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Highly Specialist speech and language therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time

Job Details

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to work in a busy and thriving youth justice team in the city to shape and further develop a highly specialist speech and language therapy role .

Children who enter into youth justice have a range of vulnerabilities and need a multi-agency holistic response to address their offending behaviour. Nationally, 70% of the Youth Justice cohort are known to have a speech and language needs and in Southampton, over the past 12 months, the team have really valued the support and specialism of a Speech & Language Therapist, to better engage children, ensure effective interventions are delivered, understand their risks and needs better and advocate for them in other areas such as education settings.

This role is embedded in a multidisciplinary team and the post holder will work with the police, probation services, social care and CAMHS as well as the youth justice team.

Southampton City Council Youth Justice Team has well established links with specialists in health and you will receive clinical supervision and professional development opportunities from the Solent Children's Therapies team as well as comprehensive inductions and support mechanisms in the youth justice team.

If you have a desire to work with our most vulnerable children in the city, are trauma informed ,passionate, resilient and dedicated please come and join our happy, well established team!

This is a full time post, seconded into Southampton Youth Justice Service.

Main duties of the job

*To be a source of specialist knowledge and provide a highly specialist Children's Therapy Service to 12-19 year olds with SLCN in the context of Youth Justice.

*To provide a lead role across the Service & Trust for a Clinical Pathway, working with Locality Leads and other Clinical Pathway Leads, providing clinical leadership, driving forward service development, maintaining standards and ensuring the provision of up to date evidence based care.

*To devise and deliver training packages to staff in the Justice sector/SLT service as required.

*To support and develop skills in others (either within the NHS Speech and Language Therapy Service or staff working in Justice) for working with 12-19 year olds who have SLCN in the context of the Justice system.

*To develop a care pathway and procedures within the YO team and within Solent NHS SLT Service to support SLCN in 12-19 year olds within Youth Justice.

*To devise, implement and analyse outcome measures to monitor the impact of the role within the YOT and to inform and develop the nature of the role or potential service, over time.

*To work as an autonomous practitioner, in collaboration with health, education and justice sector staff, 12-19 year olds and their parents, to deliver integrated specialised packages of care to children with SLCN in the Youth Justice sector.

*To provide specialist clinical advice and recommendations to justice sector staff working with 12-19 year olds with SLCN

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree level qualification or equivalent
  • Registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists/
  • Licence to Practice
  • Evidence of maintenance of CPD in area of specialism
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups
  • To operate at the levels of Advanced Practitioner indicated within this person specification
  • To demonstrate study at Masters level or equivalent experience which is equivalent. This should encompass the capabilities of an Advanced Clinical Practitioner role and may include advanced training or qualifications relevant to the specialism.



  • Experience in paediatric therapy, experience working independently with children from clinical pathway
  • Experience of working with a broad range of paediatric clinical impairments and disorders using a range of assessment methods as appropriate.
  • Experience assessing and working with young people aged 12 to 19 years with SLCN
  • Experience of clinical supervision of students and others- auditing own and others' clinical practice, in order to act on the findings.
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Experience of staff supervision

Additional Criteria


  • Able to critically assess and address own learning needs and follow a personal development plan across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice.
  • Support a wider team to build capacity and capability through work-based and inter-professional learning, while facilitating peer review processes to identify individual and team learning.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal- supporting people in making decisions, planning care or seeking to make positive changes in a person-centred way.
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities working in partnership with individuals, families, carers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills -- including observation, listening and empathy skills. Engage with, appraise and respond to individuals' motivations, development stage and capacity and empower them to participate in decisions about their care, health and well-being.
  • Highly developed non verbal communication skills
  • Highly developed analytical and interpretive skills to deal with a range of individual presentations and complex situations using information from multiple sources.
  • Highly developed auditory and perceptual skills
  • Ability to transcribe speech phonetically
  • Proficient in using a number of alternative and augmentative communication systems e.g. Makaton, symbols and signs, and PECS.
  • Ability to reflect on practice both individually and with peers/mentors to participate in multi-disciplinary service and team evaluation. As a result, demonstrate the impact of advanced clinical practice on service function, effectiveness and quality.
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Good supervision skills
  • Ability to lead new practice and offer service redesign solutions in an inter-professional/interagency context/environment to the benefit of client groups- working collaboratively with a range of resources and acting as a clinical role model to deliver care which is responsive to changing needs of agencies, networks and local populations.
  • Ability to work independently without support and to pro-actively initiate and develop effective multi-disciplinary relationships, fostering clarity of the SLT role within the teams to achieve productive working.
  • Self motivated, self starter, able to organise a large and varied work programme. Demonstrate team leadership, resilience and manage situations which are complex or unpredictable.
  • Being flexible and adaptable at work in order to meet competing priorities
  • Competent in use of IT including Microsoft packages
  • Advanced knowledge of a broad range of assessment and treatment strategies relevant to a specialised caseload and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits of a range of options- in order to modify interventions as required.
  • Knowledge of current evidence base and application to practice-critically appraise current research, using the results to underpin practice and inform that of others.
  • Clear understanding of speech and language therapy service role within the wider context of a child's education and other needs, as well as exercising professional judgement to manage risk appropriately in response to complex and unpredictable events.
  • Knowledge of the Youth Justice system including terminology, pathways, procedures and assessments.
  • Knowledge and application of professional standards & code of conduct
  • An understanding of diversity and how it impacts on the Children's Therapy Service
  • Ability to develop and implement clinical governance/audit- identify gaps in the evidence base, alerting appropriate individuals and organisations to these and how they might be addresses in a safe and pragmatic way.
  • Knowledge of standards of record keeping
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation e.g. Children's Act, Excellence for All Children, SEN Code of Practice, National Autism Plan etc.
  • Criteria 5: Equality
  • An understanding of equality within the workforce and how it can impact on this post.
  • Criteria 6: Other
  • Pleasant personality
  • Demonstrate receptiveness to challenge and constructively challenge others, escalating concerns that affect the well-being of others when necessary.
  • Facilitate collaborative links between clinical practice and research through networking with academic, clinical and other active researchers.
  • Act as a role model, educator, supervisor, coach and mentor-seeking to instill and develop the confidence of others
  • Motivated to work with a caseload of young people who can be challenging in behaviour and un-motivated.
  • Supportive and approachable
  • Self motivated, assertive, diplomatic and tactful
  • Highly literate and numerate
  • Sensitivity to the needs of a broad range of clients and their families
  • Positive attitude towards disability and handicap
  • Ability to sit for long periods in awkward positions on the floor or small seats
  • Ability to carry numerous case files and therapy equipment from car to place of work frequently throughout the day
  • Is able to legally work within the UK
  • Is able to work with children or vulnerable adults
  • Ability to travel daily for meetings across a range of sites in Southampton/Portsmouth/ Hampshire area and national.

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


Adelaide Health Centre, Western Community Centre

William Macleod Way



SO16 4XE

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