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Highly specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a full-time permanent post created by the promotion of an existing team member. The post holder will provide a flexible and highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy service within the NUH SLT Specialist Medicine team covering a wide range of specialties including Acute Medicine, Respiratory, Oncology and Surgical specialties. You will be joining a team of 9 SLTs including 2 Clinical Specialist SLTs. The team is supported by 2 SLT assistants. There is a FEES and videofluoroscopy service and training can be provided. The team provides a service across both NUH's campuses: City and QMC. The team has very close links with the MDT and there are opportunities for service development and to enhance your leadership skills

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work alongside other Band 7 SLTs in the team and the Clinical Specialist SLT with designated responsibilities for team leadership and clinical care.

The post holder is responsible for providing a highly specialist SLT assessment, management and treatment programme to people with communication and swallowing difficulties.

The post holder will provide highly specialist clinical expertise, with experience working with a wide range of aetiologies and specialisms.

The post holder will provide day to day management of the service and provide high quality clinical supervision.

The post holder may also lead on strategic developments within their specialism, in liaison with their colleagues and service leads.

This is a full time post but we would consider part time as well as fixed term contracts.

About us

NUH is a large teaching hospital, across 2 sites: Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital. The Adult SLT service works across both sites, working alongside a separate ENT service. We work across a very broad range of acute specialties including Healthcare of the Older Person, Respiratory, and Critical Care. NUH host a number of regional services including Neurosciences unit, Major Trauma Centre, a comprehensive Stroke unit, Trent Cardiac Centre, Burns Unit and Upper GI services. We also have SLTs within the Neuro-rehabilitation unit, the MDT neuro-rehabilitation outpatient services, and an SLT service for Neurology outpatients.

Speech and Language Therapy is part of the Therapy and Rehabilitation Directorate, under clinical support. The service is lead by SLTs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In addition to the below summary you need to familiarise yourself with the full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

Service delivery

To work autonomously to provide a coordinated and highly specialist service to designated specialism within a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency context and inform and advise the service leads as to training, resources, trends and development needs

To work collaboratively with a variety of different agencies/professionals ensuring management and treatment meets the holistic needs, providing a well co-ordinated care plan for specialism/setting

To represent the Speech and Language Therapy service at agreed forums

To represent speech, language and communication and/or dysphagia needs at agreed forums

To participate in multi- disciplinary projects as agreed.

Clinical Practice

To independently manage, triage and prioritise own complex caseload providing a highly specialist SLT assessment, formulation, diagnosis, intervention and advice based on evidence based practice

The post requires

Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree

HCPC and RCSLT registration

Evidence of appropriate CPD post qualifying.

Excellent IT skill

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree Qualification.
  • Additional postgraduate training up to master's degree equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council License to Practice
  • Registered member of RCSLT
  • Post-graduate experience in specialist area


  • Master's degree



  • Significant post graduate experience within this specialist client group, working with dysphagia and communication difficulties autonomously and without direct supervision
  • Experience in evaluation of evidence based practice, audit, and benchmarking
  • Experience of service development and service planning
  • Experience of supporting and supervising less experienced staff
  • Experience of working in the acute setting
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency


  • Advanced post-graduate training in dysphagia
  • FEES/VF competency
  • Tracheostomy competency

Communication and relationship skills


  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with the multidisciplinary team, patients and carers
  • Excellent presentation skills both written and verbal.
  • Well-established negotiation, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrate leadership ability
  • Demonstrated NUH Trust values

Analytical and judgement skills


  • To independently provide highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy assessment, formulation, intervention and advice service for individuals, their families, and MDT professionals, using highly specialist knowledge underpinned by current evidence-based practice
  • Ability to assess complex information, formulate a diagnosis and plan patient management using clinical reasoning skills and a range of treatment options, based on well-established knowledge of a broad range of assessments and a range of appropriate specialist therapeutic interventions
  • Ability to solve problems within the team and make decisions where there are a range of options including clinical and strategic issues
  • Assess and manage risk in own area including identifying clinical risks and carry out MDT Risk assessments as appropriate
  • Provides and contributes to the analysis of information and data such as caseload statistics, outcomes, activities, contacts, referral patterns

Planning and organisation skills


  • Plans, manages and prioritises own specialist caseload and those of others
  • Well organised and able to prioritise a high turnover caseload
  • Effective delegation and time management skills
  • Plans, organises and delivers in service training and clinical education of students
  • Ensures appropriate clinical and profession-specific supervision arrangements in place for staff within remit

Physical skills


  • Able to undertake SLT inventions in a busy ward-based environment
  • Able to use computer keyboard, relevant computer programmes including the inputting of data

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Able to travel to required areas within and beyond the Trust
  • Car driver

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Queen's Medical Centre

Derby Road



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