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Childrens Speech and Language Therapist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a passionate, innovative and motivated Speech and Language Therapist to join our Childrens Speech and Language therapy team covering West Cumbria, on a permanent basis.

Working as part of an integrated team with other specialist therapists, you will be required to provide assessment, advice and therapy to children and young people with a range of speech, language and communication needs, working with them, their families and supporting agencies.

Main duties of the job

You should have a degree or equivalent qualification in Speech and Language Therapy, be registered with HCPC, and have ongoing membership with the RCSLT. We are looking for an individual who demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with a passion for delivering high standards of care in the heart of the community.

Our team provide an effective system of support and supervision, which may include 1:1, pair or group supervision, as well as participation with clinical networks, mentoring and other clinical learning opportunities.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money wel

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.

The Trust will provide a twelve month preceptorship period for all newly registered healthcare professionals.

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • Knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to a diverse client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits.
  • Working knowledge of assessment and therapy materials, including alternative communication strategies.
  • Awareness of the standards of clinical record keeping


  • Knowledge of educational policies and procedures relating to working practice as a therapist working in an educational setting
  • Knowledge of augmentative communication e.g. signing, picture exchange systems
  • Knowledge of the standards of clinical record keeping



  • Degree or equivalent qualification in Speech and Language Therapy approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
  • Registered with HCPC
  • On-going membership with the RCSLT

Skills and Aptitude


  • Ability to manage own time, prioritise tasks and work independently to manage communication impairments using relevant policies and specialist knowledge to inform and make clinical decisions and judgements.
  • Ability to manage a caseload spread around a large rural area which involves driving long distances in possible adverse weather and road conditions to meet the needs of patients in a variety of settings
  • Ability to auditory, perceptual and observational skills together with specialist knowledge, underpinned by current evidence based practice to assess, make differential diagnosis, structure clear care plans and adopt practices to meet individual circumstances.
  • Ability to use analytical and judgement skills, involving information, which requires analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options, in order to diagnose, treat and formulate solutions to a range of communication disorders
  • Ability to use highly developed communication skills for communicating and understanding complex, sensitive and contentious information in a verbal or written form where they may be significant barriers to acceptance and understanding which need to be overcome, using negotiation, influencing, persuasive, empathic or reassurance skills e.g. negotiating with or motivating carers/relatives and patients sensitive communication of condition related news, providing counselling and reassurance managing disagreements or conflicts about client's management generating and negotiating solutions in complex and emotional situations dealing with confrontational individuals and/or agencies.
  • Ability to sustain intense concentration on a frequent basis in all aspects of patient management where there is a requirement to monitor auditory visual and kinaesthetic aspects of communication, adapting and facilitating according to the perceived needs of the client e.g. specialist assessments requiring active participation.
  • Ability to multi-task on a frequent basis, e.g. analyse data, compile reports with distractions and frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to deal with consequences of occasional exposure to the emotional consequences of working with distressing conditions.
  • Ability to work in unpleasant conditions on a frequent basis related to client e.g. dealing with secretions, verbal aggression, etc.
  • Ability to exert moderate physical effort frequently, for short periods during each day and work within uncomfortable situations on a regular basis for prolonged periods relating to client contact e.g. sitting on the floor, a small chair, kneeling, bending to lean over wheelchairs and beds and frequent requirement to drive to attend clients in their home environments.
  • Skills are required to make formal presentations.

Personal Circumstances


  • Ability to travel independently to variety of locations to deliver service.

Other Requirements


  • Promote equality and diversity
  • Act in ways that support equality and value diversity (Level 1)
  • Support equality and value diversity (Level 2)

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


West Cumbria, base to be agreed in accordance with service demand with successful candidate

Footsteps, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven


CA20 8JG

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