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SLT Team Leader

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
NHS AfC: Band 7
Secondment: 12 months
Part time - 30 hours per week
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Babington Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 pa, pro rata
Salary period
17/10/2021 23:59
Interview date

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

To lead the DCHS Adult Community SLT Service, working alongside the SLT Service General Manager and with  SLT Team leaders  and the SLT Quality Manager

You will provide leadership and support to your team and have a focus on delivering efficient and effective patient care.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist, with skills and experience in leadership and staff support, to contribute to team and service development in the Adult Community SLT team.

There is an established team of SLT team leaders, managers and experienced clinical leads working in our service.

We are looking for an HCPC and RCSLT registered Speech and Language Therapist to be part of our large and dynamic Speech and Language Therapy service. 

The service is made up  of around 100 staff, working across all service areas in Derbyshire, with a reputation for delivering innovative ways of working and having a strong focus on delivering patient-focussed input and supporting staff wellbeing. 

You will be proficient in your abilities to lead and focus on the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based practice; you will have a commitment to providing a high standard of patient-focussed care and be a strong team player.

The post holder's base can be negotiated and flexible working opportunities are encouraged.

You will need to support staff across the county and city and be willing to travel to locations across the patch.

The post holder will provide ad hoc clinical support as required across the county/city.

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 4th November 2021

Working for our organisation

Here at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) our vision is to be the best provider of local healthcare and a great place to work.

We care for patients across a wide range of services, delivered from 205 sites including 12 community hospitals and 28 health centres across Derbyshire, touching the lives of more than 4,000 patients every day.

We employ approximately 4,500 staff, making us one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country, serving a patient population of more than one million.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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To lead SLT services provided by the Adult Community speech and language therapy service in Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust. The service covers adults with conditions affecting communication and eating, drinking and swallowing.

This post is responsible for staff from Bands 3-7.

  1. Responsible for the provision of high quality and effective clinical services to people with communication difficulties and eating and drinking difficulties.
  2. To have responsibility to efficiently manage these services within the overall SLT budget, this is held by the SLT Service General Manager.
  3. To lead SLT staff providing services to adults in the community.
  4. To provide line management to staff who work in the Adult Community Service and for the DCHS Dysphagia Lead
  5.  May specialise in one clinical area.
  6. Provides a clinical service to adults with acquired communication difficulties and/or dysphagia.
  7. To manage staff according to the policy and good practice of DCHS
  8. To identify and address risks.
  9. To ensure the service is delivered according to the commissioned quality and productivity specification

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Recognised SLT Degree qualification or equivalent
  • HCPC registered, membership of RCSLT
  • Evidence of leadership courses/training
  • Relevant advanced experience post qualification in specialist SLT field.
  • 5 years post qualification experience
  • Experience of developing case management skills in less experienced staff
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including observation, listening and empathy
  • Ability to influence and negotiate as an equal with managers in DCHS and other agencies
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Contributing to the development of clinical policies
  • Demonstrates leadership skills as well as ability to be a good team member
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals and the principles of partnership working with key stakeholders in the service area
  • Able to motivate and enable others
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of training on modernisation principles, management of change, clinical governance, effectiveness.
  • Experience of operational management of staff


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to high quality, patient focussed care
  • Self-motivated with focus on continued improvement
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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 General Manager
Email address
Telephone number
07500 605506

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
07917 464054 / 01332 564856, option 1, option 1