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Band 6 Static Speech & Language Therapist: Respiratory & Critical Care

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We have a new opportunity for a motivated and experienced Speech & Language Therapist (SLT) to join our dynamic Respiratory, Surgery & Critical Care Therapy Team at Barnet Hospital - part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. The post is full time, working 37.5 hours per week, but flexible working may be considered if raised at interview.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be:
  • Based in the Respiratory, Surgery & Critical Care multi-profession therapy team alongside dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and support workers, supported by a clinical lead.
  • Experienced in tracheostomy management both with self-ventilating and ventilated patients.
  • Joining a supportive team of senior SLT's working within specialty groups that include Neurology, Head and Neck Cancer, Voice / General medicine /Health Services for the Elderly overseen by a professional lead for SLT.
  • Required to provide support and advice to other members of the team and wider MDT on SLT management of patients and clinical supervision to more junior therapists, therapy assistants and students.
  • Working as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that patients receive timely assessments and interventions.
  • Working towards development of specialist clinical / technical skills for interpretative assessment techniques and interventions (e.g. FEES, Videofluoroscopy, Phonetic Transcription, stroboscopy)
  • Aware of current guidelines and research relevant to this clinical area and able to implement this into their practice.

Participating in the SLT bank holiday rota as an autonomous practitioner within the Trust

About us

We are looking for an enthusiastic SLT with excellent communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, an interest in the training and supervision of staff and a positive and flexible approach.

The therapies department at Barnet Hospital is committed to ensuring staff feel supported with their wellbeing and career progression through supervision, appraisal, in-house and external training and leadership development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Education & professional Qualifications


  • Degree/ graduate diploma or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a speech and language therapist
  • Certificated graduate courses or equivalent in-house training in clinical specialty areas


  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Membership of special interest group

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • Good understanding of relevant clinical guidelines
  • Broad range of clinical experience at a Band 5 level or above
  • Experience of working in an acute, hospital based setting, including working within an MDT
  • Presentations to a range of groups
  • Teaching/training of staff or students
  • Supervision of more junior staff, assistants and/students
  • Active participation in an audit or project work
  • Computer literate, to include working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Experience of working in a critical care setting including tracheostomy management

Skills and aptitudes


  • Able to work autonomously and use initiative
  • Evidence of specialist clinical skills
  • Effective clinical reasoning skills
  • Ability to reflect on and appraise own practice
  • Effective verbal communication skills with a range of patients and healthcare professionals regarding complex and sensitive issues
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Able to manage clinical caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to work effectively within different teams both multi and uni - disciplinary
  • Ability to manage own time & meet deadlines
  • Ability to be proactive in service development
  • Ability to critically evaluate current research & apply to own practice
  • Knowledge and application of principles of evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of the use of instrumental assessment
  • Skills in differential diagnosis in communication and swallowing disorders in adults with acquired disorders
  • Ability to recognise unacceptable behaviour and act on this appropriately
  • Knowledge of the impact of tracheostomy on swallowing and communication

Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Strong interpersonal skills, including assertiveness
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Positive attitude to change; able to facilitate change within teams
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others

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