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Speech and Language Therapist




St John's House, St John's House, Lion Road, Palgrave, IP22 1BA

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£31,000 per annum


37.5 hours per week

Job Advert - Division Information

Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


Job Advert Location Description

Our service is based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and provides a range of assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and specialist residential services to over 90 adults with a learning disability in a range of different environments suited to their individual needs including medium, low secure and rehabilitation.

In addition to a learning disability, many of our patients have complex needs including forensic histories, mental illness, ASC and Personality Disorders.  Most patients are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.


Job Advert Role Description

The salary for this post is £31,000 which is due to increase in line with annual growth. We are seeking an experienced therapist but are open to discussing a developmental approach to the post for the right applicant.

Our Speech and Language Therapist has responsibility for assessing and reporting upon patient’s speech, language, general communication and swallowing needs. They will also devise, implement and monitor care and treatment plans appropriate to individual patient’s needs.

The role is for full time at St John’s Hospital (Low and Medium Secure Unit) and 0.4 WTE Burston Hospital (Low Secure Unit). Both are located in the Diss area. The post is therefore flexible and ideal for job sharing as needed.


Major role components:

To assess and report upon patient’s speech, language, general communication ability and dysphagia needs.

Form differential diagnoses within the remit of professional specialty following advice from outside Supervisor and based on all assessment results.

To devise, communicate, deliver and monitor appropriate care plans, programmes and treatment for the patient’s specific needs.

Uphold the fundamentals of person-centred planning and involve the patient at every stage of intervention where appropriate. This includes explaining the intervention process in an accessible manner, gaining consent if possible, listen to the patient and supporting them to take an active role in intervention planning and goal-setting.

To show initiative in the organising and delivery of both group and individual treatment programmes.

To incorporate outcomes measures to evaluate effectiveness of treatment and enable service auditing.

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be enthusiastic to develop service provision.

Promote a positive communicative environment by offering training, advice and support for staff in relation to the use of effective interaction strategies.

Actively engages in reflective practice and professional development throughout duration on employment in order to inform practice.

Attend and engage with regular clinical and separate managerial supervision with the Therapies Team manager.

To maintain professional registration and follow the standards of conduct outlined by the Health Care Professions Council. Registration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists is preferable.


Text PRIORY ST JOHNS followed by your name to 66777


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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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