Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

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Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist
Band 5
Permanent: Full time
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Part time hours considered)
Job ref
Mallard Court
£28,407 - £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
03/10/2023 23:59

Job overview

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist (Band 5)

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists, who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children/young people with Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties. 

We have a vacancy for a permanent, full time Band 5 Speech and Language Therapists based in Bridgwater.  

Although you would be based in one area team, you would be required to travel within your area to meet the needs of the caseload and across the county for meetings, training etc. 

We would welcome applications from both Newly Qualified and Experienced Therapists and are happy to consider applicants who would like to work part time. 

We will cover your first year registration fees!

Each base team for SLT has around 6-10 therapists who you would be working alongside, as well as OT and PT colleagues, Therapy Support Practitioners and excellent administrative support.

We have an induction programme in place to help you settle into your new role and offer regular supervision from experienced clinicians to support your ongoing development. 

We hold regular team and professional therapy meetings and welcome applications for ongoing CPD training opportunities.


Main duties of the job

The position offers a varied caseload and you will undertake both initial assessments in clinic as well as ongoing caseload work in a variety of settings such as schools, clinic and family homes.  The ongoing caseload work is organised with a centralised and shared list to enable joint working and therapy opportunities.

This post will provide you with the opportunity to develop integrated working with colleagues from Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. You will also be working in close partnership with education and health colleagues in other services.

Working for our organisation

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Works individually and as part of SLT, integrated therapy and other multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to provide a service for children and young people who have speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Independently assesses, diagnoses, formulates care plans, writes assessment reports and provides appropriate intervention for clients with speech, language and communication impairments.
  • Gathers relevant information from a variety of sources to inform diagnosis and decision making about individual clients.
  • Provides intervention and evaluates outcomes.
  • Involves clients, where appropriate, and their parents/carers in planning therapy programmes.
  • Maintains and provides full, accurate and comprehensive case records and reports.
  • Reflects on the auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of a client’s communication and identifies appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communicative effectiveness.
  • Develops clear care plans based on best practice.
  • Advises clients, carers and staff in Health and other agencies on supplementary or alternative means of communication, as appropriate.
  • Actively involves patients in decisions about their own healthcare.
  • Works with parents and Education staff to plan and evaluate developmental and educational targets relating to speech, language and communication.
  • Provides advice, training and support to educational staff, outside agencies, parents and carers, as appropriate, which may involve training in specific therapy techniques acquired via postgraduate training.
  • Provides advice for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and to contribute to Individual Education Plans.
  • When appropriate, writes reports, attends team meetings, case conferences, parents’ meetings and contributes to Annual Reviews of EHCPs.
  • Identifies opportunities for integrated clinical working and joint pathways with Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy colleagues.
  • Refers on to other specialist Health and Education services as appropriate.

Person specification

Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
Desirable criteria
  • Member of RCSLT

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience in paediatric Speech and Language Therapy at undergraduate level working with children with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Up to date theoretical knowledge
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in paediatric Speech and Language Therapy at post-graduate level
  • Knowledge of symbol and signing systems of communication
  • Knowledge of current Educational and National Curriculum Issues

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to work as part of an MDT
  • Good verbal and written communication skills for a range of audiences including clients/carers
  • Able to work independently to prioritise tasks
  • Basic knowledge of IT and computer skills
  • Able to use sound clinical judgement to select the most appropriate intervention from a range of options

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Flexible and adaptable to different working environments and modes of service delivery
  • Aware of limitations of own knowledge and experience.


Essential criteria
  • Car driver with valid UK driving licence or otherwise mobile with appropriate business insurance

Equity, diversity, and inclusion is a priority for us. As a trust we welcome and encourage applications irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or personal circumstances. We do our best to ensure our recruitment process is accessible and inclusive. If you have a disability and require an adjustment at any point during the recruitment process, please let us know.

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

Ruth Wood
Job title
CYPTS - Operational Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01749 836691
Additional information

If you would like to arrange an informal meeting or discuss this post please contact Ruth Wood,  or Natasha Smith Operational Service Managers on 01749 836691

07471 520419

07771 501027

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