Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
King's Lynn
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
13 Jun 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Speech and Language Therapy Acute Medical Team at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced dysphagia specialist Speech and Language Therapist to work within a well-established department.

We strive to deliver high quality care in line with current evidence base and are committed to providing regular supervision and continuous professional development.

We are a friendly, proactive and supportive team and if this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you!

Main duties of the job

  • To provide assessment, differential diagnosis and appropriate and clearly planned speech and language therapy management for adults with a range of communication and swallowing disorders
  • To develop and implement Speech and Language Therapy treatment making use of highly specialist skills
  • To write complex and detailed reports reflecting specialist knowledge
  • To provide advice and training to others regarding the management and care of patients/clients with communication and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • To demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues and to negotiate with others around case management in complex cases (e.g., case conferences)
  • To ensure that patients are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible
  • To adapt practice to meet individual patients' circumstances, including due regard for cultural and linguistic differences
  • To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence-based practice and outcome measures
  • To demonstrate skills in dealing with complex issues to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management
  • To develop skills in video fluoroscope to a level of independent practice as required following formal training and clinical supervision until deemed competent in line with RCSLT competencies.

About us

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) King's Lynn is located near some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, along the north Norfolk coast, and not far from Sandringham House.

We provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based healthcare services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, in addition to parts of Breckland, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire. We have more than 4,000 staff and volunteers, approximately 530 beds, and a helipad for air ambulances. We work with neighbouring hospitals for the provision of tertiary services, including as part of regional partnership and network models of care, such as the trauma network. Some specialist services and clinics are provided in community facilities, such as the North Cambridgeshire hospital in Wisbech.

In February 2022, the significant progress that has been made at QEH in just three years since 2019 was recognised by the Care Quality Commission who rated the Trust as 'Good' in all of the core services they inspected, and recommended the Trust moves out of the recovery support system (formerly special measures). We have an absolute determination to continuously improve care and services for our patients and their families.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for any further information about this exciting opportunity.

Person Specification

Qualifications/training and professional development


  • Attainment of recognised degree in Speech and Language Therapy as recognised by RCSLT and HCPC
  • Membership of RCLST
  • Current Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration
  • Evidence of successful completion of post graduate study in dysphagia, and relevant highly specialist short courses
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD to meet regulatory body professional standards


  • Membership of relevant special interest groups (CENs)



  • Relevant clinical experience at specialist level
  • Competent in Videofluoroscopy
  • Effective at working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of delivering education and training packages
  • Experience in supervising undergraduate Speech & Language Therapists and more junior therapists
  • Established skills in the assessment and management of patients with tracheostomy.
  • Experience of clinical leadership


  • Competent in use of FEES

Skills, abilities, and knowledge


  • High level of competency in the assessment and management of adults with a range of communication and swallowing disorders
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a large caseload
  • Ability to work independently and recognise when to seek support for clinical issues
  • Ability to pass on highly specialist skills/knowledge to more junior staff and other professionals in both formal and informal environments
  • Knowledge of national policies, guidelines and standards relevant to client group such as dementia and progressive neurological conditions
  • Able to develop and implement short term clinically based projects/ audits demonstrating knowledge of research approaches and an ability to critically appraise research.

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

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHSFT


The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Gayton Road

King's Lynn

PE30 4ET

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