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Speech and Language Therapist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Jarrow, Hebburn,
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This post would be suitable for a newly qualified or employed Speech and Language Therapist with an interest in specialising in the field of learning disabilities.

We are an expanding team working across the Community in South Tyneside. The successful candidate can expect to work within a friendly, professional and committed team consisting of nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and psychiatry colleagues. They will receive regular supervision, annual appraisal and training opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The post will involve working with adults with learning disabilities in the community across South Tyneside. Occasionally it may be necessary to support patients within an acute or mental health setting. Our patients have a range of communication needs and co-morbid conditions.

The post holder will be expected to provide assessment, therapy intervention and support to patients with learning disabilities and communication difficulties. They will be expected to work closely with families and caregivers, the local authority, police service and the wider multi-disciplinary team as necessary. They should demonstrate motivation, organisational skills, empathy and excellent communication skills. Please see the job description for more detail. A car driver is essential for this post.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide a Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service to patients who have communication/dysphagia needs, diverse presentations and a range of physical, cognitive and/or mental health conditions in a range of settings (including day services, residential settings and the persons home) under the supervision of a senior Speech and Language Therapist. The role will involve assessment, diagnosis, prioritisation, treatment and discharge of patients.

To work as a member of the Community Learning Disabilities Team (CLDT), contributing to multi-disciplinary working across organisations to address the needs of patients referred to the team.

To manage a delegated caseload working collaboratively with patients, carers and staff to meet the needs of patients.

To participate in service development and audit activities as directed by the appropriate lead.

To demonstrate Trust standards of behaviour and values to support our delivery of excellence in all that we do.

Person Specification

Skills and Knowledge


  • Knowledge of relevant communication disorders
  • Knowledge of appropriate assessments and evidence based interventions for communication disorders
  • Ability to develop therapeutic partnership/rapport with patients/carers/families
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Working knowledge of Safeguarding, the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Ability to relate theory to practice
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Understanding of risk management/risk assessment
  • Positive attitude to working with adults with learning disabilities
  • Awareness of national policies relating to Adults with Learning Disabilities, and their impact on SLT
  • Ability to prioritise own clinical/non clinical time with good organisational skills
  • Ability to reflect honestly on own practice and implement learning from experiences
  • Ability to recognise scope of own job role and competence and seek advice as appropriate
  • Ability to use relevant IT systems
  • Provide evidence based therapeutic interventions
  • Ability to adapt within a changing environment
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Commitment to life long learning and continuing professional development
  • Professional manner


  • Experience delivering training packages to a range of professionals and carergivers
  • Experience of working with dysphagia
  • Experience of involving patients/carers/families in goal setting

Physical Skills


  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post
  • Car Driver
  • Current driving licence
  • Able to move and handle patients
  • Ability to use computer systems
  • Ability to concentrate/observe for long periods
  • Must be able to accurately record data



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree/ qualification
  • Current Health Care Professions Council Registration


  • Membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists



  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities
  • Experience of multi-agency working
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team


  • Experience of working with adults
  • Experience of working with adults with learning disabilities
  • Supervision of junior staff

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Monkton Hall Hospital, Community Learning Disabilities,

Monkton Lane,

Jarrow, Hebburn,

NE32 5NN

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