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Specialist S&L Therapist – Rotational Stroke / Acute / ESD

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year per annum inclusive of High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking to develop your skills in stroke rehabilitation and MDT working? If so then we want you! We are a friendly and welcoming MDT and we want to provide all of our therapists with the ability to think critically, challenge the evidence base and provide high standards of person-centred care. This involves commitment, motivation and a strong desire to learn and in turn, we will give you our commitment of CPD, the opportunity to develop your clinical skills in acquired dysphagia and communication disorders within the field of stroke and to aim towards completion of relevant clinical competencies.

This is a full time, permanent post within the Brent ESD team based at Northwick Park Hospital and linked in closely to our award-wining HASU and SU. There is the opportunity to develop skills in dysphagia management, robust access to FEES and VFS, goal-setting and key working skills, complex communication management and the chance to be part of a highly skilled MDT and strong links to our Adult SLT department, also based at Northwick Park Hospital.

We offer peer support and formal supervision as well as cross site departmental in service training, excellent library facilities, a commitment to flexible working policies, support for further postgraduate training and active participation in service development and clinical audit.

We would consider a transitional band 5 to band 6 candidate.

Main duties of the job

You will be based at Northwick Park Hospital on the stroke unit but will provide stroke specific therapy in the community at patients homes. The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner providing specialist speech and language therapy services to patients post-stroke. A significant proportion of these clients will have English as an additional language (EAL). The post holder will complete all duties required for this including comprehensive neuro assessment, key-working, goal setting, providing treatment, liaising with different services, referring onto appropriate services, discharge planning & discharge paperwork.

You will be required to travel independently to service users' homes. You will have opportunities to support with some managerial duties including triaging new referrals and allocating therapy to team members, supporting in creating the weekly and weekend team timetables. You will provide supervision to rehab technicians and students.

The post holder will participate in team meetings, contributing to departmental / team audits and research projects. They will deliver and evaluate specialist training on a regular basis within the hospital / community setting, to other professionals and patients / carers on all aspects of swallowing, speech, language and communication. They will contribute to clinical training of newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists, Clinical Support Workers & Speech & Language Therapy students.

About us

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) cares for the people of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and beyond.

Our team of more than 8,200 clinical and support staff serve a diverse population of almost one million people.

We run major acute services at:
  • Northwick Park Hospital: home to one of the busiest emergency departments (A&E) in the country. The hospital provides a full range of services including the country's top-rated hyper-acute stroke unit and one of only three hyper-acute rehabilitation units in the UK
  • St Mark's Hospital: an internationally renowned specialist centre for bowel disease
  • Ealing Hospital: a busy district general hospital providing a range of clinical services, as well as 24/7 emergency department and urgent care centre, and specialist care at Meadow House Hospice
  • Central Middlesex Hospital: our planned care site, hosting a range of surgical and outpatient services and collocated with an urgent care centre.

We are a university teaching NHS trust, in recognition of the important role we play in training clinicians of the future and bringing the benefits of research to the public.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view the main responsibility, please see the attached the Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • HCPC Licence to Practice
  • NQP competencies completed


  • vidence of successful completion of specialist short courses such as Basic Training in Dysphagia, acquired communication disorders.

Clinical experience


  • Working recently as a speech & language therapist specialising in the adult neuro population, specifically stroke with experience
  • Working with carers and the MDT
  • Managing own caseload
  • Writing clinical notes and reports


  • Delivering and evaluating training
  • Clinical audit applying the principles of research methodology

Knowledge and skills


  • Well established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group with speech, language, communication, and swallowing difficulties, including referral for FEES & VFS and knowledge of the range of alternative / augmentative communication systems available to thec lient group.
  • Working knowledge of the roles of other professionals in Health, Social Care and voluntary sector involved with neurological / acute client group
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures in particular the Royal College of Physicians guidelines on Stroke, the Equality act, Protecting Vulnerable Adults, and the National Service frameworks for older people & chronic conditions
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Car driver

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