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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting and rare opportunity to join our team. We are looking for an experienced Speech & Language Therapist with an interest in developing their clinical skills in the field of Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC).The Kent and Medway Communication and Assistive Technology (KM CAT) Service is a specialist Service established in collaboration with Kent County Council and NHS England. The Service assesses and supports disabled children and young people who need to use Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT) or Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC). We have strong relationships with local Paediatric Therapy Services. We value and use these links to benefit our own staff, as well as thechildren and families we serve.

Employment in this post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service Car owner/driver essential, subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995)

Main duties of the job

In this role you will take a lead on Speech & Language Therapy issues working with a multi-disciplinary team to assess and review disabled children and young people with complex needs to use a range of AAC devices, including voice output communication aids. You will also have an important role in delivering training courses to professionals who support children and young people with less complex needs.

As the successful applicant you will be an experienced therapist with knowledge and experience of supporting children and young people who use AAC and EAT. You will have a professional Speech and Language Therapy qualification, state registration with the HCPC and RCSLT as well as evidence of maintaining and developing your skills through continuing professional development. You will be passionate about meeting the needs of children and families.

The post will be based at The Old Railway School in Ashford, but will involve working across Kent and Medway. This job provides excellent opportunities for ongoing professional development working in a highly supportive team.

We welcome and encourage enquiries for more information about this post and are happy to arrange an informal visit.

Please contact Friedl van Vuuren, KM CAT Lead Speech and Language 01233 629859/

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

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All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place on the 3rd June.

Find out more about the community difference here.

Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech & Language Therapy or equivalent

Professional Registration


  • Registration with HCPC
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists



  • A minimum of 4 years post-qualification experience working as a Speech & Language Therapist
  • Substantial post-qualification experience working as a paediatric therapist, including children with severe and complex needs that require the use of AAC.
  • Experience of working with education and school staff.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


The Old Railway School


TN24 0PF

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