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Band 7 Clinical Lead Outpatient Speech & Language Therapist

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Part Time
Job Advert: Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist - Outpatients (Band 7), 30 hours a week, 12 month fixed term contract for maternity cover.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced Speech & Language Therapist to join their integrated therapy team as the clinical lead for the out-patient Speech & Language Therapy Service covering maternity leave. Following recent investment into The Speech & Language Therapy department the service is expanding making it an exciting time to join our team. You will manage the out-patient caseload ensuring service delivery standards are met. You will also be required to support junior Speech & Language Therapists and a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant.

You will work with a mixed out-patient/community caseload with a range of acquired communication and swallowing difficulties including head and neck cancer. Some in-patient work may also be required.

Post-graduate training and experience in dysphagia is essential. Skills and experience in Videofluoroscopy, FEES, head and neck cancer and tracheostomy are desirable. Due to the outpatient nature of this post, the ability to travel around Stockport is essential.

Main duties of the job

To provide a safe, effective and consistently high quality Speech and Language Therapy service at Stockport Foundation Trust.To act as a clinical expert and autonomous practitioner in specialist clinical area to provide highly specialist care to Speech and Language Therapy patients with complex swallowing and communication needs. Manage a delegated caseload within specialist area. To assess, plan and implement patient centred, evidence-based interventions.To provide evidence-based care, education and information to patients, carers and health care professionals. This will be in a range outpatient settings.Provide line management and supervision to Band 6 and Band 5 Speech and Language Therapists. Contribute to the training and development of Speech and Language Therapy students and Speech and Language Therapy assistants.To lead and develop the outpatient Speech and Language Therapy service.To support the Speech and Language Therapy Team Lead and Nutrition and Dietetic Service Lead with operational and strategic planning, deputising, as required.The work is based at Heaton Norris Health Centre and includes weekend working at Stepping Hill Hospital on a rota as required.

About us

We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

Our mission is to make a difference every day. Our values are that we care, we respect, and we listen

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

The salary for the role is only one part of the excellent package of benefits we offer to you:
  • Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays
  • NHS pension scheme membership
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
  • NHS Staff discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt
  • Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and ResponsibilitiesTo be the named SLT lead for the outpatient Speech and Language Therapy service and devise and implement appropriate clinical guidelines and patient pathways associated with this area.Provide a highly specialist outpatient and community Speech and Language Therapy service using evidence based patient centred principles to assess, implement and evaluate interventions.To perform advanced therapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations including head and neck cancer and complex communication and swallowing problems. This includes instrumental assessment such as FEES and videofluoroscopy and to provide a diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme.Act as an independent practitioner and be professionally accountable and responsible for aspects of own work. Decide priorities for own work, balance patient related and professional demands in consultation with other Speech and Language Therapy Clinical Leads and Service Lead.To be responsible for planning and service development within specialist area.To identify service needs and maximise the efficiency of the team within the resource available.To work alongside Service Lead and Speech and Language Therapy Clinical Leads to integrate service and pathways and implement any changes within the team.To provide line management for specialist team including recruitment and selection, induction, monitoring sickness and absence, performance and development reviews, one to one meetings and clinical supervision.To be a source of clinical expertise for the team providing supervision and mentorship.To work alongside consultants, specialist nurses and ward staff to provide specialist Speech and Language Therapy treatment plans as part of holistic patient care.Provision of expert advice on the management of patients referred to the outpatient Speech and Language Therapy team due to additional complex clinical needs.To attend MDT meetings and best interest meetings as needed, promoting an understanding of the role of Speech and Language Therapy in achieving the best outcome for each patient.Supervise, educate and assess the performance of students (this would be to a graduate standard and involve working with universities to ensure the standard of practice and teaching meets the standards set by the degree level qualification).To provide training, support and supervision to Speech and Language Therapy colleagues.Provide relevant training to other healthcare professionals.Develop and implement pathways, resources and teaching materials for use by the Speech and Language Therapy team and other professions.Collect all data necessary to meet local requirements for service monitoring.Work in conjunction with colleagues on development and implementation of local policies based on national guidance.To identify and undertake clinical audit.Maintain professional competence and expertise, keeping up-to-date with current research, working practices and models of working. Comply with professional guidelines and Code of Practice.Participate in personal and professional development through objective setting and regular job review.Work as a committed and effective member of the Speech and Language Therapy Team wider MDT Team in order to maximise the potential of the service and profession.Support other specialist Speech and Language Therapists with caseloads in their absence. As required to offer support to other clinical areas to ensure all patients are seen in a timely manner

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trusts policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

If successful this vacancy will require an enhanced DBS check at a cost of �41.90. This cost will be deducted from your first Trust salary

In addition to this it will be a condition of your employment that you will join the DBS update service and pay the annual subscription fee of �13.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Membership of RCSLT
  • 'M' level or equivalent courses in relevant speciality.
  • Postgraduate specialist certificate in dysphagia or equivalent and in-depth experience of dysphagia management.
  • Evidence of continuous and current clinical, professional, leadership and academic development relevant to clinical fields.


  • Membership of applicable special interest group
  • Management and leadership skills training
  • Post-graduate training in tracheostomy care and completion of RCSLT tracheostomy competency framework.
  • Post-graduate training in FEES and completion of level 3 RCSLT FEES competencies.
  • Completion of post graduate training in Videofluoroscopy.



  • Knowledge of a range of relevant conditions and their management.
  • Highly specialised knowledge of the head, neck and thorax.
  • An understanding of clinical governance and evidence based practice.
  • Knowledge of recent NHS and Trust developments and their impact on the service
  • Awareness of SSNAP (The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Program)


  • Highly specialised knowledge and experience in the management of Head and Neck Cancer caseload.



  • Recent experience of working in the NHS
  • Broad base of clinical experience prior to specialising.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working within a stroke rehab setting and acute ward setting.
  • Experience of supervision of senior and junior staff.
  • Experience of clinical audit and service evaluation.
  • Experience of research and/or project management/service development.
  • Experience of organising and implementing training programmes for staff.
  • Experience of change management.


  • Recent experience of working in the NHS including recent experience at Band 7 level.

Skills & Abilities


  • Advanced reasoning skills.
  • Ability to expertly use and apply a range of assessment and treatment techniques and approaches to the management of conditions relevant to Speech and Language.
  • Ability to pass on knowledge and skills to others in both formal and informal environments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and flexibly and to adapt communication style to the needs of patients, carers and staff.
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate as appropriate and to manage time effectively.
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protection, equal opportunities and health and safety to meet differing patient needs.
  • Effective presentation skills.
  • Ability to establish good working relationships.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire others.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to analyse activity and outcome data accurately and objectively
  • Ability to prepare reports
  • Computer skills.

Work Related Circumstances


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