Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa including 15% HCAS pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, passionate and drive Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join us on a full-time basis, in our Community Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team, based in Hounslow.

This post is ideal for a Band 5 therapist looking to progress to a specialist level, or an experienced Band 6 therapist.

We are seeking inspired and enthusiastic therapists to be a part of our close-working team, and who can help to drive the future of our service.

You will be joining a professional, friendly, and experienced team at the Heart of Hounslow, who can provide a range of opportunities for learning and development.

We are an innovative team, with a specialist community neuro and voice service, close links to local hospitals with invitations to attend outpatient VFSS, and service development opportunities including group therapy, nursing home training and roll-out and audit of Biozoon.

We provide a full trust induction programme, including provision of laptop, mobile and mandatory training. Our team offers well-established monthly supervision and appraisal, with opportunities to lead on supervision for junior team members and support student placements. You will have access to a local base, agile working, and a team of supportive colleagues within the MDT with a range of skills and knowledge.

We carry out monthly SLT service meetings, engage in monthly in-service and cross-service CPD, and we also offer weekly case study discussions.

Main duties of the job

You will develop and apply your specialist skills and knowledge in the management of a mixed communication and dysphagia caseload, of adults with neurological, non-neurological and progressive conditions.

In this role, you will provide specialist communication and dysphagia assessment and therapy as an autonomous practitioner, and at times jointly with wider members of the MDT. You will develop and build on skills in the management of progressive neurological conditions, such as MND, PSP and HD, with opportunities to engage in voice-banking, close working with dietetics in complex dysphagia/feeding, and specialist AAC service Compass. Alongside the rest of the team, you will provide shared support to the Hounslow Neuro-Timely service, where patients are offered intensive therapy 3 times per week for up to 6 weeks.

This role has opportunities to provide training programmes to nursing and care staff in the community, support the development and running of group therapy, and active engagement in the planning, development, and delivery of an effective service.

About us

Community healthcare is unlike any other part of the NHS. It's personalised care that helps people to retain their independence. It's the NHS at its best and the difference you make is truly tangible.Our colleagues often describe us as a family, and we know how important that sense of belonging and support is when you start a new job. It's simple - happy, engaged staff provide better services.

In 2018, we were named'Best Place to Work for Employee Satisfaction'by the Nursing Times. The same year, we won the Workforce category at the HSJ Awards.In the latest NHS Staff Survey results 2020, we had the best response rate amongst community trusts nationally.

We are the top community trust in the country on the theme Quality of care for the third year. We had the highest percentage of staff who felt they are able to deliver the care they aspire to and are satisfied with the quality of care they give to patients or service users.

Infection Control

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination uptake as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • Diploma or degree leading to the RCSLT Certificate to Practice
  • Registered member of RCSLT and Health and Care Professions Council
  • Postgraduate dysphagia training
  • To be familiar with relevant legislation/guidelines relating to the care of clients with a neurological condition
  • Understand the impact of communication breakdown on the client's emotional well-being, mental health, functional ability and social inclusion


  • Postgraduate training in the area of neuro-rehabilitation



  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team and awareness of the issues
  • Independent supervision and teaching of SLT students
  • Participation in audit/outcome measurement
  • Experience of carrying out relevant specialist assessments and interventions


  • Video work with clients
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of working with Voice clients



  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the HRCH values (Care, Respect, Communication )
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to teach specific SLT treatment packages and theory to patients/ carers/ others.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team
  • Commitment and ability to develop others through CPD/PDP/In-service training
  • Evidence of own self-development through PDP
  • Able to write good accurate notes and reports
  • Ability to prioritise, good time management and organisational skills
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner
  • Ability to teach, supervise and motivate colleagues and other professionals
  • Understanding of the needs of a multi-ethnic community


  • Knowledge of use of computer software in treatment of dysphasia and dysarthria

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.

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

Hounslow and Richmond Community NHS Healthcare Trust


Heart of Hounslow

92 Bath Road



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