Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£28.29 to £31.92 an hour pa inclusive of all allowances
Closing date
6 Jun 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly specialist speech and language therapist (band 7) with an interest in working as with patients with autism and sensory issues.

The post holder would work alongside an Occupational Therapist who is SI trained and who is currently developing a SI service. The potholder would also have a small case load of patients with dysphagia and communication issues. There is the support of a Dietitian and the wider medical team supporting this work.

A developing specialist role (band 6) would also be considered if you are able to demonstrate sound/independent/dysphagia skills.

Inter Trust Secondment would also be considered for 18months would be considered.

Working on the hospital Bank is also an option.

Broadmoor high secure hospital, is one of only three hospitals for England and Wales that treats patients with mental disorder who require maximum security because they represent a significant risk to others or themselves. The hospital has 14 wards Broadmoor divided into Admissions, Intensive Care, Increased Support and Assertive Treatment (ISAT) and Assertive Rehabilitation (AR). The average length of stay is five and a half years.

Main duties of the job

Working with the clinical teams, the SLT input varies from assessing and managing a new or deteriorating dysphagia, assessing speech, language and communicating difficulties, working directly or indirectly to implement treatment plans and representing SLT in the Care Programme Approach throughout a patient's admission.

Previous experience working with people diagnosed with learning disability (LD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a mental health condition and/or challenging behaviours is desirable but not essential.

Clinicians with a proven competence working within physical health settings may well have the desirable transferable skills to fulfil this role.

A minimum of 2 years' dysphagia experience is essential (equal to Level C/D - RCSLT framework or Level 5/6 - EDSCF framework) as the post will require autonomous management of dysphagia caseload and training and education to other professionals is required.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a Speech and Language Therapy Service to inpatients in a secure setting with a primary mental health diagnosis. The identified caseload will focus on Sensory Intergradation, Communication and dysphagia assessments.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for taking a lead role in the planning and delivery of a high quality, highly specialist Speech and language Therapy service in order to facilitate optimum communication skills and provide dysphagia care within this client group.
  • The post holder will work with members of the multidisciplinary, ward teams implementing and providing specialist advice to other health professionals including: Occupational Therapists, Medical Staff, Psychology staff, Nursing Staff, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Dietitians, and other members as necessary
  • To promote at all times a positive image of the Speech and Language Therapy Service, Physical Health AHP Team and the wider Trust.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Registration with HCPC and RCSLT
  • Post graduate training in clinical areas relevant to the post e.g. Makaton, Clinical Supervision, Talking Mats, Motivational Interviewing.
  • Post-graduate dysphagia training and competence to level 5 (RCSLT May 2020)


  • Membership of applicable CEN groups
  • Post graduate training to Master's level in applicable area
  • Dysphagia competence to level 6 (RCSLT May 2020)



  • Extensive experience of working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Experience of working with adults with complex needs i.e. Learning Disabilities, Mental Health
  • Dysphagia competency level 5/6 (RCSLT framework 2020)
  • Experience managing own caseload to include communication and dysphagia
  • Administration and analysis of formal and informal clinical assessments
  • Report writing, setting goals, care plan formulation
  • Experience supervising junior staff and students and giving clinical supervision
  • Experience with sensory integration approaches.


  • Experience of working with people with Mental Illness or personality disorder and/or challenging behaviour
  • Experience running groups
  • Experience implementing International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) into clinical areas
  • Experience implementing Accessible Information Standards (AIS) into clinical areas.
  • Experience managing specialist pathways within communication caseload such as fluency or voice.
  • Experience training other members' of the MDT in areas related to SLT practice
  • Post qualification training in SI

Knowledge & Skills


  • Ability to administer and interpret formal and informal assessments for people with dysphagia, speech, language social and cognitive communication difficulties.
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant assessment tools and therapeutic interventions.
  • Specialist knowledge of dealing with complex cases in terms of dual diagnosis, presentation and the effects of the environment
  • Specialist knowledge of issues regarding challenging behaviour
  • Knowledge of clinical evidence base and relevant literature
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, research and audit
  • Ability to communicate (verbally and written) effectively with other professionals and carers
  • Knowledge of adaptive and augmented communication aids and implementation of
  • Excellent IT and presentation skills
  • Ability to use a total communication approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good time management
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Awareness of dealing with complaints and negotiation and conflict resolution skills


  • An awareness of relevant legislation e.g. Mental Health Act and Care Programme Approach (CPA)
  • Research and/or clinical audit skills
  • Skills in developing/delivering structured groups
  • Willingness and ability to develop a specialist area of expertise and clinical service



  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate resilience
  • Able to work independently and as a member of the MDT
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Commitment to person centred approach
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Willing to access clinical supervision from a distance


  • Interest in research and development



  • Travel to other sites within the Trust, if needed for meetings.
  • Be part of a team who use Prevention of Violence and Management of Aggression (PMVA) Techniques

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

West London NHS Trust


Speech Therapy


RG45 7EG

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