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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist Paediatric Dysphagia

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join our team and work within the paediatric dysphagia service.

This post provides an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical leadership skills and develop the paediatric dysphagia team in Bury Children's community services

Main duties of the job

Clinical Lead for our small dedicated dysphagia team.

Assessment and management of swallowing and communication difficulties in children in community clinic, patients' homes and special schools across Bury.

Provide support and supervision for your team.

Develop and provide knowledge and skills in evidence based practice, provide advice / training to other professionals and Carers.

Demonstrate knowledge of / adherence to professional, national and local clinical guidelines, policies, procedures and clinical governance.Compliance with continuous professional development to maintain registration with RCSLT and HCPC, identify personal learning and development objectives through line management and performance review framework, access clinical and safeguarding supervision in compliance with local policy.

Support service user experience and continuous improvement through team working

About us

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) provides hospital and integrated health and social care services to over one million people living across Greater Manchester. Our 20,000 colleagues care for people in hospital and in the community, working across Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Salford, to save and improve lives. As a large NHS trust we are committed to enhancing the health of our local population by delivering consistently high standards of care and working closely with local authorities and key partners. We believe in our power and potential to make a difference and we're always looking for people who demonstrate our three

core values - care, appreciate and inspire - to join our team. In return, we can offer you a job role with purpose and flexibility. The size and scale of the NCA means we can provide more challenge and opportunities so your career can always be moving in the right direction. By joining us you can also access a competitive benefits package, including, a fantastic annual leave allowance, flexible working opportunities and protected hours for health and wellbeing activities, helping you to achieve more personal downtime and a betterwork-life balance.

We are currently in process of updating our values. For the latest information

around our values and behaviours, please visit our careers website

Job description

Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registered
  • Member of RCSLT



  • Degree in SLT
  • Minimum 3 years paediatric dysphagia experience
  • MSc or advanced dysphagia qualification or equivalent or demonstrates commitment to work towards this level


  • Completion of basic leadership courses e.g. LEO

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Experience working with children / babies who require complex dysphagia management
  • Experience of working with people with complex needs within an MDT
  • Experience of working with people with complex needs within an MDT
  • Evidence of completion of neonatal competency framework (RCSLT)
  • Experience and confidence training others and supporting less experienced staff and students
  • In depth anatomical and physiological knowledge of the swallow
  • Knowledge of national policies / guidelines / drivers relevant to dysphagia
  • Highly specialist theoretical knowledge of communication and swallowing impairments relevant to this client group
  • Specialist knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to paediatric dysphagia
  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relevant benefits
  • Understanding the roles of other professionals relevant to the client group
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance / audit / quality improvement
  • Well-developed analytical, reflection, prioritisation, time management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to assume leadership responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including communication, observation, listening and empathy skills


  • Evidence of completion of HEE Neonatal training
  • Evidence of completion of neonatal competency framework (RCSLT)

Employer details

Employer name

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust


Radcliffe Primary Care Centre

69 Church St West


M26 2SP

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