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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Voice - Band 7

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who loves voice work? We are looking for a Speech and Language Therapist with a passion for delivering the highest quality of specialist care to adults.

This is your opportunity to come to work in this picturesque, vibrant county whilst doing your dream job. We have 15 hours a week (0.4wte substantive) at band 7 specialising in voice ready for you to apply for. In addition, we have a 1 year fixed term opportunity to work in our Head and Neck team, due to maternity leave, if this is also of interest.

We are an acute and community SLT team with drive and enthusiasm to make a difference to the people we serve and always striving to improve.

Coming to join us you will have support from SLT and ENT colleagues with regular supervision and excellent training opportunities as well as encouragement to take on service development projects.

The role includes a monthly voice clinic with an ENT consultant using videostroboscopy to help define more severe or persistent voice problems. You will be responsible for leading the SLT team in the recognition of ENT related difficulties and support colleagues to continually develop and grow their own skills.

Don't delay pick up the phone to chat to us about the role and opportunity to join our team!

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist SLT services to people referred from the ENT department who have communication, voice and / or swallowing difficulties.
  • To work collaboratively with ENT Consultant within GHNHSFT to provide joint Voice Clinic services.
  • To provide second opinions to other SLT colleagues in specialist area.
  • To act as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist within the Adult Physical Health Speech and Language Therapy Team, supporting the team to evolve and embed best practice in the field of Communication, Voice and Swallowing Disorders in the field of ENT.
  • To independently manage a highly specialist and complex caseload. Including screening, in depth assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and review of adults with acute, chronic and complex acquired disorders of swallowing, voice and communication.
  • To manage and prioritise own clinical workload as appropriate, working efficiently to manage professional time and delegate according to competency levels of other therapists.
  • Collaborate with the wider multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to provide targeted management and rehabilitation for patients.
  • To supervise SLT assistants, newly qualified and experienced SLTs.
  • To work autonomously within Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC) policies and professional practice maintaining accurate and comprehensive electronic records.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) degree level qualification
  • Member of Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered with the RCSLT
  • Post graduate qualification in dysphagia management at Masters level or equivalent

Length of or nature of experience


  • Have a high level of specialist knowledge and clinical skills of Voice acquired from post graduate study and in-depth clinical experience.
  • Competent to work with people with dysphagia.
  • Experience and evidence of training speech and language therapists and other professionals
  • Experience and evidence of supervising staff and students e.g. supervision, appraisals, performance management
  • Skills in differential diagnosis and ability to offer second opinions
  • Highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients


  • Experience in Videofluroscopy, Tracheostomy or FEES
  • Experience of quality improvement
  • Experience of clinical research



  • Demonstrate experience in the assessment treatment and evaluation of swallowing, voice and communication disorders of various aetiologies, including those with complex presentations.
  • Demonstration of specialist knowledge in clinical specialism, underpinned by current evidence-based practice.
  • Can demonstrate a proven track record of audit and/or research
  • Knowledge of a broad range of specialist formal and informal assessment methods and their interpretation
  • Skill in selection of appropriate strategies for prioritisation and management of a complex caseload independently
  • Awareness of national policies and procedures relevant to health care and this specialist SLT caseload
  • Ability to deal with complaints in accordance to Trust protocol
  • Commitment to ongoing training, education and mentoring to develop clinical skills


  • Experience of managing a team
  • Highly motivated and able to evidence effective leadership skills



  • Approachable and flexible
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including skilled and professional recognition of communication barriers/facilitation
  • Be able to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Active and empathetic listening and counselling skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Ability to effectively manage own caseload
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook


  • Negotiation skills for management of conflict across a range of situations
  • Experience of recruiting and inducting staff



  • Able to attend and participate in all mandatory and statutory training events
  • Ability to travel around the locality, independently and efficiently.
  • Willing to work in other areas of the Trust or Trust-wide as and when required to do so

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cheltenham General Hospital

Sandford Road,


GL53 7AN

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