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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities (LD) and committed to improving their quality of life? If so this role could be what you are looking for.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist to join the Horizon inpatient unit on a full-time post 1.0wte / 37.5 hrs per week.

We are a well-established MDT who provide specialist inpatient support. This team consists of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team including psychiatrists, psychologists, LD nurses, occupational therapists, speech & language therapists, and healthcare support staff. The Team works together deliver therapeutic assessment and treatment and to support adults with LD and their families/carers.

The Trust is committed to staff development and in-house training to enable the applicant to fulfil the requirements of the role.

Main duties of the job

You will be a highly motivated and conscientious individual, who has the desire to work creatively with people with learning disabilities within an inpatient setting.

We are looking for a dynamic person to join our current therapy service to provide the highest standards of safe and compassionate planned care to clients to maximise their independence and full potential.

You will be required to use your highly specialist speech and language therapy skills to support the assessment and delivery of high-quality therapeutic interventions to address the holistic needs of service users. This will require effective MDT working skills, close liaison with other agencies and use of excellent communication skills.

The successful applicant will work alongside the MDT and offer specialist SLT support for communication to all service users who are currently staying on the unit. This will be a challenging but extremely rewarding role where you can have a positive impact on how the service is delivered and improve patient care. The post holder will be required to evaluate treatment outcomes and contribute to the wider service development.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be a senior therapist within community multi-disciplinary team, based in the identified locality they will also provide senior support to Speech and Language therapists in other localities providing support and advice and where required direct input into complex and high risk cases.

You will also provide specialist speech and language therapy assessment and treatment for service users in receipt of care from community services. Enabling service users to engage in a range of individual and group community based treatment activities. You will be actively involved in the promotion of Speech and Language therapy within the service area. The post holder will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the client group.

The post holder will contribute to the leadership and development of the Specialist Learning Disability Health Team in accordance within local and national guidance.

The postholder will be a source of expertise around communication and dysphagia and provide support and advice to others



The post-holder independently assesses, diagnoses and manages the communication and/or swallowing needs of clients, in particular those with the most complex difficulties, to maximise appropriate health and social benefits. It will also include the management of clients for whom English is not the first spoken language.

The post holder will formulate and deliver individual treatment programmes based on specialist knowledge for differential diagnosis for communication and dysphagia, (evidence based practise, national and local guidelines using profession specific clinical skills and techniques. (eg standardised assessments, AAC, group and individual work)

The post-holder provides both direct and indirect intervention, consultation, advice and support informed by evidence based practice working within a multi-disciplinary model in order to ensure that the inter-agency needs of clients are met.

The post-holder undertakes advisory work, second opinions and provides peer review and advice within his/her area of expertise to support and develop the clinical skills of other staff.

In conjunction with other band 7 SLT the post- holder provides clinical supervision for other SLT posts working cross localities and this includes where appropriate providing direct input into complex cases

The post-holder liaises both orally and in writing with any significant others involved in the management of the client, within and outside the NHS, to ensure the clients needs are met effectively and efficiently.

The post-holder contributes to discussion in a multi-disciplinary forum where speech and language therapy recommendations may conflict with medical/other opinion. This is in order to facilitate quality of life and best interest decisions.

The post-holder is responsible for managing his/her own caseload, including clinical administration and appointments, in order to meet access criteria and ensure a cost-effective, quality service.

The post-holder has autonomous responsibility for maintaining accurate and contemporaneous (within 24 hours) client records, in order to ensure compliance with departmental, professional and legal requirements.

The post-holder is expected to work occasionally with clients with challenging behaviour independently and work alone in the community conducting the appropriate risk assessments as required

Service Development

The post-holder is aware of current local and national priorities, which may impact upon service delivery and contributes to the development of strategies for meeting needs..

The post-holder takes part in clinical research opportunities and/or leads or collaborates on the writing of articles and publications relevant to their specialist field.

Clinical Governance

The post-holder adheres to the standards in place within the BDU under the pillars of clinical governance, including audit, evaluation and the identification and management of risk in any environment (clinical and non-clinical).

The post-holder is subject to annual appraisal and regular supervision.

The post-holder is expected to provide clinical supervision for a range of less experienced staff, including assistants, newly qualified therapists and others as appropriate

Resource Management

Physical resources: the post-holder identifies and manages appropriate service equipment requirements and is responsible for security, maintenance and transportation of clinical resources in the team, including keeping inventories as appropriate.

The post-holder assists non-NHS colleagues in the identification of suitable resources to support and develop communication and safe swallowing.


The post-holder identifies, writes, delivers and develops packages of training within his /her specialist clinical area, in order to advise, educate and empower multi-disciplinary groups and families/carers to both enhance and support effective communication and safe swallowing.

The post-holder identifies and pursues appropriate and relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities from a variety of sources in order to keep his/her professional knowledge up-to-date.

The post-holder provides practical procedural instruction (both clinical and non-clinical) to a range of more junior staff (both qualified and unqualified).

On a rotational basis, the post-holder supervises clinical placements for undergraduate speech and language therapists in order to assist Higher Education Institutes

The post-holder is expected to work with clients with challenging behaviour independently and work alone in the community conducting the appropriate risk assessments as required.

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to ensuring the highest standards of care and treatment and expects that all staff treat people e.g, service users, their carers, relatives, friends, colleagues, visitors etc, with dignity and respectat all time. The post holder must all time act in accordance with the Trusts Values:

Honest, open, transparent


Person first and in the centre

Improve and be outstanding

Relevant today, ready for tomorrow

Families and carers matter


Report any concerns regarding the safety or wellbeing of children, adults service users, members of their families etc, in accordance with Trust Policy.

Prevent and respond appropriately to abuse and understand own role in this by undertaking Safeguarding training.

Trust policies and commitments to be read in line with the relevant Trust Policy:

All staff employed by the Trust must comply with the Trusts policies and procedures, undertake appropriate training required for their role and commit to:

ensure they are aware of the Whistleblowing Policy and how they raise concerns

maintain confidentiality, in line with the Trusts Confidentiality Policy and Code of Conduct

understand their personal responsibilities with regards to data quality for any information which they create, use or process in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Trust Data Protection Policy

comply with the provisions of The Trusts Health and Safety Policy and Protocol. Ensuring their own safety and that of colleagues, service users and visitors. Know the action to be taken in the event of a fire and must undertake fire training annually

receive supervision in line with the Trusts Supervision Policy and an annual Appraisal in line with the Trusts Appraisal Policy, during which mandatory, role specific and personal development needs should be identified and agreed

understand their responsibilities under the Trusts Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy and ensure that they adhere to the provisions of the policy

recognise, respect and support the equality diversity of staff, colleagues, service users, carers and the public. Contribute to a working environment which promotes and responds positively to difference and diversity

ensure they carry out their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 years, as issued under Section 11 of The Children Act 2004, by being familiar with and adhering to Trust safeguarding policies and participatingin relevanttraining

comply with their professional responsibilities to develop their practice and deliver care through a Clinical Governance framework (i.e. CPD, Audit, Supervision)

demonstrate, through practice and practical understanding, the importance of the continual development of individual, team and service wide quality improvement

abide by relevant codes of professional practice, with the organisation taking action when codes of conduct are breached

work flexibly to meet the needs of the service/organisation, whilst working within a culture of progressive employment practices and commitment to the Investors in People (IiP) Standards.

adhere to the Trusts smoke free policies, which prohibits smoking anywhere on Trust grounds

being socially responsible by complying with measures that support the Trust in reducing or offsetting our environmental impact

Identify and report risks, hazards, incidents, accidents and near misses promptly

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or relevant equivalent overseas qualification.
  • HCPC registration
  • Post-basic dysphagia training.
  • Postgraduate qualification relevant to post or relevant level clinical experience.
  • Postgraduate qualification to Masters Level or equivalent in a field related to Speech and Language Therapy and Learning Disabilities


  • Leadership training
  • Advanced level dysphagia training (masters level)
  • RCSLT License to Practice



  • Management and leadership experience
  • Significant experience as a Band 6/7 therapist in a Learning Disabilities or related clinical field i
  • Significant experience of multidisciplinary working including development of effective networks/partnerships.
  • Active participation in audit, service evaluation and research in relevant clinical field


  • Experience of practice in a range of relevant Adult Learning Disabilities settings
  • Supervision of clinicians undertaking post-graduation dysphagia training supervised experience
  • Experience of supervision, appraisal and development of therapy staff and students.



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