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Advanced Speech and Language Therapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Speech and Language Therapist looking for y our next challenge? Do you want to expand your skills, knowledge and experience within a dynamic, progressive learning disability community team? Do you want the opportunity to deliver and develop person-centred care and high clinical standards to make a difference whilst developing quality improvements and research?

We have a fantastic opportunity to recruit a highly motivated Advanced Speech and Language Therapist in our established East Cheshire Learning Disability Community Health Team which covers the Macclesfield and Crewe areas.

The service provides person-centred support to people with learning disabilities who may also experience co-morbid mental health difficulties, challenging behaviour and/or autism. We are a multi-disciplinary team comprising of psychiatrists, community nurses, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists. Suitable candidates will have had significant experience of working with people with learning disabilities and be able to demonstrate clinical and strategic leadership experience and qualities.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a key member of the multi-disciplinary community team, and will be expected to work autonomously, managing a defined caseload of adult service users with Learning Disabilities and complex health needs, where a high level of clinical expertise is required.

The post holder will hold a complex caseload and will be expected to work in 3 core areas:
  • Direct clinical
  • Training and development of others
  • Project work to help develop services offered to people with learning disabilities

The post holder will provide clinical supervision for speech and language therapists, support workers, associate practitioners and students.

The post holder will be expected to work flexibly in varying locations and at varying times to meet the needs of the service

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC registration
  • Relevant Speech and Language Therapy degree
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree or equivalent qualifications, further theoretical training & experience to master's level equivalent.
  • Membership of a relevant professional body & related specialist subgroups
  • Post basic dysphagia training or equivalent
  • DISCO and/ or SCERTS training
  • ADOS trained
  • Evidence of attendance at management/leadership short courses.
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Highly specialist knowledge of current trends in the management of communication difficulties and dysphagia in adults with learning disabilities.
  • In depth knowledge of recent NHS legislation, and recommendations for specialist area
  • Detailed awareness of the national and local priorities and changing trends in the specialist area
  • Working knowledge of child protection/adult safeguarding issues
Experience Essential
  • Proven post registration experience, in the field of learning disabilities
  • Experience of planning and completing audit and research
  • Experience of teaching and mentoring of staff
  • Experience of undertaking projects

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