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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year (pro rata if applicable)
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to be part of our well established service. This post is based with our Watford team and includes sessions at Garston Manor School, a specialist provision for secondary age students with moderate learning difficulties. As the lead SLT in the school you will work closely with an SLT assistant, school staff and external professionals to embed speech and language objectives throughout the curriculum and in every opportunity during the school day. Regular support will be provided from the special schools lead, professional supervision groups and attendance at Special School mentoring meetings. You will also work in the community with children and young people from 0-18 in preschool, clinic and mainstream schools.

This role is ideal if you are looking for the next step in your career. You will be joining an innovative and agile Therapies team committed to delivering high quality care and transforming lives

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust provides Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services for families across the county. Our integrated service provides opportunities for collaborative working, joint training and shared learning . We are jointly commissioned by health and education, allowing us to provide a seamless pathway of care from early years through to schools, specialist provisions and further education settings

Main duties of the job

You will work with children and young people (CYP) from 0-18, working collaboratively within settings, providing assessment and therapy to meet the needs of CYP. You will also have opportunity to further develop specialist clinical skills in areas such as DLD and speech disorders, ASD and cleft palate. As a specialist speech and language therapist you will use your skills and experience to support the wider SLT team.

We offer:
  • Regular group supervision, managerial supervision and a well-established appraisal system
  • CPD opportunities such as Bitesize tutorials, peer review and locally hosted CENs for DLD and ASD
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills and to supervise less experienced members of staff
  • Being involved in local and service wide projects with your colleagues
  • Mobile working
  • Opportunities to work alongside other therapists/assistants to deliver evidence based episodes of care to children/young people requiring specialist support
  • A 2 week induction period where you will have the opportunity to observe and shadow your team, including access to a buddy

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description attached, which details the responsibilities within this post. Also attached is the Person Specification.

Successful candidates will need to be enthusiastic and motivated. Good communication, clinical reasoning and organisational skills are essential. You must be a team player but be able to work autonomously and have the ability to champion the needs of your patients.

Applicants wanting to work full time or part time will be considered. A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

I love working in CYPT/HCT - everyone in the team is super dedicated. There is strong management support, but also space for being flexible and creative to meet childrens needs innovation & good practice is valued and encouraged. I enjoy & appreciate the robust supervision structures, training in supervision & coaching, and the many opportunities for personal development and learning, including for example in-house training days and tutorials. I have worked in many teams across Hertfordshire, all without exception friendly and welcoming. There is an ethos of peer support and encouragement & sharing learning everyone works hard but there is a sense of belonging and always time for a quick chat and plenty of laughs. I feel valued here and I value my lovely colleagues and the fabulous children & young people we work with.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Recognised SLT degree qualification or equivalent (Post Graduate Diploma or MSc in Speech and Language Therapy leading to registration with HCPC)
  • HCPC Licence to Practice
  • Fully Registered member of RCSLT
  • Post graduate training in area of work, internal or external


  • Member of relevant CEN

Experience and Knowledge


  • Well established knowledge of assessments and interventions for client group
  • Familiar with policies and procedures relating to Child Protection
  • Knowledge of NHS, Education and Social Care policy and directives where these impact on area of specialism or service delivery
  • Experience of managing own caseload

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with parents, carers and other professionals
  • Experience of providing training and support to SLT students, SLTAs, professionals and carers
  • Ability to assess, analyse, interpret and compare complex information and make decisions on appropriate course of action
  • Work with a wide range of diagnosis groups, including learning disability, physical and neurological impairment
  • Highly developed auditory and perceptual skills for specialist assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of clients
  • Ability to act swiftly to react to the needs and actions of all age ranges e.g. challenging behaviours.
  • Able to switch between different techniques and models of service delivery within a short time frame.
  • Able to contribute specialist knowledge as part of legal proceedings involved in child protection and educational tribunals when required.



  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Peace Children Centre, Watford


WD17 3EW

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