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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for ELSEC

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum Pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Part Time

Job Details

We are looking for motivated Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists to join an exciting new team, focussed on understanding and improving speech and language skills in the early years.

Gloucestershire has been identified as a pathfinder site for the Early Language Support for Every Child (ELSEC) programme. The new team consisting of Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants will take on development and roll out of universal and targeted support for Children in identified settings across Gloucestershire. You will work closely with parents, early years education staff, Health Visitors and more to build a lasting legacy of knowledge and support for our communities.

Gloucestershire also has a large team of children's Speech and Language Therapists and there will be opportunities for joint working across the team and with other services in the integrated directorate. Through this team you can access regular whole team meetings which include CPD sessions in a range of clinical areas. On top of this we have excellent clinical supervision you will be able to access. Though there will be some lone working, there are shared bases where therapists can meet and work together.

***Fixed Term contract opportunities for up to 24 months***

This is a 2 year fixed term position. The post holders will be responsible for the clinical development and delivery of the ELSEC (Early Language Support for Every Child) pathfinder including some line management responsibilities.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist within the Early Language Support for Every Child (ELSEC) service, supporting the team to evolve and embed best practice in this new service.
  • To provide Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapy advice and support to settings to allow them support children with communication needs up to Year 1.
  • To be an integral member of system wide Speech and Language Therapy support services, acting as a resource to other medical, nursing, therapy and social services staff and voluntary agencies and as an interface link for speech and language therapy with early years education colleagues.
  • The post holder has supervisory and teaching responsibility for staff, including assistants.
  • To provide professional support and advice to therapy staff, acting as a clinical resource for Speech and Language Therapy in the specialist area of Early Language Development.
  • To undertake service developments, evaluation and quality initiatives in line with the wider ELSEC programme, to deliver on outcomes identified for this pathfinder site.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

We provide a Multi-professional preceptorship programme that is aligned to the National Preceptorship Framework for Nursing and have been awarded the Interim quality mark from NHS England. Our programme is provided to all Newly Qualified Nurses, Nursing Associates, Internationally Educated Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals and Return to Practice Practitioners. In addition to the programme we also offer all preceptees the opportunity of enrolling and completing the level 7 (Masters) 15 credit validated module Preceptorship for Healthcare (AP7026).

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of degree level qualification and license to practice evidenced by registration with HCPC

Relevant professional body membership


  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists



  • Relevant and current experience

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


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