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Speech and Language Therapy Associate practitioner

Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Bands 2-4
Specialist areas:
Community, Hospital wards
Start Date:
University of Southampton
Job Ref:

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join and support our dynamic Acute paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) team in a new role as an SLT Assistant. We are looking for an enthusiastic and well-organised person, who relates well to children, to work under the supervision of Speech and Language Therapists

The role will involve carrying out speech, language and swallowing therapy programmes under the direction of trained Speech and Language Therapists, assisting during treatment sessions/groups, and supporting the SLT team with administrative tasks.

Training will be provided on the job and you will be supported to develop within the role through regular supervision and the successful post holder must be able to self-reflect in order to develop and maintain competency to practice through continuing professional development. You must be a good communicator and willing to work flexibly as part of a team. Practicality and the ability to solve problems on the spot would be an advantage.

There may be occasional need to support the SLT team working with adults.

You will be part the wider multidisciplinary team that includes Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Doctors

Our paediatric SLT team consists of 4 clinical specialists. They are part of a much larger adult SLT team of 20+ therapist who foster and support staff across a wide range of clinical areas, helping to provide excellent learning opportunities. The SLT team is managed jointly with the Dietetic service and we are based in lovely modern offices at the hospital

We are a department that is responsive, dynamic and flexible and we are always challenging ourselves and others to ensure we are meeting individual patient needs in the most efficient and evidence based way.

The whole Trust encourages innovation and quality improvements and all staff have the opportunity to be involved in projects, audits and clinical effectiveness schemes, so it is a really exciting and stimulating place to work.


The service is recognised as an essential part of the collaborative MDT working approach and environment that provides a quality and timely service to acute patients, at the acute and rehabilitation stages of their recovery pathway .

The successful candidates would be required to:

Complete daily patient data
Work closely with MDT colleagues in the planning and goal setting for individual patients- joint sessions
Liaise closely with relatives and carers and provide relevant support with an individual’s communication and swallowing function.
Deliver regular individual and group therapy sessions under the guidance of a therapist
Collect and act on patient and carer feedback
Contribute to audits and specific projects
Make materials to be used in therapy and IT-based resources, e.g. communication passports
Clean therapy equipment in accordance with Infection Control Policy
Assist in group work with children
Use electronic notes to write up therapy notes
Demonstrate therapy to MDT colleagues
Attend and participate in team meetings
Help organise and support SLT with planning and delivery of training sessions
An individual who:
Is passionate about working within acute patients and their families
Thrives in working in busy, dynamic and constantly changing environment.
Values and actively contributes to an MDT culture
Has a keen interest in communication and rehabilitation
Is passionate about helping those with disabilities to maximise their potential
Has excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
Works well in a team
Has excellent organisational skills.
Is dynamic and enthusiastic
Has a caring and understanding approach
Has excellent communication skills, and the ability to explain interventions or strategies patients and carers
Has empathy and the ability to gain the trust and confidence of children and carers
Has the ability to work under the supervision of the Speech and Language Therapist, as part of a team and also autonomously.

As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


Interviews will be held on Monday 24th August 2020


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we would really encourage you to get in touch and arrange to visit, so you can meet the MDT team and experience the dynamic environment and patient care first hand. Feel free to use the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
University of Southampton
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Contact: University of Southampton

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