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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Greater London
Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Specialist areas:
Education, Mainstream and special schools
Start Date:
The Together Trust
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The post holder will deliver Speech and Language Therapy services in order to support students’ educational progress under the guidance of the Speech and Language Therapy Team Lead.

The post holder will deliver intervention in line with current evidence based practice to support the speech, language and communication needs of students at Bridge College and other individuals accessing the service.

The post holder will work with students with learning disabilities, complex needs and Autism Spectrum Conditions, providing assessment, intervention and monitoring. In addition, the post holder will provide support to junior members of the SALT members and to the wider multi-disciplinary team within college.

They will work in close collaboration with parents and professionals within and outside the college. Safeguarding children and vulnerable people is a priority for all employees.


Bridge College educates a broad range of young people aged between 16-25 years with learning disabilities, physical difficulties and Autism Spectrum Conditions. Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Positive Behaviour Support are embedded into college life and the curriculum in order to facilitate students’ learning and progress.

The focus of intervention of the therapy teams is to upskill the wider staff team through high quality training and collaborative working in order to ensure that therapeutic strategies are embedded across the curriculum and throughout college.

The post holder will be expected to manage a caseload under the direction of the Speech and Language Therapy team Lead, and support in the development of the service in line with the College quality assurance processes, self-assessment and quality improvement plans.

The post holder will ensure clinical practice is up to date and based on agreed best clinical practice and evidence base. The post holder is expected to participate in relevant education/training opportunities, read and critically appraise research articles in professional journals and utilise audit and research in daily practice.

The post holder will establish/maintain internal and external networks in order to maintain good standards of practice, embrace new professional and clinical initiatives for the service and enhance job satisfaction. The post holder will also maintain personal CPD portfolio in order to meet HCPC and RCSLT registration requirements

The post holder will be required to liaise with families/carers and outside agencies on therapy related matters. This will aim to improve outcomes by promoting collaborative relationships with students, parents/carers and staff taking into account their needs, wishes and ideas and respecting their diversity.

The post holder will be based in Openshaw, at the College’s campus. However, as Bridge College also delivers outreach therapy services, the postholder may be required to travel within the region for this. There may be occasions where the post holder will work out of hours which may include evening and weekend working. Home visits may also be required.

As part of the Together Trust’s Education Services the post holder will be expected to work closely with professionals in other services and support the ethos of the Together Trust and Bridge College.
In respect of the general responsibilities as an employee of Together Trust, the post holder will be required to:

• Promote a positive image of the service and the Together Trust at all times
• Be aware of and follow the relevant policies and procedures
• Maintain confidentiality for all areas of the post
• Co-operate with all Together Trust staff in maintaining harmonious interpersonal relations
• Be committed to the Trust’s values of being positive, supportive, passionate and professional
• Perform any duties as may reasonably be required by the Together Trust, or as requested by the post holder’s line manager and other senior managers.



• To assume responsibility for the initial assessment of student's communication on application to college. To undertake specialised assessment utilising clinical observations and judgements, combined with specialist theoretical knowledge, taking a holistic perspective of the student’s needs.
• To communicate the SALT needs of the students and relevant support techniques in a concise and accessible manner, through clear communication guides and involvement in workshops and meetings around the students
• To manage a caseload of students including those with complex communication needs.
• To support the Speech and Language Team Lead in the process of developing service delivery models to meet students communication needs in college and prepare them for transition into adult services.
• To collaborate with the multidisciplinary team to ensure a holistic approach to target setting, intervention and evaluation.
• To provide advice to other therapists, colleagues and families and carers on the management of complex communication needs
• To demonstrate safe practice, continually assessing the frequency of changing levels of risk involved and adapting intervention appropriately.
• To support, demonstrate and advocate safe implementation of eating and drinking guidelines and practice.
• To assess for, trial and advise on specialist communication equipment and provide relevant training to staff and parents/carers.
• To work collaboratively with interpreters during assessment and ongoing intervention with families for whom English is an additional language


• To liaise with parents, families and carers, and advise on issues relating to communication skills.
• To identify training needs and provide relevant and researched training for other members of the staff team to ensure that the students have access to skilled communication partners throughout college.
• Ensure that whenever possible, students are meaningfully involved in their education, care and future decisions, by supporting their understanding and decision making.
• To communicate sensitive information in an understandable format to parents/carers, which may be unwelcome or difficult to accept, regarding expectations of communication or feeding and deterioration of abilities.
• To attend annual review meetings, strategy meetings and other meetings as required and produce associated reports
• To provide written reports and rationale to inform local authority funding applications and quality assure reports produced by SALT colleagues to ensure progress is clearly evidenced towards students long and medium term goals detailed in the EHCP.
• To identify and complete appropriate onward referrals to adult services for college leavers.


• To ensure that professional guidelines and Trust policies and procedures are followed and undertake appropriate risk assessment.
• To be responsible for the care, maintenance and organisation of SALT assessment and therapeutic materials and equipment.
• To participate in own clinical supervision according to Trust policy
• To participate in the evaluation of the service provided by the speech and language therapy team using relevant outcome measures and audit
• To contribute to college wide clinical governance forums to promote reflective practice and provision of a high quality service
• To be committed to maintaining own continuing professional development as required by the HCPC and RCSLT through attendance at courses and participation in relevant networks
• To actively seek out current research to keep up to date with current interventions/trends and ensure that input is rooted in evidence based practice
• To be accountable for own professional practice but recognise boundaries of own clinical competence and promptly seek advice, support and second opinion where necessary.


• To maintain accurate records in accordance with professional guidelines and use systems for collating and analysing data to evidence the impact of input
• To assist the Speech and Language Team Lead and Senior Leadership Team in achieving strategic aims of the college and Trust through assuming delegated tasks including participation in working groups.
• To lead in development of projects within clinical speciality, including evaluation and reporting on progress.
• To support the Speech and Language Team Lead in the development of outreach services including intervention and training to establish the college as a centre of excellence for learning disabilities and autism
• To liaise with external agencies to raise the profile of the college and increase the research profile

Staff supervision and development

• Maintain and update own CPD
• Be an active member of the in-service training programme and clinical governance agenda. Plan and deliver training, attend training, external conferences and Clinical Excellence Networks in order to further develop knowledge.
• Demonstrate knowledge that is underpinned by current evidence based practice, legislation, policies and procedures
• To provide high quality, regular supervision in line with Trust policies to Band 5 SALTs
• To ensure effective deployment of SALT team to ensure maximum opportunities to develop communication skills and experience safe and enjoyable mealtimes

Service development

• Support the SALT Team Lead in developing outreach and commercial services
• Support the SALT Team Lead in developing procedural and protocol documents
• Participate in quality assurance processes of college and Trust and support the SALT Team Lead to develop the service accordingly.

This job description reflects the current requirements of the post. As duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and amended subject to consultation with the post holder

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
The Together Trust
Tel: 0161 283 4828
Contact: The Together Trust

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