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									                                            Directorate of Human Resources
                                            Recruitment Team
                                            Flat 3
                                            Willow Drive
                                            Fife, KY1 2LS
                                            Tel 01592 643355
                                            Fax 01592 204611

                                            Date                       As per postmark
                                            Your Ref
                                            Our Ref                    Please see below

                                            Enquiries to               Recruitment
                                            Extension                  1765
                                            Direct Line

Dear Sir/Madam


Thank you very much for your interest in the above post. I have pleasure in enclosing an application
pack which includes, a job description, application form, terms and conditions, person specification and
procedure for the disclosures of criminal records. Please be advised that the application form must be
completed in full as unfortunately we cannot accept a CV enclosure.

When providing referees on the application form please be aware we require references to cover a
minimum of a three year period. If the period of time both referees have known you is less than three
years you will be required to provide additional referees. This can be indicated on an additional sheet of
paper and where possible please give us email addresses for contact.

Should you wish to make an enquiry to the Recruitment Team regarding a vacancy please ensure that
you quote the reference number.

Please be advised that if you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then you have been
unsuccessful in your application.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for the interest that you have shown in NHS Fife.

Yours faithfully

Recruitment Team
Recruitment Team
Post:               Speech & Language Therapist


Reference Number: LY793/02/10

Pay Banding:        Band 6 - £24,831 - £33,436

Hours of Duty :      37.5

Contract Type:      Permanent

Annual Leave:       27 days on commencement
                    29 days after 5 years service
                    33 days after 10 years service

Public Holidays:    8 fixed public holidays

The leave year extends from 1 April to 31 March.

Part time staff will receive a pro-rata entitlement for annual leave and public holidays combined
as per the Agenda For Change agreement.

Reckonable service may be credited for annual leave purposes in accordance with the Agenda
for Change Agreement.

Sick Pay
Entitlements to Statutory Sick Pay and Occupational Sick Pay will be determined in accordance
with the Agenda for Change Agreement. Reckonable service may be credited for Sick Pay
purposes providing there has been no break in service of 12 months or more at time of
appointment in accordance with Agenda for Change Agreement.

On commencement with the organisation staff will be asked if they wish to join the scheme
although they may choose to join or leave the scheme at any time. Contribution rates will vary
from 5% to 8.5% depending on pensionable earnings.

If an employee opts not to join the scheme they will automatically contribute to the State
Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS) unless excluded from doing so or have arranged a
Personal Pension.

Occupational Health Clearance
Any offer of employment is subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance. Should you
be invited to interview you will be asked to complete a Pre-Employment Health Questionnaire
which you should bring to interview. The Occupational Health Service (OHSAS) will make an
assessment on your fitness to carry out the post based on the information contained within the
questionnaire. In certain circumstances further information is required before clearance can be
given and OHSAS may contact you by telephone or request that you attend for an appointment.
Clearance must be obtained before any new employee commences employment within NHS
Fife. Clearance may be subject to you attending for a Post-Employment appointment and it is
vital that you attend this appointment if required to do so.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
Under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, many people need not refer to
previous convictions which, after a certain period of time, are regarded as spent. Certain posts
within the National Health Service, however, are excluded from the provisions of this Act. All
potential employees must disclose on the application form any unspent convictions and certain
potential employees are required to inform us of any previous convictions which, for other
purposes, are “spent” under the provisions of this Act. Failure to disclose such information
could result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the organisation. Any information given will be
treated in the strictest confidence. Please refer to the NHS Fife Procedure for the Declaration
of Criminal Convictions for further information.

No Smoking Policy
NHS Fife operates a No Smoking Policy and it is the case that staff are not permitted to smoke
on the premises or during working hours. It is a condition of employment that you comply with
these requirements.

Agenda for Change Implementation and Variations to Contract of Employment
Agenda for Change is a nationally agreed remuneration, job evaluation, personal development
and terms and conditions framework which will apply to all NHS Scotland staff (except very
senior managers and staff within the remit of the Doctors‟ and Dentists‟ Review Body). This
means that you will be subject to the terms and conditions contained within this agreement and
also any subsequent national or local agreements or variations made in respect of Agenda for
Change. Such changes will automatically be applied to you and your contract of employment
will be deemed to have been amended on this basis.

Work Permits
If a candidate who requires a work permit is appointed to a post a work permit application will
be made by NHS Fife. However, current Home Office regulations dictate that employers are
not in a position to offer employment to candidates requiring a work permit where it can be
demonstrated that EEA candidates meet the minimum requirements for the post.

Job Share
Unless otherwise stated within the job advert applications for this post may be considered on a
job share basis. Should you wish to apply on a job share basis please indicate this on a
covering letter attached to the application form.
Guidance for completing the NHSScotland
application form

If you need this, or any of the attached forms in large print or other

formats please call our recruitment office on 01592 643355 ext 8706

or 7906.

An electronic version is available at

General guidance

     If you have any questions or need some help with completing the form, please call 01592
      643355 ext 8706 or 7906 or email Please have the job
      reference number handy if possible

     If you are using the „hard copy‟ version of our application form, please use black ink and
      write clearly in BLOCK CAPITALS. This makes the form much easier to read and
      clearer when we photocopy it

     The job reference number can be copied from the job advert or the application pack

     The job location will be on the job advert

     The candidate number will be written in by us once you have returned the form to our

     The people who look through your completed form (short listing or short leeting team) to
      see if you have the skills and abilities needed for the job, will only see „Part C‟ of the
      form. They will only see your candidate number and all personal details will be

     Please do not send in a CV instead of, or as well as, the application form. We do not
      consider CVs during the selection process

     Please fill in all sections of the application form. If some parts are not relevant, write „not
      applicable‟ or „N/A‟ in that space
      If you need more space to complete any section, please use extra sheets of paper. Do
       not put your name or any identifying information on it as it needs to remain anonymous.
       Secure it to the relevant section, and we will add a candidate number to it when we
       receive it

      When you have completed all of the form, please send it to:

       Recruitment Section
       NHS Fife
       Flat 3
       Willow Drive
       KY1 2LS

Personal Details section

      This gives us your contact details such as name and address. Under „title‟ you would put
       either Mr, Mrs, Ms, Dr or just leave blank if you prefer

      We may need to contact you at some time throughout the recruitment process. Please
       let us know the most suitable method of contacting you, for example email or phone call
       and the most convenient time


      Please list in this section the number of occasions you were off work in the past year
       because of illness. If you would like to discuss this for further clarification please call our
       recruitment office.


      Please refer to the enclosed Procedure for the Disclosure of Criminal Convictions.
       For certain posts you must tell us about all convictions and cautions regardless of how
       long ago the offence may have occurred. Convictions from other countries must also be
       notified. If in doubt please call our office at the help line number on page one of this

      Please note that having a conviction will not automatically disqualify you from getting a
       job with us. Careful consideration will be given to the relevance of the offence to the
       particular post in question. However, if you are appointed, and it is found that you did
       not reveal a previous conviction your employment may be terminated

      Remember to read, consider and sign the declaration at the bottom of page 2
Qualifications section

      Please tell us of any qualifications you have. This can include school standard grades,
       GCSEs highers, or work based qualifications such as SVQs or NVQs

      Remember to write down any „non formal‟ qualifications or certificates that you think are
       relevant to the job you are applying for

Present (or most recent) post section

      If you are currently out of work, please write this in the „job title‟ space

      Please write your start date in month/year format MM/YYYY

      Please tell us briefly about your duties (what you do or did in your job). You could tell us
       your role, the main tasks, and any responsibility for supervising others. There is not a lot
       of space here so continue on a separate sheet if you need to

Employment History section

      This is where you write down all the jobs you have done previously

      Remember that if a job you have done in the past supports or is similar to the job you
       are applying for, please tell us more about it in your „support of application‟ statement on
       page 6 of the application form – use a separate sheet if you need more space

References section

      Referees are people who know you at work. Please give the full names and addresses
       of 2 referees, one of whom must be your present or most recent employer and can
       confirm your job details

      Your referees must cover a three year time period and should where possible be work
       based references.

      Please where ever possible provide an email address for your referee.

      You should check that the people you have put on your form are happy to be referees

      Your referees will not be contacted unless you are a „preferred candidate‟ after
       interview. A preferred candidate is someone who is the preferred choice for the job,
       subject to satisfactory checks where appropriate

Driving Licence

      You only need to complete this if the job requires you to drive. Please check the job
       description or person specification. For example, some jobs with the Ambulance Service
       require you to be able to drive class C1 and D1 vehicles

Statement in support of your application

      This is one of the most important parts of the form. In here you say why it is you want
       this job, and can list all your skills and abilities that you think help to match up you
       against the „person specification‟. In here you could describe how something you have
       done in a non work setting (for example, planning and leading a group outing) shows
       planning skill and some leadership qualities

Where did you see the advert section

      Please try to remember where you heard about this job, and tick the relevant box. The
       information you give will help us find out how good our advertising is

Equal opportunities monitoring

      Please note that all details on this section (Part D) will remain totally anonymous. It will
       be detached from the rest of the form as soon as we get it and remain anonymous

      We want to ensure that there are no barriers to joining our workforce. As an employer,
       NHSScotland is as fully inclusive as possible. One way we can ensure this is to analyse
       all the data provided in this section and ensure that job opportunities are being accessed
       by as wide a community as possible.

                 Please send the completed form to the following address:


                                   or post your hard copy to:

          Recruitment Section
          NHS Fife
          Flat 3
          Willow Drive
          KY1 2LS
                           Support into Work
             Have you experience of a mental health problem?

             Want help with the application process for a post with NHS Fife or Fife

             Would you benefit from some support even after you start work?

             Are you unemployed and live in Fife?

Then Support into Work can provide free, independent and confidential support through the
whole process of applying for a job with either NHS Fife or Fife Council and, if successful, for
the first few weeks after starting work.

Support into Work is a two-year pilot funded by the Scottish Executive to increase access to
employment for unemployed people experiencing mental health difficulties who live within Fife.

The service is provided by Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) a well-respected voluntary
organisation with 10years experience or supporting people with mental health problems into

FEAT is independent of both NHS Fife and Fife Council and the fact that someone has
received support will not adversely affect the recruitment outcome.

For more information on the support available or if you would like to take advantage of the
service contact:

                               Fife Employment Access Trust

                                     Collydean Cottage
                                      Pitmedden Loan
                                    Glenrothes KY7 6UG

                                      Tel: 01592 749880


              Please do not send completed application form to this address

1.     Introduction

NHS Fife complies fully with the Code of Practice, issued by Scottish Ministers, in connection
with the use of information provided to the registered person and other recipients of information
by Disclosure Scotland Part V of the Police Act 1997, for the purposes of assessing applicants‟
suitability for positions of trust.

We undertake to treat all applicants for positions fairly and not to discriminate unfairly against
the subject of a disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.

2.     Spent Convictions

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables some criminal convictions to become „spent‟
after a rehabilitation period. The length of the rehabilitation period depends on the sentence
given and not the offence committed. For custodial sentences the rehabilitation period is
decided by the original sentence and the length of time actually served is irrelevant. Custodial
sentences of more than 2.5 years can never become spent.

3.     Disclosing Spent and Unspent Convictions

In line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 for any post within NHS Fife you are
required to disclose any “unspent” convictions.

If you are applying for any posts listed below you are also required to provide us with any
information in relation to all “spent” convictions.

           Clinical Posts (including Nursing, Medical, Dental and AHP posts)
           Director of Finance & Heads of Finance Department
           Ward Clerks
           Public Health Posts
           Health Promotion Posts
           Porters
           Volunteers
           Hairdressers
           Catering & Domestic Posts within Inpatient Areas
4.       Disclosure Scotland (SCRO)

The aim of the Disclosure Scotland Service is to enhance public safety and to help employers
nd voluntary organisations in Scotland to make safer recruitment decisions. Any offer of
employment to a post identified as requiring “spent” convictions to be disclosed will be subject
to a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland check.

5.      Procedure for Disclosing Convictions

If you have an unspent or spent conviction and you are required to disclose this to NHS Fife
you should do this by completing the section “Convictions” within Part B of the application form
giving details of the following:-

    The Nature of the offence
    The Sentence given
    The Date of the Offence

6.      Interview

If you are selected for interview, members of the interview panel will not be aware of any
declaration you have made. Should you be selected as the preferred candidate following
interview we will undertake to ensure an open and measured discussion on the subject of any
offences or other matters that might be considered relevant for the position concerned. We
guarantee that only those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process will only see this

7.      Failure to reveal information

Failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead to
withdrawal of an offer of employment. If you are offered employment such a failure may result
in dismissal or disciplinary action.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar you from working with NHS Fife. This will
depend on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of your

8.      Queries

If you have any queries on this matter then please contact our recruitment office who will be
able to assist you.
                           Are you applying for your first post since qualifying?
                               Are you within your first year of practice?

If so, NHS Fife supports all first year practitioners from nursing, midwifery and allied health professions,
through the Flying Start NHS programme –

What is Flying Start?

Flying Start is a web-based development programme for all newly qualified practitioners working within NHS
Scotland. It provides self-directed learning via ten learning units from which you will select activities most
appropriate to your learning needs and area of work. These are:

    Communication                               Equality & Diversity
    Clinical Skills                             Policy
    Team Work                                   Reflective Practice
    Safe Practice                               Professional Development
    Research for Practice                       Career Pathways

Participation in the programme will support your development in line with the Knowledge and Skills Framework
(KSF) to ensure that you achieve the standards expected for the post that you are applying for.

What are the benefits of Flying Start?
Other newly qualified practitioners have said that it:
 Provides a flexible structure to support your learning
 Builds skills for your future career
 Increases confidence in your abilities
 Supports interaction with other professionals/disciplines

What support is available for me?
Each member of staff is responsible for registering on the website, getting started and working through the
programme, however:
 You will be allocated a mentor, who will offer you support, feedback and guidance during your first year in
 Regular information/support sessions are offered throughout NHS Fife by the Practice & Professional
   Development Department. Here you can access support and information about getting started with Flying
   Start and meet with other practitioners participating in the programme
 Your local Practice Education Facilitator will also be able to offer support and advice to you and your

        For further information please contact Jan Aimer on 01592 226704 or e-mail
    Speech and Language Therapy


Job Title:                Experienced Speech & Language Therapist

Responsible to:           Speech & Language Therapy Manager

Department:               Speech & Language Therapy (Area Wide Managed Service)

CHP:                      Dunfermline & West Fife CHP

Job Reference:            BAND 6

Last Update:              January 2010


To deliver a comprehensive speech and language therapy service to a designated paediatric
caseload and contribute to wider service delivery within Glenrothes area.


   This is a community paediatric post and is part of the Glenrothes paediatric cluster (a group
    of mixed grade therapists within a geographical area).

   The service is delivered within a range of settings such as nursery, primary and secondary
    schools, health centres and clients‟ homes.
   The caseload will include children with developmental speech and language delays and
    children whose communication impairment is associated with hearing impairment, autistic
    spectrum disorders, cleft palate, specific language impairment, voice disorders, stammering
    and other developmental conditions.
   The postholder interacts daily with a wide range of people e.g. families, carers, education
    and social work personnel and other health professionals.
   The postholder works collaboratively and shares knowledge with other professionals working
    in the community.
   The postholder is responsible for in-service training to a range of carers and professionals
   The postholder is responsible for the entire care pathway i.e. pre-referral, referral,
    assessment, intervention, discharge and post discharge for individual clients and for
    independent caseload management including clinical judgement, prioritisation and time

   The postholder is supported and advised by Specialist Staff and Speech and Language
   Therapy Managers through formal and informal departmental systems to enable robust
   decision making and caseload management.


                              Speech & Language Therapy Manager

                                                                  Advanced Speech & Language

                                         Postholder               Peers



The Department is managed as an Area Wide Service under Dunfermline & West Fife CHP.
The Department is fully integrated across Community Health Partnerships and Operating
Division. It provides high quality, effective and equitable speech and language therapy care to a
diverse range of adult and paediatric clinical conditions and patient types in a variety of
environments across acute and community settings.

Key responsibilities of the service are
      o To assist individuals to attain their maximum communication potential whilst at the
         same time assisting parents, carers and other professionals to achieve a greater
         understanding of the individual‟s needs.
      o To raise public awareness of the needs of people with a communication difficulty, the
         preventable / avoidable causes of communication difficulty and the role of the speech
         and language therapy profession.
      o To provide training and education to a wide range of carers and professionals.
      o To work collaboratively with education services, hospital services, social work,
         community medical services and other agencies within public and private sector.
      o To develop, implement and manage a clinical governance strategy for the department
         that reflects NHS Fife‟s clinical governance strategy.

Through the above, the department contributes to meeting the health, social and educational
needs of the population of Fife.

Clinical Duties

1.    To assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate episodes of care to individual clients
      and carers groups.

2.    To manage the post‟s caseload including new referrals.

3.    To be an active member of the Glenrothes cluster, taking part in the assessment clinic
      and contributing to the development of the wider capacity building model

4.    To demonstrate effective professional relationships with clients, carers and other
      professionals and through negotiation allow their active involvement in the therapeutic

5.    To work effectively in schools and to attend and contribute to case conferences and
      review meetings as required.

6.    To make use of a wide range of working practices such as
       Direct intervention with individuals or groups
       Indirect intervention identifying and establishing strategies for others to use, devising
         home programmes, training others (e.g. teachers, parents, support staff) to
         implement programmes of care and communication strategies.
       Specific parent based programmes e.g. Hanen, Lidcombe.

7.     To use his/her judgement to determine the most appropriate practice at any one time.

8.    To monitor and evaluate continuously the effectiveness of intervention and adapt and
      respond accordingly. This may include referral on to other professionals.

9.    To recognise and manage the complexity of collaborative working and judge when this is
      most effective for the client.

10.   To provide regular factual, concise and informative verbal or written reports as an integral
      part of client management. These may also be used to inform the decision making of
      other professionals / agencies.

11.   To devise and deliver formal training to other professionals and/or agencies.

12.   To contribute to the identification of training needs within the cluster.

13.   To deliver specialist training with senior colleagues.

Clinical Governance Duties

1.    To implement the Malcomess Care Aims Clinical Decision Making Framework.

2.    To access support from specialist speech and language therapists, colleagues and

3.    To contribute to the department‟s clinical governance initiatives and activities.

4.    To comply with the mandatory processes of:
         Knowledge, Skills Framework Process
         Personal Development Planning
         Continued Professional Development
         Reflective Practice
         Adherence to Health Professions Council, Royal College of Speech and Language
          Therapists and NHS Fife Standards
         Fire, CPR and Manual Handling Training

5.    To adhere to all professional and NHS policies and procedures as required and adapt
      working practices accordingly. To propose changes to policies and procedures to the
      line manager when appropriate.

Professional Duties

1. To adhere to National and Professional standards as determined by the Royal College of
   Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Professions Council.

2. To record and maintain, legible, professional, timeous, concise and informative case notes.
   These are required to adhere to the standards determined by the Health Professions
   Council, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists and NHS Fife Speech and
   Language Therapy Department.

3. To supervise Speech and Language Therapy Support Practitioners.

4. To take experiential students from other disciplines.

5. To have a regular commitment to the training and assessment process for Speech and
   Language Therapy Undergraduates through the provision of clinical placements.

6. To provide mentoring and peer support to more junior Speech and Language Therapists.

7. To attend and contribute to departmental and other health service meetings as required.


The following equipment may be used:-

Assessment Tools –

Standardised and informal assessments.

Therapy Resources –

Worksheets, computer programmes, low tech alternative and augmentative communication e.g.
picture boards and high tech alternative and augmentative communication e.g. Lightwriter.
Electronic Equipment
Computers, tape recorders, mini discs and video recorders (to record, transcribe and analyse
speech, language and communication), digital cameras (e.g. for objects of reference), high tech
communication aids, digital projector etc.
Office Equipment
Computers, printers e-mail, internet, fax, telephones etc.
Presentation Materials
Flip charts, overhead projectors, acetates, lap top, data projector etc.


      Maintaining individual client records to the standards of Royal College of Speech &
       Language Therapy and the Health Professions Council.
      Submitting, accurate monthly statistical returns on client contacts and waiting times
      Returning forms associated with the care aims, clinical decision making framework to
       the Speech and Language Therapy Department Headquarters to ensure accurate
       caseload information for area wide audit purposes.
      Responding to occasional requests for caseload information from NHS Fife / Speech
       and Language Therapy Managers also for audit purposes.
      To contribute on a regular basis to other agencies‟ systems / paperwork.
      Computer Software packages e.g. Boardmaker.
      E-mail to ensure efficient timeous communication with colleagues.
      Internet / Intranet.


1. A significant proportion of the workload is generated from the designated caseload.

2. The postholder has responsibility for identifying and managing individual problems across
   the caseload and prioritising working practices and time accordingly.

3. The development of the cluster model enables and directs systems of support and
   collaborative practice.

4. The post holder will be a member of a formal peer support group.

5. The post holder will take part in the department‟s PDP system and in addition will be
   supported by the line manager and specialist therapists

6. The post holder will contribute to local and Fife wide service initiatives.

7. The postholder will contribute to the department‟s responses to NHS Fife‟s clinical
   governance agenda and the changing needs and demands of other public agencies.

8. All Speech and Language Therapists are required to comply with the competencies set
   down by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and HPC.

Therapists are autonomous clinicians who are expected to predict and manage the problems
emerging from the cases / caseload. This includes triage of referrals, acceptance / rejection of
referrals, assessment and diagnosis of any communication disorder and risk devising,
implementing and monitoring treatment plans and deciding on discharge (in partnership with the

Therapy support is individually tailored and Speech and Language Therapists must judge the
most effective content and service delivery for each person. Therapy may be direct or indirect.
The judgements are made within the context of the wider clinical caseload.

The therapist will negotiate with carers, clients and colleagues around individual case
management and decision making. He / she can recognize breakdown / conflict when it occurs
and generate potential solutions.

The therapist will recognize professional boundaries and know when to seek support and advice
from colleagues.


The most challenging aspect of this post is the fundamental requirement for effective
negotiation and partnership working.

This is made more complex by:-

 The number of different venues associated with the caseload.

 Expectations of clients carers and other professionals.

 Working within the constraints of particular environments.

 Variable knowledge level of communication difficulties and their impact.

 The barriers created by client‟s communication impairments.

 Complexity of case/caseload.

 The requirement to manage caseload numbers continuously.

 The SLT‟s role in responding to a number of legal processes, e.g. ASL Act.

The postholder will communicate daily with other Speech and Language Therapists and the
       Other health professionals e.g. Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals, General
        Practitioners, School Nurses, Paediatric Consultants, Staff Grade Paediatricians, A & C
       Clients, carers and families.
       Personnel from other agencies e.g. Headteachers, Support for Learning Teachers,
        Social Workers.

The postholder will demonstrate developed communication and interpersonal skills to
communicate about individual cases, the caseload and its administration. The postholder will
also communicate about the Speech and Language Therapy Service through formal and
informal discussion and training.

The postholder will demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and understanding with clients, carers and
families. The postholder will ensure that effective communication is achieved despite the barrier
of working with clients who have significant speech/language and communication difficulties.
Other barriers to communication are:

      Wide dispersal of community staff

      Different working practices / ethos in different agencies

      The sensitivity and complexity of the information

      Working within the boundaries of Education legislation
      The varying level of others‟ knowledge of speech and language difficulties.


1. The postholder will be required to travel on a daily basis as the post covers a number of
   working locations.
2. The postholder will be required to use a computer (keyboard skills) regularly for material
   preparation, reports, e-mail etc (for short periods).
3. The postholder will be expected to move therapy equipment from location to location
   (minimum 5 kgs maximum 10 kgs.).
4. Working with children may necessitate working on the floor or at a low table sitting on a
   small chair.

1. As the postholder works in a variety of different settings, the availability of suitable
   accommodation will vary.
2. The postholder will / may manage children with eating / drinking difficulties and therefore will
   be exposed to saliva.
3. In addition children on the caseload may have
    head lice
    colds and infections
    poor personal hygiene.
1. Working with people with communication impairment in itself requires intense concentration
   as the onus is on the therapist to expand and interpret the client‟s conversation. The post
   requires frequent periods of mental effort and intense concentration.

2. The process of speech and language therapy involves carrying out assessment and
   analysing the results, making a diagnosis and devising therapy programmes. The level of
   reflection for these activities requires a high level of concentration.

3. The frequency of interruptions is variable depending on where the service is being delivered
   e.g. working in school, staffroom / medical room = frequent interruptions (people) working in
   health centre / clinic room few interruptions (mainly phone).


1. Clients, families, carers and other professionals may have high expectations of progress and
   outcome of treatment. The therapist will be required to give professionally accurate
   information that will often be unwelcome.

   Inevitably within any one caseload there will be a proportion of clients experiencing social
   isolation, social deprivation and family breakdown.

   In addition families may be grieving and extremely sensitive to therapist‟s clinical decision
   making and judgements.

   The postholder is expected to respond in an empathetic and professional manner.

2. The therapist will / may encounter

             Verbal aggression

             Challenging behaviour.

The postholder will be a qualified Speech and Language Therapist (Degree in Speech /
Language Pathology & Therapeutics) registered with the Health Professions Council and a
member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. The postholder will
demonstrate skills, abilities and emotional intelligence based on both experience and developed

This will be evidenced by the following:
       A comprehensive knowledge of the full range of developmental speech, language and
        communication impairments, their presentation assessment and treatments.
       A working knowledge of high tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication e.g.
       A comprehensive knowledge of low tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication
        e.g. symbols.
       An applied knowledge of Signing e.g. Signalong and cued articulation.
       A comprehensive knowledge of therapy approaches.
       Ability to reflect on and manage own behaviour and its impact on other people.
       Evidence of effective collaborative practice.
       Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively.
       Developed communication and interpersonal skills.
       Knowledge and adherence to National and Local Clinical Guidelines.
       Knowledge of current Education Legislation.
       Ability to maintain own knowledge base and knowledge of current evidence based
        practice by attendance at Special Interest Groups, post graduate accredited short
        courses and personal study.
       Ability to identify areas for own personal / professional development including specific
        objectives relating to the clinical specialism(s) associated with the KSF profile for the
       Ability to contribute to the development of local clinical guidelines informed by
        knowledge base and experience.
       A developing ability to give formal presentations.

A separate job description will need to be signed off by each jobholder to
whom the job description applies.

Job Holder‟s Signature:                                                       Date:

Head of Department Signature:                                                 Date:

                             PERSON SPECIFICATION FORM

Post Title/Grade: Experienced Speech and Language Therapist / Band 6

Department:        Speech and Language Therapy, NHS Fife

Date:              January 2010

                 ESSENTIAL             DESIRABLE            MEASURE
Experience       Previous experience   Previous experience Application      and
                 of working within     of working with care Interview
                 education premises.   aims.

                 Previous experience                  of
                 of    managing    delivering
                 community         presentations    and
                 caseload.         training to other
                                   health professionals,
                 Experience of low parents and carers
                 tech AAC.         and colleagues from
                                   other agencies.

                                       Experience of high
                                       tech AAC.

Qualifications   A degree in Speech A         developmental Candidates portfolio
/                and         Language eating and drinking of evidence and
Training         Therapy.              qualification.       qualification
                 qualifications     in
                 therapy approaches.

Knowledge        A     comprehensive A      comprehensive Application       and
                 knowledge of the full knowledge of high Interview
                 range             of tech AAC.
                 speech,     language
                 and communication
                 impairments,    their
                 assessment       and

                 A good      working
                 knowledge        of
                 current      education

                 A good working
                 knowledge of all
                 legislation related to
                 child protection and

                 Knowledge       from
                 previous posts of
                 NHS terms and
                 conditions and the
                 relevant HR policies.

Skills           Ability to manage Excellent
                 individual cases and presentation skills.
                 caseload     to   the
                 standards dictated
                 by HPC and RCSLT.

                 Ability to prioritise
                 and manage time.

                 Good      negotiation

                 Able      to     work
                 effectively       and

Aptitude         Developed
                 communication and
                 interpersonal skills.

                 Ability to take a full
                 part in managing
                 own CPD / PDP.

Other          Ability to travel.
e.g.      Team
Player,     Be Ability to       reflect
able to travel upon and manage
               own behaviour and
               its impact on other

KEY 1 Does not meet minimum requirements 2. Meets minimum requirements
    3 Above average                      4. Very good

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