification



  • Highly specialist applied knowledge of working with children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties
  • A broad-based knowledge of dysphagia competencies and training approaches/programmes


  • Applied leadership knowledge



  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree Qualification
  • RCLST registered
  • HCPC registered
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Dysphagia or equivalent training & experience


  • Teaching/training qualification
  • Leadership qualification e.g., Mary Seacole



  • Working experience of managing a complex caseload of children and young people with dysphagia needs.
  • Experience of supporting students and other staff
  • Experience of leading/managing project work
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary working and established interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience of designing and delivering different learning and development opportunities
  • Experience of delivering environmental approaches to SLT service delivery and evaluating them
  • Experience in developing evaluation/audit tools and resources as part of SLT team
  • Experience of promoting and coordinating programmes of activity
  • Experience of risk management within a busy dysphagia caseload


  • Experience of leading a team
  • Experience of working with a variety of stakeholders and influencing service delivery



  • Empathetic and psychologically minded
  • Excellent written and oral communication Skills
  • Well organised and able to prioritise a busy workload
  • Good reasoning and Leadership skills
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Flexible and able to take own initiative to manage conflicting demands
  • Ability to manage own wellbeing with access to supervision to sustain this

Contractual Requirements


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post

Values and Behaviours


  • All staff should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as identified within the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy and associated Equality, Diversity and Human Rights legislation
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork



  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD including highly specialist knowledge of Paediatric Dysphagia

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Children's Development Centre

City Hospital



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