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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - ISS

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join a newly expanding service. Joining the Learning Disability Intensive Support Service will allow you to truly make a difference in people's lives, using you skills to enhance life opportunities and ensure people live life well in the community. As a newly created post the successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop the role to fit the needs of the service.

This post covers the geographical area of Norfolk and Waveney.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be part of an MDT, working together to ensure individuals in the community remain appropriately supported throughout a range of challenges. You will manage your own caseload, also communicating with the SLTs in the community LD teams to allow for seamless transitions between the teams.

About us

The Intensive Support Service has received new funding to allow it to expand to better meet the needs of the LD population in Norfolk and Waveney. This exciting development will be further supported by regular supervision, a strong team work ethic and the opportunity to work with multiple teams and professionals across the county.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

RECRUITMENT EVENT - Friday 23rd February 2024

If you are reading this, then the recruitment day we are holding on Friday 23rd February may be of interest for you.

The day will focus on recruitment for all of the vacancies that we have open for our new Willow Therapy Unit, which is due to open June 2024.

We will be at The Kings Conference Centre in Norwich from 9.30am. Come along to find out more about the roles we have on offer, and we will even have limited availability for interviews on the day too.

No booking needed we look forward to seeing you then.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be an active member of the integrated multi-disciplinary intensive support community team for people with learning disabilities.

To be responsible for a caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based/person centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

To provide clinical supervision and clinical leadership to other SLT staff as required.

To be part of the planning, development and evaluation of Specialist SLT services across the county to help ensure the consistency of high quality and efficient clinical services.

To deliver services in line with the appropriate clinical pathways/specification requirements.

To provide practice placements for SLT students, as required

Person Specification



  • oAttainment of relevant qualifications in Speech and Language Therapy as recognised by RCLST and HCPC or equivalent.
  • oRegistered member of RCLST and HCPC
  • oCompletion of RCSLT Newly Qualified Practitioner Competencies


  • Completion of basic dysphagia training e.g. Inter professional dysphagia framework at the level of specialist dysphagia practitioner or IASLT entry level



  • Clinical experience as a Speech and Language Therapist
  • Undergraduate clinical experience in adult acquired communication and swallowing disorders


  • Post-graduate clinical experience working within neurology/stroke care independently managing communication and swallowing disorders
  • Case load management experience*
  • Experience/observation of dysphagia, Video fluoroscopy, Fibre optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow at undergraduate or post graduate level
  • Experience in working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of participating in research and/or audit projects
  • Experience of voluntary or paid work with a relevant organisation or patient group.
  • Experience in the supervision of Rehabilitation Assistants (or equivalent)

skills, abilities and knowledge


  • oBasic knowledge of acquired communication disorders and dysphagia, their assessment, therapeutic interventions and management approaches
  • oAble to develop the confidence to work independently and recognise when to seek advice
  • oAble to demonstrate functional understanding of the principles of equality and diversity within the context of SLT practice.
  • oGood communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • oAble to work within an interdisciplinary team


  • Ability to independently manage a caseload of patients with communication and swallowing disorders
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both individually and in a team
  • Evidence of own development through appraisal
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellent Networks/ Special Interests Groups
  • Special interest in stroke rehabilitation
  • Knowledge and application of national guidelines for stroke and relevant standards and outcome measures
  • Ability to organise workload and manage time effectively
  • Ability to evaluate research evidence and apply relevant outcome measures
  • Well-developed negotiation skills



  • oBasic level of computer skill including use of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
  • oAble to adapt communication relevant to individual's needs and competence. For example interacting with persons with aphasia, their families, other professionals in a range of roles

Person and People Development


  • oExperience in educating/informing patients and families


  • oGood teaching and presentation skills - ability to pass on knowledge to others formally/informally on an individual/group basis with variety of media
  • oAbility to support junior colleagues



  • Must hold full and valid UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English language
  • Able to make accurate auditory and visual observations
  • Able to work flexibly including contributing to a weekend therapist rota if required in the future

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults
  • Able to empathise with patients who may have life changing, progressive and/or terminal medical conditions
  • Willingness to learn from more experienced colleagues


  • Ability to work independently with initiative and flexibility
  • Enthusiastic and able to work under pressure and maintain high professional and personal standards
  • Commitment to team and personal development
  • Flexible and adaptable - good problem solving skills
  • Willing to take on new challenges and responsibilities

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust





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