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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA pro rata
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join the Adult Community Speech & Language Therapy service. The successful candidate will join an experienced team of therapists, clinical support workers and administrators, managing a caseload of adults with communication and swallowing needs across High Weald, Lewes and Havens areas. Applicants must have experience in working with the client group, as well as excellent time management, communication and clinical reasoning skills. Please see the job description and person specification for further details.

Informal discussions and visits are welcomed - please get in touch as per below contact details.

Main duties of the job

  • To be a specialist therapist within the Adult Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service, providing a comprehensive, specialist clinical service to clients referred with communication and or swallowing difficulties.
  • To be an active member of the adult SLT service and a specialist resource, including liaison with other SLTs and other professionals external to the service in relation to specialist information, analysis and advice on continuing care.
  • To comply with the standards and priorities laid down by the SLT service and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Please see the job description and person specification for full details.

    About us

    We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

    Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

    We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Why work for us?
    • Positive 2023 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
    • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
    • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
    • Excellent training and development opportunities
    • Research opportunities
    • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
    • Thriving sraff networks: EMBRACE (formerly BAME) network, Disability & Wellbeing, LGBTQIA+ and Religion, Spirituality & Belief
    • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
    • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
    • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
    • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

    Person Specification



    • Degree (or recognised equivalent) in Speech and Language Therapy
    • Registered member RCSLT and HCPC
    • Postgraduate and experiential training in relevant areas


    • Membership of relevant SIG(s)



    • Min 2 years post-graduation in clinical specialism(s) in acquired adult disorders
    • Post basic training and experience in dysphagia
    • Inter disciplinary team working, ideally in varied settings
    • Participation in provision of training to others
    • Supporting student placements
    • Implementing quality standards, care protocols, risk management and clinical effectiveness measures related to caseload
    • Mentoring less experienced staff

    Skills and knowledge


    • Specialist clinician, able to demonstrate credibility, diagnostic skills and in depth knowledge of appropriate assessment and management
    • Excellent written and verbal communication including observation, empathy and listening skills
    • Ability to manage caseload independently
    • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills
    • Developing organisation, prioritisation, problem solving and planning skills
    • Ability to monitor standards of practice, policies and protocols in accordance with clinical governance strategy
    • Ability to implement and monitor clinical audit and clinical outcomes scales within the team
    • Excellent analytical and reflection skills, demonstrates reflective practice
    • Excellent auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically and analyse narrative linguistically
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Thorough knowledge and practice relating to caseload
    • Working knowledge of professional standards and policies related to clinical and management practice
    • Understanding of the roles of other professionals relevant to caseload
    • Knowledge of record keeping standards
    • IT literacy


    • Presentation skills
    • Knowledge of demand and capacity issues
    • Knowledge of Government policies related to the area

    Other requirements


    • Hold a full, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes
    • Ability to forge networks locally, regionally and nationally.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


    Uckfield Hospital

    Framfield Rd


    TN22 5AW

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