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Bank Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle Upon Tyne
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Part Time
We require reliable, enthusiastic and motivated Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists to join our bank. In return you will can offer you:
  • Flexible hours choose when and where you want to work
  • Competitive pay rates including enhanced pay for unsociable hours
  • Paid annual leave
  • NHS pension scheme
  • A fast-track recruitment process if you move to a substantive role
  • Opportunities to work in different wards and departments, including community, dental and specialist services
  • Access to Services, such as those provided by our Staff Wellbeing Team
  • Ability to book your shifts from home using our online portal
  • Option to block-book shifts in a set period
  • SMS notifications of shift availability
  • Access to staff newsletters and bulletins
  • Eligible for various local and national discounts which are available to NHS staff
  • Free uniform, where applicable

Main duties of the job

There are bank assignments all around the Trust, including our community settings in Haltwhistle, Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth, Rothbury, Blythas well as our main hospitals in Hexham, Ashington, North Tyneside and Cramlington. We have a range of shifts 7 days per week including day shifts, earlies, lates, twilight, nights and weekends. With bank you can pick and choose which shifts suit you.

To develop/improve/maintain/manage communication/swallowing/feeding skills of adults/children in a given location, through direct intervention, liaison and joint working with other staff and carers and across agencies, to maximise their potential reduce risk and enable their maximum participation and integration into society

Specifically to:
  • Independently assess, diagnose and treat own highly specialised caseload of patients/clients and maintain associated records.
  • Participate in research in the specialist area.
  • Take a leadership role in the specialist clinical area/s offering advice to other therapists/staff on SLT issues.
  • Supervise the work of assistants/volunteers/junior staff and others working with the post holder.
  • Contribute to the induction, mentoring and support of other more junior staff and may be required to facilitate clinical case discussions as part of peer review.
  • Take full SLT student placements, contributing to their assessment and examination.

About us

This is a great opportunity to work in a flexible way with one of the country's top performing trusts, twice rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission.

Northumbria Healthcare covers a large geographical area, providing safe and high-quality care in both hospital and community settings. As such we need to be able to respond quickly to meet demands caused by an increase in patient activity, staff holidays or illness.

This is where our staff bank plays a vital role, providing service support 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. The bank is not just for doctors and nurses, we cater for all staff groups including AHPS, nursing support roles, administrative staff, facilities staff and more.

There are many reasons why people join the staff bank, some to supplement earnings, or to work around commitments such as childcare or studying, while others may wish to develop their skills and work experience. So, if having the flexibility to pick and choose your hours is important, then this may be your opportunity. To find out more about the benefits of working on the bank visit our website

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To demonstrate specialist knowledge in clinical specialism underpinned by current evidence based practice
  • To demonstrate leadership skills within a highly specialist clinical area
  • To demonstrate highly developed specialist knowledge in clinical specialism underpinned by current evidence based practice
  • To manage complex and specialist caseload independently
  • To make highly specialist clinical decisions following assessment of complex cases
  • To identify personal/professional development evidenced by Personal Development Plan/Professional Portfolio developed within an appraisal framework, including objectives relating to clinical specialisms
  • To participate in the development of local clinical guidelines informed by evidence for clinical specialisms
  • To participate in Individual Performance Review ensuring that the objectives set reflect the service and Trust plans, including specific objectives relating to the clinical specialism
  • To attend relevant advanced training and specialist short courses and Clinical Excellence Networks in order to maintain and develop skills and knowledge required of a highly specialist therapist working in the field of community paediatrics and maintain up to date HCPC and RCSLT registration
  • To demonstrate knowledge of, and adhere to RCSLT Professional and Clinical and National and Local Clinical Guidelines
  • To develop and deliver specialist training (formal and informal) to others in area of clinical expertise
  • To keep up to date with new techniques and developments for the promotion and maintenance of good practice in working with specialist client population
  • To provide advice to non-specialists and other specialists/professionals within clinical field
  • To develop a working knowledge of relevant procedures including safeguarding and other legal frameworks
  • To develop a working knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and their application to professional practice
  • To develop a working knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and their application to professional practice

Person Specification

Qualifications/Professional Registration


  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree qualification or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council - License to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master's degree or equivalent
  • Significant relevant experience at Postgraduate level
  • Highly developed auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically

Experience and Knowledge


  • Significant relevant experience at Postgraduate level
  • Relevant specialist experience within specified clinical area



  • It is an essential requirement of the role that the post holder has a valid driving licence and is either a car owner and able to use the car for work purposes

Employer details

Employer name

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust



Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE27 0QJ

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