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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist IST

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Stafford & Shrewsbury
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7: Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Intensive Support Team (South Staffordshire & Shropshire)

37.5 hours per weekAcross Shropshire & South Staffordshire

We are seeking a highly skilled and dedicated professional to lead our specialist Speech and Language Therapy across the Intensive Support teams (IST's) from both South Staffordshire and Shropshire team bases.The aim of the service is to improve a person's quality of life, maintain effective community support and reduce the need for in-patient admissions and use of restrictive practices.

The IST model incorporates a core functionality role within the team in addition to clinicians' individual specialist function.

Having comprehensive experience of working with people who have a learning disability is essential. As is expertise of working with people who have complex health needs, associated with mental health, autism, and behaviours that challenge, with additional qualification in positive behavioural support.

The role requires an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who can demonstrate excellent inter-personal and communication skills and a determined commitment to co-ordinate and deliver specialist multi-disciplinary assessment, diagnoses, and clinical formulation.

Main duties of the job

This post offers the opportunity to work in a highly focused, intensive, and responsive way to manage clinical risk, and deliver quality outcomes for individuals with a learning disability referred to the IST's.

As a senior clinician, you will provide expert clinical leadership and supervision to team members, collaborative working, education and development, and direct specialist clinical intervention and evaluation, supporting the clinical leads to deliver a high quality and responsive multi-disciplinary service. You will also support the wider governance structure in relation to Speech and Language Therapy clinical and professional issues.

The services provide assessment and intervention between 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday) but is flexible in responding to individual needs providing planned support, if required, over the 24-hour 7-day week period.

For an informal discussion please contact:

Gary Worrall - Clinical Services Manager01785 221576 or email

About us

  • By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties and responsibilities

1. Be professionally accountable for all aspects of own work, including caseload management and direct clinical care. To work within the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and Health and Care Professionals Councils code of conduct and scope of practise.

2. Obtain and record informed consent from clients at each contact in accordance with Trust policy.

3. Carry out comprehensive specialist Speech and language therapy assessments for clients with complex learning and physical health needs. Interpret clinical information and data related to clinical parameters along with non-clinical information and use clinical reasoning skills to accurately diagnose and develop specific treatment plans.

4. Provide specialist advice to other professionals or single assessments to meet clients holistic care needs across various pathways e.g. dysphagia, communication, positive behaviour support, memory service.

5. Formulate and deliver individual treatment plans based on specialist knowledge, evidence-based practise, national and local guidelines using profession-specific clinical skills and techniques. (E.g. 1:1 interventions, carer education, patient education).

6. Maintain and share up to date knowledge of Speech and language therapy assessment and intervention evidence base developments for this client group.

7. Maintain and share up to date knowledge of instrumental assessment available and to be able to signpost to services who assess and provide this and/or assist in accessing and delivery of these services supporting individuals with learning disability.

8. Contribute to the multi-disciplinary clinical referrals, assessment and discharge planning process and onward referral as required.

9. Prioritise urgent or unexpected or planned referrals, adjusting caseload demand and allocations to meet revised needs.

10. Undertake other duties when requested by professional or operational managers.

11. Maintain a professional portfolio to demonstrate competency to practice and which meets the requirements of professional registration.

12. Demonstrate the ability to facilitate team working across organisational boundaries and with healthcare professionals outside of the Trust.

13. Be a responsible, clinically autonomous practitioner, working within appropriate professional guidelines and code of conduct.

14. Triage, prioritise and manage Speech and Language Therapy Adult Learning Disability clinical caseload.

15. Assess and plan therapeutic interventions from initial referral to discharge, and onward management which may include long term plans and contribute to care packages for clients with chronic and complex conditions.

16. Manage often competing clinical and non-clinical demands and prioritize appropriately to meet the overall service need.

17. Have direct responsibility for client contact when assessing or treating or advising others.

Please see the attached Job Description & Person Specification for further details on this role.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Degree in Speech and Language therapy.
  • Unrestricted registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Extensive post registration experience.


  • Trauma Informed Approaches.
  • Positive behavioural support plans training.
  • Teaching, Coaching and mentoring training.



  • Competence with clients with complex learning and physical health needs, behaviours that challenge and autism.
  • Worked in the community.
  • Worked as part of a multidisciplinary team, including experience of multi disciplinary risk assessment and management planning.
  • Clinical and professional leadership.


  • Mental Health experience.

Skills, Knoweldge & Abilities


  • Leading and supporting staff.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning skills.
  • Knowledge of current TCP/LD& A admission avoidance initiatives (including DSR/CETR Policy).

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


St George's Hospital & Redwoods Centre

Stafford & Shrewsbury

ST16 3SR

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