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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
There is an exciting opportunity for a 1 WTE Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist to join our friendly team based at Brighton General Hospital. You will be part of a large dynamic team and have opportunities to develop your clinical skills with support from both specialist and advanced practitioners.

Post-qualification dysphagia training and experience is essential and you need to have had at least two years' experience in adult neurology if applying for the Band 6 role.

We have some flexibility to adapt the role to a Band 5 - Band 6 development post for the right applicant (please see band 5 job spec). These applicants would ideally have a minimum of 6 months experience working within their Band 5 role, or be able to demonstrate experience from a relevant clinical placement in the area of adult neurology.

Main duties of the job

You will be working with patients who live across Brighton and Hove. The post holder will manage a varied community caseload, with adults presenting with both progressive and non-progressive conditions and a range of communication and swallowing difficulties. You will be supporting people with a range of conditions including: Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Huntington's Disease, previous stroke, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, and Primary Progressive Aphasias. You will also have the opportunity to shadow our dysfluency specialist SLT, and work alongside the specialist communication aid services. Our service works closely with MND, PD and MS Specialist Practitioners, and attend regular MDT meetings for patients.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a job role summary:

a) To be a specialist therapist within the Adult Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service, providing a comprehensive, specialist clinical service to clients referred with communication and or swallowing difficulties.

b) To be an active member of the adult SLT service and a specialist resource, including liaison with other SLTs and other professionals external to the service in relation to specialist information, analysis and advice on continuing care

c) To comply with the standards and priorities laid down by the SLT service and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Please see job description and person specifications attached for further information.

Person Specification



  • Registered member of RCSLT and HCPC
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy (or recognised equivalent)
  • Post graduate and experiential training in relevant areas
  • Membership of relevant SIGs



  • Min. 2 years post-graduation in clinical specialism(s) in acquired adult disorders
  • Post basic training and experience in dysphagia
  • Interdisciplinary team working within acute and community settings
  • Participation in provision of training to others
  • Participation in student placements


  • Monitoring of service and clinical policies
  • Mentoring less experienced staff



  • Specialist clinician able to demonstrate diagnostic skills and knowledge of appropriate assessment and management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication including observation, empathy and listening skills
  • Demonstrates ability to manage caseload independently
  • Developing negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Developing organisation, prioritisation, problem solving and planning skills
  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills, demonstrates reflective practice


  • Ability to implement and monitor clinical audit and clinical outcomes scales within the team
  • Presentation skills



  • Ability to monitor standards of practice, policies and protocols in accordance with clinical governance strategy
  • Working knowledge of professional standards and policies related to clinical and management practice
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals relevant to caseload
  • Knowledge of record keeping standards
  • IT literacy


  • Knowledge of demand and capacity issues
  • Knowledge of Government policies, etc.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove



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