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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year pa pro rata (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an experienced Speech and Language Therapist looking for the next step in your career? Are you passionate about supporting adults with communication issues within a community setting?

Here in the WAM (Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead) OPMH Community Service we are looking for an experienced band 7 OR a developmental band 6 Speech & Language Therapist to join our team on a part time basis.

You will be working with older adults presenting with communication difficulties and dysphagia, this includes supporting patients with both dementia and functional mental health difficulties.You will need to provide specialist clinical advice and support around communication support, differential diagnosis assessment & dysphagia and develop related treatment plans for our patients.

We are a well-established multidisciplinary, integrated Older Adult Community Mental Health team and intervention in your role will be in conjunction with other Care pathways and treatment given.

We are big on staff development and can offer both internal and external training and development opportunities within this role, plus mentoring and clinical supervision with other senior OPMH SLTs. For the band 6 developmental role we will assist you with your competencies to band 7.

The service operates 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday and we offer a hybrid working model.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing assessment, advice and support to patients with communication difficulties that are currently open to the service (one to one and in groups). Developing, monitoring and reviewing related treatment plans
  • Working closely with and supporting colleagues within the MDT, providing specialist advice and support around communication and/or swallowing issue
  • To provide appropriate specialist intervention, reviewing and patients as appropriate and evaluating the treatment outcomes for each individual
  • To provide mentoring, advice and support to more junior Speech and Language Therapists, assistants and volunteers
  • To contribute to clinical teams both multi disciplinary and uni disciplinary by discussing own and others input around clients needs ensuring a well co-ordinated care plan

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
  • HCPC registration
  • Previous experience working with adults in a community setting
  • Driving license and access to vehicle

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Gbola Lamuye, Service Manageron07812469239 or email gbolahan.lamuye@berkshire.nhs.ukor Elizabeth Ferguson,Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist on 0118 960 5959 or email:elizabeth.ferguson@berkshire.nhs.ukwholl 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



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree
  • Qualification or equivalent Licence to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist



  • Evidence of successful post-graduate study in relevant areas through CPD portfolio
  • MSc or at least 3 years' experience in co-working with expert practitioners and undertaking specialist formal training

Previous Experience


  • Substantial post-graduate experience
  • Experience in developing and delivering training packages to other disciplines, carers and service users
  • Experience in inter-agency working
  • Experience in changing own practice


  • Relevant specialist OPMH experience post qualification

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Good negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Good auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures both NHS, Government and local Authority
  • Knowledge of relevant procedures and other relevant legal frameworks including Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity Act
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals (relevant to the client group)
  • Knowledge of standards of record keeping

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Nicholsons House

Nicholsons Walk



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