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Band 7 Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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We have a rare opportunity for a SLT Team Leader to join our stroke and neurology team at QEHB for 6 months. Our service supports a wide range of patient cohorts from hyper-acute stroke to head injury and progressive neurological conditions. QEHB has been designated both a Level 1 Major Trauma Centre (MTC) and is a designated Hyper-acute Stroke Research Centre (HSRC).

We have a large yet close-knit, highly skilled team who contribute to our robust supervision structure Innovation, participation in research and clinical/professional development are actively encouraged. We have well-established SLT led Videofluoroscopy and FEES services so opportunities to access these instrumental assessments to help to shape your clinical practice would also be available.

The team offers:

* A full induction programme, robust supervision, regular team meetings & peer support

* A wide range of opportunities for career development

* Access to instrumental assessment and management modalities

* Modern facilities with good transport links

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate would provide highly specialist input to both the acute stroke team and the acute neuro-trauma teams serving a diverse clinical caseload at QEHB, and would provide leadership to the stroke SLT team. You would work closely with your peer SLT Team Leaders, NQP Speech and Language Therapists and peer Specialist Speech and Language Therapists to provide an excellent level of care to our patient group.

The successful candidate will have a clear passion in assessing and managing dysphagia and communication difficulties relating to the stroke and neurology caseload. Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

*assessing and managing patients with swallowing and communication disorders on the acute stroke, neurology and trauma wards

*service development and audit

*working closely with the MDT

*supervision and leadership

*training of junior colleagues and students

*working flexibly and thriving in a fast-paced environment

We have a large team who share a caseload of diverse patient cohorts so being a team player is essential.

At present, we have a voluntary weekend service in some clinical areas.

We would welcome interested candidates to get in touch for an informal discussion. Please contact Stef Matthews (Clinical Lead) via or 0121 371 3483.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • A good standard of secondary education including A-Level or equivalent.
  • BSc or recognised MSc degree in Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Membership of RCSLT.
  • Registration with HCPC.
  • Completed RCSLT Level C/Level 5 EDS dysphagia competencies (or above).
  • Willingness and capability to achieve FEES interpretation and scoping competencies.


  • FEES interpretation and scoping skills
  • Tracheostomy competencies



  • Significant experience of working independently with adult dysphagia caseload at a specialist level
  • Significant experience of working with a stroke caseload
  • Significant experience of working with a neurology, neurosurgery and trauma caseload
  • Significant experience of working independently within an acute hospital setting
  • Significant experience of working successfully as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Significant post-graduate training, through attendance at short courses and/or via personal study.
  • Evidence of attendance at national conferences or similar.
  • Demonstration of people management at either an individual or team level.
  • Experience of training Speech and Language Therapy undergraduates and junior SLTs.


  • Membership of a relevant CEN.
  • Experience of working with FEES interpretation and scoping.
  • Post-graduate education or research.
  • Knowledge acquired through attendance at postgraduate specialist courses at Masters level or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of the strategic direction of the Trust.

Additional Criteria


  • Keen to embrace change consistent with delivery of service whilst keeping the patient as an individual at the centre of care.
  • Punctual and reliable in service delivery.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Organisational skills with the ability to organise own workload and work in a systematic way.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work weekends as part of a 7 day working pattern (when appropriate service delivery allows and commences).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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