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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Plus High Secure Allowance of £7,000 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a full time experienced SLT to join our established team. You will be already at band 6 level, or ready for your next career step. Experience of working in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities is desirable, but skills from other settings are highly transferable.

We are looking for someone who

Passionately supports mental health conditionsIs pro-active in advocating for people with SLCN and swallowing difficultiesSkilfully identifies complex SLCN and swallowing needs and can link these to riskEnjoys working closely with MDT membersDevelops therapeutic goals and interventions that are functional and patient-ledWorks well with SLTAs and guides therapy plansIs ready to supervise othersIs self-motivated and a problem-solverDevelops through reflection and effective clinical supervisionIs keen to support service development and projects

Rampton Hospital is a High Secure mental health facility in north Nottinghamshire.

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Main duties of the job

Direct patient care duties will include

Facilitating assessments of SLCN and dysphagia.Providing written information regarding patients' SLCN and dysphagia needs in the form of reports, care plans and easy read information.Engaging in joint goal setting with the patient and wider MDT.Directly providing, or developing and supporting other staff to deliver, direct interventions to address SLCN and dysphagia. This may be through 1:1 or group interventions.Supporting offender/ psychological programmes to ensure that they are accessible for those with communication needs.

Indirect duties will include

Delivering training for other staff on SLCN and dysphagia.Mentoring and supervising others.Advising on environmental adaptations and good practice in regards to SLCN and dysphagia.Actively seeking opportunities for CPD and self-directed learning.Prioritising and balancing direct patient care and administrative duties.Modelling good communication practices and supporting others in implementing the same.Identifying areas for service development and working with Clinical Lead SLTs to address these.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the job description and person specification for full details.

You will be responsible for your own caseload, under the supervision of clinical lead SLTs.You will be responsible for supervising junior SLT staff, and other professionals.You will be responsible for ensuring that you work within good practice standards.

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Visa sponsorshipSupport for re-location costsOur refer a friend schemeOpportunities for career development in our trust

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Person Specification

Physical requirments


  • To undertake relevant mandatory training and engage in the management of violence and aggression.
  • Ability to escort and maintain custody of patients both within and outside of secure environments.
  • Ability to respond to serious and emergency incidents



  • Recognised Professional Qualification
  • Registration with HCPC and RCSLT



  • Post-graduate dysphagia training at a basic level or supervised experience of treating dysphagia


  • Evidence of relevant CPD



  • Experience of working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Experience of working with adults or children with mental health problems or within forensic settings


  • Experience in delivery of structured groups
  • Experience of working with adults with special needs i.e. Intellectual Disabilities, Autism or Deaf patients



  • An in depth awareness of issues regarding challenging behaviour
  • Ability to manage complex cases including dual diagnosis, presentation and effects of the environment
  • Ability to evidence specialist knowledge of communication problems in Mental Health or Intellectual Disability
  • Knowledge of clinical evidence base and relevant literature


  • An awareness of relevant legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act,



  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other professionals and carers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to recognise conflict and generate potential solutions
  • Good time management
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Adaptability in response to others
  • Established negotiation skills, management of conflict and the ability to generate solutions


  • Research and/or clinical audit skills
  • Skills in developing/delivering structured groups

Contractual requirements


  • Able to work within all Trust and hospital policies and procedures and in line with the code of ethics of the relevant professional body.
  • Able to work within hours and duties to meet service needs.

Values and Behaviours


  • oAll colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • oAll colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Rampton Hospital



DN22 0PD

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