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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/10/2020.

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Job Reference: 425-A-20-45065

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum/pro rata


Senior Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Early Years Speech and Language Therapist – Complex needs and dysphagia

Maternity Leave Cover November 2020-October 2021.

4 sessions (15 hours a week) temporary contract

An opportunity has arisen to work with an early year’s community caseload with complex needs and dysphagia.

The post will be for 11 months at Band 7 to cover the current post holder while on maternity leave.

The successful candidate must have attended a RCSLT registered basic paediatric dysphagia course

The post is 0.4 wte and will include:

  • 2sessions community dysphagia (including time in clinic)
  • 2 sessions complex needs in the community

The successful candidate will have experience of working with children and families in a range of different settings including experience of working with children with a range of complex dysphagia and communication needs. They will be able to demonstrate excellent joint working skills and the ability to work flexibly and problem-solve at a high level.


The post holder will be clinically responsible to the Early Years Team Leader and the Clinical Lead for Dysphagia.


Applicants will be registered with the HPC and Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (UK). Due to the nature of the post, applicants must be car drivers and have access to their own vehicle.


Sheffield Speech & Language Therapy operates on a city wide basis. It is committed to providing a high quality service and offers excellent opportunities for development. All therapists are required to undertake supervision and a programme of continuous professional development, which forms part of the individual performance review system.


You will find a strong commitment to professional training and development, together with friendly peer group support.


For further information please call or email Bev Charles– Early Years Team Leader on 0114-2262335/2717617email or Jane Shaw Clinical Lead for Dysphagia 0114-2717452 email

All communication throughout the application process will be via e-mail therefore please check your e-mail account and NHS Jobs account regularly. References are also requested by email (where possible). Therefore, to speed up the recruitment process please provide an email address for all referees when completing your application form.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If a DBS check is required for the post you are applying for any offer of employment will be provisional on a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

In line with other NHS Organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber Region a successful candidate appointed into a post within this Trust will be required to pay the DBS check fee (£45). This is customarily payable over 4 months as a salary deduction once employed by the Trust. If you receive a conditional offer letter, complete your DBS application and later withdraw from the recruitment process, an invoice will be raised via the Trust's finance department to recoup the outlay.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in accordance with the Equal Opportunities policy is committed to treating all individuals equally irrespective of age, race, social background, gender, sexual preference, colour, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, marital status, religion or trade union membership.

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancies earlier than originally stated, if sufficient applications are received.

Please note that Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust do not reimburse any incurred interview expenses.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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