Inpatient Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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The Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service provides an assessment and management service to patients with communication and swallowing problems in the acute hospital settings (Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary) andthe community areas of Calderdale.

Patients may have acute neurological conditions, long term neurodegenerative conditions, respiratory and ENT disorders and complex multi-pathology conditions, including patients with dementia.

The Adult Acute Team provides the service to the acute wards and stroke unit and provides the outpatient Voice Service and Videofluoroscopy Clinic.

The post holder will act as a specialist clinician for the team, working with adults with communication and swallowing disorders within the acute hospital setting, supporting the Service's Clinical Lead/s in evolving and embedding best practice within the clinical area and playing an active role in the ongoing development of less experienced Speech and Language Therapists, service support staff and the wider multidisciplinary team.

There may be rotation opportunities or developmental opportunities for the successful candidate including exposure to videofluoroscopy and FEES, or in areas of interest.

Main duties of the job

  • To carry out specialist assessment and treatment of adults with communication and/or swallowing disorders.
  • To work autonomously in line with Trust policies and within the scope of professional practice, maintaining accurate and comprehensive up to date records.
  • To independently determine clinical diagnoses for patients of varying levels of complexity and to develop,implement, evaluate and modify individualised treatment programmes for these patients and/or provide specialist advice, ensuring appropriate pathways of care via liaison and referral to other agencies as required.
  • To provide education and training of Speech & Language Therapists and qualified and non-qualified healthcare / social services / education staff including medical staff
  • To support the Clinical Leads / Team Leader in the day to day running of the Speech & Language Therapy service.
  • To support and advise within the wider MDT on the delivery of the service in consultation with the Clinical Lead/s.
  • To work across a 7 day service including Bank holidays and weekends

About us

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) is a dynamic and successful organisation with a strong organisational and personal development focus.

CHFT prides itself on its strong vision and values.

Our vision : Together we will deliver outstanding compassionate care to the communities we serve

We do this by demonstrating our values and behaviours, alongside One Culture of Care - caring for each other the same way we care for our patients.

Our values:
  • We put people first
  • We go see
  • We work together to get results
  • We do the must-dos

Our behaviours:
  • I'll step in others' shoes, and I'll be kind and welcoming to all
  • I'm committed to improving services and I'll go see examples of good practice
  • I'm respectful of others. I support diversity and inclusion
  • I will role model the must-dos to keep everyone safe and well

CHFT employs over 6,000 colleagues who deliver compassionate care from our two main hospitals, Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) as well as in community sites, health centres and in patients' homes.

In December 2018 the Department of Health and Social Care awarded CHFT �196.5m to invest in local health services. This investment will be used to build new buildings on both sites including a brand new A& E and Paediatric A& E building, a new Enhanced ICU and an upgrade to theatres wards. A new staff and patient car park will also be built.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further details on this position and main responsibilities, please review the job description and personal specification.

Person Specification



  • Relevant Degree/Diploma
  • Registered with HCPC & RCSLT
  • Successful completion of post-basic dysphagia course or completed & documented competencies from in-house dysphagia training.
  • Clinical Educator Training


  • Studied at Masters level or equivalent
  • Training in instrumental assessment (e.g. FEES/Videofluoroscopy/ nasendoscopy)



  • Recent significant experience demonstrating ability to assess, treat and evaluate therapy intervention in adults with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Recent experience of caseload management, including autonomous management of complex cases
  • Independent working in a hospital setting - including caseload management, prioritisation and problem solving without immediate direct access to senior support.
  • Representation of SALT in specific MDT clinical settings.
  • Evidence of CPD, self directed learning and Reflective Practice.
  • Experience in contributing to service improvements e.g. Audit, patient information etc.
  • Support of, and delegation to, less experienced /non qualified staff.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, NSF's and local/National initiatives


  • Experience in dealing with complaints (e.g. diffusing complaint or investigating complaint)
  • Experience in community settings.
  • Experience of instrumental assessment (e.g. FEES/Videofluoroscopy/ nasendoscopy)
  • Post graduate training in specialist area, e.g. attendance at CENs in dysphagia, motor speech disorders, aphasia.
  • Previous experience working at Band 6 level



  • Demonstrates positive attitude and behaviours
  • Excellent Time Management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people with complex difficulties and in difficult situations
  • Recognises own limitations and has willingness to share and learn from others
  • Ability to identify and articulate own training needs
  • Self motivated with ability to work independently and influence others
  • Proven ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve when dealing with complex situations
  • Ability to organise own work and 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

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust


Huddersfield and Calderdale Royal Hospital

Acre Street



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