Maternity Cover Speech and Language Therapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year Including Fringe HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 6 month, fixed term, full-time band 6 Speech and Language Therapist in the East Surrey Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD).

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist to work within a well-established multi-disciplinary health team. Previous experience of working with people who have a learning disability is essential as is a dysphagia qualification.

Our learning disabilities services provide high quality care within assessment and treatment settings and within community teams. Our Speech and Language Therapists are committed to promoting good communication in a proactive, ethical way. They have a key role in supporting individuals, their support networks and multi-disciplinary colleagues in the implementation of the RCSLT five good communication standards.

The successful candidate will be joining a supportive team of equally enthusiastic and innovative Speech & Language Therapists. The post holder will benefit from a robust supervision and appraisal programme for the term of the contract.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work with adults with a Learning Disability in the community to support communication needs and eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

The post holder will be covering for maternity leave for a 6 month period.

Travel is required for this post so access to a vehicle for work is essential.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by promoting health and independence for people with learning disabilities by delivering high quality speech and language therapy assessments, interventions and consultation within a Positive Behaviour Support framework within generic and specialised services; and providing supervision and guidance to Band 5 Speech and Language therapists and support workers. This will be undertaken within an accessible, non-stigmatising, localized service that contributes to the specialist health care of people with learning disabilities within the locality.

Job Overview

· To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the Speech and Language therapy needs of people with learning disabilities who use our services, taking the role of lead clinician for a person with learning disabilities as appropriate.

· To participate in the recruitment, deployment and management of staff.

The job will be within our Learning Disabilities Health Services and be based primarily within the Community Learning Disabilities Teams.

NHS Competency Level

SABP Leadership Competency

Communication 3

Interpersonal Sensitivity 2

Personal and People Development 2

People Leadership 2

Health, Safety and Security 2

Courage 2

Service Improvement 2

Teamworking 2

Quality 2

Equality and Diversity 2

IT skills 2

HCPC registered professional

Key Responsibilities


· To ensure that the healthcare needs of people with learning disabilities are communicated to team manager / professional lead/ care practitioner. To positively contribute to divisional developments in relation to Speech and Language therapy practice.

· To advocate and represent the service

· To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the needs of people with protected characteristics are addressed within local services and future developments.


· To demonstrate expertise and specialist speech and language therapy skills in areas of dysphagia and communication in order to develop and maintain skills needed for living a safe and ordinary life.

· To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

· To carry out comprehensive assessments, plan implement and evaluate delivery of Speech and Language therapy interventions as part of a holistic approach working in a variety of settings.

· To practice within the Positive Behaviour Support framework.

· To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans.

· To work in partnership with acute and primary care services and other healthcare providers.

· To establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their families.


· To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

· To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation. To carry out professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other relevant legislation.

· To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people with learning disabilities.

· To participate in quality assurance activities as required.

· To develop, implement and monitor interventions driven by government initiatives e.g. Transforming Care, LD Mortality review to promote positive health gains for clients.

· Develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Speech and Language Therapy profession qualification (HCPC)
  • A dysphagia qualification
Experience Essential
  • Relevant post qualification clinical experience in communication intervention and dysphagia management
  • Interest/skill in specialist area.
  • Experience of working in a community team

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