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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/02/2020.

Speech and Language Therapist

Job Reference: 371-CYP374-B

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
CYPIT West Berkshire
CYPIT West Berkshire, Reading
£31,921 to £39,029 per annum (incl of HCAS)

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.

About you:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for you to join our team as a band 6 Speech and Language Therapist within the integrated Children and Young Person and Families service ; supporting our provision to Children and Families in the Early Years.

If you are an enthusiastic and experienced speech and language therapist, with a passion for supporting children, young people and their families then we want to hear from you.

For this role you will need to have clinical experience in this area. You will have excellent communication and people skills, an understanding of the diverse needs of children and young people, and strong clinical skills in this phase of life. You will have experience of working with families from a wide variety of backgrounds and previous experience of supporting children and young people in the early years is essential. In line with our commitment to impact based working you will need to demonstrate that you are committed to putting the interest of the child at the heart of your actions. You will be expected to act as an ambassador for our service and be calm and confident dealing with challenging situations, and collaborate across a multi-disciplinary team communicating with various parties to ensure that we deliver a seamless service. As part of this role you will be an inspirational and self-motivated member of our team, enthusiastic to share your knowledge when managing and mentoring more junior team members and non-professional staff.

There may be opportunities to develop these management and mentoring skills, as well as the opportunity to supervise students from the University of Reading.

This is a community based post which will require you to work flexibly across the West Berkshire locality and would have a base in our Reading centre.

Alongside your colleagues you will be responsible for providing clinical support to the CYPIT pre-school speech and language therapy service in the community, including running drop in clinics across the Wokingham and Reading area.

You will carry a caseload in Early Years’ service and will have the opportunity to work with our partners in the local authority as well as develop working relationships with our Health Visitor colleagues.

We use an impact-based approach to service planning and provide universal, targeted and specialist levels of support.

What’s special about this opportunity?

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Speech and Language Therapy team in the early years’ service in the West of Berkshire, being based in the Reading and Wokingham area. We value our employees and put people first. We will provide you with an excellent working environment that has just been recognised with a ‘Good’ rating overall, and as an ‘Outstanding’, well-led, organisation in our latest CQC inspection, which found that: ‘Managers across Berkshire Healthcare promoted a positive culture that supported and valued staff, creating a sense of common purpose based on shared values.’

Our Children and Young People’s Integrated Therapies (CYPIT) service supports children and young people from birth to 19 years of age across Berkshire, providing compassionate and structured care that is shaped to the unique needs of individuals and their families.

The leadership and management teams within Children’s services have recently undergone some changes; moving towards a new structure based around the phases of life.

Working in a passionate team, you will have access to our Trust-wide Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth with opportunities to undertake in-service training, attend external courses and join clinical interest and peer review groups to help you to build your Continuing Professional Development portfolio, enabling you to extend your skills and ensure that you excel.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can provide you with a dynamic, people-centred environment, where you will be empowered to support children, young people and their families, nurturing their development and helping them to achieve their goals.

We are pioneers in compassionate leadership and Quality Improvement, which is about creating a culture where everyone has a voice and where service users and staff collaborate to have a direct impact on the things that matter most.

What’s next?

If you share our passion for working with children and young people and have the dedication to excel, we’d love to hear from you.

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call Miriam Gulliford on 07876846431 or email:

In addition to a competitive salary, as a valued member of our team, you will receive generous annual leave, have access to our salary car scheme, support with childcare and as a respected member of the NHS, discounts from high street retailers and restaurants.

We’d love to welcome you to our enthusiastic team, who want to help you to make your career reflect your ambitions.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Miriam Gulliford on 07876846431 or email:

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

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The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the health of its staff, patients and the wider community by providing a smoke free environment. A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s sites.

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.


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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