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Speech and Language Therapist - Young Onset Dementia Service

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
25 Jul 2024
Are you looking for a unique and exciting career development opportunity? Do you want to develop your clinical skills in a specialist area and help drive service change? Do you want to be an integral part of a friendly, forward thinking and supportive team? If so, Cardiff and Vale (C& V) Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP) have the perfect job for you!

As an enthusiastic and motivated SLT with a passion for dementia care, you will be joining our friendly Mental Health SLT Team who will support you in your new role via the regular supervision, appraisal and peer support frameworks. There will be ongoing service development projects which you will have the opportunity to participate in as well the opportunity to be involved in exciting research.

Main duties of the job

You will be working with clients across the adult age range including the well-established Young Onset Dementia (YOD) multidisciplinary team at the Cariad Centre, Barry Hospital. Your caseload will be varied and interesting as your clients will present with a wide range of dementia subtypes, and other mental health diagnoses. In this role you will be providing comprehensive swallowing and communication assessments, and holistic management to clients in the community. You will also have the opportunity to develop your inpatient and outpatient experience, which will include time with our inpatient MHSOP wards and the Memory Assessment Service. We aim to provide the highest level of care and achieve a great level of client/carer satisfaction and you will be integral to this.

You will also have the exciting opportunity to be part of developing and delivering a new SLT training and education programme to staff and to formal and informal carers of clients within the MHSOP services. You will have the opportunity to bring an innovative approach to training alongside SLT colleagues knowing you are contributing to improving patient care.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

This post Band 6 and is part time (0.6WTE), and experienced Band 5 therapists may be considered for the right candidate.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Post Graduate training in Dysphagia
  • Undertaken relevant short courses/CPD in specialist area


  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Network
  • Membership of RCSLT



  • Clinical experience of working with a range of communication/swallowing problems
  • Experience of working with specialist caseload
  • Working in partnership with an mdt and other
  • Providing clinical support to others (eg Health Care Support Workers, ? and student SLTs)


  • Experience of working in a community setting



  • Highly developed auditory perceptual skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Able to communicate with communicatively compromised patients and their families
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Reflective practice and critical appraisal
  • Analytical/problem solving skills
  • Negotiating skills and ability to manage conflicting views


  • Sharing knowledge /skills with others
  • IT skills - working knowledge of? Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel



  • Specific knowledge in specialist area
  • New initiatives/trends in specialist area


  • Clinical governance issues
  • Therapy Outcome Measures



  • Able to meet the audiological requirements of the post
  • Resilient and able to manage distressing circumstances
  • Able to deal with distressed clients? /families

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Barry Hospital

Colcot Road


CF62 8YH

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