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Advanced Speech and Language Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum ( Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time

Job Details

Are you an experienced Speech & Language Therapist with a passion for supporting children and their families? Are you looking for an opportunity to progress your career and put your knowledge and use your knowledge and expertise to support junior colleagues in the team?

Here in the CYPIT team we are looking for an Advanced Speech and Language Therapist to join our team based at St Marks in Maidenhead on a 1 year FTC.

In this role you will be a source of expertise for staff working across our school aged provision supporting children/young people with Speech and Language Therapy needs. You will take responsibility for a mixed caseload undertaking specialist clinical assessment and treatment and/or support other clinicians within the CYPIT team to do this.

You will lead on the development of other therapists within the school age provision offering support, mentoring, training and specialist advice, as well as defining core competencies for staff to work towards.

You will have access to our Trust-wide Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth, with opportunities to help you build your CPD portfolio, enabling you to extend your skills and ensure that you excel.

Our service operates 9:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Main duties of the job

  • To have a highly developed broad range of specialist knowledge, experience and expertise working with school aged children and young people.
  • To be a source of expertise in delivering, managing and supporting a school aged Speech and Language Therapy service to children and young people.
  • To support and develop colleagues working in the CYPIT school aged Speech and Language Therapy team and be a point of reference for colleagues and managers where advice may berequested/needed.
  • To undertake specialist clinical assessment and treatment of children and young people who may have complex presentations and/or support other clinicians to do this. You will have defined clinicalresponsibilities and hold responsibility for managing your own caseload in addition to supporting lessexperienced staff

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Qualified Speech & Language Therapist with HCPC registration
  • 5+yearsof experience delivering a varied school aged caseload
  • Evidence of an in depth level of knowledge and expertise in school aged Speech and Language Therapy
  • Full UK driving license with access to vehicle

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Gemma West on 07789741450 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Speech and Language therapy degree (BSc/MSc)
  • HCPC registered


  • Member of a clinical interest group

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of 5 years relevant experience delivering school aged services
  • Attendance at relevant short courses and/or post graduate training within a relevant field
  • Evidence of CPD maintained portfolio


  • Evidence of management training

Previous Experience


  • Evidence of clinical working in multiple school settings
  • Evidence of an in depth level of knowledge and expertise of school age Speech and Language Therapy
  • Evidence of delivering universal, targeted and specialist speech and language therapy input to school aged children and young people
  • Comprehensive range of supervisory experience
  • Contribution to clinical education of less experienced staff, students or assistants
  • Evidence of leadership, e.g. staff management, leading a project, change in practice

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Effective people management skills
  • High level of clinical knowledge and skill in delivering school aged Speech and Language Therapy services
  • Ability to pass on skills/knowledge to others within both formal and informal environments
  • Ability to provide leadership to other team members
  • Efficient, effective, excellent and diplomatic communication skills both written and verbal
  • Awareness of the commissioning and provider landscape within children's services
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Knowledge of SEND process, awareness of statutory guidelines
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of the SEND tribunal process

Additional Requirements


  • Car driver, valid UK driving license and ability to travel across multiple sites

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


CYPIT East Berkshire



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