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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Speech and Language Therapy
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: Salary: £41,250 to £45,320 (depending on experience)

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You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and compassionate Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our supportive SLT team at St Andrew’s Healthcare.

We are committed to improving the quality and experience of patients in our care. We are looking for a Highly Specialist SLT who has the knowledge and experience of working in mental health and is passionate about advocating for patients with complex mental health and communications needs.

The SLT service at St Andrew’s Healthcare is a centralised team, responsible for supporting some of the most vulnerable people with their communication and dysphagia needs. Our experienced SLT team provide triage, assessment and interventions for communication and dysphagia across a number of specialties including women’s and men’s Mental Health, Neuropsychiatry (e.g. Huntington’s Disease, Dementia, Acquired Brain Injury), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability and CAMHS.

Successful candidates will provide highly specialist evidence-based communication and dysphagia input to meet the needs of a complex patient group and support the multidisciplinary approach to holistic, patient centred care and recovery within a specialty field.

Our vision is to be at the forefront of specialist SLT provisions working within Mental Health. The successful candidate will be passionate and innovative, and will lead on ongoing service development projects to help us achieve this goal.

What you can expect from us:

  • Timely access to AHP/ professional leadership.
  • Access to experienced members of the SLT team.
  • Monthly SLT (service management/ professional development) meeting.
  • Protected continuing personal and professional development time.
  • An opportunity to work with a dynamic, forward-thinking therapy team.
  • Enrolment onto internal leadership and development programme (if required)

What we are looking for in you:


  • BSc Speech and Language degree, or equivalent 
  • HCPC registered and RCSLT membership 
  • Recognised UK RCSLT dysphagia training or evidence of RCSLT competency sign off to at least Level C.


  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in mental health, forensic or secure services, including at least 1 year at a specialist SLT level within relevant specialist areas (e.g. CAMHs, LD, ASD, Neuropsychiatry, Mental Health).
  • Minimum of 2 year experience of independently managing a dysphagia caseload, including evidence of complex dysphagia management.
  • Demonstrates well established knowledge of assessment and intervention relevant to specialist client groups, underpinned by theory and practical experience.

Knowledge and skills

  • Specialist clinical knowledge in one or more of the relevant clinical groups, such as learning disabilities, autism, mental health, neuropsychiatry and CAMHs.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act, including experience of independently leading on capacity assessments and best interest decisions.

Personal attributes

  • Evidence of personal resilience and aptitude for dealing with challenging, potentially distressing and highly emotional clinical work in a secure setting.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to meet the demands of an unpredictable workload. 
  • An Enhanced DBS Check will be required for this role.
  • Ability to undertake mandatory relevant training, including Safety Intervention Training.

St Andrew’s Rewards

  • Competitive annual leave and salary
  • Car lease scheme
  • Free parking
  • Flexible hours
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Healthcare Discounts
  • Career development
  • Blue light card
  • Training and Development
  • Great pension scheme
  • Relocation package

For further details, please contact:

If you would like to know more, we warmly welcome and strongly encourage an informal discussion with one of our team;

Kim Ferrari, Highly Specialist SLT, or 01604 616448

Jacqueline Spooner, Highly Specialist SLT, or 01604 616443