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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
East Dulwich
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a. inc of HCA
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to be part of a large and well-supported team of Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) in an innovative and forward thinking trust? If so, we would love to hear from you. This SLT adults with learning disabilities team covers the diverse boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, making this an exciting opportunity to hold a varied communication and dysphagia caseload. Band 6s are a key part of the SLT and wider MDT, they are encouraged to take part in and lead service development projects alongside providing supervision of peers and for other team members, therefore ensuring that no two days in this post will be the same.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work within a supportive and friendly multidisciplinary team at East Dulwich and provide a service to adults with learning disabilities and their support networks across the whole borough.

They will be part of a supportive wider 3-borough team covering Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham and will have opportunities to work across all 3 London boroughs.

The postholder will be supported to develop their skills and knowledge in a range of areas. These areas include: Communication Passports, Paper based AAC, Electronic AAC, Makaton, Accessible Information, Intensive Interaction, Interactive Storytelling, Eating and Drinking, working with people who have complex needs, multiagency working and training of others.

Experience and/or a passion for working with people with a learning disability is essential.

There is a strong ethos of clinical support and supervision within the team. The team has regular unidisciplinary as well as multidisciplinary meetings.

For an informal discussion or further information about the post please contact Ruth Williams, Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, on 020 3049 7518.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best-known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, all with a long history of high-quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organisation and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the provision of a cohesive and effective speech and language therapy service to adults with learning disabilities (ALD) residents within the borough of Lambeth.

The post holder will provide assessment, advice and intervention to clients receiving services from a number of appropriate agencies, such as Social Services, not for profit organisations, private and voluntary.

The post holder will provide appropriate communication and eating and drinking assessment and intervention to clients.

The post holder will be expected to deliver training to staff and significant others in the areas of communication and eating and drinking.

The post holder will be required to work across borough boundaries, accessing and recording information using mobile devices, and coming into offices for meetings or specific events.

The post holder must travel across the borough to clients homes/day services using other personal protective equipment (PPE) as determined by the service to ensure safety in general and to protect lone workers in particular.

Person Specification

Qualifications/ Education


  • Degree level study in Speech and Language Therapy/Sciences
  • Post graduate basic dysphagia course
  • Membership of RCSLT
  • Member of HCPC
  • Postgraduate training in supervision skills


  • Makaton Regional Tutor Training
  • Completion of an intermediate post graduate dysphagia course
  • Completion of Master degree or specialist short courses in ALD
  • Post graduate training in audit and research methodology
  • Membership of AAC CEN
  • Membership of CEN Adults with Learning Disabilities

Previous experience


  • Experience of working with adults with learning disabilities
  • Previous worked within a Multi-disciplinary Team
  • Experience of supervising speech and language therapy students
  • Training staff and others
  • Experience of working with adults with dysphagia
  • Knowledge of working with adults who use AAC
  • Highly developed caseload management skills
  • Experience of developing and delivering training packages


  • Experience of being involved in community care process
  • Experience of managing exam student placements
  • Audit and research experience
  • Experience of working with non NHS providers
  • Experience of supervision and performance management of staff
  • Experience of working in multi cultural environments

Skills/Knowledge/ Ability


  • Demonstrated ability to assess and diagnose people's communication abilities and deficits
  • Demonstrate skills for assessing people's eating, drinking and swallowing disorders
  • Demonstrate how to use and interpret both formal and informal assessment data
  • To be able to select and plan appropriate intervention from a range of options using clinical judgement and research evidence
  • Demonstrated ability to regularly evaluate and adapt intervention plans
  • Demonstrated ability to use reflective practice individually, with peers and supervised individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to manage own time and prioritise tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to be able to plan uni and multi disciplinary training
  • Ability to use Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to use databases to record statistical information on client contact
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with professional standards and local trust policies
  • Ability to apply data protection guidelines within clinical practice
  • To present information to large groups using a variety of presentation techniques
  • Demonstrate established skills in negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Display empathy with clients, carers and families
  • Demonstrated ability to present at clinical team meetings
  • Makes sure written reports and information are accessible
  • Demonstrated ability to plan student placements
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitive information to clients, carers and other professionals


  • Demonstrated ability to co-ordinate and lead meetings with other agencies

Additional Information


  • The ability to work independently, accessing supervision when appropriate
  • Positive attitude to working with people with learning disabilities
  • To be able to recognise own professional boundaries and seek advice and support when necessary
  • To implement legislation of equal opportunities within work practice
  • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with professionals from health, social care
  • Display ability to work collaboratively with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers
  • Show ability to embed GSTT values and Behaviours in all aspects of their work

Physical Requirements


  • Demonstrated ability to use a keyboard and mouse
  • Demonstrated signing skills
  • Well developed concentration skills

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Townley Road Health Centre

121 Townley Road

East Dulwich

SE22 8SW

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