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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Stroke

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

37.5 Hours per week

An opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated speech and language therapist to join our Stroke team. This post is ideal for someone already working at Band 6 level or an experienced Band 5 ready to take the next steps in their career. Ideally you will have undertaken dysphagia training and have some experience of working in an acute setting. You will be a team player and confident of working in a busy multidisciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

You will mainly contribute to the delivery of a high-quality service within the specialist area of stroke, with the opportunity to work across the stroke pathway, as part of a Band 6 rotation. Our pathway starts from the hyper-acute stage at The James Cook University Hospital, through to in-patient rehabilitation at the Redcar Primary Care Hospital and into the ESD team. It is anticipated that the postholder will initially start within the ESD service. As part of this role, you will also participate in a rota to deliver a 6 day service to the acute stroke unit. In addition, within future rotational opportunities, you will be able to further develop your dysphagia skills and clinical experience within the acute medical and surgical wards.

Regular support will be provided both from your line manager and through group clinical supervision. You will be encouraged to take an active role in service improvement (both within our own service and our wider healthcare teams), clinical governance and continuing professional development of self and others. You will support and mentor newly qualified therapists, rehabilitation assistants and students, and have the opportunity to be involved with attracting future candidates into the profession through participation in careers events and workshops.

About us

Leadership and Improvement Training

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers leadership and improvement training to all new staff to the Trust this training programme has been designed to support our leaders in developing their understanding of leadership and management skills. You will be expected to attend the leadership development programme, and the Quality Improvement Programme that the Trust delivers. This programme aims to

Explore leadership within the NHS

Promote Trust Values and Behaviours

Develop your Leadership effectiveness and skills

Practitioner level in quality improvement, equipping you with the skills to champion, lead and complete quality improvement within your role

After you complete this four and a half days of training you will be able to explore further leadership and improvement training opportunities, we offer further in-house courses dependent upon your role and bitesize programmes and leadership apprenticeships at level 3,5 and 7.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description and person specification document(s) for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • Degree and licence to practice as a Speech & Language Therapist as approved by the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists.
  • State registration as a qualified Speech & Language Therapist with the Health & Care Professions Council.


  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists



  • Significant post-graduate experience of working with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders including after stroke.
  • Post-graduate dysphagia training
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Experience of carrying out videofluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing
  • Experience of audit
  • Experience of supervising assistants and students

Knowledge and skills


  • Highly developed communication and listening skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills in order to make judgements about managing complex clients.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The James Cook University Hospital



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