Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist: Stroke

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 a year per annum HCAS incl.
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Would you like to join a supportive and energetic team, working with a busy stroke caseload in London? We have restructured our service and an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist at West Middlesex University Hospital.

The post is based on the acute stroke unit. The successful candidate will be supported to complete their dysphagia training and newly qualified practitioner competencies and will be provided the opportunity to develop expertise in videofluoroscopy. Individuals who will receive their Speech and Language Therapy qualification in 2023 are welcome to apply.

The team has a passion for quality improvement and we are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about service development.We offer regular peer support, clinical supervision, CPDand team meetings. The successful candidate will have ample opportunities to be involved in audits, teaching & training and other service promotion projects.

The post-holderwill be directly supervised and supported by a senior SLT working in the same clinical specialism.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Main duties of the job

This is a full time post within the adult Speech & Language Therapy Team, providing a service to adult inpatients within the Trust. The post holder will work to become an autonomous practitioner, providing Speech and Language Therapy services to the stroke unit at West Middlesex University Hospital.

The post holder will be provided the required support and development to enable them to manage a caseload of adult inpatients independently, providing advice regarding swallowing and communication. They will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will be expected to contribute to collaborative working with patients, carers, and colleagues.

The post holder will participate in team meetings, working parties and contribute to departmental / team audits. They will be required to deliver training within the hospital setting to other professionals, patients and carers.

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people.

Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an

'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate.

We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a full time post within the adult Speech & Language Therapy Team, providing a service to adult inpatients within the Trust. The post holder will work to become an autonomous practitioner, providing Speech and Language Therapy services to the stroke unit at West Middlesex University Hospital.

Please see the full list of roles and responsibilities in the job description attached.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Putting patients first
  • Responsive to, and supportive of, patients and staff
  • Open, welcoming and honest
  • Unfailingly kind, treating everyone with respect, compassion and dignity
  • Determined to develop our skills and continuously improve the quality of care

Education and Qualifications


  • Qualified Speech and Language Therapist
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Current RCSLT registration


  • Post graduate experience and professional development relevant to the post
  • Membership of Clinical Interest Group relevant to the post



  • Experience working within a Multidisciplinary Team (can be on student placement)
  • Experience with dysphagia assessment and management
  • Experience with assessment and management of communication impairments
  • Experience providing teaching and training for members of the MDT, clients, families etc.
  • Experience using evidence based practice and outcome measures


  • Experience with service development and service evaluation

Skills and knowledge


  • Understanding of relevant NHS policies and the value of clinical governance
  • Ability to work on autonomously and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of SLT assessment and management for adults with dysphagia
  • Knowledge of SLT assessment and management for adults with communication impairments
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a highly emotive clinical setting
  • Ability to demonstrate an evidence based approach to clinical practice
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other health professionals and with adults of all ages and abilities
  • Ability to cope with stressful working situations, including emotional or aggressive patients carers/relatives
  • Excellent organisational skills and presentation skills both written and oral
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Developed knowledge of clinical governance and clinical risk management practices

Personal qualities


  • Awareness of professional and personal boundaries
  • Able to maintain prolonged concentration in order to complete assessment, diagnosis and provision of the appropriate therapy and / or management plan

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

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


West Middlesex University Hospital

Twickenham Road



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