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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Stroke Team Lead)

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for a full time, permanent position as Highly Specialist Stroke SLT has become available. You will be responsible for line managing and supporting 2 band 6 colleagues. You will have access to and support from an SLT Assistant Practitioner and will work closely with other team leads to ensure equitable support is provided.

The post holder will be responsible for providing outcome measures, up to date practice and SSNAP data. Ideally, the individual will have sound experience with and be competent in either video-fluoroscopy or FEES and be able to apply highly specialist skills in dysphagia and communication difficulties e.g. aphasia

The individual will maintain and encourage strong links across the ICS, from the acute stroke unit, into the community rehabilitation settings.

Main duties of the job

To be accountable for the delivery of a SLT service to stroke in-patients referred with swallowing and/or communication problems.

To liaise and develop good working relationship with your SLT colleagues in the ICS and promote a streamlined pathway and service delivery

To assess, develop and implement Highly Specialist SLT treatment for Stroke patients in WAHT.

To attend ward rounds, board rounds, family meetings and team meetings on ASU as required.

To provide appropriate specialist intervention and evaluate outcomes.

To provide highly specialist advice to patient, families and co-workers regarding the management and care of patients with complex communication and/or swallowing difficulties following stroke or stroke related illness.

To demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues to maximize functional outcomes for patient in the in-patient setting on ASU.

To ensure that patients are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible.

To negotiate with other professionals including doctors, nursing staff and other allied health professionals around case management in complex cases.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description word document for full details via supporting information section.

Person Specification



  • Batchelors or Masters degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Dysphagia qualification to a minimum of RCSLT Level C
  • RCSLT registered
  • HCPC registered


  • Instrumental assessment competencies e.g. FEES or Videofluoroscopy



  • Experience of working with adult inpatients, in particular stroke
  • Experience of working as part of an MDT
  • Experience of training/ mentoring/ developing other SLTs
  • experience in involvement of service development/ quality improvement projects

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Charles Hastings Way




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