Skip to main content
Please wait, loading

Job summary

Main area
Mental Health Services for Older People
Band 6
Fixed term/secondment for 12 months
Full time: 37½ hours per week
Job ref
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust
Employer type
Lanchester Road Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
31/05/2020 23:59
Interview date

Employer heading

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Band 6

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of £320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people living in County Durham, the Tees Valley, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with eight local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.

We are a multi-award winning trust and are included within the Health Service Journal’s Best 100 Places to Work. The trust take a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development and has embedded the Talent Management approach within the Trust, with the vision of helping people to be as good as they can be, helping TEWV to do things better.

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Speech and Language Therapist to work within Mental Health Services for Older People. The posholder will work within TEWV in-patient units across Durham, Darlington and Teesside, and in a care home liaison role. The role will focus on the support required by these services and service users in the context of COVID19.

The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist speech and language assessment and therapy techniques in line with the overall service delivery approach. The post holder will also recommend on individual service users needs as part of discharge planning and specifying future service provision. The post holder will be an active member of the multidisciplinary team and engage in a culture of evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

The post holder should be motivated by the opportunity to provide Speech and Language Therapy in this new post, to develop new ways of working and enhance service provision.  They should  have demonstrable knowledge and skills in managing dysphagia and communication difficulties in this population. They should also have skills is working with family members, care staff, multidisciplinary teams and care home providers.

The post holder will be part of a dynamic SLT service in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, with well defined peer support, supervision systems and CPD opportunities.

The post holder will have significant experience in Speech and Language Therapy and working with older age adults with mental health difficulties . The post holder will have a compassionate manner and an appreciation of the challenges that individuals with a learning disability experience.

Applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

In the event that permanent funding is secured for this post the successful applicant will be confirmed in post on a permanent basis.


We are a Living Wage EmployerStonewall Top 100 EmployerApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldHSJ Best places to workMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employer

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.

Documents to download

To print a document or save it to your computer, please click with your right mouse button on the document title and select "Save Target As...". You can then save the document in a suitable place on your computer ready to print it out. Clicking with the left mouse button will open the document in a new window (if your web browser can do so).

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Hannah Crawford, Professional Head of Speech & Language Therapy, 07775031046,

Erika Evans, Clinical Lead SLT, MHSOP, 07393760874,