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Specialist Community Speech and Language Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Speech and Language
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Bedford Hospital Kempston Road Bedford M42 9DJ
£30,401 to £37,267 pa
25/08/2019 23:59

Bedfordshire Community Health Services are provided in partnership by East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) NHS Trust.

This role is for an ELFT position within Bedfordshire Community Health Services.

ELFT is making a positive difference to thousands of people's lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients. This Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover.

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.

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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for adult clients, Bedfordshire Community Health Service (This is a full time post but we will consider part/time and job share)

We are looking for a SLT who is competent to work alone in most areas but with the support of the friendly community SLT team. The post includes 2 days of outpatients with three days of domiciliary visits including care homes.

The successful candidate would be excited by diversity, and relish the opportunity to work with patients with long term conditions, dementia and general outpatients. This would include opportunities to develop skills in voice banking, Alternative and Augmentative Communication and LOUD therapy.

Candidates for this job will require at least "specialist" level dysphagia skills on the RCSLT eating, drinking and swallowing competency framework.

Bedfordshire Community Services covers North, mid and South Bedfordshire but excludes Luton. It covers 477 square miles and has additional boundaries with Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The SLT service also includes the acute SLT service at Bedford Hospital and prides itself on providing tight liaison between the two.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Seema Khan, telephone 01234 792275, email