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Speech and Language Therapist

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to be offering the opportunity to join Northumbria Healthcare Speech and Language Therapy, Complex and Additional Needs Team.

We are looking to recruit innovative, caring and dynamic SLT's who would like to develop their skills in speech, language and communication and eating/drinking difficulties, in children and young people with complex needs and learning disability.

The posts will involve working into the paediatric part of the Complex and Additional Needs Team, working with children and young people aged 2-19 years with a range of complex needs. The successful candidates will work across Northumberland or North Tyneside, working into children's homes, childcare and nursery/mainstream school settings and in special schools.

Main duties of the job

The Complex and Additional Needs SLT team are passionate about supporting people with complex needs, their families, their carers' and professionals. We have well established strong connections with our Health, Adult Social Care and Local Authority colleagues allowing us to work in partnership at all levels. We have regular opportunities for joint CPD and clinical support and supervision with colleagues in the Community Paediatric SLT team.

We can offer you a highly rewarding post which includes:
  • Clinical supervision including support to complete NQP competencies and be part of a bespoke preceptorship programme.
  • Regular team meetings, peer support and supervision, clinical focus groups and the opportunity to attend Regional Clinical Excellence Networks.
  • In-Service Training.
  • Opportunities to contribute to Trust and Local Authority quality improvement work and innovations
  • Opportunity to be actively involved in the design and implementation of the team annual planning
  • Opportunity to work in partnership with other Health colleagues and Local Authority Services to ensure the highest quality of care
  • Opportunity to work with the Regional Communication Aid Service (RCAS) when coordinating care and engaging in development work
  • Close links with Newcastle University.
  • Close working with Clinical Leads, Consultant and Highly Specialist SLTs in Dysphagia, AAC and Stammering in relation to evidence-based practice, innovation, audit and caseload management

About us

We manage three major locality hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham, plus a number of smaller community hospitals and clinics from Tynemouth to Berwick on Tweed, in addition to our state-of-the-art Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, the first of its kind in England. We also care for people in their homes and provide services from facilities in local communities such as health centres. We give people greater choice and control over their care to help them to live independently at home and avoid hospital admission where appropriate. High quality patient care is at the heart of everything we do and we strive to ensure every single patient and service user has an exceptional experience with us. We have one of the most extensive patient experience programmes of any trust in England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidates will work alongside other Therapists to deliver a service to a varied caseload of children/young people from those who are non-verbal and use a wide range of communication strategies such as objects, signing, AAC to those who use verbal communication skills and have challenges when participating in play and learning activities. The post holders will be involved in the assessment and management of speech, language, communication difficulties and communication environments as well as supporting the childrens/young peoples parents/carers and/or educational staff to understand and support the childs communication needs.

The successful candidates will have access to in-house and where appropriate external training in Makaton signing, Talking Mats, PECS, AAC, social communication interventions etc.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree qualification or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Employer details

Employer name

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Shiremoor Resource Centre

Earsdon Road


NE27 0HJ

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