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Advanced (Highly Specialist) Speech and Language Therapist

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
East Grinstead
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity is available for a suitably qualified and experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join our team which provides a service for Outpatients and community based patients with acquired communication, and swallowing difficulties. The role provides opportunity to work with a diverse caseload with varying rehabilitative or supportive needs. Full time, part time or job share options will be considered.

Alongside SLT colleagues, and other community professionals based in the newly refurbished QVH Rehabilitation Unit, you will manage a caseload of patients with complex needs including progressive neurological conditions, Stroke and dementia diagnoses. The role encompasses work with both Outpatients and those residing in their own home or care/ nursing facilities.

You will also have opportunities to regularly engage in multi- professional activities, both internally and externally, including MDT working groups, networking opportunities across Sussex, and relevant CENs/ study events. .

This role will enable you to use your own initiative to meet the different needs of patients, as well as being part of an experienced, specialist, diverse and friendly Speech and Language Therapy team. The wider team is comprised of SLTs skilled in ENT/ Voice diagnoses and Head & Neck cancer- a speciality for which QVH is internationally renowned. We pride ourselves on sharing knowledge between our specialties & working closely as a small team.

Main duties of the job

You will:
  • Deliver a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy service to your caseload of patients autonomously
  • Participate in FEES/ Videofluoroscopy clinics with support from the Lead SLT.
  • Provide support and advice to junior colleagues and actively work with students on placements.
  • Oversee and participate in specialist MDT clinics/ group sessions supporting those with new or progressing neurological conditions
  • Work closely with appropriate agencies and multi-disciplinary team colleagues. This will include providing written and verbal reports in a timely manner, to ensure that all parties involved fully understand the nature of the patient's communication/swallowing disorders and help to manage these optimally.
  • Provide education, training and highly specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of adults with communication difficulties and/ or swallowing difficulties. This will include delivery of workshops to partner organisations such as Care/ Nursing Home staff or GP practices
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of current evidenced based practice within your speciality, developing advanced specialist knowledge of particular conditions and management of related impairments. This will include the maintenance of a CPD portfolio, which reflects personal development.
  • Strive to optimise and improve the quality of the service, thinking of innovative approaches and mirroring the evolving needs of your patients, with support from the Principal SLT

About us

Rated GOOD overall with outstanding care by the CQC. A specialist NHS hospital providing life-changing reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation services across the South of England and beyond.

We specialise in conditions of the eyes (corneoplastics), hands, head and neck cancer and skin cancer, reconstructive breast surgery, maxillofacial surgery and prosthetics, providing regional and national services in these areas of clinical expertise.Our world-leading clinical teams also treat more common conditions of the eyes, hands, skin, and teeth for the people of East Grinstead and the surrounding areas. In addition, QVH provides a minor injuries unit, expert therapies, a sleep service, and a growing portfolio of community-based services.Patients consistently rate QVH amongst the top hospitals in the country for quality of care.

Our success is underpinned by the skills and enthusiasm of our staff and a strong culture of partnership. We are fully committed to training and development of the workforce with support for continuing education and learning.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please read the attached material prior to completing your application form to find out more information.

Please download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification located under the Supporting documents heading to read more about the advertised role.

As part of making your application we encourage you to review the Trusts webpage Homepage - Queen Victoria Hospital ( and publications Publications & policies - Queen Victoria Hospital ( for information about working for Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. Applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close the advert prior to the advertised closing date should we receive a large number of applications.

We look forward to receiving your application or hearing from you to arrange an informal visit.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses
  • Completion of post graduate dysphagia training (level 6 RCSLT EDSCF)


  • Have undertaken training and completed RCSLT competencies in VFS/ FEES



  • SLT experience within community and domicillary environments
  • Staff and student supervision
  • Have undertaken a clinical audit

Additional requirements


  • Ability to travel to visit patients in the community
  • Competent IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Victoria Hospital

East Grinstead

RH19 3DZ

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