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Speech and Language Therapist

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
CDDFT Speech and Language Therapy is pleased to advertise a permenant community post suitable for existing B5 and newly qualified practitioners. This exciting post incorporates a community caseload of acquired neurological patients in a range of settings including nursing homes, residential homes, out-patient and patients own homes. This excellent development oppourtunity will allow a practitioners to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge whilst developing post-basic dysphagia skills alongside a nominated dysphagia supervisor. The successful candidates will utilise their outstanding organisation and communication skills to achieve best patient outcomes whilst being well supported by a large adult Speech and Language Therapy team where there are lots of oppourtunities for career progression.

Main duties of the job

The B5 Speech and Language Therapist will work as part of a team in community to assess and rehabilitate a wide range of communication disordered patients in a broad range of settings whilst being supported to develop competencies in dysphagia.

The successful candidate will hold a degree in Speech and Language Therapy and be registered with the Health Professionals Council.

The Speech and Language Therapy Service offers a supportive team of experienced colleagues allowing ready-access to support which includes weekly line management for the first 3 months, regular B5 buddy group support, second opinions and on-going peer supervision to deliver evidence-based practise assessment and therapy to ensure that N.Q.P.'s have an excellent start to their SLT career or existing B5 staff develop to next stage of their career.

Monthly staff meetings

Regular management supervision

Peer support groups

Annual Appraisal

In-Service Training

Well-resourced department

Clinical Leads in Communication, Dysphagia, Voice and Fluency

Daily on-line triage

Good access to communication aids

Professional Lead in Speech and Language Therapy

Good IT access

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidates should be interested in developing their skills with a predominately adult neurological caseload. You will be committed to continuing professional development and have excellent communication and prioritisation skills.

The Speech and Language Therapy Service offers a supportive team of experienced colleagues who will help the development of your skills and assist you to work through your newly qualified practitioner RCSLT competencies as well as providing B5 buddy peer support sessions, peers support group discussion and regular clinical and line management supervision. CDDFT is an excellent Trust to start and further develop your Speech and Language Therapy career!

Person Specification

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Ability to make judgements involving a range of facts or situations which require the analysis or comparison of a range of options.
  • Planning and organisational skills applicable to handling a small number of complex activities that may require the formulation and adjustment of plans.
  • Highly developed physical skills (precision, speed, hand/eye/sensory co-ordination) to perform real time phonemic and phonetic transcriptions.
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills persuasion, negotiation, training, empathy and re-assurance. Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information.



  • Speech & Language Therapy Degree or equivalent as recognised by RCSLT.
  • Health Professions council Licence to Practice.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of national and local Health/Education/Social Care policies and practices.
  • Understanding of a range of work procedures and practices which requires expertise within a specialism or discipline, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of procedures and practices relating to the identification, definition, diagnosis and remediation of disorders of human communication, some of which are non-routine.



  • Relevant placement experience

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC registration, RCSLT member

Special Requirements


  • Commitment to developing own clinical and non-clinical expertise.
  • To keep up to date with current clinical and technical advances in discussion with more senior clinicians.
  • To accept advice and support from more senior clinicians on a regular basis in order to promote professional development.
  • Able to travel independently countywide

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Sedgefield Community Hospital

Salters Lane




TS21 3EE

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