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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist- Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to be part of a team of talented, skilled and compassionate Speech and Language Therapists and Support Workers?

Are you looking for a new challenge and motivated to make a difference?

We are recruiting for an enthusiastic Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who is a first class clinician with strong communication and interpersonal skills to join our friendly and welcoming team. The successful candidate will work in special schools as part of our complex needs team. The post involves working with children with both communication and swallowing difficulties. Training and development opportunities are available for those seeking to develop a specialism in complex needs.

As a Trust:

Cambridgeshire Community Services is not merely a healthcare institution but a beacon of universal care, diversity, exceptional patient care, lifelong learning, and an enriching work-life balance.

As a Service we provide:
  • Full Trust and service induction.
  • Formal and informal training for the role, including shadowing opportunities.
  • Regular clinical supervision and a mentoring system.
  • Excellent Continued Professional Development opportunities including in-house training and external courses.
  • Reflective clinical forums and buddying systems.
  • Regular whole service and locality team meetings.

  • We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. I f you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

    Main duties of the job

    The post holder will be responsible for the management of a clinical caseload in special schools. The role will involve working independently and managing complex cases. The post holder will hold both a communication and dysphagia caseload.

    As a clinical lead, the post holder will supervise and support more junior staff and contribute to service improvement and re-development.

    There is an opportunity for the successful candidate to complete training, and receive in-service support, to achieve their dysphagia competencies.

    About us

    Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

    There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

    If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Use specialist clinical skills to manage a caseload of children with complex difficulties in speech, language, communication and/or eating and drinking (dysphagia) and AAC.

    Identify, assess and diagnose communication/swallowing impairments and determine appropriate intervention for effective treatment.

    To assess children and provide written recommendations and ongoing support for implementation, for class teams.

    Attend and provide reports to Annual Reviews/Multi Agency Meetings as appropriate.

    Provide Communication Support and advice in relation to functional communication, to support teaching and learning.

    Demonstrate specific speech and language therapy support programmes and the use of equipment to specific teachers or groups of staff.

    Provide guidance and whole school training in relation to functional communication including receptive, expressive and interactional skills.

    To provide guidance and whole school training in relation to communication development.

    To contribute to relevant research, audit and development work within the schools, relating to the Speech Language and Communication curriculum.

    Take a clinical lead role in service development and actively contribute to the development of the SLT service in special schools.

    To attend relevant meetings as required within school or as part of wider SLT team.

    To work collaboratively and liaise with a wide range of professions across a variety of locations and agencies.

    To attend and report to case conferences/review meetings etc. for patients on the caseload with support as requested for situations where conflict management/negotiation may be required.

    To present and communicate complex condition related information in such a manner as to motivate and inform patients, carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions, agreeing decision -making relevant to patient management.

    To use good interpersonal skills to listen well and counsel patients and carers, so providing support and empathy without prejudice.

    To establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with other staff, which are characterised by open communication, trust and respect.

    To attend and participate in professional meetings and other relevant meetings.

    To present and convey complex information clearly to patients, carers and other professionals both in verbal and written form.

    To communicate effectively with patients with communication problems where difficulties in understanding exist, using observation, listening and empathy.

    To use negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situations.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications & Training


    • Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
    • Registered Member of RCSLT
    • Registered Member of HCPC
    • Evidence of successful completion of short specialist courses
    • Membership of a relevant Special Interest Group


    • Evidence of commitment to CPD
    • Dysphagia Competencies



    • Extensive and relevant experience post registration

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Well established knowledge about developmental speech and language disorders
    • Well established knowledge about speech, language and communication disorders associated with complex conditions and emotional/behavioural disorders
    • Well established knowledge of feeding/swallowing difficulties associated with complex conditions
    • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of assessment procedures relevant to the client group
    • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to the client group and the ability to compare and contrast relative benefits


    • Computer literate
    • Knowledge of AAC
    • Ability to use Makaton signing

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


    Woburn Court

    2 Railton Road


    MK42 7PN

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