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Professional Lead for Learning Disability Speech and Language Therapy

Band 8a

Main area
Speech and Language Therapy
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Llanfrechfa Grange, Cwmbran
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum
Salary period
21/04/2021 23:59

If you are successful at interview for this post you will receive your conditional offer of appointment and information pack via email.


We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time. Therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration for this post. If you are short listed for this post, you will be contacted via your email account you used to apply for this post, therefore please check your account regularly.


Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English


Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.


Aneurin Bevan University Health Board support flexible working.

Please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any time should it be filled via the internal redeployment process


We are looking for an innovative and dynamic individual to join the Learning Disabilities management team as Professional Lead for Learning Disabilities Speech and Language Therapy.  This is a new post that will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to shape and develop speech and language therapy provision to adults with a learning disability across Gwent.  The postholder will be professionaly responsible for six speech and language therapists as well as unregistered therapy assistants.

The post holder will work collaboratively with the Directorate Management Team and ABUHB Head of Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) in the development of an efficient and effective SLT service for adults with a learning disability accessing Learning Disability services in ABUHB. This will include the coordination and evaluation of service delivery and the development of joined up SLT service provision across all aspects of adult Learning Disability service delivery.

The post holder will be clinically accountable for the practice of all SLT staff working in the adult Learning Disability service. They will take professional responsibility for the SLT staff and will be required to work closely with Team Managers, Senior nurses and the Directorate Management Team to ensure effective planning, development and organisation of the delivery of SLT services within the directorate. A key component of this role will involve active participation in the adult learning disability directorate management team.

The post-holder will be expected to:

  • As service requires, support a small clinical caseload of adults accessing the Learning Disability Service.
  • Provide direct clinical and professional leadership to the SLT service, including professional supervision and the development of SLT staff within the multi-disciplinary context.
  • Work collaboratively with Team Managers in relation to managerial supervision, personal development reviews, conduct and performance issues relating to SLT staff in the learning disability directorate.
  • Take an ABUHB wide perspective ensuring that SLT provision best meets local need, within the context of the strategic direction of the SLT service.
  • Ensure that SLT is represented in all relevant multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings.
  • Contribute to budget setting for the service and provide assurance of a clinically and cost effective service.
  • Act as a source for senior professional advice to directorate management team, senior managers and external agencies concerning the professional practice, development and supervision of SLT staff employed within learning disability services.
  • Lead on service developments/projects across the directorate on behalf of the directorate management team which may not specifically relate to Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Participate in the directorate’s senior clinician on call rota.

The postholder will receive professional support from the Health Board's core speech and language therapy service.  We provide opportunities to participate in both SLT and LD service-wide CPD events and an in house leadership and development programme. Links with the SLT senior leadership across ABUHB provide excellent opportunities for peer support and ensures that high standards of performance across the Health Board are maintained.  

Potential candidates must be a HCPC registered Speech and Language  Therapist and have recent experience of leadership, management and service improvement at a senior level, as well as skills and knowledge relating to the clinical area. 

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply. 

Closing Date: 21/04/2021 

For further details please contact:

John Carroll, Lead Nurse on 01633 623566 or


Alison Williams, ABUHB Head of Speech and Language Therapy on 01633 431639 or 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Welsh language skills are desirable

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Further details / informal visits contact

John Carroll
Job title
Lead Nurse
Email address
Telephone number
01633 623566
Additional information

Alison Williams

Head of Speech and Language Therapy