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Specialist Speech and Language therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per ann Pro rata+ 5% of basic salary HCA, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and innovative Speech & Language Therapist (SLT) to join the Norfolk Forensic Community Learning Disability (NFC-LD) team based at Little Plumstead Hospital.

The successful candidate will work as an influential and integral member of a diverse multi-disciplinary Learning Disability and Forensic team working across a range of community settings throughout Norfolk with adults with speech, language and communication difficulties. A key feature of the team is its close working relationship with the on-site medium secure inpatient learning disability service, the Broadland Clinic. The post holder will have the unique and exciting opportunity to work across both inpatient and community services.

You will be forward thinking and able to demonstrate clinical knowledge in the management of communication difficulties, based on current evidence. You will autonomously undertake specialist assessments & interventions and be actively involved in the continued development of the NFC-LD communication pathway. The person successful in their application will be an essential member of the MDT team, working alongside Medical, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Arts Therapies, and Social Care colleagues to support our service users achieve their goals.

Main duties of the job

Role summary:

To provide high quality, comprehensive Speech and language Therapy assessment and intervention for adults with learning disabilities and communication difficulties who have involvement with or are at risk of involvement with the Criminal Justice System

To manage a caseload using evidence-based, person-centred principles to assess, differentially diagnose and advocate for people with communication difficulties, and plan, implement and evaluate interventions in community settings

To undertake supervision of junior staff and students as required

To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team

About us

Hertfordshire Partnerships University Foundation Trust
  • Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country
  • Whilst it is a challenging period for the NHS, there has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we continue to innovate, improve, transform and ultimately deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities that we serve. To support us on this journey we are looking for an energetic, dynamic and ambitious individual to join our award-winning trust

Our Vision

Delivering great care, achieving great outcomes - together

We will achieve our vision by:
  • Putting the people who need our care, support and treatment at the heart of everything we do - always
  • Consistently achieving the outcomes that matter to the individuals who use our services, and their families and carers, by working in partnership with them and others who support them
  • Providing the very best experience of joined-up care in line with what service users and carers have told us makes 'Great Care'


Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

To manage a caseload, using evidence based person centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions for the specified service user group

To work as a core component of the multidisciplinary team in line with specialist pathways and policies

To maintain clinical records

To develop skills and knowledge

Clinical Responsibility

To assess, diagnose and develop treatment plans for service users, including those with: learning disabilities, additional sensory and/or physical disabilities, neurodevelopmental conditions, mental health diagnoses and challenging behaviour
  • To be responsible for managing a defined caseload , in the context of the service caseload,with ongoing formal evaluation of clinical effectiveness using specified outcome measures
  • To work with and be available to other SLTs and Assistant Therapy Practitioners (ATPs) for support and joint consultation regarding clinical practice as required
  • To be an autonomous practitioner
  • To work with service users and carers to identify SLT requirements as part of the overall care plan
  • To plan and implement individual interventions, in collaboration with the service user and carer
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify interventions with service users to ensure effectiveness of intervention and positive outcomes
  • To have knowledge and understanding of the application of alternative and augmentative communication
  • To have the skills needed to facilitate group work with service users

To undertake complex risk assessment and risk management for individual clients

To ensure that clients are consulted and involved in decision about their care

Leadership and Staff Management Responsibility

To review and reflect on you own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal

To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance

To demonstrate emerging leadership skills through the management of designated projects

To promote awareness of the role of SLT within clinical services, negotiating priorities where appropriate

To participate in the induction, training and education of students and other staff as appropriate

To apply knowledge, experience and skills to make clinical and safeguarding decisions in the absence of senior staff

Financial Responsibility

To be responsible for maintaining stock, advising on resources to carry out the job

To be responsible for the safekeeping and use of equipment and materials

To ensure Health and Safety Regulations and Data Protection Act Regulations are observed and instituted

Service Development and Improvement

To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocols within your area

To contribute to the Trusts Practice Governance arrangements

To challenge practice, in the best interest of service users, carers and the Service


To establish and maintain robust networks of communication with HPFT and partner agencies

To monitor and evaluate treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention

To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team, contributing to decisions with regard to client care programmes

To provide support and education to clients, carers and members of the multidisciplinary team regarding aspects of SLT

Analytical and Judgemental Skills

To demonstrate commitment to ongoing personal development and acquisition of further skills and knowledge elating to clinical areas as specified and the application of these skills to clinical practice, and through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio

To comply with the RCSLT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and Trust procedures

To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs

To review and reflect on own and others practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal

To adhere to local and national standards and guidelines relating to professional practice and maintain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council

Planning and Organisational Skills

To plan own diary and appointments with the service users and carers

To assist in the identification of training needs of junior staff including that needed in response to new trends in practice and evidence base

Information Resources

To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and reports are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards

To record appropriate statistical activity

Physical Working Conditions and Environment
  • To work within community settings including the homes of service users, and the Broadland Clinic (medium secure inpatient LD & Forensic service situated on the Little Plumstead Hospital site)

Additional Information

It is inevitable that the post holder will be required to deal with distressed people and find themselves in challenging and / or risky situations as they will be working with people with learning disability and mental health problems / challenging behaviours.

Professional Registration

It is a condition of employment that you maintain your registration with appropriate body. You are required to be aware of and comply with the policy and requirements of that professional body. It is your responsibility to ensure that your registration is renewed when necessary and that you formally confirm all renewals with your manager.

Knowledge and Skills Framework

The post holder will be expected to meet the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) appropriate outline for the post.

Health and Safety

The post holder has a duty of care to themselves and to others with whom they come into contact in the course of their work as laid down in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and any subsequent amendment or legislation.

Infection Control

All Trust staff will:

Act as a role model and champion for the highest standard of all aspects of infection prevention and control and implementation of all Infection Prevention and Control Trust polices and guidelines.

Demonstrate respect for the roles and endeavours of others, in implementing good standards of hand hygiene.

Value and recognise the ideas and contributions of colleagues in their endeavours to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infection.

Equality and Diversity

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing an environment where all staff, service users and carers enjoy equality of access, provision, opportunity and outcomes.

The Trust works to eliminate all forms of discrimination and recognise that this requires, not only a commitment to remove discrimination, but also action through positive policies to redress inequalities.

Providing equality of opportunity means understanding and appreciating the diversity of our staff, service users & carers and ensuring a supportive environment free from harassment. As a result Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust actively encourages its staff to challenge discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for all.


All staff must be aware of the Data Protection Act 1984, and its subsequent amendments, which is now in force. This means that protection of data about individuals is a requirement of the law and if any employee is found to have permitted unauthorised disclosure, the Trust and the individual may be prosecuted.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Member of the RCSLT
  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Specialist knowledge and application of speech and language therapy assessments and interventions
  • Detailed knowledge of evidence-based practice and its contribution to practice governance
  • Planning and coordination of treatment packages


  • Supervision skills
  • Experience of working within a Learning Disability and / or Forensic setting

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Little Plumstead Hospital

Little Plumstead, Hospital Road


NR13 5EW

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