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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Learning Disabilities)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Wells or Yeovil (to be agreed with applicant)
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, Pro rata
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Learning Disability Band 6

We're extremely proud of winning a HSJ Award - Mental Health Trust of the year, and we're looking for committed individuals to join our team!

To work within the wider specialist MDT Learning Disability service offering Speech and Language therapy interventions to adults with a diagnosis of Learning disability in the community. This will include undertaking dysphagia assessments and developing eating and drinking plans as well as assessing communication needs.

Main duties of the job

Are you a Speech & Language Therapist looking for an exciting challenge in a dynamic community based Learning Disabilities Speech and Language Therapy team?

If so, come and join our skilled and enthusiastic service based in East Somerset.

This is a great opportunity to further develop your specialist skills in the management of adults with dysphagia and communication difficulties within a multidisciplinary specialist learning disability health team.

You will be dysphagia competent and able to carry out assessment and management of eating/drinking and swallowing difficulties autonomously. You will be able to write a comprehensive dysphagia care plan and liaise with the wider multi disciplinary team as clinically indicated.

For the right applicant, we would consider someone without experience in dysphagia or a Band 5 looking to develop their clinical skills.

The successful applicant will join a supportive and motivated team of Clinical Specialist SLTs and Specialist SLTs and Health Resource Technician. The LD SLT team is committed to evidence based practice and continuing professional development. Regular team meetings, CPD and regular supervision ensure a high quality of service is provided.

An enthusiastic approach and ability to work independently and within a multidisciplinary team is required for this role.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.

You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.

We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provides a pro-active and evidence-based specialist Speech and LanguageTherapy Service for adults with Learning Disabilities who maypresent with communication disorders and eating, drinking,swallowing disorders (dysphagia), as part of the communitySpecialist Learning Disabilities Health Team.

Please see JD attached for further details and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Speech and Language Therapy qualification
  • Driving License and access to vehicle


  • Dysphagia training
  • Learning Disability experience

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Priory House or Summerlands Site (to be agreed with applicant)

Wells or Yeovil (to be agreed with applicant)

BA20 2BX

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