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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Bretton Gate, Peterborough
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you up for a rewarding challenge?

We're on the lookout for candidates who possess either experience or a passion to contribute their learned skills to enhance our services.

We are currently seeking a Band 7 candidate for a full-time or part-time role with flexibility in remote working arrangements to align with the needs of our service.

Our leadership team is warm and welcoming, eager to find someone who will help us deliver the best possible patient journey. If you're ready to make a difference, we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The individual in this role will autonomously assess and manage a caseload of adults with a learning disability, which is highly specialised and complex. You will oversee the delivery of a specialist learning disability Speech and Language Therapy intervention. Additionally, the post holder will manage all referrals related to communication and/or swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia) within the Adult Learning Disability Inpatient Services.

The Hollies is currently a 6-bedded unit, transitioning to a 6-bedded unit with 2 additional flats in the future. We specialize in providing inpatient services to adults with learning disabilities within the CPFT catchment area.

About us

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health and social care organisation dedicated to providing high-quality care with compassion to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting andempowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people and members of ourethnic minority andLGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To manage all referrals related to communication and/or swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia) within the Adult Learning Disability Inpatient Services.
  • To provide professional leadership to Speech and Language Therapy staff (and students), including recruitment, clinical supervision, and collaboration with ward manager within appraisal, and professional development.
  • To offer highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy input into planning, development, and evaluation of learning disability intervention, holding responsibility for defined projects as delegated by the Hollies management team.
  • As an autonomous practitioner, to be responsible for and manage a highly complex caseload of adults with learning disabilities (including those with challenging behaviour, mental health, and forensic needs).
  • Managing such a caseload will involve planning and implementing appropriate clinical interventions based on the referral, evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of individuals' identified needs.
  • To take the lead in multidisciplinary/multi-agency working within the Hollies and with key partners.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Current HCPC and RCSLT registrations
  • Evidence of ongoing attendance of short study days, conferences, and extended self-study
  • Recognised Post qualification training in Dysphagia management (Specialist Level).


  • HR Skills qualifications (e.g., sickness/absence, Employee Relations, performance Management etc).



  • Demonstrable post qualification experience working to meet the communication and dysphagia needs of adults with learning disability
  • Must demonstrate evidence of highly developed clinical leadership skills
  • Experience of developing and delivering training packages to adults.
  • Experience of managing a complex caseload.
  • Experience of working effectively within a community MD Team.


  • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
  • Experience of recruitment and selection



  • Ability to provide services in a variety of environments to meet the needs of the service user
  • Ability to prioritise your own work and the work of those you supervise
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage stress


  • Counselling Skills and Coaching skills



  • Must be able to communicate information that is highly complex and contentious to clients, staff, senior managers and other agencies / professional groups, for example explaining implications of shortfall in service.
  • Must demonstrate highly developed negotiation and problem-solving skills in complex situations and ability to facilitate these skills in others.
  • Must demonstrate established conflict management skills in a variety of environments e.g., one-to-one or groups where responses may be unpredictable.


  • Ability to generate and participate in research and Audit



  • Ability to Travel within geographic location of Trust

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


The Hollies

The Cavell Centre, Edith Cavell Healthcare Campus

Bretton Gate, Peterborough


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