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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We currently have a vacancy for a Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) to join our inpatient team on a permanent basis.

This post is suitable for an SLT who has experience working with adults in an acute setting and who would like to develop their skills further in this area. Our values; Everyone Matters, Working Together, Making a Difference, represent our aspiration for the type of hospital we want to be and you can join our dedicated and talented staff to make this happen.

The Speech and Language Therapy team is forward-thinking with new and ongoing projects, monthly CPD (continuing professional development) sessions, and support for progression of competencies.

In this role you will have a focus on early assessment areas including the Emergency Department, Medical Assessment Unit and Older Person's Assessment Unit. You will also be supported to provide input to other specialty areas.

Main duties of the job

You will be providing specialist Speech and Language Therapy input for a caseload of adult inpatients with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties. This includes assessment and differential diagnosis, delivering intervention and rehabilitation, reviewing outcomes, and ensuring appropriate onward referral to community services.

We work closely within the multi-disciplinary team and have well-established links with Therapy, Nursing and Medical colleagues. We are looking for an SLT with excellent communication skills and an empathetic approach.

The SLT team has an established video-fluoroscopy clinic and have recently rolled out a Fibre-optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing service. We are dedicated to developing skills across the team and supporting progression of all members.

About us

At the RUH we're proud to put people at the heart of what we do, working together as one team to make a difference for our patients, each other, and our community. No matter what your role is, we value everyone's contribution in supporting the exceptional, person-centred care we pride ourselves on.

We are committed to creating a compassionate and inclusive environment. This can be seen in our growing community of staff networks - celebrating successes and creating opportunities to listen and learn. We value our differences, champion kindness and civility, and truly believe that diversity makes us stronger.

A culture of learning, developing and innovating is the thread that runs throughout our whole organisation. We want to support you to thrive, taking your career to its full potential.

We value staff wellbeing, with a well-established programme of support. We believe in a holistic approach spanning all aspects of living a healthy life, including physical, emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing. We've even got a pool!

We are committed to supporting you and hope you want to join our team. In the meantime, find out more about living and working the beautiful historic city of Bath, learn about our extensive package of staff benefits, and read about how we're providing healthcare fit for the future with the landmark Dyson Cancer Centre and our passion for research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached to the vacancy a detailed person specification and job description for further information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree or equivalent.
  • Registered with Health Professions Council.
  • Completion of RCSLT Level C dysphagia competencies


  • Video-fluoroscopy competencies
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.



  • Experience as a Band 5 SLT in the acute adult population working with a wide range of aetiologies
  • Demonstrable ability to be a good team member within an acute SLT team.
  • Well balanced theoretical knowledge to inform sound clinical judgement/decision making for case management.
  • Experience managing professional relationships, including building rapport, matching communication style, and maintaining boundaries within the therapeutic and other working relationships.
  • Knowledge of specialist assessment and therapeutic interventions appropriate for the client group.


  • Experience in supporting junior SLTs or SLT assistants.
  • Experience in working on intensive care ward.
  • Experience using audit methodology.



  • Values and respects others, treats everyone as an individual, is non-judgemental
  • Helps and co-operates with colleagues
  • Pro-active and takes responsibility
  • Motivated to be genuinely kind and caring
  • Willing to learn, open to change
  • Motivated to make a difference in whatever way they can
  • Takes pride in themselves, their appearance, their role and where they work.

Specific Skills


  • Good critical thinking skills including analytical and reflection skills.
  • Caseload/workload management skills, including the ability to prioritise, plan and organise.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to manage own time independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including observation, listening and empathy skills.
  • Ability to work closely with a small team of healthcare professionals, utilising respect behaviours to ensure collaboration and efficiency are maximised at all times.

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