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Speech & Language Therapist

Central London Community Health Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are pleased to be able to offer a full time Band 5 permanent post to a Speech and Language Therapist within the Brent Adult Community SALT service based at the Willesden Centre for Health and Care. In our SLT team, we are committed to providing high standard patient-centred care with emphasis on continuing service development and with excellent links with our local acute SLT team, the Brent Dietetics Service and the rest of the Rehabilitation Multi-disciplinary team.

We require a Speech and Language Therapist with experience of or interest in working with adults with acquired and progressive neurological conditions. They must be keen to learn and to develop their dysphagia and communication rehabilitation skills. They must be well organised with excellent communication skills. Being a team player who can work as part of a multidisciplinary team is also essential to this role. Having a driving license is also desirable to this role and we can provide access to a pool car.

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity of working with patients within the area of Brent, offering both domiciliary and outpatient care and will be responsible for service development projects and for supporting speech & Language Therapy students.

Supported by highly qualified clinicians and a Clinical Specialist Speech Therapist, you will be provided the opportunity to develop you communication and dysphagia skills.

We will provide access to a named Clinical Supervisor with opportunities for regular clinical supervision. Peer support groups with other newly qualified practitioners in the Trust will be encouraged.

You will provide assessment and therapy in dysphagia and communication to a wide range of adult clients with complex conditions including acquired and progressive neurological conditions. You will have the opportunity to attend instrumental assessments with the patients that we refer to our local hospital. We are a paper light service and staff have an office base and also access to mobile working devices.

The post holder will be committed to improving patient experience at all times. We will provide a lot of opportunities to engage in service development, including research, audits and QI projects. A framework of regular supervision including 1:1, peer supervision, and appraisal is in place. We will also support your continuing professional development with training opportunities both internal and external and protected time for training and development.

About us

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to Job description and personal Specification for outline of skills, knowledge and experience required.

Person Specification



  • Recognised SLT degree or equivalent.
  • Registration with Health & Care Professionals Council.
  • Registered member of RCSLT or equivalent professional body


  • Evidence of relevant post-registration education and training e.g. in Stroke, Supervision
  • Member of a relevant Clinical Excellence Network
  • Evidence of competence in managing dysphagic patients



  • Experience of working, or student/volunteer placements in a variety of clinical settings within the UK/NHS
  • Experience of (including SLT placements) working and liaising with other MDT professionals.
  • Ability to understand complex issues, problem solve and propose solutions
  • Able to communicate with patients in an empathetic manner regarding their treatment and procedures.


  • Experience of working with a community SLT service
  • Experience of working with Clinical Support Workers, SLT Assistants
  • Experience of training other students.
  • Participation in audit research projects service development

Skills & Knowledge


  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions and evidence of clinical expertise in relevant areas.
  • Knowledge of assessment tools relevant to an adult client group including: aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, dysphonia, cognitive communication difficulties and dysphagia,.
  • Knowledge of a range of relevant communication and dysphagia interventions relevant to the client group e.g. dementia, Parkinson's, COPD, stroke, etc.
  • Knowledge of out of hospital care and the role of the Community Health Services
  • Ability to listen effectively and ability to give constructive feedback to clients and colleagues.
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • Time management skills.
  • Knowledge of how Equal Opportunities can be implemented in practice
  • Knowledge of reasonable response to service user needs and prioritising and dealing with those needs with a required urgency.
  • Awareness of the management and use of data in the NHS setting
  • Knowledge of risks involved in working in the community.
  • Ability to identify and assess the potential risks involved in work activities and processes for self and others
  • Knowledge of evidence based practice.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills


  • Experience of working with a community or acute SLT/ MDT service
  • Knowledge of the audit process

Key Attributes


  • Ability to work in a team and be a proactive member and able to engage in change process in the team.
  • Ability to organise and participate in weekly work allocation and be able to prioritise and delegate effectively.
  • Ability to assess a situation and act promptly.
  • Ability to implement learning in practice and inform others.
  • Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing such as computerised documentation and data entry
  • Ability to facilitate and support students and HCAs
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)


  • Ability to critically analyse and evaluate research relevant to practice
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


Willesden Centre for Health and Care

Robson Avenue


NW10 3RY

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