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Operational Lead School Age & Statutory Speech and Language Therapy

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Speech and language therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an inspirational leader, passionate about service development and opportunities to enable excellent outcomes for children and young people?

If so, we welcome you to join our passionate and dynamic Children & Young People's Integrated Therapy Service.

We are recruiting a Speech and Language Therapist to an Operational Lead for Speech and Language School Age and Statutory Services for the Children and Young People's (CYP) Integrated Therapy Service in Buckinghamshire, to provide strategic, operational and clinical leadership to our school age and statutory speech and language therapy pathways. The role will include managing and working with therapists supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs in education settings. Our service is an Integrated Therapies model, consisting of speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, providing therapy support for children and young people with education, health and care needs in partnership with the Local Area.

Main duties of the job

Why should you join us?

You will join a compassionate and enthusiastic senior leadership team working jointly with the Head of Service, the Operational Lead for Early Years and Health Speech and Language Therapy, Clinical Pathway Leads and Operational Leads for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy to ensure the high-quality delivery of these services.

As a newly re-commissioned service within a programme of transformation in the Local Area for children with SEND, you will co-produce services with service users and key partners in health, education, social care and the voluntary sector to support a whole system response to the needs of children and young people. Operating within an Integrated Care Partnership, you will influence the strategic development and delivery of high quality, evidence-based therapy interventions for children and young people in Buckinghamshire.

We are unique in having our own Practice Development Therapist who brings to life our strong commitment to CPD and regular clinical supervision, creating an environment in which we are always learning.

About us

Why colleagues think we are a great place to work!

What does Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust offer you?

As part of our BHT family, you'll benefit from learning and development opportunities to support your career progression.

Alongside NHS benefits of generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme, you'll have access to NHS discount schemes.

We provide a range of health and wellbeing services to promote a healthy, happy workforce.

What do we stand for?

Our vision is to provide outstanding care, support healthy communities and be a great place to work.

Our mission is to provide personal and compassionate care every time.

We are working hard to increase diversity at all levels within the trust. We believe a diverse workforce can have a positive effect on both staff wellbeing and patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities and care-experienced candidates.

We are proud to achieve the Gold award for the Armed Forces Covenant and support applications from the Armed Forces Community. Please contact (our Armed Forces Covenant Lead) if you would like guidance or assistance with your application.

We make employment decisions by matching our service needs with the skills and experience of candidates, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties, please kindly refer to the Job Description and Person Specification by downloading the JD and PS attachment in the advert.

If you are an internal applicant there is the option for secondment, all applicants must have the endorsement/support of their line manager prior to application.

If you have a disability that makes submitting this online application difficult and would like assistance, please contact us on quoting the vacancy reference number.

Person Specification

Education, qualification and training


  • Degree or Diploma (Speech and Language Therapy) Professional registration with HCPC.


  • Member of relevant professional body e.g., RCSLT. Post graduate clinical/ management qualification or equivalent level of experience and proven ability to perform at this level Significant demonstrable experience of and demonstrable achievement in managing health/social care services



  • Experience of developing and maintaining effective partnerships with stakeholders in the redesign of services Experience of effectively leading and implementing change Experience of monitoring staff performance Experience of budget management / management of resources


  • Extensive experience of working with school aged children Experience of tribunal and resolution work and processes



  • Communicates openly, honestly and professionally, and actively promotes team working and building strong working relationships Patients are always first. Drives service improvements. Strong self-awareness with a desire to grow.

Employer details

Employer name

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


Amersham Hospital

Whielden Street



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