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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa / pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job overview

The Children's Speech and Language Therapy team in Central (Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex) are seeking a therapist who is ready to build on their previous B5/6 experience in schools and is eager to make a positive contribution to our hardworking, supportive and friendly team.

In addition to feeling clinically ready to further stretch your skills in assessment, care-planning and therapy, you may be looking towards developing leadership skills. Opportunities to take on additional responsibilities such as assisting the clinical leads in coordinating caseloads and supporting less experienced staff or taking on other additional roles will appeal to you.

You will be committed to continuing your own professional development using the training opportunities within the Trust as well as relevant specialist external courses so that we can continue to deliver a high quality service to the children, young people and families we support.

You will value the opportunity to work in partnership with parents, colleagues and staff in education and social care settings to achieve the best outcomes for those in your care. You will welcome opportunities to share your knowledge and skills and promote the values of a balanced system approach to service delivery.

Any questions please feel free to contact

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

Our current vacancy includes a range of sessions in Mainstream Schools. You will be led and supported by our experienced and approachable clinical leads who will share with you their passion for delivering clinical excellence. In addition to opportunities for CPD, we have well-established supervision arrangements. We run regular clinical forums as well as professional study days and children's AHP days.

Thank you

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

As a therapist with two or three years experience you will be keen to work further develop your skills in your chosen specialist areas. You will work as part of a well supported team but and be able to contribute your well developed skills to the efficient and safe running of your part of the service. You will be able to support students, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants and NQTs/Band 5s and demonstrate resilience and early Leadership skills. You will actively seek opportunities to further your knowledge and skills.

Assess children Advise families and settings Provide Therapy - individual group direct/indirect remote/face to face Train others Write Reports and Intervention Plans Use outcome measures Contribute data.

Use System One electronic notes

Attend and contribute to Team and Locality Meetings

Access, and provide, supervision

Attend training and disseminate information

Maintain a CPD log

For further information please see the job description and person specification

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


Horsham Hospital

Hurst Road


RH12 2DR

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