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Speech and Language Therapy Team Lead - Early Years Complex Needs

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Speech and language therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join and lead one of our innovative and enthusiastic paediatric teams serving the Doncaster and Bassetlaw communities. The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Children's Speech and Language Therapy service is currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist who is passionate about working with early years children with SEND, working across patient's homes, clinic, nursery and school settings. A Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist who wants to develop into a Band 7 Team Lead role would be considered and very much encouraged to apply for this position. The successful candidate will also be involved in the multi-disciplinary Autistic Spectrum Disorder assessment pathway.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to:o Lead the team of therapists and assistants working with early years children who have speech, language, and communication needs who have an associated medical diagnosis.o Have specialist knowledge and experience of working with children with significant communication difficulties in community settings.o Hold a clinical caseload of children with speech, language, and communication needs who have an associated medical diagnosis.o Be a part of the ASD MDT assessment teamo To lead and support service developments/ changes within the clinical pathway in conjunction with other professionals/agencies.

About us

Doncaster & Bassetlaw NHS FT is one of Yorkshire's Leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 420,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, and the surrounding areas. Our services are based over three main hospital sites employing over 6,000 colleagues.

It is our goal to give those who join Team DBTH the tools and opportunities to grow their career, so whether you spend just one year or fifty with us, it's our pledge to help youDevelop,BelongandThrive,Here.

As an organisation that supports flexible working, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to support a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applicants from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including those with disabilities, members of our ethnic minorities and LGBTQ+ communities.

We offer a range of benefits including:o Extensive range of learning opportunitieso NHS Pension Schemeo Generous holiday entitlement commencing at 27 days holiday per year plus bank holidays (pro rata).o Comprehensive health and wellbeing supporto NHS Car Lease schemes and a range of salary sacrifice schemeo Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping and finance through external providers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached to the advert a job description and person specification for further details. Please ensure you read both documents carefully.

Please note, if your application is successful you will be required to present original certificates of qualifications that are listed in the person specification under essential.

Person Specification

Organisational Skills


  • Good organisational skills
  • Prioritisation skills



  • Professional specific degree i.e. BSC speech sciences or Masters in medical sciences
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Member of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Recognised informal/formal training in specialist area
  • Car driver


  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master's degree equivalent
  • Member of specialist interest group/network, regionally or nationally
  • Prepared to undertake or hold an accredited leadership qualification
  • Evidence of completion of dysphagia competencies



  • Relevant experience post qualification, including demonstrable evidence working as a Speech & Language Therapist with children with complex communication disorders
  • Experienced in the assessment and treatment of children with speech, language, and communication needs who have an associated medical diagnosis
  • Experience of clinical audit and service evaluation
  • Experience of research and/or project management/service development
  • Experience of managing change
  • Experienced in providing student placements
  • Advanced understanding of relevant clinical practice, standards and protocols within identified clinical area


  • Experience of developing others through education, mentorship, coaching, teaching, assessing, presentations
  • Experience of supporting children with Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Experience of working with children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Experience of working with children with eating and drinking difficulties

Interpersonal Skills


  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with other non-health agencies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Can demonstrate excellent analytical reflection skills
  • Well-developed concentration skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal


  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance/audit

Employer details

Employer name

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS FT


Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Armthorpe Road



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