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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist �3,000 joining bonus*

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 (pro rata) per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 7 Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our prison mental health services based at HMP Hull and HMP Humber.

This follows Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust being awarded the contract to provide these prisons mental health services and as such we are looking to extend the multi-disciplinary team. Speech and Language Therapy is new to both Hull and Humber HMP mental health teams and we are looking for a creative individual to lead a small new SLT team.

The post would cover both prison mental health teams and the wellbeing unit at Hull HMP (enhanced mental health unit for men with moderate or severe mental illness). You would also be part of the Mental Health Multi -disciplinary teams onsite alongside supervision of band 5 Speech and Language Therapist based across HMP Hull and HMP Humber.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will assess and provide intervention for a range of communication difficulties for men within these prison setting. They will work alongside a team of health care professionals (including nurses, occupational therapist, psychologists, psychiatrists and support workers) and partner colleagues (including prison staff, primary health care providers). As such, the post holders must be committed to collaborative working and have an excellent teamwork ethos. You would also be joining a wider SLT department who provide excellent CPD opportunities and support.

We are willing to consider applicants who are currently working as a Specialist Speech & Language in relevant clinical specialisms, who are interested in progressing their career through a Band 6-7 developmental post where progression to a Band 7 upon meeting the criteria within the Band 7 job description and competency framework.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A �3,000 Trust welcome bonus will be applied to this post. This incentive is paid as follows �1,500 upon joining the Trust, �750 after year 1 and �750 after year 2.

The post holder should be motivated by the opportunity to become part of the growing SLT workforce working into justice settings. They will be responsible for leading, shaping and developing SLT roles by demonstrating excellence in clinical care, providing training to the team and promoting a culture of evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

The post holder will have a degree in Speech and Language Therapy and have significant experience working in mental health or learning disability services and complex needs. They will have knowledge of related issues and national directives and an understanding of the criminal justice system would be beneficial. They will be expected to facilitate and promote the wider understanding of and utilisation of SLT within mental health care and the prison population. This post will be subject to police/ prison vetting.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

We would welcome calls from interested applicants to discuss the post and may be able to arrange face to face visits to the organisation on request.

Additional contact details: Stephanie Potter (Service Manager)

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy relevant course
  • Masters in a relevant subject (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Recognised qualifications in specialist areas relevant to the role e.g. Dysphagia, Intensive Interaction, Talking Mats, Autism etc (or willingness to achieve within agreed timescale)
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course.


  • Post graduate dysphagia training and experience



  • Significant experience with people with communication needs
  • Significant experience working with people with learning disability, autism and mental health disorders
  • Supervisory experience
  • Service development experience


  • Experience working within justice/ forensic settings

Knowledge and experience


  • Working knowledge of key justice legislation
  • Multi- Disciplinary working


  • prison experience

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Hull

Hedon Rd



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