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Band 6 Specialist Speech &amp Language Therapist (Stroke/Neuro)

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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We have a rare opportunity for a Specialist SLT to join our stroke and neurology team at QEHB. This service supports a range of patient cohorts from hyper-acute stroke to head injury and progressive neurological conditions. QEHB has been designated both a Level 1 Major Trauma Centre (MTC) and host of the UK's only National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) and is a designated Hyper-acute Stroke Research Centre (HSRC).

Our SLTs benefit from a robust supervision structure alongside innovation, participation in research and clinical/professional development being encouraged. You would be part of a well-established team which also benefits from SLT led Videofluoroscopy and FEES services so opportunities to access these instrumental assessments to help to shape your clinical practice would also be available.

QEHB benefits from one of the largest acute SLT teams in the country with more than 30 team members and our Trust is one of the largest teaching hospital Trusts in England serving a national and international population, treating over 2.8 million people every year.

The team offers:

* A full induction programme, robust supervision & peer support

* A wide range of opportunities for career development

* Access to videofluoroscopy & FEES

* Modern facilities with good transport links

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate would be part of both the acute stroke team and the acute neuro-trauma teams serving a diverse clinical caseload at QEHB. You would work closely with the SLT Team Leaders, NQP Speech and Language Therapists and peer Specialist Speech and Language Therapists to provide an excellent level of care to our patient group.

The successful candidate will have a clear passion in assessing and managing dysphagia and communication difficulties relating to the stroke and neurology caseload. Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

*assessing and managing patients with swallowing and communication disorders on the acute stroke, neurology and trauma wards

*service development and audit

*working closely with the MDT

*training of junior colleagues and students

*working towards utilising specialist assessments such e.g. FEES, tracheostomy

*working flexibly and thriving in a fast-paced environment

We have a large team who share a caseload of diverse patient cohorts so being a team player is essential. We would welcome a candidate who is has experience working with patients in the specialist areas but our supportive team will be willing to support your development.

At present, we have a voluntary weekend service in some clinical areas.

We would welcome interested candidates to get in touch for an informal discussion. Please contact Stef Matthews (Clinical Lead) via or 0121 371 3483.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • A good standard of secondary education including A-Level or equivalent.
  • BSc or recognised MSc degree in Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Membership of RCSLT.
  • Registration with HCPC.
  • Completed RCSLT Level C / EDS Level 5 dysphagia competencies (or above).
  • Completed RCSLT NQP competencies.



  • Experience of working independently with adult dysphagia caseload.
  • Experience of working within an adult inpatient and/or outpatient setting.
  • Experience working within stroke, neurology and/or relevant caseload.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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