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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen in this exciting team for a Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist role to provide effective clinical input into the Forensic Outreach Liaison Service (FOLS) team for LD/ASD. The service works across West Yorkshire (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Calderdale, Kirklees) and Barnsley. The team provides risk assessment, direct therapeutic interventions and support transitioning out of secure settings to patients, as well as consultation, advice, supervision and training to relevant services and partners.

SALT is an essential part of FOLS. The neurodiverse population we support commonly have communication issues that impact their engagement with criminal justice services and support they receive. SALT help to understand individuals communication and advise how we can adapt to meet their need.

Main duties of the job

Experience of working with complex LD, ASD and mental health needs and experience of working with forensic risk is desirable but enthusiasm for working with this client group is essential as well as the ability to be involved in and communicate complex formulations. This post will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop both their clinical and leadership skills, within the context of secure settings and supporting the service users into the community, assessments to prevent admission and managing risk in as safe a way as possible in the community and minimizing contact with the criminal justice system. Successful applicants will receive training in forensic risk assessment and best practice.

Successful applicants will be supported by the Advanced Speech and Language Therapist in the team and supervise a B4 therapy assistant. Clinical and peer supervision is available in the service.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be required to work as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing specialist speech and language therapry assessment and treatment for service users in receipt of care from community services. Enabling service users to engage in a range of individual and group community based treatment activities. You will be actively involved in the promotion of Salt and Language therapy within the service area. The post holder will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the client group.

The post holder will contribute to the leadership and development of the Specialist Learning Disability Health Team in accordance within local and national guidance.

Person Specification



  • Post registration experience including in learning disabilities.
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Supervision of staff and / or students.


  • Leadership / first line management experience.
  • Experience of a range of learning disability settings.
  • Supervision of staff and / or students.



  • Post graduate Dysphagia training or ability to successfully complete the training within 2 years.
  • Evidence of ongoing training and relevant post graduate courses in communication and dysphagia.


  • Post graduate training relevant to Learning Disability.

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Specialist knowledge and application of Speech & Language Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to learning disability.
  • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work.
  • Understanding of and ability to use appropriate outcome measures.
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities.
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • Supervisory / appraisal skills.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships.
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application.


  • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues.
  • An understanding of the specific contribution of Speech and Language Therapists in Learning Disability Services.

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to implement all of the 6C values & behaviours expected of health care professionals.
  • Values contribution of others.
  • Ability to motivate self and others.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Willingness to work flexibly.
  • The ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent.
  • Registration with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • RCSLT Registration.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Newton Lodge

Ouchthorpe Lane



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