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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Permanent: Monday to Friday
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Community Neuro and Speech and Language Rehab Team
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
25/09/2022 23:59
Interview date


Job overview

Are you enthusiastic in making a difference to patients and passionate in delivering quality, safe and efficient Speech & Language Services in Neuro/Non-Neuro Rehabilitation?

Are you a motivated person looking for an opportunity to actively assist shape the service along with the Operational Team Leader and support colleagues with their professional development?

We now have an exciting opportunity for a full time Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our friendly Southport & Formby Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team.

The post holder will be part of a multidisciplinary team composed of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Vestibular Physiotherapy within the Southport & Formby Community Neuro Rehabilitation & Speech Language Therapy Team. The service aims to provide seamless care through community/home based rehabilitation to patients presenting with both neuro and non neuro speech and language therapy needs which may include the areas of dysphagia, dysfluency, head & neck and voice.


Advert may close prior to closing date to to number of applicants that my apply. 

Main duties of the job

The main duties will be mostly clinical and post holder will be responsible to assist clinical lead with coordination of the Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service, ensuring efficient management of clinical caseload and the waiting  list is kept to a minimal; demonstrate expert knowledge and clinical skills (including experience with video-fluoroscopy) ensuring it is in line with recent guidelines and evidence base practice; to use a variety of assessments skills and ability to evaluate treatment and set smart goals; to manage a complex caseload and be proactive to seek peer support when required; to demonstrate multidisciplinary approach and respect the views of other MDT members; demonstrate knowledge of different outcome measures and its application; to carry out complex risk assessment ensuring ability to sign post/advice/handle safeguarding cases/situations effectively and to demonstrate excellent documentation skills and ability to evaluate plan.

The managerial tasks that will be expected from the post holder will be: to demonstrate managerial skills ensuring the service adheres to the service specification; provide supervision skills and support to junior staff /students,  deputise during the absence of the Clinical Lead ensuring daily operational tasks are completed accordingly.

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people. 


We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities. 


At the heart of all we do is our commitment to ‘perfect care’ – care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We’re currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. To participate as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in a multi-disciplinary team, with specific responsibility to assess and treat adults with complex health needs.
2. To be responsible for the delivery of specialist assessment, diagnosis, treatment, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based Speech and Language Therapy intervention in the community setting, including home setting, care homes or outpatient clinics for clients with communication and swallowing disorders, such as dysphagia (neuro and non-neuro), dysfluency, voice, head and neck.
3. To act as a Care coordinator, ensuring that clients have full access to any generic services that they require.
4. To be responsible and accountable for their own caseload and ensure that care plans are written and reviewed regularly.
5. To contribute to the prioritisation of the waiting list for Speech and Language Therapy.
6. To complete intake assessments on behalf of the team and feedback to the multi-disciplinary team.
Manager B8a
Band 4 Assist
Band 4 Assist
OT Lead B7
Band 6 OT
PT Lead B7
Band 6 PT
SLT Lead B7
Band 6 SLT
Band 6 SLT
SLT Assistant
Team Lead B7
7. To work alongside and liaise with other professionals within the team, staff at day centres, residential staff and families. To provide clinical advice to these on the communication needs of clients, resolving areas of conflict as necessary.
8. To provide specialist knowledge on alternative and augmentative systems of communication, where appropriate. To ensure that all relevant agencies have access to all systems.
9. To Identify and take responsibility for allocating work and providing supervision to Speech and Language Therapy assistants.
10. To provide training days to staff teams around specific individual’s communication to devise strategies and management plans.
11. To be able to deputise on the absence of the clinical lead and ensure coordination of caseload is well managed within the team.
12. To be an active and enthusiastic team member by participating with service improvement activities, promoting innovation, being supportive to other team members and proactive when identifying potential issues in the service.
13. To provide accurate and timely supports on assessment, review and discharge.
14. To ensure that all case notes are maintained and copies of all correspondence, therapy programmes and reports are included in the notes, as agreed in Mersey Care’s policies.
15. To provide and enter information onto the database system, in line with Mersey Care policy.
16. To complete documentation forms in line with Mersey Care policy.
17. To evaluate service provision using outcome measures for individual clients and those seen in a group environment.
18. To engage in quality transformation projects and audits as identified by operational manager or clinical lead.
Personal / Professional Development
19. To be a member of the Health Professionals Council, conforming to their standards and complete a professional log on a regular basis.
20. To complete mandatory training, as required by Mersey Care NHS trust.
21. To undertake continuing training in areas relevant to the post and specialist interests.
22. To attend regular meetings of Special Interest Groups as part of on-going professional development.
23. To be accountable for attendance and provision of regular supervision with clinical lead/ assistants /or other peer members.
24. To participate with the delivery and attendance of in-service training that is carried out locally or within the service.
25. To be accountable for competition of PACE (Appraisal) process and commitment to achieve objectives set.
Service Development
26. To provide clinical supervision and advice to SLT Assistants working with clients who have communication and dysphagia issues within the community settings.
27. To participate in research initiatives with clear objectives and outcome measures in liaison with other professionals within the service.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Driving license
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in Rehabilitation
  • Experience in Community Setting
  • Student Practitioner trained
  • Dysphagia training

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantVeteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)CTP The Ministry of Defence partnering with Right ManagementStep into health

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Carolina De Campos
Job title
Operational Team Lead
Email address
Telephone number
07880 146 482
Additional information

If case of any queries about the post or the service, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss. (Carolina de Campos - 07880 146 482)

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