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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Are you interested in developing specialist skills in neurological rehabilitation? We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic speech and language therapist to join our inpatient neuro-rehab speech and language therapy team and to be a part of the wider interdisciplinary team providing intensive rehabilitation to patients with acquired neurological disorders. You will be involved in assessment and rehabilitation of communication and swallowing difficulties with the support of senior colleagues at the rehabilitation centre. As part of the adult speech and language therapy service you will be encouraged to develop skills in videofluoroscopy and FEES and to participate in a wide variety of continuing professional development activities.

You will also be part of a Saturday working rota on the acute stroke unit with other band 6 therapists in the team, under the lead speech and language therapist for stroke. As such, some experience in acute stroke is desirable however training and support is provided.

Main duties of the job

Assessment and treatment of dysphagia and acquired communication difficulties.

Therapy and rehabilitation plans

Training other staff, families and carers.

Mentoring of students and junior staff.

Acquiring competencies for VF and FEES.

A variety of clinical administrative duties

The speech and Language Therapy Department at UHSussex is newly merged and as such presents a whole new and exciting range of working and professional networking opportunities across many sites.

About us

Join us at UHSussex , every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be a specialist therapist within the Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) team providing a comprehensive, specialist clinical service to all patients referred with communication and/or swallowing difficulties in Sussex Rehabilitation Centre.
  • To be an active member of the SLT service and a specialist resource on swallowing and/or communication disorders in relation to the caseload in Sussex Rehabilitation Centre, Princess Royal Hospital including liaison with other SLTs and other professionals external to the service in relation to specialist information, analysis and advice on continuing care.

Person Specification



  • Registration with HCPC and RCSLT



  • Qualification



  • Relevant knowledge, skills and experience

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