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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 £28,407 - £42,618 Per Annum/Pro Rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and join our friendly, creative speech and language therapy team in Worthing locality which is on the beautiful West Sussex coastline, with easy access to Brighton, London and the South Downs.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a permanent band 6 post working within the Mainstream team, this role will include delivering some therapy to children in mainstream schools.

This would be a varied role with lots of opportunities supported by our experienced clinical leads. We are committed to CPD and have individual CPD budgets. We have a strong focus on wellbeing with specific team wellbeing events throughout the years.

What do our therapists say about working with our team:

We are a diverse group of people who are always ready to support each other, discuss queries and share ideas. The team has an open, approachable, and friendly feel.

I can honestly say I love working in the SALT team for SCFT. The team are wonderful, supportive and kind. Colleagues look out for each other and there is a real team ethos. Managers are excellent and really value their staff

We have excellent bakers in the team and there are regular opportunities for cake.

We would consider this role as part time or flexible working. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this exciting opportunity.

Main duties of the job

Within the mainstream school team you will be responsible for managing your own caseload within identified schools, providing assessment, therapy, advice and training as required. An ability to develop strong working relationships with education staff is essential and you will also have the opportunity to work closely with our SALTA who provides therapy in school to specific children.

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.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2022 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 BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • 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

Job description

Job responsibilities

To assess, and manage your own caseload of children with speech, language and communication delay and disorder in mainstream schools.

To provide advice to other professionals and parents in order to support the needs of children with speech, language and communication delay and disorder in specialist area.

To liaise with other agencies and services e.g. schools, social care, and voluntary agencies.

To advise and provide clinical support to other therapists.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Qualification/MRCSL
  • HCPC Registration


  • Membership of RCSLT



  • Experience of independently managing a clinical caseload
  • Working in partnership with parents, teachers and other carers/support workers
  • Experience of working within a relevant specialist area and developing specialist packages of care.
  • Inter-agency planning, consultation and working
  • Experience of a range of caseload management and prioritisation systems

Skills and knowledge


  • Excellent interpersonal skills/oral & written communication
  • Competent IT skills
  • Well established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to client group
  • Well established knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions relevant to client group.
  • Good negotiation, problem-solving and organisational skills
  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills



  • Car owner/driver or suitable alternative

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


unit 5 the quadrant

60 Marlborough Road


BN15 8UW

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