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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Band 5 therapist, looking for their next step, or a current band 6 therapist seeking a change?

We are looking to recruit an innovative, caring and dynamic SLT's who would like to develop skills in swallowing and communication disorders for clients with a wide range of physical health conditions including acquired and progressive neurological conditions, dementia and/or frailty in care homes.

Our award winning Care Homes Speech and Language Therapy Service provides a rapid and high quality service to those living in care homes, to support with the avoidance of hospital admission or deterioration of health and nutritional status due to dysphagia.

We also support care home staff with their management of residents with dysphagia and help improve quality of life through our additional work with acquired communication difficulties.

The successful post-holders will work effectively and efficiently as an autonomous speech and language practitioner within a multi-professional team environment in community and primary care settings, ensuring safe, efficient and effective delivery of patient-focussed care in line with identified evidence based practice, local and national standards.

If you have been a Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist for at least 12 months and are an independent practitioner in dysphagia we want to hear from you!

Come and join our friendly andsupportive team.

Requests for part time or flexible working will be considered

Main duties of the job

  • To independently assess, differentially diagnose, develop and implement specialist care plans for care home residents with swallowing needs due to acquired and progressive neurological conditions, dementia, non-neurological conditions, and frailty, as well as at the end of life.
  • To independently assess, differentially diagnose, develop and implement specialist care plans for care home residents with communication needs due to acquired and progressive neurological conditions.
  • To work with the care homes' team members and management, as well as the wider multidisciplinary team to ensure a coordinated and holistic care plan for patients with necessary support and follow up from this care plan.
  • To provide ad hoc training and education to care home staff, to support them in their role.
  • To liaise and work closely with band 6 SLT colleague(s) from the Adult Community SLT service in ensuring a safe and equitable pathway for care home residents, from referral to discharge, across both services (DIST and Adult Community SLT service) and all south-east Essex geographical areas.
  • To be responsible and accountable for the independent prioritisation and management of own clinical caseload.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including

o Season Ticket Loans

o NHS discounts for staff

o Excellent Training facilities and opportunities

o Buying and Selling annual leave scheme

o The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas

o Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

o Day One Flexible Employer

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To demonstrate critical thinking, reflection and analysis to inform practice.
  • To be up to date with relevant local and national standards and to lead in the implementation of evidence based practice.
  • To develop links with other Speech and Language Therapy Departments in other Trusts and localities
  • To develop links with other inpatient and community services to facilitate seamless discharge to ensure a well-coordinated care plan for patients
  • To ensure effective communication of highly complex condition related information from assessment to clients, carers, families and multidisciplinary team members/other professionals.

  • To be responsible for maintaining own professional competency to practice through relevant CPD activities which have been identified in the Professional Development Plan and to maintain a CPD portfolio to reflect this
  • To actively participate in the Trusts appraisal process by identifying their own key performance objectives and continuing education needs
  • To actively participate in clinical supervision sessions to identify and develop professional, clinical and service needs.
  • To take responsibility for ensuring Trust policy is adhered to in identifying and addressing clinical incidents and complaints
  • To provide supervision and guidance to unqualified Speech and Language Therapy team members and administrative staff in their role, as required.
  • To provide clinical and observational placements for student SLTs and other relevant disciplines, as required.

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work.
  • To have current registration with the HCPC and maintain professional registration.
  • To adhere to the Code of Practice set down by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and departmental and Trust policies.
  • To actively participate in continuing professional development to develop and maintain clinical skills.
  • Observe and maintain strict confidentiality with regard to any patient/family/staff/records and information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • The post holder must adhere to all risk assessment and risk management processes.
  • To attend all relevant team and Trust meetings, unless on authorised leave or permission has been obtained from line manager.
  • Provide patients and their families/carers with information on standards they should expect from the team, where appropriate.
  • Participate in appraisal and objective setting with line manager.

Person Specification

HCPC Registration


  • HCPC Registered


  • RCSLT member

Dysphagia Competency Completion


  • At least 1 Year Experience


  • Over 6 months experience

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Harland Centre

Balmoral Road



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