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Speech and Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Monday - Friday)
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Derby and Amber Valley
£25,655 - £31,534 pa, pro-rata
Salary period
18/10/2021 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 are looking for two skilled and enthusiastic band 5 Paediatric Speech and Language therapists to join our busy teams - one in Derby City and one in Amber Valley. 

To provide a clinical service to children and young people with communication/eating/drinking /swallowing difficulties in a variety of settings, including education settings, nurseries, clinics and clients’ homes

Main duties of the job

We mainly work  in local settings using a collaborative approach to support families and keyworkers to understand their children's needs and how best to support them. This involves direct work as well as delivering programmes and implementing environmental strategies. 

We are a strong, kind and caring team and there will be excellent support provided to help you make the best start in the early stages of your speech and language career. 

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.

Benefits include:

  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years’ service 
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Recognised SLT degree, in place or imminently to be awarded
  • HCPC registered or applied for.
  • Registered member of RCSLT
Desirable criteria
  • Post grad certificate in dysphagia management

Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates good analytical and reflection skills
  • Good presentation skills, written and verbal
  • Excellent organisational skills with ability to work to deadlines
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team player, providing mentorship, supervsion and second opinions
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of independent assessment and management of dysphagia
  • Experience of coaching/mentoring others
  • Understanding of/experience with AAC aids, programmes, devices


Essential criteria
  • Driver's licence, use of vehicle, willing to use it for Trust business
Desirable criteria
  • Able to work from home as needed

Experience & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Relevant experience including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder and Dysfluency
  • In depth knowledge of appropriate assessment and therapeutic interventions for client group.
  • Experience of working in a range of children's settings e.g. day nursery, schools, playgroups
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge and experience of Hearing Impairment and complex needs
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jenny Fainberg
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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
07741 296 478