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Speech & Language Therapist (Band 5)

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Part Time
Due to an internal secondment, we arelooking for a Speech and Language Therapist to join our friendly inpatient and community team.

This Band 5 position will be based in the community, and will be working with a caseload of communication patients in the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven localities.

The Adult Speech & Language Therapy Team within Airedale NHS Foundation Trust works with adults who have a range of acquired and long term conditions in both acute and community settings.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be providing Speech and Language Therapy assessments and intervention for patients with communication needs in the community. This will be in patients own homes, residential homes or at either of our satellite locations in Ilkley or Skipton Agile working is supported and enabled.

This post includes a proportion of community working and therefore you will need to have access to your own transport

About us

We are always looking for enterprising and innovative approaches to the way we provide our services. We are a national centre for telemedicine and introduced telehealth to the UK offender healthcare sector and also provide the service to patients in their care homes. Community matters to us and we are supported by 400 dedicated volunteers and have strong links with Bradford University, Craven College and Leeds City College to ensure we inspire the workforce of the future.

We want to attract staff who embrace our Right Care behaviours of compassion, a commitment to quality of care and working together for patients we want to make these part of our DNA.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide timely and efficient speech and language therapy to patients according to clinical protocols and service priorities underpinned by evidence-based practice to inform autonomous clinical decision making.
  • Ensure patients receive a high standard of clinical care and that you meet the standards expected from Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
  • Use investigative and analytical skills to undertake a comprehensive speech and language therapy assessment of the patient.
  • Reflect on complex facts gathered or situations presented and use analysis and judgment skills to consider options for interventions, and outcomes.
  • Formulate individual management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning and a wide range of treatment skills within speech and language therapy care.
  • Implement speech and language therapy interventions / care packages in partnership with the service user, with the carer as necessary and in consultation with colleagues.
  • Plan and organise to carry out assessment and interventions in the most appropriate setting.
  • Monitor and evaluate the outcome of interventions in partnership with the service user if possible, with the carer if necessary and in consultation with colleagues.
  • Collaborate with the MDT to improve patient pathways and attend MDT meetings.
  • Respond to unforeseen situations that take precedence over planned work.
  • Provide advice, teaching and instruction for relatives, carers, and other health professionals to promote understanding of the aims of stroke rehabilitation speech and language therapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
  • Provide specialist advice to therapy and dietetic colleagues working within other clinical areas across the Trust.
  • Support the development of assistants and students.
  • Use highly developed communication skills to establish good working relationships with colleagues, service users and carers.
  • Use verbal and non-verbal communication skills and sensitivity with patients, relatives and carers to overcome barriers to communication e.g. loss of hearing, altered perception, expressive and receptive dysphasia, pain, anxiety, tracheotomy, problems with cognition.
  • Deal effectively with complex, sensitive or contentious communications with support of a senior therapist.
  • To work with adults with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) needs at a basic level, with guidance from AAC Specialist colleagues.
  • To work with adult patients with dysphagia, at a basic level, with appropriate support and guidance from dysphagia trained colleagues.
  • To maintain up-to-date patient records in line with departmental standards.
  • To provide courtroom ready written reports / advice for relevent agencies as appropriate.
  • To flexibly deliver Speech and Language interventions in:
  • Acute settings
  • Outpatient / community settings
  • Across hospital, clinic and local authority settings.

Person Specification



  • Recognised degree in speech and language therapy
  • State registrations with the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.


  • Post graduate courses relevant to speech and language therapy.
  • Post graduate training in dysphagia or communication
  • Member of relevant Professional Clinical Excellence Network.
  • Further specialist training in dysphagia or communication.



  • Relevant and recent undergraduate experience of acquired speech and language and communication disorders, working in a variety of clinical areas and settings.
  • Undergraduate experience of multidisciplinary team working and working collaboratively with other professions and agencies
  • Experience of working with clients with communication difficulties.


  • Recent post graduate experience with patients following a stroke.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients with dysphagia independently
  • Experience in use of IT applications
  • Experience of audit and research
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of working with Interpreters.
  • Experience of working shifts / weekends



  • Access to a car



  • Knowledge of standardised and non-standardised assessments and treatments relevant to adult speech and language therapy.
  • Knowledge of dysphagia at under-graduate level.
  • Knowledge of the roles of other professionals and the principles of partnership working
  • Knowledge of clinical standards and ability to implement and audit these in the team
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance
  • Knowledge to promote and support equality and value diversity
  • Knowledge of the NHS constitution


  • Knowledge of relevant national and local legislation relevant to speech and language therapy
  • Knowledge of student education and development of self as an educator
  • Knowledge of dysphagia at post-graduate level.



  • Speech and language therapy assessment and treatment skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Clinical reasoning skills
  • Excellent communication and counselling skills including observation, listening and empathy
  • Skills to empower people to realise and maintain their potential in relation to health and well being
  • Ability to work well within a team including therapy assistants and assistant practitioners.
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Presentation skills, both written and verbal, and ability to adjust style and content as appropriate
  • Analytical and reflective skills
  • Ability to cope with working in a stressful environment, including emotional or aggressive patients and carers.
  • Ability to concentrate and work intensely in a busy environment
  • Ability to develop own skills and knowledge to maintain quality of work
  • Support senior staff with the organisation of services and projects


  • Audit and critical appraisal skills
  • Ability to facilitate skills in others
  • Ability to deliver training.
  • Knowledge of SystmOne or similar electronic patient record system

Employer details

Employer name

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust


Ilkley Coronation Hospital

Springs Lane


LS29 8TH

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