specialist speech and language therapist – Chesterfield, Derbyshire

specialist speech and language therapist

Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield, Derbyshire


Job overview

An opportunity has arisen for an existing staff member to develop their skills working with children with complex communication difficulties including autism.

This is a fixed term post for 6 months with the possibility of the post being extended after this time. The successful applicant will work alongside the specialist autism team to develop their skills in this area. This post is one session per week at Band 6.

Main duties of the job

 To provide specialist speech and language therapy (SLT) provision for children, functioning as a member of the SLT team, within a range of clinical settings.
 To take responsibility for the SLT provision in a specified locality, organising the caseload and delegating to others as appropriate to ensure an effective and equitable use of resources
 To undertake home, nursery and school visits, as appropriate.
 To liaise with colleagues and other professionals within the multi-disciplinary team.
 To present a professional image and to promote a positive image of the Trust to service users, carers and the community as a whole.

Working for our organisation

Our vision: Exceptional patient care provided by exceptional people.
Our mission: To bring our people communities and partners together – providing patient care we can all be proud of.,
We all play a part in achieving this, by living up to the values we promise to our patients and each other. As members
of staff we will always be guided by our Proud to CARE values:
 COMPASSION – treating everyone with kindness – welcoming diversity and inclusion, considering individual needs; and
challenging inappropriate behaviours outside of our values
 AMBITION – Aspiring to be the best – reaching high standards, providing exceptional care and services; and achieving
measurable improvements in people’s health and wellbeing
 RESPECT – Valuing and appreciating everyone – listening, learning and acting on their experiences, being open and
honest; and recognising that working with others brings benefits
 ENCOURAGEMENT– Opportunities for all – supporting education and development, helping people to bring their
improvement ideas to life and speak-up; and getting everyone involved in our future 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To manage a wide ranging caseload and its clinical priorities as part of the SLT team, taking responsibility for defined localities.

 To provide specialist speech and language therapy to children with speech, language and communication difficulties and complex needs, using clinical reasoning to manage a complex and specialist caseload independently and prioritising the needs of the caseload in an equitable way, using evidence based approaches as appropriate.

Compassion, Ambition, Respect, Encouragement

 To use observational and analytical skills and standardised assessments; and provide specialist and in-depth assessment and diagnostic services to these children; to contribute to and to communicate this information effectively to others, including professional colleagues, parents and
carers; and to demonstrate highly developed auditory and perceptual skills.

 To triage new referrals to the service under the supervision of the Team Lead

 To work as part of the multi-disciplinary/agency teams supporting the children, negotiating rolesand responsibilities on a case-by-case basis.

 To plan, provide and monitor therapy targets to meet the child’s changing individual needs. This includes preparation of personalised materials.

Person specification

Qualifications and training

Essential criteria
  • Recognised vocational degree in speech and language therapy  HCPC registration  Post-qualification training: relevant short courses

Desirable criteria
  • RCSLT membership


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of work with children with a range of communication difficulties in a variety of community settings  Evidence of working as part of a team  Experience of caseload administration & prioritisation

skills and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Specialist assessment and treatment techniques relevant to the caseload  Ability to develop SLT programmes  Knowledge of statutory special needs policies and procedures  Ability to support other staff Ability to deliver training

personal attributes

Essential criteria
  • Car driver*  Excellent organisational and time management skills  Evidence of reflective practise  IT skills

Flexible Working

If you're looking for flexible or predictable working arrangements, please speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate this. If it works for our service and patients, we will do our best to make it work for you.

COVID19 Vaccination

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to ensuring the safety of all our staff and patients therefore encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated against COVID19 as this remains the best line of defence against the virus.

UK Points-based immigration system

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.  Please note that from 1 January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route.  Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here Work in the UK – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form.  Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years.  Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, you may be  eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead, which is cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge.


Communications throughout the application process will be via e-mail therefore please check your e-mail account and Trac 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.

If you require any support in completing the application form, please do not hesitate to contact the HR Support Services team on 01246 513177 and we will be happy to provide assistance.

Please see the attached documents and links in relation to working for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In particular, the general conditions of employment and benefits of working for the trust.

This role is part of the integrated health and social care community across Derbyshire, where there are many opportunities to work across different locations and providers developing new and different skills. Whilst this role is initially based in Chesterfield there may be future opportunities to be based at different locations within the health and social care community which we may talk to you about in the future.