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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Stroke

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Stepping Hill Hospital is one of three Primary Stroke Centres across Greater Manchester, boasting a hyper acute stroke unit, thrombolysis service and a team of specialist staff. The service has frequent access to a videofluoroscopy and FEES clinic. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is looking for an enthusiastic, innovative, experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join their integrated therapy team.

The post holder will work as part of a supportive multidisciplinary team delivering a service on our hyper acute, acute and rehabilitation stroke wards. We also work collaboratively with the Nutrition MDT for holistic management of patients.

The successful applicant will have specialist skills in dysphagia and complex communication disorders. Skills and experience in videofluoroscopy, knowledge of tracheostomy and FEES are desirable but not essential. Excellent communication skills and ability to demonstrate an adaptable approach whilst meeting guidelines and standards is required for the role.

You will receive monthly supervision with a senior Speech and Language Therapist. You will also be responsible for supervising junior Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants. There will be opportunity to contribute towards and receive regular in-service training as well as other CPD opportunities.

This post will include five working days, flexible over a 7 day rota. Where weekend working is involved an enhanced rate of pay is received.

Main duties of the job

Part time hours would be considered

Band 6 training contract would be considered for dysphagia competencies

To provide a safe, effective and consistently high quality Speech and Language Therapy service at Stockport Foundation Trust.

Manage a delegated caseload within the specialist area of stroke, including hyper-acute, acute and rehabilitation. To assess, plan and implement patient centred, evidence-based interventions

To provide evidence-based care, education and information to patients, carers and health care professionals. This will be in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings.

Contribute to the training and development of Speech and Language Therapy students, as well as supervising and supporting Speech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy Assistants.
To support and develop the Speech and Language Therapy service within specialist clinical areas

About us

We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

Our mission is to make a difference every day. Our values are that we care, we respect, and we listen.

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

The salary for the role is only one part of the excellent package of benefits we offer to you:
  • Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays
  • NHS pension scheme membership
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
  • NHS Staff discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt
  • Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide specialist assessment and management of swallowing and communication disorders to delegated caseload of patients referred to the service, using evidence based, patient centred principles to assess, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • Regularly evaluate treatment plans to ensure they are safe and effective.
  • To support and develop the Speech and Language Therapy service and act as a clinical specialist alongside the MDT.
  • To provide advice on communication strategies, swallowing and the use of modified diet and fluid consistencies as required.
  • Act as an independent practitioner and be professionally accountable and responsible for aspects of own work. Decide priorities for own work, balanced patient related and professional demands in consultation with Team Leaders.
  • To work alongside consultants, other Allied Health Professionals, specialist nurses and ward staff to provide specialist treatment plans as part of holistic patient care.
  • To attend ward rounds, MDT meetings and best interest meetings as needed.
  • Provide training to healthcare professionals regarding communication and swallowing problems and interventions, including presentations.
  • Contribute to developing advice sheets and new teaching materials.
  • Collect all data necessary to meet local requirements for service monitoring.
  • Work in conjunction with colleagues on development and implementation of local policies based on national guidance.
  • To identify and undertake clinical audit.
  • Maintain professional competence and expertise, keeping up to date with current research, working practices and models of working.
  • Participate in personal and professional development through objective setting and regular job review.
  • Provide clinical supervision and support to Band 5 Speech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy Assistants.
  • Work as a committed and effective member of the Speech and Language Therapy, Integrated Therapy and wider MDT Teams in order to maximise the potential of the service and profession
  • Work towards gaining experience in a specialised area of Speech and Language Therapy if service demands require this, by shadowing and providing cover when appropriate.
  • Support other specialist Speech and Language Therapists with caseloads in their absence. As required to offer support to other clinical areas to ensure all patients are seen in a timely manner.
  • Observe the provisions of, and adhere to, all Trust policies and procedures.
  • Comply with professional guidelines and Code of Conduct.

Please see attached job description for further details of the role

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trusts policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

If successful this vacancy will require an enhanced DBS check at a cost of �41.90. This cost will be deducted from your first Trust salary

In addition to this it will be a condition of your employment that you will join the DBS update service and pay the annual subscription fee of �13.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Degree level qualification in Speech and Language pathology/therapy.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Post graduate training and experience in dysphagia.


  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (R.C.S.L.T.).
  • Post graduate training in specialist area.
  • Attendance at courses, conferences or study days which support Speech and Language Therapy knowledge and/or practice.



  • Highly specialised knowledge of the head, neck and thorax.
  • Maintenance of clinical knowledge base/level of professional competency across the range of acquired communication and swallowing disorders to ensure evidence-based practice.
  • Able to identify areas for own personal/professional development.
  • Specialist knowledge relevant to stroke
  • Awareness of the potential uses of videofluoroscopy and FEES in dysphagia management and patient referral criteria.
  • Understanding of audit and its role in clinical practice/service development.
  • Awareness of SSNAP (The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Program).


  • Knowledge of policies and procedures and guidelines relevant to role.
  • Awareness of range of software available for therapeutic. purposes.
  • Understanding of NHS structure and systems.
  • Awareness of cultural diversity and equality issues.
  • Good working knowledge of frailty and underlying health conditions.



  • Post-graduate clinical experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist in a clinical setting.
  • Experience in providing therapy to patients following a stroke.
  • Working in a multi-professional environment.
  • Able to independently make complex discharge decisions and advise the MDT on the safety of potential discharges in terms of communication and swallowing.
  • Working in a team.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Managing a clinical caseload and prioritising tasks.
  • Clinical audit.


  • Presenting training sessions/talks.
  • Experience of supervising junior colleagues
  • Training student Speech and Language Therapists

Skills & Abilities


  • Competent in the assessment and management of a range of swallowing and communication disorders.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills to facilitate therapeutic relationships.
  • High quality written communication skills.
  • High quality verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex and potentially distressing information to clients, carers and other professionals in a sensitive manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with angry or distressed patients/relatives
  • Ability to adapt communication style to overcome barriers to understanding.
  • Able to communicate effectively with members of the MDT regarding patient care.
  • Able to manage the emotional consequences of working with communication impaired clients and their relatives, in distressing situations, such as late stage terminal illness or coming to terms with disability.
  • Able to carry out assessment in physically restricted situations e.g. at the bedside.
  • Excellent observation skills.
  • Able to analyse and evaluate results of formal/informal assessments of communication and swallowing, evaluate outcomes and modify approach to maximise outcome.
  • Able to contribute to complex discharge decisions, advising the MDT on the safety of potential discharges in terms of communication and swallowing.
  • Behaviour change skills.
  • Ability to motivate or persuade others to facilitate change.
  • Able to keep accurate records relating to patient care.
  • Ability to reflect on practice with peers/supervisor(s).
  • Active team member.
  • Able to train/teach students, other professionals and assistants.
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