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Generalist Speech and Language Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 Hours Per Week

We are looking to recruit a professionally qualified speech and language therapist to work in the Childrens Speech and Language Therapy Service in the Borough of Barnsley.

We are well equipped with excellent administrative support and have an award winning YouTube channel, Barnsley speech and language therapy - YouTube and took it,

We hold regular team meetings and offer clinical and safeguarding supervision, mentoring and CPD opportunities. We are committed to pastoral care of staff.

For further information, contact our Clinical Manager,, giving your name and a mobile number.

Our Trust is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults, expecting all colleagues to be the same.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

You will participate in the provision and development of an effective, high quality speech and language therapy service for children, young people and families.

You will assess, diagnose and manage speech, language and communication difficulties in a range of clients, organising your caseload independently but with access to mentoring, clinical and management supervision.

You will demonstrate sound clinical judgement, including the ability to negotiate, differential diagnose and develop and evaluate care plans. You will also be a member of the multidisciplinary team and provide advice to other professionals.

You will work with and support speech and language therapy assistants. As with all health care, you will complete timely, accurate and comprehensive clinical records.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To participate in the provision, development, organisation and co-ordination of an effective, high quality Speech and Language Therapy Service to specified client groups.

To provide effective clinical input to these clients.

To provide clinical advice on the assessment, diagnosis and management of speech, language and communication difficulties and where applicable, swallowing difficulties, with a range of clients, including those with complex needs and to develop a clinical interest within the context of the caseload.

To follow and, when required, contribute to the development of departmental policies/guidelines and to participate in the development of innovations in service delivery taking account of Clinical Governance.

To manage a caseload independently with regular supervision and to prepare, implement and evaluate communication programmes and advice for clients to ensure the delivery of designated standards of care consistent with service policy and RCSLT guidelines.

To demonstrate sound clinical judgment, including negotiation, differential diagnosis, reflection, evaluation and the development of care plans.

Clinical practice should be framed with reference to evidence based practice, having access to a supervisor, showing a recognition of own professional boundaries and the need for supervision, support and advice.

To demonstrate flexibility with clients, carers and others around individual case management.

To provide advice regarding the needs of individual clients to the multi-agency team, demonstrating team-working skills.

To participate in the development and delivery of specified training and group work to a variety of recipients with the support of more senior members of staff.

To develop and maintain appropriate professional relationships showing an awareness of other professions and agencies which provide services to clients with communication difficulties.

To reflect on practice individually and with peers and to identify personal strengths and needs and to demonstrate continuous professional development and maintain a portfolio in line with professional and Trust recommendations.

To provide advice and support to volunteers and assistants and to provide mentoring to newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists.

To provide student placements in line with RCSLT guidelines and to assist in the development of students from other professional groups.

To maintain accurate and timely clinical records in line with Departmental and Trust protocols, write appropriate reports, attend case conferences and reviews and to provide statistical information to facilitate future business planning in line with Trust objectives.

To participate in Departmental information gathering, audit and research to support clinical effectiveness and Clinical Governance.

To adhere to relevant procedures including safeguarding children, SEN and other legal frameworks.

To work within the confines of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).

Person Specification

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Organisational skills to plan own work time and caseload management.
  • Ability and commitment to work as part of a team.
  • Verbal and interpersonal skills which are able to adapt to the communication situation.
  • Written communication skills sufficient to ensure professional standards in record keeping and report writing.



  • Experience of working with children in a clinical setting.


  • Previous experience as a speech and language therapist working in the NHS.



  • Degree in speech and language pathology or therapy or equivalent.
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist Certificate to Practice.
  • Registration with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • A demonstrable range of core professional skills, including familiarity with a range of clinical protocols.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of communication disorders presenting in a range of clients with communication difficulties in order to provide assessment, diagnosis and intervention.
  • Flexible clinical skills which take account of the needs of the individual client.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of issues related to the delivery of training to a range of recipients.
  • Insight into issues of confidentiality in the context of health care.
  • Insight into the requirement for excellence in clinical record keeping.
  • An awareness of the functions of related professions, agencies and legislation relating to services to clients.


  • An awareness of screening procedure for swallowing difficulties.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Children's Speech and Language Therapy

The Lodge Kendray Hospital


South Yorkshire

S70 1LP

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