Advanced Speech and Language Therapist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

Manchester Local Care Organisation has recently secured investment into community stroke and neurology services, and this gives us the ability to develop a multidisciplinary team of dedicated and skilled rehabilitation professionals.

This is a unique opportunity for you to be involved in developing and shaping a new service focused on delivering quality care to people with stroke and neurological conditions in Manchester.

We are looking for dynamic and motivated staff to work with us to achieve our vision of Manchester being a forerunner in the provision of community neurological rehabilitation.

The services will be locality based.

We have a strong framework of supervision and professional leadership and access to a wide range of training and development opportunities.

This post offers an exciting opportunity for a highly experienced Speech and Language therapist to consolidate their community neurological rehabilitation skills within a well-established MDT which offers community stroke and neurological rehabilitation pathways. We provide services in client's homes and other community settings

Main duties of the job

  • To be the lead Advanced Speech and Language Therapy specialist in the MDT community neurorehabilitation service, providing highly specialized assessment, management, and advice
  • Act as an autonomous practitioner with highly specialist knowledge, skills, and experience in the management of an adult caseload with a varying degree of complexity.
  • Take a lead role in the planning, development and delivery of speech and language therapy input into the Community Neuro Rehabilitation service.
  • Support team members to deliver on their objectives through offering advice, guidance and support as appropriate with the focus being on delivering a high quality and efficient service.
  • Project lead in the community neuro-rehabilitation service to ensure delivery of a high quality, evidence-based Speech and Language Therapy service, including dysphagia and communication disorders.
  • To train, clinically supervise and assist in the caseload management of band 6 speech and language therapists, AHPs, support staff and care staff in the management of patients.
  • Support the senior practitioners with operational issues as necessary in times of absence or as delegated.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of £1.8bn and is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating the most exceptional integrated health and social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we champion collaborative working and transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We're proud to be one of the major academic research centres and education providers in England and Research and Innovation is the heart of all we do, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. We're also excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable and tackling climate change.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Join us and you'll work with some of the best people in the NHS, thriving in a Trust united in its values, purpose and commitment to our patients and a drive for continual innovation and improvement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language therapy qualification

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Alexandra Park Health Centre

2 Whitswood Close, Whalley Range


M16 7AP

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Joanne Ritchie


Date posted

13 April 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum (pro rata)



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Alexandra Park Health Centre

2 Whitswood Close, Whalley Range


M16 7AP

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