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Band 7 Team Lead Speech and Language Therapist - Critical Care

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced Speech & Language Therapist (SLT) to join our multidisciplinary Respiratory, Surgery & Critical Care Therapy Team at Barnet Hospital - part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. This Team Lead post is full time, working 37.5 hours per week, but flexible working may be considered.

SLTs in this team provide an integrated therapy service together with Physiotherapy, Dietetic and Occupational Therapy colleagues in the following areas:
  • Critical Care
  • SurgeryAcute
  • Respiratory Care (including Enhanced Care Unit)

The post holder will also work closely with SLTs based in other specialty areas at Barnet Hospital.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will provide expert assessment, diagnosis and treatment for adults in the above areas with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties, and have opportunities to further develop this highly specialist SLT service. They will have experience in critical care and complex tracheostomy weaning. They will take a lead role within the hospital Tracheostomy Ward Round and MDT training and education. They will have excellent leadership skills, supporting more junior members of staff and deputising for the clinical lead(s) when required. They will provide and demonstrate specialist skills in instrumental assessment techniques (e.g. FEES, Videofluoroscopy,). They will also take an active role in the SLT bank holiday rota.

About us

If successful, you will be joining a supportive team of senior SLT's working within specialty groups that include Neurology, Head and Neck Cancer, Voice / General medicine /Health Services for the Elderly who provide a service across our Barnet and Chase Farm sites. We are part of a larger team of SLT's across the Trust sites. You will be well supported with opportunities for peer support and access to joint working with clinical leads. The Speech and Language Therapy team run both videofluoroscopy and FEES instrumental assessment clinics.

You will also be joining an established speciality Therapy Team of physiotherapists, Dietitians, SLTs, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Support Workers supported by a Clinical Lead Therapist and a Professional Lead SLT. You will have the opportunity to work with the Respiratory, ENT and Palliative Care Nurse Specialists, as well as the 'Patient At Risk and Resuscitation Team'.

You will be working in a challenging and rewarding clinical environment. The Therapies department at Barnet Hospital is committed to ensuring staff feel supported with career progression through regular supervision, appraisal, in-house / external training and leadership development. To support this, the trust has a well established in-house Leadership programme. We are a very friendly and welcoming service where staff wellbeing is a high priority. As part of this we continue to work towards achieving a fully inclusive department.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • Degree/ graduate diploma or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a speech and language therapist
  • Certificated graduate courses or equivalent in-house training in clinical specialty areas
  • Membership of special interest group


  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists



  • High level of understanding of relevant clinical guidelines
  • Broad range of clinical experience at a Band 6 level including within the relevant clinical specialty
  • Experience of working in an acute, hospital based setting, including working within an MDT (and outpatients as appropriate)
  • Teaching/training of staff or students
  • Presentations to a range of groups
  • Supervision of more junior staff, assistants and/students
  • Active participation in an audit or project work
  • Computer literate, to include working knowledge of Microsoft office
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of a wide range of approaches to the management of complex patients in the critical care and acute setting including those with tracheostomies and on ventilators


  • Experience at band 7 within the clinical specialty

Skills & Aptitudes


  • Evidence of specialist clinical skills and advanced clinical reasoning within the speciality area including tracheostomy management with ventilation
  • Ability to be proactive in service development
  • Ability to recognise unacceptable behaviour and act on this appropriately
  • Able to work autonomously and use initiative
  • Ability to reflect on and appraise own practice
  • Effective verbal communication skills with a range of patients and healthcare professionals regarding complex and sensitive issues
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Able to manage clinical caseload, prioritise effectively and support more junior staff to do the same
  • Ability to work effectively within different teams both multi and uni-disciplinary
  • Ability to manage own time & meet deadlines
  • Ability to critically evaluate current research & apply to own practice
  • Competencies is instrumental assessment or working toward these

Personal Qualities/ Attributes


  • Strong interpersonal skills, including assertiveness
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Positive attitude to change; able to facilitate change within teams
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others

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