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Clinical Lead Specialist SLT Adult Acute

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 a year pa Inclusive
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic individual who can provide expert clinical care, operational management and clinical leadership to 7.3wte SLT/SLTAs.

You will have responsibility for the team and service and will have a clinical caseload to manage alongside the operational and quality issues for the service. You will contribute to instrumental assessments including FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) and/or videofluoroscopy (xray of swallow).

You will be supported by the Trust-wide Clinical Service Lead for Adult SLT, and work closely and collaboratively with the other adult SLT clinical leads on the Charing Cross site which includes clinical leads for Stroke & Neuro-rehab, H& N and ENT/Airways, as well as the clinical leads for the Adult Acute teams on St Mary's Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital sites.

The successful candidate will be a speech and language therapist with significant experience in the assessment and management of acquired swallowing and communication difficulties within the acute hospital setting, with the ability to apply expertise to site-based specialities (admissions, neurology/neurosurgery, critical care, cancer and other general medical and surgical specialities). They will have the ability to influence, inspire and build relationships across disciplines.

Main duties of the job

  • This job description is for clinical lead therapists who lead uni or integrated therapy teams on one or more hospital sites and/or community for Medicine, Surgery & Cancer, Neurosciences, Outpatients, Nutrition & Dietetics, Speech & Language Therapy and Children's therapies
  • The post-holder is supported by the Clinical Service Lead for Adult SLT, and receives peer support from a number of clinical lead SLT colleagues overseeing other speciality services across the Trust, and clinical lead therapy colleagues on site. The service also receives academic support from the Clinical Academic SLT.
  • This post relates specifically to the Clinical Lead Specialist SLT for Adult Acute based at Hammersmith Hospital (HH), overseeing a small team of SLTs providing a service to patients with communication and swallowing impairments admitted to the site (all critical care, medical and surgical beds). Hammersmith Hospital is a specialist hospital offering a range of services, including renal, haematology, cancer (including upper GI) and cardiology care. The team supports the site's SLT-led instrumental dysphagia assessment service to inpatients (videofluoroscopy and FEES) as well as an outpatient videofluoroscopy clinic

About us

At Imperial College Healthcare you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people, working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You'll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career.

Benefits include career development, flexible working and wellbeing, staff recognition scheme. Make use of optional benefits including Cycle to work, car lease schemes, season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities.

We encourage staff to have the Covid vaccination to protect themselves, patients, other colleagues as well as the wider community. Please note it is an operational requirement to comply with infection prevention and control procedures within the Trust such as lateral flow testing, handwashing and the wearing of masks, according to the procedures in place at any time or location.

As part of our continued response to Covid19 we are still conducting the majority of our interviews virtually.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and will consider applications to work flexibly, part-time or job share.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both overviews please view the Job Description attachment with the job advert.

Person Specification

Education/ qualifications


  • Post Graduate Diploma / Degree in Speech & Language Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration.
  • Evidence of experience /post graduate training and education to Masters level or equivalent and CPD relevant to speciality area
  • Evidence of structured training on appraisal and supervisory skills
  • Leadership/ Management training


  • Masters or PhD degree in relevant subject
  • Membership of relevant professional groups relevant Specialist interest group

Skills/knowledge/ abilities


  • Expert clinical reasoning skills in the appropriate application of a range of techniques and approaches to the management of the relevant clinical area.
  • To lead, inspire motivate and empower teams using effective clinical leadership qualities in an integrated service
  • Ability to mentor, coach and support patients, staff and colleagues.
  • Effective resolution of professional ethical issues
  • Good communication skills


  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Evidence of presentation at national level



  • Extensive experience post qualification with evidenced experience at a senior level within relevant speciality (adult acute care, in particular complex dysphagia management, including instrumental assessments, with ability to apply to areas of critical care, cardiac, cancer, haematology, renal.
  • Experience of incident investigation and implementation of change of practice as a result
  • Significant success in multidisciplinary/multi agency working.
  • Experience of supporting a culture of research awareness


  • Experience at Band 8a level
  • Clinical leadership of other discplines

Employer details

Employer name

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust




W6 8RF

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