Principal SLT Critical Care & Professional Lead

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to develop a new Speech and Language service within critical care. The post is to take a lead role responsible for the advanced assessment, diagnosis, management and specialist treatment of complex communication, swallowing and tracheostomy weaning.

The opportunity also means you would represent Speech and Language Therapy at an organisational level working as the Professional Lead 2 days a week at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation NHS Trust (CHFT). For 3 days a week you will work as a Principal Speech and Language Therapist within Critical Care.

You will be required to develop professional networks across Calderdale and Kirklees Places as well as across the wider region and nationally. The post holder will support the organisation, operational managers and other clinical specialists with the development and implementation of professions specific policies and strategies, whilst promoting and supporting quality improvement initiatives and change.

You will ensure that speech and language Therapy is embedded in services across CHFT locations and wider Calderdale and Kirklees Places ensuring that the training needs and skills of the clinicians is optimised from pre-registration and for all. You will also support the current workforce, development of new roles and services, expansion and management of rotation programmes, career pathways and development of the support workforce within speech and language therapy.

Main duties of the job

  • Be an expert practitioner within adult critical care, demonstrating a high level of post graduate experience with tracheostomised and ventilator-dependant patients.
  • Be an autonomous practitioner, clinically and professionally responsible for managing a complex caseload of patients with an ability to prioritise, organise, allocate and delegate referrals to optimise patient care.
  • Provide expert clinical input and leadership across critical care pathways, providing expert advice.
  • Establish a role as a key member of relevant multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Be a lead in service and quality improvement to optimise patient care and ensure adherence to the relevant policies, protocols and strategies.
  • Use advanced clinical decision making and analytical skills to provide expert SLT assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients with highly complex swallowing and communication disorders within critical care.
  • Use expert knowledge and evidence based practice guidance to manage and support patients and carers, providing specialist advice on the potential short and / or long-term effects of treatment.
  • Facilitate and support effective communication via therapy or augmentative communication systems.

Full description in the attached job description.

About us

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) is a dynamic and successful organisation with a strong organisational and personal development focus.

Our vision : Together we will deliver outstanding compassionate care to the communities we serve

We do this by demonstrating our values and behaviours, alongside One Culture of Care - caring for each other the same way we care for our patients.

Our values:
  • We put people first
  • We go see
  • We work together to get results
  • We do the must-dos

Our behaviours:
  • I'll step in others' shoes, and I'll be kind and welcoming to all
  • I'm committed to improving services and I'll go see examples of good practice
  • I'm respectful of others. I support diversity and inclusion
  • I will role model the must-dos to keep everyone safe and well

CHFT employs over 6,000 colleagues who deliver compassionate care from our two main hospitals, Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) as well as in community sites, health centres and in patients' homes.

In December 2018 the Department of Health and Social Care awarded CHFT �196.5m to invest in local health services. This investment will be used to build new buildings on both sites including a brand new A& E and Paediatric A& E building, a new Enhanced ICU and an upgrade to theatres wards. A new staff and patient car park will also be built.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide personalised care including psychological support to patients and carers as necessary.
  • Provide ongoing support and advice for rehabilitation post discharge from critical care.
  • Employ negotiation skills and expert knowledge in the management of conflict across a range of situations as they arise, resolving differences in clinical opinion.
  • Use advanced theoretical and practical knowledge to know when and how to seek further advice and or / diagnostics from other specialities.
  • Deliver and supervise in-service training Trust and system wide.
  • Actively participate in the planning and delivery of professional meetings.
  • Support others and work clinically and support clinical education across the wider acute setting.
  • Active awareness and involvement with research and audit.
  • Work in partnership with operational managers relating to speech and language therapy related topics including:
    • Workforce planning
    • Recruitment and retention
    • Service planning and developments
    • Clinical strategy
  • Act as an expert source of specialist information and advice on current best practice for colleagues and other health care professionals.
  • Identify and complete projects, investigate complaints and meet deadlines.
  • Contribute to the training of pre and post registration colleagues and students by:
    • Participating in the development and revision of the training programme.
    • Act as a role model, leading clinical supervision within designated specialist area.
    • Plan, deliver and evaluate formal and informal training within the specialism to audiences of other health care professionals, staff and patients.
    • Provide training within the specialism to speech and language therapy colleagues both within and outside the Trust.
  • Ensure all staff adhere to and monitor performance against Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct stipulated by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Person Specification



  • Relevant Degree/Diploma
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of Postgraduate Training
  • Studied at Masters level or equivalent


  • Post graduate training in Videofluoroscopy
  • Post-graduate training in FEES



  • High level of knowledge and experience in conducting a range of assessments to support diagnosis and management of patients presenting with complex dysphagia.
  • Uses specialist knowledge to inform sound clinical judgements and decision-making for complex cases
  • Experience of providing advice and professional guidance on complex clinical issues relating to Critical Care
  • Experience in teaching and supporting competency development for less experienced Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Experience of conducting clinical audit and quality improvement.
  • Experience in delivering Communication and Swallowing training to SLT colleagues and other members Healthcare professionals.


  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance, including audit cycle, continuous quality improvement and user involvement.
  • Experience in conducting appraisals
  • Experience of working in MDT's and acting as a specialist SLT resource
  • High level of knowledge and experience in conducting FEES assessment



  • Extensive portfolio and evidence of advanced personal and advanced/highly specialist professional development with skills, experience and achieved outcomes
  • Evidence of Leadership Training
  • Tracheostomy competencies (including critical care)
  • Highly specialist Knowledge of Critical Care including Tracheostomy and Ventilation
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and behaviours
  • Innovative and willing to exchange, develop and implement ideas
  • Excellent Time Management skills
  • Able to communicate complex, sensitive condition-related information from assessment to patients and carers
  • Ability to give clear advice, instruction and training to patients, carers and other professionals relating to complex communication/ swallowing disorders
  • Recognises own limitations and have willingness to share and learn from others
  • Ability to concentrate and work in conditions requiring emotional demands
  • Ability to identify and articulate own training needs
  • Self motivated with ability to work independently and influence others
  • Excellent Team Player
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve when dealing with routine situations
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and concentrate in conditions requiring emotional demands
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and have a willingness to share and learn skills from others


  • High level of in-depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions and evidence of highly specialist clinical expertise relevant to this caseload
  • Well established knowledge of RCSLT Professional and Clinical Guidelines/Policies both locally and nationally in the specialism of Critical Care as well as relevant national strategy and drivers
  • Level 2/ 3 FEES competencies (including specific critical care FEES competencies)
  • VF competencies

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust





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