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Assistant Therapy Practitioner Speech & Language Therapy

Job Reference: 367-LD&F-HPFT1969

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Speech and Language Therapy
Community, Stevenage
£19,409 - £22,683 per annum

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire which you can find in the 'Further Links' section of this advert. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form (If you are experiencing problems please call 01707 253878).

The Role

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is committed to providing excellent health and social care with the vision to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country. HPFT is a thriving and growing organisation; now providing specialist learning disability services in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Norfolk.

The Trust has an outstanding track record of service delivery and quality and is currently rated 'good' by the Care Quality Commission.

Key goals for the Trust include being the provider of choice; delivering high quality integrated health services in collaboration with local people, and to improve overall health and well-being. To deliver this the Trust is committed to employing the best workforce, recruiting individuals with the ability to provide care at the cutting edge of innovative practice. HPFT has a formal affiliation with The University of Hertfordshire and has excellent development and training programmes. HPFT is ranked in the top 20% of Trusts in the UK and a strongly embedded learning culture supports and facilitates staff to develop their potential and progress in their careers.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Therapy Practitioner to join the Speech & Language Therapy team within the Community Assessment and Treatment Team based across East and North Hertfordshire.

The successful candidate will work as an influential and integral member of a diverse multi-disciplinary team and will directly support the work of the Speech and Language Therapy Team.

You will be motivated to develop your skills working with adults with learning disabilities, who may have additional and mental health problems and/or challenging behaviour. You will be able to demonstrate an interest in working with this client group from your previous experiences. You will have good communication and organisational skills and be enthusiastic about working as part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team.

The successful candidate will be able to show understanding of the communication and dysphagia needs of adults with learning disabilities and a willingness to undertake further training in these areas.

You will receive regular supervision and support from the members of the Speech and Language Therapy team and will be actively encouraged to participate in continuing development.

Key job roles:
To work with service users who present with communication and/or dysphagia difficulties as guided by a registered Speech and Language Therapist.

To provide support, education and training to clients, carers and members of the multidisciplinary team regarding communication and dysphagia needs.

To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team and be able to work flexibly across a wide variety of settings within the service.

To promote the specialist services provided by HPFT to improve the health and well-being of adults with learning disabilities.

Essential Criteria:
Technical /teaching qualification e.g. City & Guilds or Health & Social Care NVQ level 3 and experience /training as a Mental Health Worker.

Knowledge of Speech and Language Therapy techniques and/or activities relevant to client group, acquired through training and experience.

A desire to work with adults with learning disabilities, evidenced by previous experiences.

Car driver essential, or access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Clare Dwyer, Acting Speech & Language Therapy Professional Lead on 07867657697 or via email on or
Nicky Ash, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist on 07775033529 or via email on

About us

Work for an NHS trust that’s been rated as Good’ by the CQC. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a successful provider of mental health and learning disability services with ambitions to be the leading provider in the country. We are already delivering services as far afield as Norfolk and North Essex as well as for the population of Hertfordshire. We are a Values Based organisation and our aim is to ensure that we deliver an experience that is consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional, because these are the Values that our service users, carers and staff told us meant the most to them. We are currently embarking on a major transformation programme that will change the way that we deliver our services. We are also delighted to be named in the top 100 list of the best places to work in the health service in 2014, which is due to the national staff survey results as well as our range of engagement activities, the diversity of our staff, support for employees with a disability or those who have suffered mental ill health themselves, and our training and development programmes.

Additional Information

HPFT is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community including users of mental health services.

The Trust is committed to helping staff balance work and home life and welcomes applications from candidates wishing to work part-time or under flexible working arrangements.


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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