Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Adult Acute Stroke

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year Pro-rata pa inc HCAS (Outer)
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, self-motivated speech and language therapist, to join the Acute Stroke Speech and Language Therapy team within Epsom General Hospital.

This post is based in an acute hospital setting and involves working as an integral member of the SLT team alongside the wider MDT mainly on the stroke wards.

Applicants should have skills and experience in managing patients with swallowing and communication disorders. We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic SLT with a strong interest in acquired communication and swallowing disorders, good communication skills as well as effective time management and organisation skills. This role also requires a high standard of record keeping.The department has close support networks with local community based Speech and Language therapy services, including regular journal clubs and in-service training.

Main duties of the job

Utilising and consolidating specialist SLT skills in the management of patients with swallowing and communication impairments in an acute setting.

To be responsible for the management of a caseload of adult inpatients with acquired communication and/or swallowing disorders in the acute wards.

To cover the acute caseload when acute medical therapists are on leave or sick.

To work bank holidays as part of an annual rota within the team as part of the acute stroke service requirements.

To act as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and to contribute to the coordination, overall development and management of Speech & Language Therapy input on the wards.

To develop skills in the area of Videofluoroscopy and actively participate in the running of the Videofluoroscopy clinic.

To be accountable for own professional action and recognize own professional boundaries, seeking advice as appropriate.

To participate in team meetings, audit and research projects on a regular basis within the Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Training for SLTs, carers and other members of the MDT, as well as supervising students and mentoring junior staff with appropriate support.

About us

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust provides a range of medical services to approximately 490,000 people living across southwest London and northeast Surrey. In addition, we provide more specialist services, in particular renal and neonatal intensive care, to a wider area, covering parts of Sussex and Hampshire.

We serve an area that is rich in diversity, with a mix of urban and rural areas, and differing levels of quality of life. We cover some of the most prosperous postcodes in the country, as well as some poorer areas. Together with our colleagues at NHS Surreyand NHS Sutton and Merton, we work to make sure that we deliver the best possible care to the communities we serve.

The Trust employs approximately 5,000 staff across its hospitals and issupported by over 500 volunteers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting job description and person specification document which contains more information about the role and requirements. Please ensure your application refers to the job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Postgraduate dysphagia training and experience. Competencies signed off


  • Membership of RCSLT



  • Established experience (Band 5 or above) working with adults in an acute setting including managing your own caseload and using a range of assessment and therapy techniques
  • Well established knowledge of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions relevant to adults with acquired speech, language and swallowing difficulties


  • Previous experience of videofluoroscopy
  • Experience of student /assistant supervision and training

Values and behaviours


  • Work as one team - communicate, collaborate and share
  • Treat everyone fairly regardless of protective characteristics, profession, role or level

Knowledge and skills


  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills and ability to communicate sensitive and complex information
  • Flexible to the demands of the environment including unpredictable work patterns, deadlines and frequent interruptions

Employer details

Employer name

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust


Epsom General Hospital

Dorking Rd


KT18 7EG

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