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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This post offers an exciting opportunity to join our Learning Disabilities Service in Cornwall as a Specialist Speech & Language Therapist. The successful applicant will be working in the Cornwall Adult Learning Disabilities Team, based in the East Team and will offer a service to the East of Cornwall Learning Disability community as part of a dynamic and enthusiastic Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Ideal candidates will have experience working with Adults with a Learning Disability, assessing and managing complex communication needs, as well as complex dysphagia management experience. Candidates will need to have good understanding of current legislation and practices relating to Learning Disabilities and evidence of this in their day to day working. The successful candidates will also be expected to provide supervision within the team therefore experience providing supervision within a clinical setting is essential. A key aspect of the role is delivering training programmes relating to communication needs and dysphagia so the candidates must have experience in delivering training with excellent presentation and communication skills. Candidates will need to be IT literate and have experience using digital clinical records, as well as the desire to explore new ways of engaging with stakeholders using technology.The post holder will work one day a week in the West of the county.

Proposed interview date: to be confirmed

Main duties of the job

As part of the multidisciplinary East Community Learning Disabilities Health Team, the postholder will be managing a caseload of adults over 18 with learning disabilities who are referred to the service.

The postholder will provide communication assessment and interventions using core speech and language therapy skills for individuals with a learning disability. The postholder will contribute to the assessment of eating and drinking difficulties under supervision from specialist speech and language therapists. This includes monitoring their health outcomes and progress through review of their care plan.

The postholder will develop skills in community based speech and language therapist and understand the health needs of people with learning disabilities. The postholder will contribute to training delivered as part of the Cornwall Communication Charter.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Current professional registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of being an autonomous SLT practitioner
  • Evidence of related CPD
  • Qualified SLT registered with HCPC


  • Experience of working with adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team

Knowledge and abilities


  • Knowledge of best practice in core SLT practice


  • Awareness of relevant legislation related to learning disability
  • Understanding the health needs of people with a learning disability
  • Understanding of governance related activities e.g. audit, CQC

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Suite 7, Carew House

Dunmere Road


PL31 2QN

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