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Children's Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Speech and Language Therapist to join our friendly, dedicated, and supportive team.

With a strong ethos of supervision and support, our dynamic team provides evidence-based advice, training, and interventions to support children and young people (CYP), their parents/carers and education staff. We work with CYP aged 0-19 with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and feeding difficulties at universal, targeted and specialist levels.
  • This post is suitable for a newly qualified therapist, or someone who is in their last stages of their speech and language qualification.
  • This post is suitable for a skilled Band 5 Therapist who wishes to broaden their clinical experience.
  • We are happy to consider part-time and flexible working patterns.

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service- Peterborough (CPFT) | CPFT NHS Trust

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the independent management of a clinical caseload of pre-school and school-aged children in community settings. This may include community clinics, pre-school settings, mainstream and special schools .

The client group is children who have a range of difficulties in understanding and/or using speech and language. S/he will work independently with access to more senior colleagues as needed.

About us

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health and social care organisation dedicated to providing high-quality care with compassion to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting andempowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people and members of ourethnic minority andLGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To independently manage a caseload of pre- school and school age children who have speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • To undertake a range of assessments, both standardised and non-standardised, taking account of medical, social and educational factors, to identify presenting speech, language and communication needs and make a differential diagnosis
  • To plan, deliver and evaluate intervention programmes following professional guidelines and agreed service standards
  • As part of that process, to be able to plan appropriate long term and short term goals working towards discharge
  • To undertake administrative duties connected with the caseload including maintenance of case notes and provision of written reports, following service standards
  • To mange own time and prioritise workload.
  • To ensure that all work is carried out in close collaboration with all those involved in childrens care so that the approach to intervention and support is co-ordinated and comprehensive
  • To identify when there is a need for a second opinion, referring to senior colleagues or SLT specialists as appropriate
  • To make onward referral as appropriate
  • To identify any variations to service delivery or demands and inform the Locality Lead and Clinical Lead of the likely impact on the service.
  • The post holder may be required to attend meetings, supervision and / or deliver interventions outside of their usual area of work, if necessary in order to deliver to the countywide service specification

  • Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
    • Registered Member of RCSLT
    • Registered Member of HCPC



    • Experience working with children in a variety of settings (student or qualified)


    • Working in a mainstream school
    • Working in a special school
    • Working in pre-school settings

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Knowledge about developmental speech and language disorders
    • Knowledge of a range of assessments
    • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to the client group
    • Highly developed auditory perceptual skills and the ability to transcribe speech phonetically
    • Excellent communication skills including the ability to convey sensitive or distressing information to parents/carers


    • Attended relevant training e.g. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Makaton, Fluency, Parent Child Interaction (PCI)

    Personal Qualities


    • Good presentation skills, both verbal and written
    • Good organisational skills including administrative ability
    • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy
    • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Ability to organise and prioritise own work

    Working within professional boundaries


    • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
    • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
    • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately

    Emotional Awareness


    • Listens to and understands directly and indirectly expressed feelings
    • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognise when to use them and does so



    • Ability to use a range of software to support clinical and administrative work
    • Ability to travel across the County sometimes at short notice

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    Winchester Place

    80 Thorpe Road


    PE3 6AP

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