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Speech and Language Therapist - Band 5

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Who are we?

The Speech and Language Therapy Service in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent offer assessment and treatment to adult patients who have acquired communication and / or swallowing difficulties in community places such as clinics and the person's own home.

We offer dysphagia, communication and voice assessment and intervention. We have strong leadership and an ethos of compassionate management. We believe that clinicians cannot look after people who use the service if they are not looked after too. Your well-being matters to us.

Do you want to make a difference?

This opportunity is for a full time, Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist within our speech and language therapy (SLT) community team in Staffordshire. We are seeking to recruit 2 Band 5 SLTs to our service as part of our service redesign. You would be part of a team who offer Speech, Language and Communication assessment and treatment with other SLTs and SLT assistants.

Because we are hoping to recruit 2 band 5 SLTs, rotational opportunities across the service could be considered to enable you to experience a range of clinical areas or diagnostic treatment pathways if the successful applicants feel that this would be helpful.

Main duties of the job

What we'd ask of you

We are looking for 2 newly qualified SLTs who are enthusiastic and highly motivated. We'd like you to be passionate about clinical areas which excite you. We'd expect you to be happy to travel to see people in a location which suits them best, be great at engaging with the people who use the service and their families, and to be happy to offer face to face appointments, telephone calls, and telemedicine services.

What can we offer?

We know that competition within the SLT job market is fierce! As such, we would like to offer you a range of benefits associated with working with us:
  • A preceptorship framework to help you develop.
  • Support to complete your NQP competencies.
  • Band 5 buddy system and peer group for joint learning together.
  • A minimum of 20% protected time each week for supervisions, CPD, self-directed learning or project work as a Band 5 SLT.
  • Opportunities to access CENs, training, mentoring, peer support groups, conferences, our journal club and our own inhouse SLT forum.
  • The option to complete dysphagia training if you'd like to.
  • Comprehensive clinical supervision to suit your needs.
  • A workplace buddy to help you settle into the role and area.
  • The opportunity to enjoy flexible working arrangements.
  • An NHS trust with a great ethos of caring for staff and patients, and a strong commitment to embracing EDI values.
  • A team of SLTs with experience where you can be yourself with non-judgemental positive regard offered to you without question.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rate
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Job Description & Person Specification attached

You will need to have the following skills or experience:
  • Be a registered Speech and Language Therapist (or in the process of registering at the time of application)
  • A willingness to undertake post-registration training relevant to the post
  • A willingness to attend Clinical Excellence Networks relevant to the post

What Staffordshire can offer?

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent is a large geographic area. There are rural and urban areas, people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and true multicultural communities. This presents excellent opportunities for CPD, expanding clinical knowledge / skills and varied, stimulating work.

The region is vibrant and undergoing major regeneration in areas such as Stoke on Trent. During the current economic climate associated with the cost of living, Staffordshire has a lower cost of living and an affordable housing market. There are excellent transport links to scenic countryside and neighbouring cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham there are places of historic interest a lively cultural scene and great schools for those with families.

With all of this in mind, the West Midlands was recently voted the second best place to live in the UK.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent. Registration with HCPC
  • All newly qualified clinical/social work staff are required to complete their preceptorship/ASYE during the first 12 months of employment
  • Evidence of/willing to undertake post-registration training relevant to the post. A commitment to supporting mentorship /pre-registration training for students


  • Post Graduate qualification in dysphagia
  • Evidence of completing specialist short courses



  • Relevant experience/placements to the role including assessment and management of communication disorders and dysphagia
  • Ability to manage time and caseload effectively
  • Supporting service users, families and carers in dealing with the impacts of disability
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team


  • Community working
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Rehabilitation
  • AAC
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Network

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities


  • Evidence of clinical knowledge relevant to the post.
  • Understanding of Information Governance, Data Protection
  • HCPC standards and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults


  • Awareness of standardised assessments and outcome measures
  • Awareness of relevant NSFs and NICE guidance

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Various Locations

Dawlish Drive



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