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Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist for dysphagia and complex needs

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

As a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Complex Needs and Dysphagia you will provide specialist assessment and management of children and young people with dysphagia and preschool aged children with complex communication needs. The role will involve delivery of universal, targeted and specialist levels of intervention to support children, young people and their families to promote the development of children's communication skills to facilitate participation in daily life and to reach their full potential. This role will involve supporting preschool children and their families with the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 

This is a permanent full-time position however part-time arrangements can be considered. We would encourage applicants to contact us to discuss the role further. Please contact Hilary Waters via email 

Main Responsibility

You will hold a caseload of children and young people with feeding and swallowing difficulties and have a key role in the provision of dysphagia services into local special educational provisions, under the guidance of the Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. You will be involved in developing and delivering targeted training packages to families and other professionals regarding supporting children and young people with feeding and swallowing difficulties and complex communication needs. You will work closely within the wider Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service including the Community Nursing Team, the Healthy Family Team, Paediatric Community Dietican Service, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Services and Community Paediatricians as well as external colleagues and partners in Health, Education and Social Care.  

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree and HCPC Registration. 

You will have specialist knowledge in communication and swallowing disorders, underpinned by current evidence-based practice. You will also have a wide range of excellent clinical reasoning, assessment and treatment skills and be able to give advice, problem solve and make decisions. 

Package Description

As a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, you’ll be part of our valued team

You will feel valued as a Speech and Language Therapist within HCRG Care Group, receiving access to exclusive rewards and benefits including:  

  •  Band 6 salary with NHS Pension and full Agenda for Change terms and conditions 

  • Free tea, coffee and milk at your base location  

  • Membership of My Reward Hub, giving you access to discounts on every day purchases like grocery shopping as well as cashback and voucher offers for treats for you and those special to you 

  • Access to your wages as you earn them to help cover life’s emergencies and avoid overdraft fees or high interest rates 

  • Online and face to face help with your mental and physical wellbeing – from healthy recipes and activity challenges through to post trauma support, legal, debt and life management help, as well career coaching and counselling    

  • Access to eLearning, bespoke career pathways and opportunities for continuing professional development through our ‘Outstanding’ learning and development team, The Learning Enterprise  

  • The pride of working for an organisation committed to the highest clinical and quality standards: with the majority of our rated services holding “good” or “outstanding” ratings from the Care Quality Commission  

About the Company

HCRG caregroup work as part of the NHS and local authorities, providing high quality care for more than 1 million people each year up and down the country. We are a progressive, forward thinking and passionate company who strive to make a real difference to people and our colleagues. We re-invest all of the money we earn to improve the experience, deliver ambitious transformations and empower all of our colleagues to make the changes, no matter how big or small, that make a real difference.  


We’re committed to equal opportunities and welcome a broad diversity of talent to apply. We reserve the right to cease any advertising prior to the published closing date for a role that receives a high number of applications.  

As a Disability Confident Committed company, we work in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide facilities, work environment adjustments and technical solutions to make our business an inclusive place for all. 


HCRG is committed to safeguarding and protecting the vulnerable adults that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our services. 




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