Clinical Team Lead/ Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist 34 views

The Speech and Swallowing Team is a community team that works closely alongside a range of professionals to deliver a patient centred service to adults with communication and/or swallowing needs. We work with adults city-wide across Leeds in a variety of settings according to patient need.

We now have a unique opportunity to re-shape the growing Speech and Swallowing Team to better meet the needs of our population. A new band 7 clinical team lead post and extended clinical B7 time has been created and will be key in this exciting development. We have an open and supportive team ethos which we have nurtured in these challenging times, and we are ready to move forward with an expanded team.

The successful candidate(s) will manage a caseload of complex clinical cases as well as supporting the team in their own development as clinicians. You will have responsibility for ensuring that the Speech and Swallowing Team service is safe, effective and evidence- based. You will lead the team in developing pathways of care and be creative in meeting the clinical opportunities involved in interfacing with other health and social care teams in Leeds to best meet the needs of our patients.

Excellent professional links exist with Speech and Language Therapy colleagues within Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, ensuring a wealth of opportunities for clinical and professional development. Patient Public Involvement is integral to our service development and has helped to create a culture of continuous improvement. Leeds Community Healthcare has a strong commitment in continuing professional development, structured through clinical supervision, appraisal and personal development planning.

This is a full time position but we welcome applications from people who would like to work part time or job share and will look to support flexible working where possible.

We are looking for someone with at least 5 years clinical experience in managing communication and dysphagia needs in adult community settings. You should have an understanding and enthusiasm for community work, Leeds Community Healthcare values and our team ethos. Additionally, you should have experience of supervising or mentoring other clinicians, and a drive to enable continuous professional development and service improvement.


If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

We are also looking for applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

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