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B5/6 Annex 21 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Bishop Auckland
£28,407 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
TeamCDDFT speech and language therapy are pleased to advertise an exciting Specialist Speech and Language Therapy fixed term post which includes a number of development opportunities in the field of stroke rehab, elderly care at Bishop Auckland Hospital as well as community stroke rehab within our well supported Speech and Language Therapy team. The Band 5/6 Annex U post will be supported by senior staff to ensure that the successful applicant develops a broad range of dysphagia competencies that meet the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy standards.

The successful County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organisation with a track record of success.

Main duties of the job

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people.

We are looking for a well-organised therapist who would like to further develop their post-basic dysphagia and communication rehab skills. The successful candidate will hold a degree in Speech and Language Therapy, be registered with the Health Professionals Council and be committed to continuing professional development as well as either working towards or holding an accredited post-basic dysphagia qualification or equivalent. We welcome applications from candidates suitable for appointment at Band 6. However, if you do not yet meet the essential criteria to be appointed at Band 6 you would initially be appointed at Band 5. We will provide professional development opportunities to enable career development once the essential requirements of the Band 6 person specification are met you will be appointed to a Band 6.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Speech and Language Therapy Service offers a supportive team of experienced colleagues allowing ready-access to support second opinions and ongoing peer supervision to deliver evidence-based practise assessment and therapy to patients across all settings. You will help supervise speech and language therapy students, as well as contribute to the delivery of teaching programmes to a wide range of community professionals enhancing patient care.

We can offer you a challenging and rewarding post that includes:

Clinical supervision

Monthly staff meetings, regular management supervision and peer support groups

Annual Appraisal

In-Service Training

Well- resourced department with up to date technology

Good access to communication aids/ ipads and apps

Mobile-working laptop and mobile phone

Professional Lead in Speech and Language Therapy and Clinical Leads in all specialist areas

Weekly SLT-led VFSS

Good IT access

If successful you will be required to undertake a CRB check. A copy of the Code of Practice is available on request.

Please note this position requires a Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS) formerly

To apply please go to Quoting the job reference number


The Trust has core values of Quality, Care, Respect, Leadership and Achievement which it expects all employees to demonstrate. Full details of these are available on the Trust website:

We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community and actively promote equal opportunities.

Unfortunately we are unable to respond to all applicants and those who are not contacted within 6 weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful.

Person Specification

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Knowledge and understanding of national and local Health/education/Social Care Policies and practices.
  • Understanding of a range of work procedures and practices which requires expertise within a specialism or discipline, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of procedures and practices relating to the identification, definition diagnosis and remediation of disorders of human communication, some of which are non-routine.
  • Ability to make judgements involving a range of facts or situations which require the analysis or comparison of a range of options.
  • Planning and organisational skills applicable to handling a small number of complex activities that may require the formulation and adjustment of plans.
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills persuasion, negotiation, training, empathy and re-assurance.
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel independently countywide

Statutory Registration


  • Health Professionals Council Licence to Practice



  • Speech & Language Therapy Degree or equivalent as recognised by RCSLT.
  • Evidence of successful completion of non-specialist short courses including post-basic dysphagia or equivalent.



  • Experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist.
  • Relevant experience post registration.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Bishop Auckland General Hospital

Cockton Hill Road

Bishop Auckland

County Durham

DL14 6AD

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