Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Have you completed your NQPs and are starting to look for a new post that will give you the opportunity to further develop your skills and specialise in managing people with clinical voice disorders and head and neck cancer?

Would you like protected time for your CPD with monthly clinical forums, regular clinical supervision, and support to attend relevant CENs and external training opportunities?

Would you like to be part of a Trust Award winning ENT team with access to FEES and therapeutic scoping opportunities?

If so, East Sussex may have just the opportunity you are looking for. Please click on the accompanying link to see for yourself!

East Sussex Speech and Language Therapy service is an integrated community and acute trust and is one of the largest in the UK. There will be an opportunity to participate in H& N virtual MDTs. You will be maximising digital opportunities and collaborations with our neighbouring Trusts. We are at an exciting point in developing our rehabilitation tool bag and have received a large investment in funding for IOPI and Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) and have established close working relations with ATOS and Severn for our laryngectomy patients who provide regular and flexible training opportunities. These result in the service being innovative and dynamic, always looking for the next opportunity

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic therapist, who has completed their NQP competencies and possibly their post basic dysphagia training, who is looking for their next post to specialise in H& N and ENT. In East Sussex we can offer you the opportunity to work alongside highly specialist SLTs and SLT assistants to gain the experience and skills you will need to work at a specialist level. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside highly specialist clinicians in acute care, voice, head and neck cancer, stroke, critical care and neurological degenerative conditions to further develop your knowledge and skills.

Your development is a key value for the Trust and we are committed to investing in your knowledge and skills for now and the future. Your job plan will allow you time to focus on you development and work with your colleagues on service improvements. We are proactive in research and service development and staff are encouraged to attend postgraduate courses/ RCSLT CENs. There is also a comprehensive in-service education programme within the department with monthly clinical forums and the wider therapy Services. We have close links with the local School of Healthcare Professions at the University of Brighton and other universities. We are proactively seeking opportunities to develop advanced practitioner roles, challenging traditional models of service delivery to create new and exciting roles.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

You will be joining a friendly and enthusiastic team of acute and community SALTs who work seamlessly to provide pathways of care to the local adult population, in line with organisational and Divisional objectives.

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Available as a B6 post or a B6 development post. If you are applying as a development post it will commence on a B6 Annex U. Therefore you will be paid 70% of entry point on a B6 & when competencies achieved you will move to entry point on B6 scale.

A Band 6 development post will be considered for the right candidate.

https://youtu.be/-Wpc_wj-q74 - Speech and Language Therapy - Why work in ESHT?

Speech and Language Therapy Service | Best experiences from working within ESHT - YouTube

Please refer to the job description attached and if you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are unable to obtain a work permit for this position.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) e.g voice therapy and H& N cancer
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance/audit
  • Knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • Awareness of the wider context of the NHS within specialist clinical field
  • Knowledge of record keeping standards
  • Evidence of CPD in previous year
  • Knowledge of client centre practice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Good presentation skills both written and verbal
  • Negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to verbalise the clinical reasoning process in the management of routine cases
  • Motivated to work flexibly with an inter-professional framework
  • Evidence of initiative and ability to use own initiative within boundaries of role
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to implement and respond to change
  • Ability to work alone when required
  • Good IT skills



  • Relevant experience at undergraduate/post graduate level
  • To have worked under the supervision of a clinical specialist
  • Experience of client centred goals
  • Experience of training other professionals
  • Experience of MDT/inter-professional working


  • Experience of working within an outpatient/community and acute setting
  • Experience of mentoring students/assistants
  • Experience of working virtually with patients
  • Experience of using Systmone electronic patient system



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Health Care Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Experience in assessment and management of ENT patients (e.g clinical voice disorders/H& N Dysphagia)uate basic dysphagia
  • Dysphagia trained, meeting the specialist RCSLT dysphagia competency framework to work independently



  • Good auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically
  • Ability to move between locations in a cost effective and timely manner
  • Available for bank holiday and weekend working
  • Ability to work in Care Homes

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Centenary House

The Avenue


BN21 3XY

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