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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Nutrition Support Team

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
13 Oct 2023

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Come and join our adult SLT Team based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.The joint acute and community Adult SLT Team are a friendly and supportive group of Therapists, Assistants and admin staff serving the Fylde Coast population. Due to staff movement, we are offering a 30 hours per week Band 7 post within the multidisciplinary Nutritional Support Team. Part time hours and flexible working will also be considered. We are dedicated to continued service improvement and over recent years have developed our telehealth capabilities within the community and our inpatient FEES service alongside our long-established videofluoroscopy service. We are also committed to continuing professional development and the training of SLT students.

We will be holding a MS Teams Q& A session so you can learn more about the service and the post. Please email for times and link.

Main duties of the job

  • be responsible for and lead the provision of Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) within the multidisciplinary Nutrition Support Team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • offer a Speech and Language Therapy opinion for people referred to the team with complex feeding needs in acute and community settings, make complex decisions and contribute toward multi-disciplinary discussions within the NST.
  • be responsible for delivering high quality, evidence-based SLT management of own adult caseload who have been referred or awaiting referral into the NST.
  • act as an expert SLT resource within the NST and to educate SLT colleagues, students, SLT assistants and other health professionals within the Trust.
  • contribute to the Trust's clinical governance programme by participating within the specialist area for audit, development and implementation of evidence-based guidelines/protocols and continuing professional development.
  • work within and adhere to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Practice, relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Please see attached Job Description for further information.

About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the Fylde Coast. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resorts, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and job & person specifications for further information on main responsibilities of role and post holder requirements.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree, BSc (Hons) or MSc (Hons) or equivalent.
  • Registration with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists.
  • Evidence of successful completion of relevant specialist post graduate courses in dysphagia.
  • Demonstrable commitment to CPD.


  • Evidence of successful post graduate training in videofluoroscopy/FEES.
  • Successful completion of a relevant SLT Clinical Educator course.
  • Successful completion of a relevant Leadership course.



  • Specialist knowledge and experience in complex dysphagia management.
  • 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 dysphagia and complex feeding problems as well as relevant national strategy and drivers.
  • Specialist knowledge and clinical experience in assessment and management of communication impairments including AAC.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005), Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and appropriate utilisation of these including experience in supporting/conducting mental capacity assessments.
  • Experience in the provision of second opinions and advice to internal and external professional colleagues.
  • Post graduate experience of developing and delivering specialist formal and informal, training/ presentations for a wide range of professionals, rehabilitation assistants and carers.
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance - audit cycle, continuous quality improvement and user involvement.
  • Demonstrable use of initiative in relevant research, clinical audits, service development and/or quality improvement projects.
  • Experience in conducting clinical supervision and appraisals.
  • Experience of working collaboratively within an MDT to form patient-centred treatment plans and acting as a specialist SLT resource.


  • Experience in conducting and interpreting videofluoroscopy and/or FEES.



  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including counselling, negotiation, conflict resolution and presentation skills.
  • The ability to work within national and legal frameworks in autonomously managing a specialist SLT caseload.
  • Ability to be an effective team member, assume clinical leadership for SLT within the service and delegate as necessary.
  • Demonstrate developed approaches to collaborative and cross-boundary working practices.
  • Ability to maintain a patient centred approach in comparing a wide range of specialist assessments and treatment options, to make clinical judgements and decisions regarding the most appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and remember highly complex, abstract or emotive information, from assessment or discussions with professionals, families and subjective observations, and to integrate all available information to make specialist clinical judgements and decisions.
  • Able to negotiate with client / carer and medical / AHP teams around individual case management.
  • Recognition of own professional boundaries, and the ability to reflect on practice, both individually and with peers, and identify own strengths and development needs.
  • Positive attitude and ability to use initiative flexible and adaptable, willing to change and accept change and to explore new ways of doing things and approaches.
  • Able to work under pressure with excellent time management, organisational and prioritisation skills.
  • Well-developed analytical, reflective, negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to develop, establish and maintain positive relationships with others both internal and external to the service, co-operating to work together and willing to assist wherever possible and appropriate.

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Teaching Hospital

Whinney Heys Rd



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