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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Inpatients

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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If you have a strong interest and experience in working with adults with complex conditions in a fast paced environment, come and join our talented Speech and Language Therapy Team in the state of the art new Royal Liverpool Hospital.

We are looking for a clinical team lead band 7 to drive the development and implementation of innovative dysphagia and communication pathways within general medical care. The post holder will be part of a team managing complex dysphagia and communication caseloads. Experience in Videofluoroscopy and FEES is desired.

You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills and work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

This role will provide opportunities to develop both clinical and leadership skills within the SLT team and wider organisation, e.g. videofluoroscopy and FEES. You will work closely with the band 8 clinical leads and other band 7 lead SLTs, with regular opportunities for senior support and peer supervision.

Requests for part time, flexible working, secondment will all be considered. A training post may be offered if appropriate (Annex 21).

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be working in flexible and supportive team within the acute setting at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. The position will involve working in a fast-paced clinical environment with complex general medical conditions.

You will be supported by expert speech and language therapists working in advanced dysphagia, critical care, voice, asthma and respiratory. We have robust caseload management and prioritisation processes. 3 videofluoroscopy clinics run weekly and we have a well-established FEES and laryngeal endoscopy training programme for senior clinicians supported by level 3 FEES practitioners.

Band 7 employees provide clinical lead roles and are required to supervise junior therapists and assistant staff and to support and train the wider MDT. Band 7 staff also deputise for 8a team leads. You will be encouraged to support service development through participation in internal and external projects.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Management and provision of highly specialist Speech & Language Therapy, using models of best practice to assess the clients needs, and to provide therapy, advice and support for the patient.Evaluation of clients needs in order to give effective support at the right time, involving prioritisation of the caseload, according to recently reviewed literature and clinical effectiveness guidelinesManagement and provision of highly specialist SLT for specified clients, byassessing needs and then providing programmes and resources, which arereviewed and up-dated regularly.Support for colleagues within and outside of Speech & Language Therapy, including the provision of student placements.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree qualification or equivalent
  • HCPC - Licence to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master's degree equivalent.
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups



  • Relevant experience at undergraduate/post graduate level
  • Demonstrable relevant experience post qualification, evidence of working as a Specialist Speech & Language Therapist
  • In-depth experience within specialist area



  • Good auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and develop leadership responsibilities
  • Well established knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to the specialist client group
  • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the specialist client group)
  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
  • In depth knowledge of the principles of clinical governance/audit
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals (relevant to the client group)
  • Knowledge of standards of record keeping



  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Highly developed Negotiation and Problem solving skills
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills
  • Well developed concentration skills
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Prioritisation skills.

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

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool Hospital


L7 8XP

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