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NHS AfC: Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Bury Living Well Centre
£25,147 - £27,596 per annum
Salary period
03/10/2023 23:59

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Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust logo

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

NHS AfC: Band 4

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) brings together staff and services from the former Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The sheer size, scale and potential of our combined service is huge. Together, we’ve a wealth of skills and resources to share and tap into and, a wide range of career paths for you to develop and explore. If you want to join a team of around 20,000 NHS experts in delivering high-quality, local care across Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale and beyond – come and take your place with us. 

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our highly supportive, friendly, and forward- thinking Speech and Language Therapy team, as an assistant in our targeted service pathway.

We are seeking a full-time assistant eager to develop skills working holistically with a varied paediatric caseload within schools, nurseries and clinics across Bury.  

You will work as part of the paediatric speech and language therapy  team to support assessment and interventions for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs

As an assistant  you will be supporting the team in ensuring that our service users’ speech, language and communication needs are met through the delivery of high-quality person-centred care.

You will be provided with robust supervision and personal development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

Support registered professionals in the assessment of speech, language and communication needs, and delivery of interventions, ensuring high standards of patient care

Be responsible for managing their own caseload, following agreed pathways of treatment

Undertake a range of delegated tasks both clinical and non-clinical 

Undertake and interpret findings from a basic communication screen

Create and deliver session plans within a framework set out by the SLT

Maintain appropriate communication with clients, carers, families and professional colleagues 

Assist in the provision of support and guidance to clients, families and carers and education team

Maintain accurate, clear, concise and contemporaneous records as per trust policy and communicate information to members of the team as necessary

Participate in the evaluation of service provision through clinical audit, outcome measures, performance indicators and review of patient experience information

Participate in the training of under-graduate speech and language therapy students and other students

Working for our organisation

Bury Care Organisation is part of the Northern Care Alliance, one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. Rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, our Fairfield site delivers innovative patient-centred care, and boasts an award-winning Stroke centre and Heart Care unit. Supported by our community services in Bury, a mix of professionals from health, social and voluntary sectors, Bury exemplifies the benefits of a joined-up approach to health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:

In line with the Trust’s Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, marital status, social back ground or trade union membership.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Good general education to GCSE level or equivalent with relevant clinical experie
Desirable criteria
  • NVQ Level 3 or equivalent with relevant clinical experience
  • Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care

knowledge skills and experience

Essential criteria
  • Minimum 1 year experience as a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant OR minimum 2.5 years’ experience in health, therapeutic, rehabilitation and / or social care setting.
  • Previous experience of support work with children and / or young people with speech, language and communication needs
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages and abilities.
  • Demonstrates evidence based clinical knowledge and clinical skills
  • IT skills
  • Be an effective team member who is able to relate to colleagues at all levels of the Trust with tact and diplomacy
  • Effective organisational and time management skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy, to motivate and enable and to be sensitive to diverse individual needs.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and work without direct supervision
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently on own initiative.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing needs of clients, team and service
  • Ability to work safely and reliably in all settings
  • Ability to carry out treatment programmes and follow senior staff/ therapist instructions
  • Knowledge of the importance of confidentiality
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of the diverse Bury population
  • Ability to work with both individuals and groups
  • Ability to evaluate and reflect upon own performance.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kirsten Brooks
Job title
Paediatric SALT Team Lead
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
Additional information

Sarah Hamilton

Speech and Language Therapy assistant

07894 708 985 (tues to thurs)

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