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Bank Experienced Specialist Speech & Language Therapist (Children's)

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Speech and Language Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 6
Flexible working - As and when required
Job ref
As and where required
As and where required
£32,306 - £39,027 pa, pro rata
Salary period
07/11/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

We have some opportunities for Speech and Language Therapists with an interest in working with children to work on the bank for the SLT service. The children's service works across Derby city and Southern Derbyshire. There are established and highly experienced  SLTs working in these areas, with strong working relationships with the wider MDT. Our service is primarily delivered to children and families in their settings; home, nursery, school.

Main duties of the job

We are a large and dynamic Speech and Language Therapy service of around 100 staff working across all service areas in Derbyshire. We are looking for HCPC and RCSLT registered Speech and Language Therapists, with a minimum of 2 year's post grad experience.

You will be proficient in your abilities to deliver high-quality, evidence-based practice, with established assessment and therapeutic abilities, and a proven ability to manage a busy caseload of children with disorders of communication.

You will have a commitment to providing a high standard of patient-focused care and be a strong team player.

As a clinical employee it will be your responsibility to ensure that your behaviour and values reflect those set out in the DCHS Way.

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire. We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations. During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Patient Care

  • To reflect on all aspects of clients’ communication and swallowing difficulties and identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communication and safe eating and drinking.
  • To negotiate with carers, clients and others around individual case management.
  • To manage complex and specialist caseload independently
  • To make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessment
  • To develop clear care plans based on best practice
  • To adapt practice to meet individual patient/client circumstances
  • To apply highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients/clients
  • To provide specialist clinical/technical skills for highly interpretative assessment techniques and interventions, i.e. phonetic transcription, linguistic profiling
  • To demonstrate skills in handling clients with disabilities
  • To assess, develop and implement Specialist Speech and Language Therapy Treatment
  • To provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients/clients with communication difficulties
  • To demonstrate high level of clinical effectiveness by use of evidence based practice and outcome measures
  • To write reports reflecting highly specialist knowledge
  • To adapt practice to meet individual patients’ circumstance, including due regard for cultural, linguistic and cognitive differences
  • To ensure that patients are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible
  • To provide appropriate specialist intervention and evaluate outcomes
  • To apply good negotiation skills across a range of issues
  • To apply skills in dealing complex issues to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Recognised SLT Degree
  • HCPC registered
  • Registered member of RCSLT
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of relevant CEN

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Relevant experience post reg
  • 2 years post qualification as an SLT
  • Experience of delivering training
  • In depth knowledge of appropriate assessment and therapeutic interventions for the role
Desirable criteria
  • 3 years post qualification experience
  • Experience of supervising students and assistants

Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates good analystical and reflection skills
  • Good presentation skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to understand and apply capacity/demand issues in service area and prioritise caseload, explain rationale for decision making to others
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team player, providing mentorship, and second opinions.
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrates leadership skills as well as ability to be a good team member

Aptitude/personal quaities

Essential criteria
  • Able to work as part of MDT
  • Adaptable to change
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lisa Salton
Job title
SLT Service Manager
Email address
Additional information

 Sarah Spray

SLT Team Leader

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital Peter McCarthy Suite
Whitecotes Lane
S40 3HW
01332 564856, opt 1, option 2