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B6 SLT in Critical Care

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in working with patients with complex communication and swallowing difficulties including patients with tracheostomies and skilled in using instrumental assessments in the adult critical care setting?

We have a rare opportunity to join our critical care SLT Service here at ELHT. You will join an established critical care team commissioned for 24 adult critical care beds and an 8-bedded L1 peri-operative enhanced care (POEC) area integrated into its footprint. You will be part of the team supporting the Clinical team Lead in CCU and represent SLT in an MDT setting, effectively advocating for patients needs, supervising and educating others and carrying out clinical audits and service evaluations.

This post will suit a SLT who wishes to further develop their experience and specialism in acute SLT/critical care and it offers the opportunity to implement and evaluate new ways of working. There is an option for a band 5/6 transition post for a suitable candidate who is progressing level C dysphagia competencies.

You will join our experienced and supportive team of SLT's working within specialty groups in both the acute and community settings that include Neurology, Head and Neck Cancer, Voice, FEES, SLT led VFL, Stroke and Community (progressive and long term disease/care home) and are overseen by a professional lead for SLT.

Main duties of the job

The post is based at Royal Blackburn Hospital and the successful candidate will:

Provide regular communication and swallowing assessment and therapy to patients with complex needs.

Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required together with good organisational and time management skills. You will be able to work under pressure and be self directed, recognizing your own limits.

Have experience in tracheostomy management both with self-ventilating and ventilated patients (desirable).

Be innovative in your approach to patient care and service delivery , whilst being part of MDT service initiatives, research and audit

Be part of the FEES SLT team with dedicated equipment and resource to provide instrumental assessment to all CCU patients when they need it.

Offer training and support to less experienced SLTs and other staff.

As a service we are actively involved in research developments and as the clinical lead you will be required to participate in service improvement projects. We also have a robust training and supervision structure in place to support staff to full fill their role.

Flexibility in working patterns to meet the needs of the service is essential.

A future move to six day/bank holiday working is planned.

About us

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over

700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Please refer to for detailed information on the ELHT SLT service.

@ELHT_SLT - will provide potential applicants with the most up to date staff, clinical and patient focussed work happening within the ELHT SLT department.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Attached you will find the job description and person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting. For an overview of the main duties of the role pleasesee the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

The key duties are:

To work as part of the staff team delivering specialist Speech and Language Therapy Services to:
  • Adults with acquired disorders of communication and swallowing, predominantly in critical care and hospital settings.
  • To lead relevant projects for the SLT critical care service.
  • To promote an understanding of clinical disorders and speech and language therapy services within the critical care MDT and wider stakeholders.
  • To undertake FEES to level of competence

Person Specification



  • o Completion of a recognised training course awarding relevant degree/diploma approved by the RCSLT and HCPC o Registered with the HCPC o Member of the RCSLT o Evidence of attendance on short courses post qualification.
  • o 12 months post qualification experience treating a variety of patients relevant to the post o Organising and managing everyday clinic routines.
  • o Knowledge of a range of communication and swallowing difficulties and their management relevant to the post o Knowledge of a range of Alternative and Augumentative systems of communication. o Knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group o Knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the client group. o Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group. o Awareness of principles of clinical governance/audit.


  • o Use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint o Presentation skill

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Royal Blackburn Hospital



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