Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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A great opportunity has arisen foran experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join the Sheffield Speech and Language Therapy Service working within the acute ward team.

The post is 22.5 hours a week and is a permanent position.

The successful candidate will be based in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Speech and Language Therapy service working as members of the team providing Speech and Language Therapy to the acute wards at the Northern General, Royal Hallamshire and Weston Park Hospitals.

Working with a varied caseload, and with access to FEES and Videofluoroscopy for our patients, it's an exciting role.

The successful post holder will provide clinical Speech & Language Therapy to a defined specialised caseload as part of the SLT team.

The Speech and Language Therapy service across both the acute and community teams in STH has approximately 55 staff (47 therapists, 7 assistants and 4 secretarial staff) (41.23wte).

The Speech and Language Therapy teams are highly motivated to provide a quality service to their patients, they are research active and embrace innovation. The service has established processes for supervision and supports personal and professional development.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical speech and language therapy services to a defined specialised caseload of adult patients as part of the acute ward SLT team.

To specialise in the assessment and management of communication disorders and dysphagia.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification (1st degree level or equivalent)
  • Dysphagia experience / accreditation, including management of complex dysphagia
  • Qualified to work to Specialist level on Dysphagia competency scale
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists and Health & Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Extensive post-graduate experience or equivalent.
  • Experience up to or at a Band 6 level.
  • Experience in working with adults in an acute hospital setting with communication and swallowing difficulties resulting from a wide range of acquired neurological conditions.
  • Experience of working with relatives and carers
  • Evidence of multi-disciplinary team working


  • Involvement in development and delivery of training packages

Further Training


  • Knowledge of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions for relevant client groups
  • Knowledge of national policies and legislation relevant to client group, and the local implementation of these.
  • Knowledge of professional and clinical guidelines relevant to the client group.


  • Knowledge of supported communication techniques, use of talking mats, life story books / communication passports



  • Competent in use of IT for everyday communication.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.
  • Good presentation skills - oral and written.
  • Awareness of the principles of clinical governance, audit and required standards of record keeping.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially in relation to liaison and joint working.


  • Evidence of ability to manage specialist and complex caseload independently
  • Knowledge of the NHS and understanding of the roles of other professions

Other Factors


  • Evidence of developing negotiation skills and management of conflict.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities in work and service delivery.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Adaptable to new situations and personnel.
  • Flexible approach to working practices.
  • Commitment to person centred planning and carer involvement in service delivery and development.


  • Full driving licence and access to a vehicle.

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

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital

Herries Road


S5 7AT

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