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Advanced Speech and Language Therapist

North East England
Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 7
Specialist areas:
Community, Hospital wards
Start Date:
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

As an Organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances, and are particularly keen to receive applications from:

people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
disabled people whether their impairments are physical, sensory, cognitive or hidden.
those who have lost their employment during this pandemic or who have been out of work for a period.
We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

The Speech and Language Therapy Service in Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is continuing to develop and grow to meet the needs of our patients and local communities. We are looking for committed and passionate individuals with different levels of qualifications and clinical knowledge and experience to join our team. Our current vacancies include: Assistant Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists, Specialist Speech and Language Therapists and Advanced Speech and Language Therapists.

You will join a large, dynamic team of Speech and Language Therapy colleagues in established, multi-disciplinary teams who are committed to providing the best quality service to our patients. We actively encourage professional development and provide opportunities for all in the Speech and Language Therapy team to contribute to the development of the service.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Autism Inpatient Service for a full time, permanent, Band 7 Advanced Speech and Language Therapist. You must be an experienced and dedicated individual, who is able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop the delivery of the Speech and Language Therapy within the autism inpatient service. You will have experience of working; with adults with autism, in an inpatient setting, within an MDT and in a leadership/supervisory role.

Mitford Unit is an autism inpatient service for adults who are on the autism spectrum, who have extremely complex needs and display challenging behaviours to the extent that their needs cannot be met by local assessment and treatment services. The service also provides diversion for individuals who have been inappropriately placed within secure services.

The base for this post will be the Mitford Unit, which is located on the Northgate Hospital site in Morpeth, Northumberland.

The service’s clinical model is based on a time limited model incorporating detailed pre- and post-admission assessment, evaluation and treatment of needs, specification of community provision and detailed discharge planning. The time scales are constructed to ensure that momentum to return individuals to their home community is not lost and that lengthy hospital stays are avoided.

Mitford has been specifically designed to allow for highly individual environmental adaptations to reduce anxiety and positively impact on challenging behaviours.

The post holder will need to be confident in providing high quality, evidence based assessments and interventions and have an understanding and experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties in complex environments.

The post holder will possess excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work independently. There will be a requirement to share knowledge and skills specific to communication to other members of the team including stakeholders.

Regular support and supervision will be available and professional supervision will be provided by a Speech and Language Therapist. The post holder will be expected to actively engage in the supervision and the continuing professional development process. There may be some travelling involved as part of this post.

You can find more information on the Mitford unit by visiting our CNTW website, clicking resources and search under the letter 'M' for Mitford Video Walkthrough (page 5).

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
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Contact: Shelley Miller

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