Band 7 - Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) at BHRUT has grown significantly in recent years. We are now 25 SLTs over 2 hospitals & continue to grow and develop our service. We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate, evidence based & dynamic SLT to join our team as a Band 7 in Stroke & Neurosciences.BHRUT has a well-established stroke pathway including Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU), Acute Stroke Unit (ASU), inpatient rehab & Early Supported Discharge (ESD). Queen's Hospital also provides the regional neurosurgical service for Essex, which means a varied neuroscience caseload. You will join our current Band 7 rotations between Acute Stroke care (HASU/ASU), rehab (inpatient & ESD) & Neurosciences (including neurology & neurosurgery, neuro ITU & awake craniotomy).The Stroke & Neurosciences MDT provide holistic, patient centered care with opportunities for innovation & service development. These teams often pilot new technologies, projects & programs focused on providing the best service possible.The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Stroke/Neurosciences with extensive experience managing dysphagia & communication disorders associated with these caseloads in an acute/rehabilitation setting. They should be competent in VFSS. ITU & tracheostomy experience is beneficial. In-house training for trache & FEES can be provided. Applicants can be considered for the option of a development post from a 6 to 7. Follow us on twitter @BHRUT_SLT for more info.

Main duties of the job

To take responsibility for and demonstrate highly specialist skills in the holistic assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with acquired swallowing and /or communication disorders secondary to stroke and/or acquired neurological disorders. To be able to make a differential diagnosis in complex cases on the basis of evidence.

To actively participate in the development of service provision within the stroke and/or neurosciences pathway.

To actively participate in the delivery and on-going development of thrice weekly Videofluoroscopy of Swallowing Studies (VFSS) and Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) clinics. To support junior members of staff to achieve competencies in these specialist areas.

To actively participate in the development of service provision within stroke and/or neurosciences specialty.

About us

Under the leadership of our Chair Jacqui Smith and Matthew Trainer, our Chief Executive, we provide care for the residents of three of the most diverse London boroughs. More than half of our 7,500 strong workforce are from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and most live in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. We also provide healthcare services to people in south west Essex, and specialist neurosciences services to the whole of the county.

Our services include all the major specialties of large acute hospitals, operating from two main sites - King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen's Hospital in Romford. We also provide outpatient services at Brentwood Community Hospital, Barking Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic, and Harold Wood Polyclinic. We have two of the busiest emergency departments in London.

As we recover from Covid-19, we're proud to be leading the way nationally in reducing the time our patients wait to get the treatment they need. The pandemic provided the drive forour teams to innovate and change.

We know we have more work to do to improve waiting times for urgent and emergency care, and our performance against the four-hour emergency access standard remains challenged, in comparison to many other London trusts.

We are particularly proud of our regional Neurosciences Centre Radiotherapy Centre Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and dedicated breast care service at King George Hospital. We're also pleased to be part of the NEL Cancer Alliance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

The person specification listed below is not the full specification requirements for the role. Please ensure you review the full specification on the job description prior to submitting your application.

Applicants are advised to read all the information on the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

All new staff appointed at the Trust are subject to a probationary period.

Applications should be made online, however, queries regarding the application process or assistance with completion of the form (for applicants with a disability) can be made to Rebecca Hills, Recruitment Advisor, on 01708 435000 ext. 5937. Further details regarding the post may be obtained by contacting the manager as per the contact details above.

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc in Speech & Language Therapy.
  • HCPC registration.
  • Evidence of relevant continuous professional development (CPD) in the field of Stroke or Neurosciences.


  • Leadership training.
  • Evidence of post-graduate training.
  • IRMER qualification.



  • Experience in Videofluoroscopy of Swallowing Studies.
  • Experience with non-vented tracheostomy management.
  • Experience in FEES assessment.


  • Competent IT skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Evidence of service development.

Experience / Knowledge


  • Proven clinical experience in Neurosciences.
  • Sound knowledge of relevant conditions resulting in complex swallow and/or communication difficulties.
  • Substantial post-graduate experience.


  • Training of Speech and Language Therapy students on placements.
  • Team leadership experience.
  • Clinical experience in critical care.

Personal Qualities


  • Leadership qualities
  • Team player
  • Flexible approach


  • Ability to undertake any additional work ad hoc as required by the Trust on weekends or Bank Holidays.

Employer details

Employer name

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust


Queens Hospital

Rom Valley Way



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