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Highly Specialist SLT for adolescents with complex needs

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Walsall Healthcare Speech and Language Therapy Department has an exciting opportunity to work within two integrated teams working with children and young people within the adolescents with complex needs integrated team and within the Youth Justice Service.

Consider applying for this post if you are a highly motivated and enthusiastic therapist committed to integrated partnership working. Your role will focus on reducing risks associated with complex needs by providing bespoke packages of high-quality and evidence-based support.

You will be required to independently manage complex cases, and work across a range of community settings. You will have a role to play in training the wider workforce. Excellent communication skills will be required. Reporting on impact and organising your time will require you to be highly organised and solution-focused.

You will be required to travel. Travel expenses are subsidised.

The successful applicant will work closely with service managers, therapists, and other multi-agency professionals. Ongoing supervision will be provided.

Walsall SLT service is a district-wide, integrated service, with a professional head of service. The service sits within a forward thinking allied health professionals care group.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist assessment and intervention to adolescents with complex needs who have speech, language and communication difficulties to a small cohort of adolescents with complex needs an within youth justice.
  • To develop personalised plans which are developed by the child or young person, with their parents or carers, integrated teams staff and teachers. Including, support to the child or young person to develop their own strategies to facilitate communication.
  • Working with integrated teams for Adolescents with Complex needs and Youth Justice Service lead, plan, develop and deliver the Speech and Language services within these teams.
  • To measure and evaluate outcomes
  • To produce reports, reflecting highly specialist knowledge, in a format that is easily understood by the child/young person.
  • To manage a caseload within departmental standards and integrated team standards.
  • To provide advice and support to colleagues from a range of professions
  • To deliver training to the integrated team, to the wider workforce and to parents and carers of children and young people.
  • To develop accessible information and resources.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular supervision. The benefits of working in Walsall include the small size of the area and the opportunity to become part of a well-established team. You will be just a short distance from major cities and excellent motorway networks making Walsall a perfect place to explore the surrounding areas.

Walsall speech and language therapy team is dynamic and highly supportive. Working closely in partnership with service users, and with other agencies the service strives to provide high quality care, leading in new initiatives and service improvements. The service forms part of a wider allied health professionals care group where the unique nature of the SLT role is promoted, with associated training and learning opportunities.

The team provides robust supervision and support to all staff and a preceptorship programme to newly qualified staff.The team is led by a strong leadership team who co-ordinate services and report on performance and quality. The service is committed to continuing professional development through supervision, training and team meetings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Communicates complex condition specific information to clients, carers and multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Contributes to clinical teams both multi-disciplinary and uni-disciplinary working across organisations through the development of appropriate care plans.
  • Provides highly specialist advice to clients, carers and multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Promotes the role and understanding of the profession within the local community.
  • Provides clear and concise written reports in line with departmental standards reflecting highly specialist knowledge.
  • Provides advice training and support to others regarding the appropriate management and care of clients, including designated speciality and complex cases.
  • May respond initially to complaints reporting to Head of Service on all occasions.
  • Promotes multi-disciplinary and inter-agency liaison and collaborative practice.

  • Understands and adheres to National and Local clinical guidelines.
  • Understands legislation as it relates to the highly specialist clinical area.
  • Understands and adheres to Trust policies relevant to the service area.
  • Identify areas for own personal/professional development including specific objectives relating to the clinical specialism and project area.
  • Applies professional knowledge obtained through 1st degree level qualifications and any related post graduate training (e.g. training related to Youth Justice Services, up to Masters level equivalent in particular clinical specialist areas).
  • Leads the development of local clinical guidelines informed by evidence for clinical specialism and awareness of SEN process and statutory assessment.

  • Uses specialist knowledge to inform clinical judgements/decision making for the management of complex cases.
  • Defines a differential diagnosis based on assessment findings using specialist clinical skills.
  • Refers client on to other services as appropriate.
  • Adapts management plans according to individual circumstances.
  • Directs and participates in local and national research initiatives within the specialist area.

  • Manages own time and prioritises workload.
  • Manages caseload within departmental standards/integrated team standards.
  • Defines and manages the work programme for a clinical area and/or designated project area.
  • Co-ordinates a range of both uni and multi-disciplinary training and teaching programmes.
  • Contributes to the planning and delivery of highly specialist services.

  • Facilitates the development of others problem solving/negotiation skills within peer review/support context.
  • Provides mentoring and support to more junior S& LTs and provides second opinions to colleagues in highly specialist areas/ designated projects.
  • Contributes to S& LT student placements.
  • Provides Specialist training and presentation in area of clinical expertise.
  • Initiates and undertakes research/audit particularly in area of clinical expertise and/or designated project.
  • Participates and develops innovations in areas of risk management, quality standards setting and clinical effectiveness.
  • Represents team with multi-disciplinary systems of clinical governance within an organisation, in close liaison with line manager.
  • Contributes to the identification of training needs within the department with specific responsibility for designated specialist clinical area.
  • Contributes to student placements as appropriate.

  • Assesses, develops and implements specialist SLT programmes.
  • Negotiates with carers/clients around individual case management, recognising breakdown/conflict when this occurs and generate potential solutions.
  • Maintains timely and accurate client records in line with the Trust and Departmental records management policy.
  • Demonstrates clinical effectiveness by the use of evidence-based practice and outcome measures in relation to the specialist area.

  • Contributes to the development of the Annual report and Service Development Plan with regard to relevant clinical specialisms and/or designated project.
  • Facilitates and co-ordinates team objectives and projects as specified in the Service Development Plan.
  • Understands and adheres to policies and professional standards.
  • Contributes to inter-agency team building and policy development within the integrated team.
  • Contributes to the development of local clinical guidelines informed by evidence for clinical specialism.
  • Plans and delivers highly specialist training in area of expertise and contributes to the development of core training on a range of subjects.
  • Develops policies, protocols and care pathways related to the relevant clinical specialism and/or designated project.
  • Interprets and implements national and local policy relevant to the specialist area / designated project.

  • Monitors stock levels and orders new equipment as appropriate.
  • Maintains equipment, ensuring standards of safety are maintained.
  • Uses resources efficiently.
  • Identifies resources required within specific specialist / project area.

  • Leads a specialist area and/or designated project.
  • Monitors own and others working practises within the specialist service and reports to line manager on issues of concern, project progress etc.
  • Works independently within a highly specialist area, accessing supervision within an IPR framework.
  • Accountable for own professional actions.
  • Recognises professional boundaries and seeks advice as appropriate.
  • Manages complex caseload independently.

Person Specification

Communication skills


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills



  • Knowledge of evidence base for working with Adolescents with complex needs



  • Experience of working with secondary age young people

Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust


Blakenall Village Centre

1 Thames Road



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