Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - LD Community Team East

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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Carew House
£35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Salary period
24/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

The Cornwall Adult Learning Disability Team is seeking a Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our friendly and supportive team.

The post holder will work alongside a cohesive, innovative and dynamic MDT to improve quality of life and reduce health inequalities for adults with Learning Disabilities with communication and dysphagia needs. The post holder will contribute to service development, supervision of colleagues and autonomously manage a caseload of adults with complex needs who are referred to the service.

The post holder will provide communication and dysphagia assessment and interventions using core SLT skills for individuals with a learning disability e.g., Keyword signing, Intensive Interaction, high-tech AAC and mealtime assessment. This includes monitoring health outcomes and progress through review care plans.

The post holder will need to work flexibly, independently, as well as within the wider MDT.  The post holder will need to be IT literate and have experience of adapting their communication appropriately.

The successful candidate will have post graduate experience at band 5 and/or band 6 level or equivalent. Experience of working with people with Learning Disabilities, skills for delivering training, and dysphagia competencies are preferred. We can support the right candidate to develop these skills if required.

This post is based in East Cornwall.

Proposed interview date:  TBC


Main duties of the job

Successful applicants will offer a service to a caseload of adults aged 18 and over with learning disabilities, who are referred to the service.

To provide supervision within the team.

A key aspect of the role is delivering training programmes relating to communication needs and dysphagia.

Deliver training with presentation and communication skills.



Working for our organisation

We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health.  We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases.  Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon.  As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Qualified SLT registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of being an autonomous SLT practitioner
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Clinical experience in a range of core areas including dysphagia and AAC

Skills and Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of training or teaching other staff in an MDT or multi agency setting

Knowledge and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Understanding the health needs of people with a learning disability

At Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to prioritise the development of our people. To support this, the following opportunities are available:

  • Career conversations and individual development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a dedicated central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management development programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • A full clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for our band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A bespoke and robust preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support our colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The Trust reimburses all application costs for staff eligible to apply for EU settlement status.

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via TRAC.jobs email regarding interview details.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust welcomes and values individuals with lived experience of mental or physical ill health joining our workforce. We aspire to have a culture that develops, promotes and supports lived experience roles - throughout the organisation.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

Karen Taylor
Job title
Team manager
Email address
Telephone number
01208 834455
Additional information

Kylie Cox, Team Manager 01208 834455

Georgina Samuels - West Adult LD Team Manager - 01209 204025

or Julia De Grunchy SLT Lead on 07717 427 605


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