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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/11/2020.

Senior Speech and Language Therapist - Development Post

Job Reference: 449-AS0805

Solent NHS Trust
Adult Services
£24,907 - £30, 615 p.a. rising to £31,365 (Band 6)

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

Speech & Language Therapist B6, or B5 developmental post.

An exciting opportunity has arisen as a result of additional funding to the Adult Community Speech & Language Therapy service in Southampton. This post is one of several new developments that will be pivotal in enhancing patient care. This post will offer the right candidate a role in improving the responsivity of the service and the overall experience of service users within the outpatient community.

You may be a newly qualified Speech & Language Therapist, or an existing Band 5 looking for an opportunity to progress your career by gaining experience in community-based neurological rehabilitation and service development. If so, we can offer the support to fast track your development to Band 6, once you have met the appropriate competencies and ideally within 6-9 months (or once you have completed the competencies).

Equally you may be a Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist wanting to gain further experience in a community setting.

You will be based at the Western Community Hospital, on the outskirts of Southampton City centre. Your role will be to provide rehabilitation to clients with a range of neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, CVA, MND and MS). Rehabilitation will be carried out in a range of settings (e.g outpatient clinics, video consultations, domiciliary visits) and you will be working with other members of the MDT (e.g. urgent response service, PD Nurse Specialists, Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team, etc). You will work within a team of experienced Speech and Language Therapists to provide rehabilitation and there will be opportunities for skill development, both formally and informally.

The successful post holder will maintain close links with the wider Community SLT service. Clinical supervision is offered in either 1:1 or group settings on a monthly basis and opportunities for informal ad hoc supervision will also be available. Peer support will also be provided. The post holder must have an enthusiasm for learning, development and improving patient care.

The services are part of the Solent Neurological Rehabilitation Services and you will be supported by the Team leaders as well as Speech & Language Therapy colleagues. Car driver and access to a car is essential.

For further details/queries please contact, Sheena Nineham or Natalie Windebank, Email: or alternatively please feel free to contact us by telephone Tel No: 0300 123 3948, for an informal chat about the role and your professional development in the this role.

Please see the job descriptions for the Band 5 and Band 6 in the supporting information documents.

Note about shortlisting/interviews:

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated restrictions in place, we are currently unable to schedule interviews as we normally would. Therefore interviews will be held virtually until further notice. Please be assured that we will be in touch with details of the arrangements. We will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum but shortlisting may take longer than usual, dependant on staff availability.Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff) - pro rata for part time
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers
  • Opportunity to purchase a public transport annual season ticket - 11 month repayment period

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

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

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