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Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist B6 *Internal Only*

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum Pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

We are seeking a passionate, innovative and motivated Speech and Language Therapist to join our Children's Speech and Language Therapy Team. 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

The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking communication assessments as part of the multi-agency assessment pathway for autism for children and young people aged 5-19.

Overall the successful candidate will have to undertake comprehensive assessment of children and young people with diverse presentations, including eating and drinking difficulties using self determined investigative and analytical skills, to formulate hypotheses in order to determine a diagnosis.

Main duties of the job

To undertake communication assessments as part of the children and young peoples multi-agency assessment pathway for autism. This will include face to face assessment, report writing and participation in multi-agency clinical discussions with other professionals.

To undertake a range of specialist speech and language therapy assessment to contribute to the differential diagnostic process, formulating hypotheses on the basis of the evidence from assessments and acquired knowledge to arrive at a clinical diagnosis.

To employ highly developed listening, concentration and observation skills to simultaneously monitor all non-verbal and verbal aspects of a child's communication in assessment and diagnosis, taking a proactive role throughout.

To carry out swallowing assessments and advise on feeding issues as appropriate following the relevant training and with support from a senior specialist as necessary (0-19 years)

To support the monitoring and effective use of clinical and team resources.

To write and maintain accurate and timely patient records within the standards set on record keeping and the Trust's code of confidentiality.

To write detailed official reports regarding patient care and the Speech and Language Therapy advice for Education Health and Care Plans under the Children and Families Act 2014.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

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 of our Trust
  • 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. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

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.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

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.

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



  • oDegree or equivalent qualification in Speech and Language Therapy approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
  • oRegistered with HCPC
  • oOn-going membership with the RCSLT
  • oEvidence of formal training / self study / specialist experience to post graduate level


  • Post qualification Dysphagia course



  • Experience of organising, managing and prioritising a clinical caseload.
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Experience of working with other professionals and agencies


  • Experience of working with children with special educational needs / learning disabilities
  • Experience of working in community clinics and educational settings, including schools/units for children with learning disabilities/ communication disorders



  • oKnowledge of a wide variety of speech, language and communication disorders
  • oTo demonstrate a breadth of specialist knowledge with decision making underpinned by current evidence based practice, where many decisions will have significant implications for the child's future.
  • oKnowledge of current clinical procedures
  • oKnowledge of educational policies and procedures relating to working practice as a therapist working in an educational setting
  • oWorking knowledge of assessment and therapy materials, including alternative communication strategies, e.g. picture exchange, Makaton signing, etc.
  • oKnowledge of national imperatives e.g. public health programmes and children's centres recognising their influence at local level.

Skills and Aptitudes


  • oAbility to carry out and analyse results of various assessments appropriate for different clients, relating to age, disorder, standardisation, etc.
  • oIT ability, including word processing, presentation skills and ability to access software packages
  • oNegotiation and problem solving ability, in order to prioritise and strategise for assessment and intervention
  • oSkills in motivation of clients and/or carers to engage in the therapeutic process
  • oHighly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clients
  • oWillingness to learn and be a reflective practitioner
  • oExcellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • oExcellent time management, organisational and administration skills.

Personal Circumstances


  • oAbility to work on own initiative
  • oWillingness and ability to travel across the Trust as and when required
  • oWillingness to work outside normal hours in order to meet business needs
  • oA flexible approach and willingness to adapt to change

Other requirements


  • oSupport equality and value diversity (Level 2)
  • oEquality and Diversity (from KSF core dimension 6- one to be selected).

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Workington Hospital

Park Lane


CA14 2RW

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