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NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (37.5 per week)
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Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Derby City
£32,306 - £39,027 pa, pro rata
Salary period
08/12/2021 23:59

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Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Experienced Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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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COVID-19  We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on people in different ways. Please be reassured that at DCHS we understand this and have a risk assessment process in place, where this is needed, to ensure your safety.

IMPORTANT!!  The Government recently announced their intention to make Covid Vaccination for all patient facing staff compulsory from April 2022, unless the person has a valid medical exemption. Please bear this in mind when making your application as you will need to demonstrate that you meet this requirement by the 1st April 2022. 

Job overview

We are a large and dynamic Speech and Language Therapy service of around 100 staff, working across all service areas in Derbyshire. 

This  exciting opportunity has arisen in the children's team  and we are ideally looking a full time member of staff with specialist skills in Autistic Spectrum Disorder including being part of the multi-disciplinary assessment team. 

The role  also includes providing a clinical service to children and young people with a range of  communication/eating/drinking /swallowing difficulties via telehealth and  in a variety of settings, including education settings, nurseries, clinics and clients’ homes.


Main duties of the job

All our therapists work with children who have  a wide range of speech, language and communication needs.  The specialist area of interest for this post is Autism and assessment of social communication needs. The post holder needs to be experienced in assessing and working with children who have social communication needs and/or Autism. 

The successful candidates will  be  HCPC and RCSLT registered Speech and Language Therapist and have a driving licence and access to a vehicle which can be used for work. 

They will be proficient in their abilities to deliver high-quality, evidence-based practice, with a proven ability to provide leadership and support within an SLT service.

The service is  delivered via Telehealth ( telephone and video consultations) or in the child's setting; which may include; home, nursery or school.  

You will work alongside a team of SLTs, SLPs and SLTAs, with line management support from an SLT team leader. 

You will have a commitment to providing a high standard of patient-focused care and be a strong team player.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification.   To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site.  You will need to register if you do not already have an account

From 11 November 2021, everyone working in care homes has to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by law to protect residents.  As a provider of services to CQC registered care homes, we shall only employ you if you are fully vaccinated in roles that require you to work in a DCHS-led core unit  or care home setting (unless you are medically exempt).  Mandatory vaccination will be part of your terms and conditions of employment (unless an exemption applies)

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Recognised SLT Degree
  • HCPC registered
  • Registered member of RCSLT
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of relevant CEN
  • ADOS trained

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Relevant experience post reg
  • 3 years post qualification as an SLT
  • Experience of delivering training
  • In depth knowledge of appropriate assessment and therapeutic interventions for the role
  • Experience of supervising students and assistants
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in an Neurodevelopmental MDT

Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates good analystical and reflection skills
  • Good presentation skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to understand and apply capacity/demand issues in service area and prioritise caseload, explain rationale for decision making to others
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team player, providing mentorship, and second opinions.
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrates leadership skills as well as ability to be a good team member

Aptitude/personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to work as part of MDT
  • Adaptable to change
Desirable criteria
  • Enjoys problem solving and developing new ways of working

Additional requirement

Essential criteria
  • Driving license and access to a vehicle to be used at work
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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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People Resource Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital Peter McCarthy Suite
Whitecotes Lane
S40 3HW
07741 296 478
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