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 for a full time, fixed term (10 months), Band 7 Advanced Speech and Language Therapist.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual, who is keen to develop their skills, to join the Speech and Language Therapy service as an Advanced Speech and Language Therapist. This post will work with adults with learning disabilities in the community.

This post will be based at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland and provide Speech and Language Therapy to adults within the Learning Disabilities Community Treatment Team.

This service provides assessment, intervention and an MDT approach/care co-ordination services to adults who have a learning disability, challenging behaviour and/or mental health needs and require specialist Speech & Language Therapy input for communication and/or dysphagia needs.

The successful candidate will have a particular interest and enthusiasm to work in this area. You should have qualifications and experience relevant in this clinical field and work well as part of a close team and be able to work independently. You will liaise closely with fellow professionals to address communication and eating/drinking difficulties as part of a holistic, service user centred service and be confident in providing high quality, evidence based assessments and interventions and possess excellent communication and organisational skills as well as have the ability to work independently.

You will contribute to, write and review care plans and provide high quality service user centred care. You will have a varied caseload, working in day centres and clients’ homes with opportunities to contribute to a range of wider projects within the community setting. You will work closely with the Clinical Lead for the team and will provide clinical supervision, support and leadership for other members of the team as designated.

You will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to contribute to the existing multi-disciplinary team. A qualification in dysphagia is desirable, but not essential as support will be given for dysphagia training as required.

Robust supervision arrangements and appraisal will facilitate opportunities for continuing professional development to develop your skills and knowledge.

You will be required to travel to other sites across the Trust as part of the role.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Katie Dooley, Hub and Clinical Lead for Speech and Language Therapy on 0191 4780650 or 07976 239407


Katie Lovell, Advanced Speech and Language Therapist for Sunderland LD Team on 0191 5665633 or 07989 446485