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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Adult team)

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Speech and Language Therapist who is committed to providing a high standard of care to patients within our Community and Acute services. You will be based within our Acute SLT Team at Lister Hospital and working within East and North Hertfordshire in the Community.

The Acute SLT Service provides assessment and intervention to patients with dysphagia following a strong evidence based approach. Acute dysphagia experience is essential as youwill be working with a wide range of patients across Elderly Care, Surgical, Medical and Respiratory Wards. There is access to the SLT-led VF service with opportunities to develop competencies in this intervention.

You will be managing a varied and dynamic caseload in the community and will benefit from our unique hybrid approach of face-to-face and remote assessment, as well as contributing to pathway development across the service.

You will be given the opportunity to extend your skill set with a wide cohort of patients, including: Progressive Neurological Stroke Brain Injury Dementia and Voice.

This role would be an excellent opportunity for a Band 6 therapist looking to develop their skills or as a development opportunity for an experienced Band 5 therapist.

A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential for community posts (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

Main duties of the job

  • To take clinical responsibility as an autonomous specialist for the provision of a high-quality Speech and Language Therapy service to adult inpatients on the acute medical and surgical wards and the community in East & North Hertfordshire
  • To assess, differentially diagnose and manage complex swallowing and communication impairments related to a wide range of conditions across the acute and community service pathways, with the aim of restoring optimum function or offering compensatory strategies
  • To demonstrate an excellent knowledge of a range of both formal and informal assessments and apply them appropriately to a wide patient cohort
  • To support both the immediate and long-term management of patients with a wide range of degenerative neurological conditions, coordinating with the MDT to provide a high level of care throughout the patient pathway
  • To support junior colleagues, including NQTs and SLTAs, by providing both clinical and peer supervision
  • The successful applicant will have established skills in dysphagia. Skills and experience in videofluoroscopy are desirable but not essential

The Speech and Language Therapy Service in East & North Hertfordshire is an integrated acute and community service covering community clinics, inpatient Neurological Rehabilitation and the Acute and Stroke teams based at the Lister Hospital.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff. We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities.

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision. We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds.

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The SLT service offers the following:

*Regular whole service and local team meetings*Multidisciplinary team working*Regular clinical supervision and annual appraisal*Access to clinical leads for advice/support ENT/Head and Neck Cancer, Fluency, Dysphagia, Progressive Neurological disorders, Stroke, Dementia.*In-service training, CPD support and opportunities for development*Encouragement to participate in service development projects*Excellent AAC provision and links to regional Hubs*Use of SystmOne as electronic patient record and mobile working*27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)*One of the UK's best pension schemes* Special Leave for family and personal reasons*NHS Car Lease Scheme*Eye Care Vouchers*Employee Assistance Programme*NHS Discounts*Hertfordshire has good transport links to London and the surrounding areas

We value our staff and see clinical supervision as a priority both through senior supervision and peer support models. Annual appraisal and personal objective setting is a Trust priority.

The post-holders will work closely with the Speech and Language Therapy team and the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team to provide assessment, diagnosis and management of adults with acquired communication and swallowing needs and demonstrating effective clinical practice through continued learning, reflective practice and supervision. The post-holders will also be involved in providing support for more junior members of the team including newly qualified SLTs and SLTAs.

Full details in the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Word versions of documents are available if needed to allow for any adaptations to be made i.e. font , colour, background, convert to read aloud.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree
  • Health Professions Council licence to practise
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Achievement of Dysphagia competencies
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist post graduate short courses relevant to the adult caseload
  • Membership/attendance Special Interest Groups relevant to the post



  • Good presentation skills in both verbal and written form
  • Good organisational skills including prioritisation
  • Ability to independently integrate complex information to manage individual clients
  • Highly developed hearing, concentration and perceptual skills
  • Ability to transcribe/analyse speech phonetically
  • Ability to negotiate with and influence people



  • Experience relevant to an adult caseload
  • Management of dysphagia in acute, rehabilitation, community, OP settings
  • Able to demonstrate the application of in depth, new and ongoing learning and experience to clinical practice
  • Experience in the provision of training for others
  • Well-established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to an adult client group including: Dysphagia/Dysphasia/Dysarthria/ Dyspraxia/Dysphonia/Dysfluency/Dysgra phia/ Dyslexia/Dementia
  • Well-established knowledge of a range of relevant therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group (as above)
  • Knowledge of professional standards including record keeping
  • Well-established knowledge of the management of people with progressive neurological conditions
  • Knowledge of the range and applications of communication aids
  • Knowledge of the application and protocol for use of videofluoroscopy
  • Knowledge of professional standards including record keeping
  • A good understanding of the roles of other professionals in acute, rehabilitation and community settings
  • Well-established knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to adults
  • A good understanding of the application of research and audit systems
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance


  • Attainment of Videofluoroscopy competencies

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrates an ability to be an effective team member
  • High level of interpersonal communication skills including observation, listening, empathy and sensitivity
  • Ability to manage the emotional consequences of working with patients with distressing conditions
  • Ability to reflect on, analyse and develop own performance
  • Ability to self-monitor and seek support/advice as appropriate
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work clinically, professionally and within the organisation

Other Requirements


  • A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
  • Willingness to uphold the Trust's values
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Lister Hospital

Coreys Mill Lane



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