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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Adult Inpatient Mental Health SLT service across Bradford and Airedale. The postholder will be part of a New Inpatient service development opportunity alongside a newly recruited Band 7 Clinical Lead SLT. You will hold a caseload of patients with Mental Health diagnosis who have communication needs and/ or dysphagia. Providing both assessment and intervention through direct and indirect means. Contributing towards care planning and positive health and wellbeing outcomes. You will work alongside members of an MDT including Allied Health Professionals, Nursing, Medical and Health Care Staff. You will also have opportunities to support the development of new pathways and training packages within this role.

The Clinical Lead and the post holder will be supported by a Principal SLT across ALD and Mental Health who will have oversight and management responsibilities. There is also a Band 7 Highly specialist SLT working in the Community Mental Health Team providing input to patients in their own homes or care settings who you will also be able to liaise with.

This is a Newly funded opportunity to develop the SLT service across the Bradford and Airedale Mental Health inpatient settings. It is a great opportunity for somebody who would like to be involved in contributing to the development of new policies and pathways ensuring safe practice and improving health and wellbeing outcomes for service users.

Closing date: 31st May

Main duties of the job

To work effectively as part of the Speech and Language Therapy provision within the adult mental health inpatient services across Airedale Centre for Mental Health and Lynfield Mount by ensuring both communication and dysphagia pathways are developed and followed by all staff, training and clinical supervision is provided and standards of service provision are set, monitored, and maintained.This role will promote good communication standards so that people who use the service, their families and carers are involved in decisions about their care. To manage a caseload of both routine and complex cases.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

The Trust reserves the right to close this position early if a significant number of applications are received .

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached Job description and the person the specification for more details about this role.

Person Specification



  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist with Health Professionals Council, SLT Degree/dip Qualification, dysphagia qualification.


  • Mental Health Experience



  • In depth experience of working with adults with acquired and progressive neurological disorders / Mental Health Conditions
  • Experience of working in a variety of health, social, educational and residential settings
  • Experience of working in a Multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience supporting pre-grad SLT students, clinical support workers and junior colleagues
  • Evidence of training others e.g. parents, support staff, professionals



  • Ability to mentor SLT New Graduate, SLT Generalist and Clinical Support Workers
  • Able to plan and lead existing and new therapy groups
  • Able to work independently for most general cases with support for complex clinical cases specialism
  • Ability to contribute to Audits
  • Research and Development Excellent time management and prioritisation Skills

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Bracken Ward, Airedale Centre for Mental health

Skipton Road


BD20 6TD

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