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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We can offer you a challenging and rewarding post that includes:

Joint ENT/SLT voice clinics with up to date technology

SLT-led VLE/ FEES/ VFS clinics

Regular voice education groups

Well-resourced specialist voice equipment, books and resources including new SLT stack/ chip

n tip scope/ stroboscopy

Voice peer support groups with dedicated team of voice therapist colleagues

Attendance at Voice CEN / Dysphagia PSG encouraged

Clinical supervision with senior experienced voice/ dysphagia therapist

Opportunity for CPD

In-Service Training

On-line access for daily voice/ dysphagia triage

Clinical supervision and support from ENT and Clinical Psychology

Monthly staff meetings

Regular line management supervision and support from SLT professional lead

Annual Appraisal

Good IT access/ mobile-working laptop for out-patient clinics

Central appointment booking team for all out-patient and home visit appts

SLT assistant support for groups and clinics

Please note this position requires a Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS) formerly

Main duties of the job

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organization with a track record of success.

A new and exciting post has been created at a highly specialist level in voice and community dysphagia disorders. We are looking for a highly skilled Speech and Language Therapist to support further development of SLT services across voice and community dysphagia teams for County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust. The post-holder will be based at University Hospital North Durham or Darlington Memorial Hospital (successful post-holder preference will be taken into account). The role involves hospital based out-patient sessions assessing and treating patients with voice disorders and community dysphagia sessions. Therapy packages are delivered on a group and or 1:1 basis.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a rare oppourtunity to work with a mixed caseload of voice and dysphagia caseload at a highly specialist level. The successful candidate will hold a degree in Speech and Language Therapy and be registered with the Health Professionals Council. You will have significant post-graduate experience of working with adults with voice disorders and dysphagia with a passion for service development.

We will provide professional development opportunities to enable career development in voice and dysphagia. You will be committed to multi-disciplinary working, continuing professional development of higher level voice and dysphagia competencies and be in possession of excellent communication and prioritisation skills. A qualification in video laryngeal endoscopy/ FEES and experience of running joint SLT/ ENT clinics would be highly desirable however support can be given to develop these skills if required.

The Speech and Language Therapy Service is comprised of a pro-active team of experienced colleagues allowing ready-access to support, second opinions in voice and dysphagia with Clinical Leads in both areas and on-going peer supervision to deliver evidence-based practise assessment and therapy to patients. You will help supervise more junior staff and speech and language therapy students as well as contribute to the delivery of teaching programmes to medical students and a range of professionals enhancing patient care. For informal enquiries please contact Jill Dyer 0191 3336978 or who will be happy to answer any questions about the position.

Person Specification



  • Highly specialist experience at post-graduate level in specialist voice and dysphagia areas.
  • Previous experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist.

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC registration
  • RCSLT member

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Ability to make judgements involving complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
  • Planning and organisational skills applicable to advising on the formulation of long-term strategic plans relating to the specialist area, which involve uncertainty.
  • Highly developed physical skills (precision, speed, hand/eye/sensory co-ordination) to perform real time phonemic and phonetic transcriptions.
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills persuasion, negotiation, training, empathy and re-assurance.
  • Ability to communicate highly complex,
  • sensitive, contentious information where there
  • may be barriers to overcome.

Special Requirements


  • Commitment to developing own clinical and non-clinical expertise.
  • To keep up to date with current clinical and technical advances and relevant management practices to be advised of same by peers and more senior clinicians within the Trust.
  • Able to travel independently within the Foundation Trust area/ Car Owner/ Car Driver



  • Speech and Language Therapy Degree or equivalent as recognised by RCSLT
  • Health professions Council Licence to Practice
  • Evidence of successful completion of highly specialist courses up to Masters Degree Equivalent
  • Knowledge and understanding of national and local Health/Education/Social care policies and practices
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge across a range of work procedures and practices relating to the identification, definition, Diagnosis, and remediation of disorders of human communication that require expertise within the specialism including a post basic dysphagia Qualification or equivalent


  • Advanced Dysphagia Qualification
  • VLE/ FEES trained desirable but support can be given to escalate these skills.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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