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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in an excellent opportunity to work across a paediatric dysphagia pathway, with a specialist focus on neonatal care?

This opportunity has been funded to enable further development of a specialist pathway across DCHS children's community SLT and Royal Derby Hospital NICU and Children's Hospital.

You will be part of a team of SLTs working across this pathway and will provide leadership and a highly specialist service delivery, including videofluoroscopy assessments.

There will be peer support from the acute SLT team at RDH and community team in DCHS.

You will be able to utilise and develop highly-specialist skills and to influence the pathway improving the outcomes for babies, children and their families.

What do our SLTs say about working in this team?
  • I love the varied caseload, support from colleagues, team working , strong leadership in the service, and good relationships with educational settings
  • The service has great flexible working opportunities
  • There is lots of support available from specialists, approachable team members and good internal/external training opportunities
  • I find the enormous range of variety in clinical experiences as a children's acute SLT exciting and challenging. It's a lively setting and no 2 days are ever the same!
  • For me, there is a huge sense of fulfilment in working in a team with MDT colleagues, to provide the best possible care to children and their families during a difficult time in their lives.

Main duties of the job

This role will be split 3 days at Royal Derby Hospital and 2 days in the community, however there will be a flexible approach to cover the pathway as needed.

The role will operate as a highly specialist clinical SLT across the neonatal unit and children's hospital at The Royal Derby Hospital . The role will also provide highly specialist clinical input to children and babies with dysphagia in the community.

The role will provide leadership, service delivery co-ordination and influence service developments for children and neonates.

About us

We are a large and dynamic Speech and Language Therapy service of more than 90 staff, working across all service areas in Derbyshire.

The Purpose and Activities of DCHS: Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people's own homes and via virtual consultations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

Person Specification

Education Qualifications and Training


  • Evidence of post graduate training in evidence based approaches to the management of disorders relating to this highly specialist field
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Network
  • Experiential training to demonstrate specialist skills


  • Masters level degree relevant to post

Experience and knowledge required


  • Extensive experience of working with children and neonates who have swallowing and communication difficulties.
  • Experience of working in an acute setting, including NICU.
  • Recent and relevant post-qualification SLT experience


  • Experienced in developing case management skills in less experienced staff.

Skills and Attributes


  • Excellent interpersonal skills- including observation, listening and empathy skills.
  • Ability to negotiate and influence as an equal at consultant level across the MDT and other agencies.
  • Ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities.
  • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures ( relevant to specialist client group)
  • Understanding of the impact of local cultural, linguistic and demographic factors which influence service delivery in area of clinical specialism


  • Able to use videofluoroscopy to assess dysphagia
  • Advanced clinical supervision skills
  • Evidence of presentations at conferences, local/regional/national or international

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHSFT


Royal Derby Hospital (& Derbyshire Community)


DE22 4PH

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