Principal Speech & Language Therapist

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a highly qualified, experienced and skilled Speech and Language Therapist to work with deaf adults the auditory implant department. The post-holder will work as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary clinical team in this national centre of excellence in the provision of Auditory Implants.

Main duties of the job

You will be able to demonstrate considerable knowledge and successful experience of working with deaf adults and be particularly skilled in working with those with complex additional needs. An in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of approaches to auditory rehabilitation and cochlear implants and bone-conduction devices is preferred. You will be an essential resource in contributing to the comprehensive assessment of newly referred patients, selection of candidates for cochlear implantation and be involved in their ongoing habilitative and diagnostic management

You will actively participate in the ongoing development of the specialist speech therapy service and multi-disciplinary working which will include ongoing professional development through clinical supervision and the Trust's performance and professional development process.

You will a possess highly developed communication skills, possess sound IT skills and write clinical notes and reports to a very high standard.

This post offers excellent opportunities for a skilled and motivated speech and language therapist. Training in auditory implants will be provided.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

For an informal discussion please contact Wanda Aleksy, Head of Auditory Implants 0203 456 5001 or email

Interviews January 10th 2024

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of the role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification.
  • Health Care Professional Council (HCPC)Registration- Licence to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • Attends/ member of relevant Specialist Interest Groups/Clinical Excellence Network
  • British Sign Language CACDP stage 1


  • A higher-degree or additional post-graduate qualification relevant in the area of deafness or special educational needs.
  • CSD Working with deaf people - Part 1
  • CSD Working with deaf people - Part 2
  • oBasic and advanced Cochlear Implant Workshops
  • British Sign Language CACDP stage 2 or equivalent fluency



  • Expert knowledge of working with deaf and deafened adolescents and adults
  • In depth knowledge of a range of communication options.
  • Knowledge of audio and video recording. Expert theoretical and practical knowledge of highly specialist assessment and re/habilitation techniques of deaf and deafened patients including those with complex profiles and additional needs in the development of auditory, language and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of a range of specialist therapeutic interventions relevant to Deaf and deafened adolescents and adults, for both congenital and acquired patients including listening development, speech intelligibility, language levels and communication and voice levels.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of the communication, language, speech and psycho-social aspects of deafness and the implications for care givers, specialist services and other professionals.
  • Knowledge of roles of other professional groups within the AI Team as well as external professionals.
  • Knowledge of Standards of timely record keeping and audit of medical records whether paper or electronic.
  • Knowledge of audit and research design and implementation in specialist clinical settings
  • Knowledge of DeafBlind Manual & BSL


  • Knowledge of amplification systems to use with Cis
  • Well established knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to this patient group.



  • Significant experience working as a qualified SLT in a range of health & educational contexts.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working
  • Significant experience of working with deaf and deafened adults and their families.
  • Experience of working with deaf and deafened adolescents & adults with complex needs.
  • Experience and interest in the provision of direct auditory re/habilitation.
  • Experience of being involved in innovative service developments in specialist therapy teams and/or in MDT health settings.


  • Experience of working with adolescents & adults with cochlear implants issued from 3 different manufacturers.
  • Wide experience of assessment and rehabilitation approaches in the management of deaf adolescents and adults
  • Familiarity with audit and research design in specialist health settings.
  • To have provided specialist training on issues of deafness to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience of delivering advanced training to specialist health care audiences



  • Ability to communicate and empathise well with a deaf caseload including clear and appropriately paced speech & language.
  • Ability to work with Sign Language and other language interpreters. Able to use the knowledge of Deaf linguistics and culture to ensure communication needs are met.
  • Excellent negotiation skills across a range of issues and situations, recognising and resolving conflict when it arises.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive and contentious information in a manner that is empathetic to the patient and manage this in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Ability to present the outcomes of your own, team or MDT clinical audit and research at hospital audit days and at local, national and international meetings and conferences.
  • Ability to employ excellent communication skills verbal, written, Easy Read.
  • Excellent presentation skills both written and verbal

Personal and People Development


  • Ability to work with a high level of autonomy, following team and national guidelines, policies, protocols and procedures.
  • Ability to be involved in explaining and demonstrating service procedures, processes and clinical management activities to new or less experienced staff or students and to be involved in induction programmes for new staff from all disciplines working on the team.
  • Demonstration of long term commitment to ongoing professional development in the field.

Specific Requirements


  • Requirement to work flexible hours
  • To have an ability to work for extended periods in a focused way on patient administration and team and service delivery issues
  • Fluent in written & spoken English

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to work with flexibility in a multi - disciplinary, tertiary level clinical setting
  • Ability to undertake highly specialist assessments of deaf and deafened adolescents and adults and work with other professionals in t he development and implementation of care plans.
  • Ability to work with and offer expert advice to other SLTs and any other professionals with patient monitoring and management
  • Ability to develop positive and creative working partnerships with the auditory implant team, based on excellent skills in communication and collaboration.
  • Ability to skilfully monitor needs and review specialist care packages .
  • Ability and experience to take on second opinions from other SLTs from this Trust and other Trusts.
  • Ability to work with distressed, emotional or angry patients and their families who may present with challenging behaviour and demonstrate sound judgement skills.
  • Ability to be well organised and prioritise workload when under pressure from a varied and complex caseload.
  • The ability to be flexible to deal with the demands of the environment including unpredictable caseload deadlines and frequent interruptions
  • Robust IT skills, in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Databases and literature searches

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals

47-49 Huntley Street

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