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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/10/2021.

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Job Reference: 158-21-291-AHP

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Speech and language Therapy
£20,330 - £21,777 per annum pro rata


Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Band 3 0.5 WTE

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s leading providers of non-surgical cancer treatment, caring for a population of 2.4 million people across Cheshire & Merseyside, North Wales, the Isle of Man and parts of Lancashire.

Our flagship specialist cancer hospital in Liverpool opened in June 2020, supported by our hospital on the Clatterbridge Health Park in Wirral providing outpatient cancer treatment and supportive care, and our radiotherapy treatment centre on the Aintree Hospital site.

Together, working across three sites and operating specialist chemotherapy clinics in four of Merseyside’s district hospitals, we are able to deliver a comprehensive range of inpatient care, advanced radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other systemic anti-cancer therapies including gene therapies and immunotherapies. We also deliver a pioneering Treatment at Home and Work service; are the only facility in the UK providing low-energy proton beam therapy to treat rare eye cancers and host the region’s Teenage and Young Adult Unit, (supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust).

Working with leading experts from The University of Liverpool and the Cancer Research UK Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit we strive to stay at the forefront of novel treatments and techniques to deliver more effective and personalised treatments than ever before.

The SLT service at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is a small regional specialist service currently based at CCC Liverpool, Wirral and Community services in Halton and St. Helens.

While the majority of the caseload is centred around patients with head and neck cancer receiving treatment, radiotherapy, chemoradiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, we accept referrals for any patient requiring assessment and management of their swallow and

communication needs as a result of an oncology diagnosis or treatment, particularly neuro oncology and lung cancers.

We see patients on the acute wards and in the out patient setting here at CCC, as well as in community settings in Halton & St Helens.

This exciting post is an extension of service to deliver SLT services to patients with head and neck cancer in their local community. This new model means we are can offer an opportunity to a SLT Assistant who wants to join our team and develop specialist skills in working with patients

with head and neck cancer and participate in developing service from diagnosis to survivorship.

You will need to be flexible to work in a full range of locations, including:

CCCLiverpool, (acute wards and out patients) CCCWirral and Halton and St Helens community/domiciliary settings.

You will work with the whole SLT team as we will all work together to develop and deliver this integrated SLT service.

You will need to:

> Have an interest in developing knowledge and skills in working with patients with dysphagia and communication difficulties.

> Have excellent team working skills.

> Be able to work independently and flexibly.

> Be able to work within jointly with other AHP teams.

> Have some experience either personally or professionally with oncology patients.

> Have a keen interest in participating in research.

The SLT team will offer close support and development as well as in service and external training as required. We work closely with SLT colleagues across Cheshire and Merseyside and especially our SLT colleagues in Aintree.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We take an active responsibility for ensuring systems, policies and processes are in place to safeguard children, young people and adults. We support the national and local safeguarding agenda, including local arrangements for the protection of children young person and adults at risk.

This job is unlikely to attract a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a work permit). Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK may not be considered if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates. To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker before recruiting an individual overseas.


For further details / informal visits contact:

NameCatriona FlemingJob titlePrincipal SLTEmail addresscatriona.fleming@nhs.netTelephone number01515565791

Please note, we reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified closing date, should we receive an overwhelming response of applications. We therefore encourage applicants to apply early if you wish to be considered for this post.

If you are successful you will be invited for an interview via email. Please ensure you regularly check your emails following your application and let us know if you have any problems. If you would prefer for us to communicate with you in a different way contact the Recruitment Team on 0151 556 5000 (main reception).

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to apply for this position and participate in our recruitment process please contact the Recruitment Team at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post.

The Trust is committed to promoting a flexible working environment supporting equality and diversity and the health and wellbeing of all our employees. The Trust aims for a workforce demography representative of the community we serve.

The Trust is proud to be a ‘smoke-free’ NHS employer. Applicants should be aware that that if successful in gaining employment with the Trust adherence to the Smoking Policy is contractual and staff are not permitted to smoke either during working hours or when recognisable as an employee.

The Trust is committed to providing high standards of both patient and staff experience. To support us in doing this the Trust, in partnership with Trade Unions has developed and embedded key values and behaviours that all staff are required to demonstrate throughout their employment. The Trust's values and behaviours support the Trust Vision 'to provide the best cancer care to the people we serve' and our Mission 'to improve health and wellbeing through compassionate, safe and effective cancer care'.

New entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the first point of the relevant payband.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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