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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Ealing Community Partners, Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team, have slightly reviewed our skill set and now require an additional, enthusiastic, motivated, Band 6 Therapist to be part of our rotational post. There may also be an opportunity in the future to link this rotation in with our colleagues in Mental Health.

We are a friendly and experienced, specialist community team with a strong commitment to CPD. We offer excellent clinical and professional support and supervision and access to relevant courses to support you in developing your special interest.

Two of the three rotational posts will be located with the Adult Community SLT & ENable Teams, located at either Clayponds Hospital or Ealing Day Treatment Centre. You will be working with a cohort of outpatient and domiciliary patients with communication and swallowing difficulties as a result of Neurological disorders including Stroke, progressive degenerative disorders, care of the elderly and the Nursing Home service. The other post in the rotation will be located at Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital which is an inpatient, MDT, purpose built environment, also with patients with communication and swallowing difficulties as a result of a neurological disorder.

You will be working as part of an MDT and will be fully supported and supervised by an SLT Team Lead in either rotation.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have the knowledge, skills and experience working with both dysphagia and communication patients, in preferably an outpatient/community, inpatient, clinical setting. We would welcome applications from suitably experienced B5 therapists looking to progress their career in a supportive environment.

The successful candidate will be an active member of the multi-professional team and work to ensure its continued development. High standards of SLT intervention are to be provided to support clients to effectively manage complex neurological conditions. Excellent communication, liaison and time-management skills are needed to manage the caseload effectively, in addition to being forward thinking and enthusiastic regarding innovative ways of working.

If you meet the required person specification criteria and have the appropriate clinical skills, together with commitment, energy and experience, then we would like to hear from you.

The Ealing Adult SLT Team form part of the CNWL portfolio of services which are included in the partnership outlined above.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

About us

There is close working with SLT colleagues across all of our teams and with members of the wider MDT and partnership organisations, ensuring excellent care pathways.

Our teams are friendly and dynamic. We are led by highly skilled Speech & Language Therapists, who have a wide range of specialisms and many years of both clinical and managerial experience. The post-holders will be well supported to manage a varied, interesting caseload under the direction of an experienced SLT. You will be regularly clinically supervised and supported.

Ealing Community Partners is part of both Central and North West London and West London Trusts so we have additional opportunities to participate in trust wide training and initiatives.

Job description Job responsibilities


  • To use specialist clinical skills to manage a complex caseload of adults with neurological conditions both progressive and acquired resulting in communication and/or swallowing difficulties either in community outpatient clinics, patients own homes or usual place of residence.
  • To provide specialist assessment of communication and swallowing problems, formulate a hypothesis using a high level of clinical reasoning, and develop and implement appropriate interventions/ rehabilitation to be delivered either in patients homes or community outpatient clinics.
  • To provide appropriate specialist intervention and evaluate outcomes.
  • To write comprehensive reports that are accessible to a range of professionals reflecting specialist knowledge.
  • To develop clear care plans, advice and information, based on best practice and to use specialist knowledge to inform clinical judgments for care management.
  • To ensure that patients and/or carers are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans and wherever possible facilitate patients with communication and/or cognitive difficulties to participate in the process to ensure meaningful outcomes.
  • To provide advice and training to other professionals, carers and relatives regarding the safe management and care of patients with communication and/or swallowing difficulties to maximise the patients skills and reduce clinical risk.
  • To work collaboratively with other members of the Adult SLT team and liaise with a wide range of other professionals across a variety of locations and agencies
  • To adapt practice to meet individual patients circumstances, including due regard for cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • To reflect on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of patients communication and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communicative effectiveness.
  • To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence based practice and outcome measures, and maintain knowledge of current literature and developments within the specialist clinical field of adult neurology (including stroke, progressive neurological conditions, and dementia).
  • To demonstrate specialist knowledge and use of high and low technology communication aids with a range of patients
  • To manage risk when dealing with people who live at home and who have swallowing difficulties, to promote choice by providing information about the risks and to contribute to moral and ethical decision making about oral and/or alternative feeding choices

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Networks.
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master's degree equivalent.
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent.
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist.
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills.
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Excellent caseload management skills, including the ability to prioritise caseload and work independently.
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities.
  • Well established knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to adult acquired communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders.
  • In-depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to specialist patient group.
  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to communication and dysphagia in specialist patient group and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits.
  • In depth knowledge of the principles of clinical governance /audit / record keeping.
  • Knowledge of up-to-date advances in clinical management relevant to specialist patient group and application to own clinical practice.
  • Knowledge of high and low technology communication aids and their use with adult neurological patients.

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