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Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
South Staffordshire
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

The CLDT Speech and Language Therapy Service provides communication and dysphagia support for those adults with LD with complex physical and mental health needs. The team supports the adults with learning disability and works closely with the person's family and carers at home and day opportunities settings across a range of provider organisations to maximise potential and ensure optimal health and wellbeing for the person.

This is a developing specialist band 5 post with clinical responsibility for assessing, diagnosing and managing identified communication needs for adults with learning disability who are eligible for the CLDT. It is a community role within a specialist MDT and the post offers the opportunity for active contribution to team working. There are opportunities to develop dysphagia competencies within the role.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Description

5. Key Responsibilities/Duties


Risk assess, screen, assess, diagnose and manage the identified communication needs of adults with learning disability with complex health and behavioural needs who are eligible for support from the South Staffordshire Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT)


Work closely with the person with learning disability to help them to understand Speech and Language Therapy input and to support decision making in relation to consent to SLT in line with the Mental Capacity Act - 2005


Advise and support the person, their family/carers in their understanding of any communication needs identified and the decisions made relating to options that are offered


Work closely with Speech and Language Therapy colleagues in planning and delivering a service to meet the identified needs of those referred to the service


Work with relevant medical, nursing, AHP, Psychology, social, educational professionals and carers; either directly or indirectly, to ensure that they understand a persons communication profile and the best way to support them is identified and agreed


Provide written programmes of work and reports for those on the post holders small case load


To represent the service by attending meetings in relation to individuals on the case load


Attend relevant in service training courses and Trust statutory mandatory training as well as relevant and agreed external training and other CPD opportunities to develop the specialist skills, knowledge, techniques and strategies relevant to supporting this population and in particular for communication and dysphagia


Attend Speech and Language Therapy and AHP Meetings, Team Meetings, Clinical Excellence Groups, MDT meetings about individuals with learning disability as appropriate


Provide statistical and other information required by the Team Leader and Trust


Maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with professional and Trust standards and policies


To be aware of and follow Trust polices and departmental guidelines when carrying out work in the organisation.


Be responsible for own personal and continued professional development and identify objectives and training needs via supervision and an annual professional development conversation


To actively participate in supervision offered by the Trust


To alert the Team Leader to any incidents, risks or issues while carrying out work

Person Specification



How assessed


The post will be offered once confirmation of professional qualification and HCPC registration has been received.

Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent post graduate qualification.

If not yet qualified the post will be offered pending confirmation of professional qualification and HCPC registration.



Paediatric and adult speech and language therapy experience during clinical placement or first post.

Experience with people with learning disability and/or autism.

Development of appropriate dysphagia competencies at undergraduate level.

Observation of dysphagia management and understanding of clinical issues related to the management of this client group.


Work Experience:

Paediatric and adult speech and language therapy experience during training i.e. Clinical placement or in first post.

Assessment and management of developmental and disordered speech, language and communication needs across different settings.

Experience of working in community settings.

Working in a multi-disciplinary team and across different services.

Application / Interview


Techniques and strategies used to observe, assess and support/treat people with communication needs across a variety of settings.

Understanding of relevant legal frameworks, NICE guidance and other national policy and guidance and including Information Governance, data protection, HCPC and RCSLT standards and safeguarding children and adults.

Specific knowledge related to working with the communication (and dysphagia) needs of adults with learning disability and autism


Skills & Competences:
  • Ability to demonstrate commitment to team working.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with professionals internal and external to the organisation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to produce clear and accurate reports in a timely manner.
  • Excellent organisational skills. Able to prioritise work to deadlines.
  • Able to work on own initiative with direction. Able to judge appropriately when advice, direction or authority to proceed is required.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of confidentiality in the NHS.
  • Good skills of self-awareness and the impact on others.
  • Strong computer literacy skills and ability to use Microsoft Offices systems.
  • Able to travel within a geographical area to meet the requirements of the post.

Application / Interview

Person Specification Quliaficaiton Essential
  • Confirmation of completion of Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent post graduate qualification.
Trianing Essential
  • Paediatric and adult speech and language therapy experience during clinical placement or first post.
  • Experience of working with people with LD and/or autism

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