Clinical Support - Assistant practitioner in Speech and Language Therapy

  • Department Therapy Community Assistants (RSH)
  • Salary £22,549.00 – £24,882 per annum
  • Closing Date 27/01/2022
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 4
  • Job ref 223-SLT-1054
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Part time - 28.87 hours per week (To be worked over four days)

Job overview

Why not make a life changing move for 2022 and come and work in the beautiful county of Shropshire?  We are ideally placed within the West Midlands to be within easy reach of both Manchester and Birmingham to which there are excellent transport links.

We require a dynamic and innovative Assistant Practitioner to work within our friendly Community Speech and Language Therapy team.  You will have experience of working within community health settings and with Speech and Language therapists. 

This assistant practitioner post is based at the William Farr site in Shrewsbury within the therapies department but will work across the county in a variety of settings to include community hospital wards, care homes and patient's own homes.  There may also be the opportunity to hold clinics in person or via telehealth.

The successful applicant will  work in support of and alongside our team of friendly an experienced Speech and language Therapists. autonomous practitioner, independent in advanced dysphagia with experience in assessing and treating dysphagia and communication disorders (including a knowledge of AAC) in spinal cord injury.  Experience of working with patients with tracheostomy, voice disorders and neurology is also essential. 

The post will also focus on leadership skills including supporting the delivery of our professional objectives, in partnership with other clinical leads within the team.


Main duties of the job

  • To assess and implement treatment programmes for delegated patients in the Community Speech and language Therapy department.
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload with access to and support from senior professional staff as part of a comprehensive process of patient assessment and management
  • To work as a member of the Community SLT therapy team, providing a high standard service to Communication impaired and swallow disordered patients in community and outpatient settings.
  • Performs assessment of delegated patients with simple presentations of physical and psychological conditions. In partnership with the patient, identifies needs, formulates objectives and provides and delivers an individual treatment programme.
  • Prioritises own work with access to supervision of professional staff in the Community therapy department, including a range of community settings to include, community hospitals, care homes, outpatient clinics and patient’s own homes. Clinical work is routinely evaluated
  • May provide day to day supervision and delegation of tasks to therapy assistants within team and to students.
  • Takes decisions to progress interventions according to level of competency and training within agreed protocols if required. Has the freedom to discharge patients without referring back to professional staff.
  • Responsible for assessing and ordering appropriate specialised equipment for patients, including demonstration and safe issue of this equipment.


Working for our organisation

As a team we provide structured line management and peer support, working closely together with regular team meetings, clinical supervision, and opportunities for continuing professional development.

Strong links are held with the wider community SLT team across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, as well as our SLT colleagues in other trusts in the county, coming together annually for our Professional Group Meeting.

Our department has a clear training and development plan for individuals in their role, as well as their role in supporting clinicians across the wider SLT team.

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require any individuals employed by the NHS where their role involves patient contact, to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022.  To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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