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Band 5-6 Development Speech & Language Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to the internal movement of staff members, there is an exciting opportunity for a committed Speech and Language Therapist to join the Specialist Learning Disability Service in Buckinghamshire. The successful candidate will work as an influential and integral member of a diverse multi-disciplinary team and will join the well-established Speech and Language Therapy service. This is a development post and ideally suited to a Newly Qualified SLT interested in Learning Disabilities. We welcome applications from SLT graduates and those due to qualify in the near future. Newly qualified SLTs will be supported at Band 5 level and following completion of a competency framework, they will be transferred to a Band 6 role without the need for additional recruitment. We also welcome applications from more experienced therapists and applications from SLTs already working at Band 6 level.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

You will support service users who have communication needs and those who have dysphagia needs as your skills develop, in line with the band 5-6 competency framework. You will receive regular clinical supervision and support from the members of the Speech and Language Therapy team, peer supervision and will be actively encouraged to participate in continuing professional development. You will have the opportunity to work creatively and support with service development.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust (HPFT) is committed to providing excellent health and social care with the vision to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country. The Trust has an outstanding track record of service delivery and quality. It provides services to over one million residents and is rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Key goals for the Trust include being the provider of choice delivering high quality integrated health services in collaboration with local people, to improve overall health and well-being. To deliver this the Trust is committed to employing the best workforce, recruiting individuals with the ability to provide care at the cutting edge of innovative practice. We have excellent development and training programmes which rank us in the top 20% of Trusts in the UK and a strongly embedded learning culture to support and facilitate staff to develop their potential and progress in their careers.

Buckinghamshire is located just north of London, with direct train routes into the city centre from many of the county's historic and picturesque towns.The fast train in to the Central London takes a little as an hour. There are also excellent connections to the rest of the UK and the M25, M40 and M1 are all within easy reach.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for full details of the role and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • State registration with HCPC
  • Accredited dysphagia training or willingness to undertake



  • Experience of working with people with Learning Disabilities
  • Experience of working as an SLT within relevent clinical field
  • Relevent training completed e.g. Talking Mats, Makaton, AAC


  • Experience of delivering care to dysphagia service users
  • Experience of supervising junior staff and students
  • Post qualification SLT experience

Physical Skills


  • Car driver essential, or access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Midshires Business Park

Unit 1, Midshires Business Park, Smeaton Close


HP19 8HL

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