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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

People with intellectual disabilities and autistic people with intellectual disabilities disproportionally experience communication barriers when accessing health care.

We are excited to be advertise this full time (permanent) band 6 Specialist Speech & Language Therapist role to work with the Acute Liaison Team in acute and inpatient settings across Nottinghamshire for 3 days a week. For the remaining 2 days, the successful candidate will work within our Community Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities teams to act as the link between inpatient and community Speech & Language Therapy teams.

You will be well supported by senior colleagues, with many opportunities for peer support. The role involves close work with colleagues from a range of disciplines and the post is supported by an assistant SLT.

You will enjoy close links with our team and our SLT colleagues within the East Midlands, and benefit from excellent levels of support, supervision, IT and CPD opportunities.

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 and have not been an employee of the Trust in the previous 3 years. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

You will be contributing to a multi-disciplinary service supporting adults with intellectual disabilities to access acute health care in hospital settings across Nottinghamshire.

You will liaise and advice with families, carers, and health care colleagues in how to support adults with lifelong communication needs during their inpatient care.

This role focuses on making health settings accessible from a communication and sensory perspective. You will be collating existing communication information, as well as assessing patients' communication needs to help inform care plans and 'all about me' hospital passports. In the community you will be involved in making planned health appointments accessible by being a link between community and inpatient services.

In addition, you will be working in Community Intellectual Disabilities Teams supporting with communication (from a health and mental perspective) as wells as carrying a small dysphagia caseload.

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

Specialist speech, language, and communication assessments focusing on functional communication and what reasonable adjustments (Accessible Information Standards) should be in place to support the persons needs.

You will be responsible for contributing to the identification of speech, language and communication needs, through understanding neurodevelopmental communication differences, and highlighting communication risks and reasonable adjustments when formulating as team and considering risk management.

In the community, you will be involved in the assessment, formulation, and recommendations to support the individuals eating, drinking, and swallowing needs.

The role requires a high level of clinical and professional expertise in order that adults with speech, language and communication needs can benefit from a well co-ordinated pro-active, specialist, efficient and effective speech and language therapy service within the designated setting.

Co-working with your MDT colleagues, families, and carers to enable their inclusive communication practices in their relationships, care, and interactions with the individual.

Attendance at meetings with and on behalf of Acute Liaison Service, Community Intellectual & Development Teams, and the patients you are supporting.

Person Specification



  • Recognised SLT Degree/diploma NQ competencies completed RCLST Registered HPCP Registered / applied for



  • Evidence of relevant post qualification CPD
  • Post basic dysphagia training or completed competencies


  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD



  • Working experience of assessing and managing caseloads within clinical area
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary/agency working and established interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience of enabling different staff groups to understand issues around communication and/or dysphagia


  • Experience of delivering a variety of approaches to SLT service delivery
  • Experience in developing evaluation / audit tools and resources as part of SLT team
  • Experience of delivering Learning and development opportunities for others



  • knowledge of SLT delivery including the use of different approaches and multi-disciplinary working, across different contexts and environments.
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the client group)
  • Knowledge of different assessments and interventions to working with adults with health care needs



  • Empathetic and psychologically minded
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, well organised, and good reasoning skills
  • Motivated and a motivator, team builder and team member, and a reflective practitioner Ability to manage own well-being with access to supervision to sustain this.

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All 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


Queen Medical Centre

Derby Road



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