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Development Specialist Speech & Language Therapist Adults

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum including HCAS
Closing date
29 Sep 2023
Come and join a friendly and enthusiastic community adult speech & language therapy team based in the London Borough of Hillingdon.You'll provide assessment & therapy to a range of acquired & progressive neurological disorders consisting of communication, swallowing, voice + stammering.

This is a flexible split post in the community & outpatient setting. You'll be part of an MDT with physios, OTs and dietitians. You'll work as an autonomous practitioner when completing domiciliary & nursing home visits. There's involvement in delivering dysphagia training programmes to nursing homes & agencies.

We're happy to consider supporting a Band 5 therapist including an NQT,to develop into the full Band 6 role.You'd have an initial fixed term contract at Band 5 with a robust development framework in place to take you up to band 6. See details in the recruitment pack. Applications for both full time & part time roles are acceptable.

You'll work with band 7 lead therapists in each clinical specialty to support & develop your skills. There's access to regular supervision & opportunities for internal & external CPD. Regular team meetings, support & supervision are in place, plus good opportunities for training & career development.

Main duties of the job

  • The independent management of a caseload of clients with swallowing and communication disorders in the community and in an out-patient setting.
  • Close working relationships with all members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • The active contribution to service development in SLT service within the areas of stroke, long term neurological conditions & older people services
  • The delivery of training/teaching to carers, other health professionals and students

About us

Come & join us & be one of the 1500 AHP's in CNWL. We work in many different teams in both physical & mental health, plus specialist areas. You could have a career for life with us.

CNWL has an established professional structure which includes a Director of Therapies, an AHP associate director and Trust wide heads of Professions. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of professions as a whole at all levels - both strategically & operationally.

Personal & professional development is a high priority for SLT to enable us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training & providing quality supervision. This ensures all AHP's reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit & evidence-based practice is made possible by strong links with local universities & our CNWL AHP Research Network.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion are a priority for us in CNWL we expect staff to be culturally competent, reflective & open to culturally diverse CPD opportunities. We work hard to support the recruitment & development of staff from all protected characteristics.

The successful applicant has contact with patients. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage & support vaccination as this is the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues & of course patients & service users when working in our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide a Specialist Speech & Language Therapy service as an autonomous SLT working with the Community Adult Rehabilitation Team (which includes other SLTs), for clients who require domiciliary visits or can attend out-patient appointments.

The postholder will be part of a community SLT service providing specialist assessment and treatment to adults with communication and swallowing difficulties within the areas of stroke, progressive neurological conditions, and older people within clients own homes, residential homes and nursing homes.

The postholder will provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of In-patients in an Intermediate Care Unit and outpatients and ensure a seamless pathway from inpatient to outpatient status and where appropriate in long-term conditions follow-up in the Community setting.

The post holder will demonstrate efficacy of this service to stakeholders with appropriate liaison and relevant audit. The post holder will access support from other Community based Band 6 SLTs, and supervision from the band 7 SLT and the Adult SLT team lead.

The post will also rotate into voice out-patient service with specialist supervision in these areas in order to develop the relevant clinical competencies.
  • Provide culturally competent practice in all interactions with patients and in the preparation and design of all clinical interventions
  • Ensure clinical practice supports inclusion for patients from all protected characteristics
  • Engage in regular reflection regarding equality, diversity and inclusion issues related to clinical practice and attend culturally diverse CPD opportunities
  • During appraisal engage in reflection about equality, diversity and inclusion issues relevant to clinical practice, the profession or the team.
  • Be part of a supportive staff culture of inclusion recognising the needs and backgrounds of colleagues and playing their part in positively embracing difference within the team
  • Support students and provide practice placements at least once a year
  • Participate in the promotion of the profession through visiting schools and colleges to expand the profession and encourage increased applications for training from those in protected characteristics.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice


  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master's degree equivalent
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Networks



  • Substantial experience working with adults with acquired and progressive neurological disorders in a variety of settings.
  • Relevant highly specialist experience post qualification in assessment and management of acquired communication/swallowing disorders of neurological aetiology
  • Involvement in multi-disciplinary working


  • A significant proportion of post graduate experience should include community setting
  • Independent in videofluoroscopy
  • In-depth experience within an appropriate specialist area (adult acquired and progressive neurological disorders, dementia).
  • Experience of supervising and appraising more junior therapists
  • Experience working with interpreters
  • Experience of developing and providing specialist training to nursing home staff, carers, and other members of the MDT

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Laurel Lodge Clinic

Harlington Road



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