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Universal/Targeted Speech and Language Therapist *Internal only*

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

We welcome any current competent universal B6 Speech and Language Therapist, who currently works within the North Children's Specialist Team to apply for this 12 months B6 to B7 development post. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with a passion for delivering high standards of care in the heart of the community to consider applying for this post.

We invite applications from individuals who demonstrate a passion for service improvement, development of self and others, and have the ability to lead with enthusiasm and energy.

The successful applicant will be a key player in working alongside your specialist colleagues around the county, working collaboratively with partner agencies to develop effective and responsive services to children and their families.

If successful, you will be required to travel independently, as the role includes visiting children in clinics, at home and in the school or nursery setting, as well as to NHS bases around Cumbria to attend meetings and training or development.

The post involves assessing and providing advice and intervention for children and young people aged 0-19 years with a variety of developmental conditions.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the strategic delivery of the universal and targeted speech and language therapy offer.

Act as a resource for knowledge and current evidence related to practise in this area. This will include the National and County Wide Public Health Agendas and Early Years Strategy.

Share expertise related to key messages and to model best practise with colleagues, families and practitioners.

To undertake effective and holistic assessment of children referred.

To promote interagency work to ensure all children have appropriate language and communication opportunities.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':

Being a clinically led organisation

Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust

A positive patient experience every time

A great place to work

Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • oDegree or equivalent qualification in Speech and Language Therapy approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
  • oRegistered with HPC.
  • oOn-going membership with the RCSLT
  • oEvidence of formal training / self study / specialist experience to Masters level equivalent.


  • oEvidence of advanced postgraduate training in field of specialism.
  • oMembership of specialist interest groups.
  • oElklan, Hanen



  • oPost graduate experience.
  • oEvidence of leadership skills.- clinical leadership skills
  • oExperience of delivering training to others (parents, other agencies)
  • oExperience of implementing own service development initiatives.
  • oExperience of working in a variety of community settings.


  • oEvidence of Leadership Training.



  • oTo demonstrate highly developed specialist knowledge across the full range of work procedures and practises, which are underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience.
  • oHigh level of knowledge of current national and local strategies, clinical guidelines and legislation relating to the delivery of speech and language therapy services to early years, and school aged population.
  • oTo have a highly developed knowledge of a broad range of specialist assessments as required.
  • oAn understanding of the roles of other professionals involved in the specialist area of practice.

Skills and Aptitudes


  • oHighly developed physical skills where a high degree of precision, speed and high levels of hand/eye and sensory co-ordination are essential for performing real time, accurate phonemic and phonetic transcriptions and signing to support speech.
  • oTo use highly developed auditory, perceptual and observational skills, together with highly specialist knowledge, underpinned by current evidence based practise to assess, make differential diagnoses, structure clear care plans and adapt practise to meet individual circumstances.
  • oTo be able to use highly developed communication skills for communicating and understanding highly complex, sensitive and contentious information in a verbal or written form, where there may be significant barriers to acceptance and understanding, which need to be overcome, using highly developed negotiation, influencing, persuasive, and emphatic or reassurance skills. E.g. Negotiating with or motivating parents/carers, clients sensitive communication of condition related news, providing reassurance managing disagreements or conflicts about client management, generating and negotiating solutions in complex and emotional situations, dealing with confrontational individuals and/or agencies.
  • oSkills to lead and promote multi agency and inter agency working and collaborative practise.
  • oTo be able to maintain intense concentration on a frequent basis in all aspects of patient management. In particular, to monitor auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of client communication, adapting and facilitating according to the perceived needs of the client.
  • oAbility to manage own time, prioritise tasks and work independently to manage complex and highly specialised cases, using relevant policies and highly developed specialist knowledge to inform and make clinical decisions.
  • oAbility to multi task on a frequent basis e.g. analyse data, compile complex reports with distractions and frequent interruptions.
  • oTo demonstrate skills and awareness of manual handling regulations in relation to the lifting and handling of children when required.
  • oSkills required to make formal presentations and provide training both to staff in own profession and other professionals.

Personal Circumstances


  • Full driving licence / Able to travel independently of public transport.
  • Physical effort from Band 7 profile

Other requirements


  • oEquality and Diversity (from KSF core dimension 6- one to be selected)
  • oSupport equality and value diversity (Level 2)

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Footsteps CDC WCH

Homewood Road


CA28 8JG

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