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Rotational Speech and Language Therapist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to internal promotion, we have a fantastic job opportunity for a speech and language therapist looking to begin or advance their career working with adults with swallowing and communication difficulties. This role is a rotational post and provides an excellent grounding in a wide range of clinical areas. Rotations will cover:
  • The acute general medical team - Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • The voice/ENT team - St Michael's Hospital
  • The stroke team - Southmead Hospital

Our service also has specialist SLT teams in critical care, oncology, and head and neck cancer. We provide both videofluoroscopy and FEES services.

We will support the post holder in completing NQP and dysphagia competencies, as required. You will be joining our large team of 28 speech and language therapists working across UHBW sites. We are a friendly and inclusive team, focused on delivering high-quality, evidence-based care for the communities we serve. We have a strong culture of support, development and leadership including:
  • Support in accessing a wide range of training and CPD opportunities
  • A rolling in-service training programme with brilliant teaching from team members and multi-disciplinary colleagues
  • Regular 1:1 and peer supervision
  • Commitment to our flexi-time policy to support your work-life balance
  • A wealth of wellbeing support and strong team spiri
  • More information is available on our SLT webpage: Other Services in Bristol | University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (

Main duties of the job

  • To provide speech and language therapy assessment, diagnosis and treatment for adults with communication and/or swallowing difficulties
  • To work with the support and supervision of more senior colleagues
  • To manage own time, caseload and prioritise tasks with support as required
  • To participate in peer group supervision and receive regular 1:1 line management support
  • To participate in SLT in-service training

This role would be ideal for a newly qualified therapist or a practising therapist looking to experience a range of clinical areas before committing to a specialist area. It would also suit those keen to transfer into adult work from paediatric or learning disability roles.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Educated to degree or equivalent
  • HCPC registered/ RCSLT member


  • Post -graduate dysphagia experience
  • Evidence of CPD in communication and swallowing problems

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working with adults with acquired communication/ swallowing disorders
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of a wide range of therapeutic models of working with communication disorders and dysphagia in adults
  • Experience of working as a core member of MDT
  • Knowledge and experience of working with augmentative and assisted communication
  • Experience of planning and implementing training to others

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to review and reflect on own skills and knowledge and to lead own CPD in conjunction with supervisors and peers
  • Demonstrates highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adult patients
  • Ability to recognise own professional boundaries and accept support/ seek advice as appropriate
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
  • Competent Information Technology Skills including use of MS office tools, Outlook, word, Excel
  • Ability to work as part of an MDT


  • Developing dysphagia skills: Independent working with patients with dysphagia in a range of settings



  • Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with a wide range of people
  • Ability to manage own time appropriately and to prioritise tasks
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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