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Band 8a - Speech and Language Therapist, Speech Therapy

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 a year pro rata inc HCA
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced speech and language therapist to join our team of 7 speech therapists, this is a part time position of 19.5 hours per week.

The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting the Therapy Team Lead and clinical leadership of the Acute adult SLT team based at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospital NHS Trust which incorporates both the SLT inpatient acute team, covering the acute medical wards, including ITU, and the SLT stroke team.

Main duties of the job

You should have extensive post graduate experience in the field of adults with acquired neurological disorders and have advanced skills in instrumental dysphagia assessments including VFS/FEES, critical care and in tracheostomy management. Additionally, you should have significant supervision experience as well as experience of leading an SLT team.

You will be expected to play a key role in reviewing service requirements and to participate in policy, planning, clinical governance and service innovation. You will also lead the Inpatient VFS service at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospital NHS

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder must be able to demonstrate an ability to work under pressure, taking a flexible and positive approach working in a busy acute environment, as part of a team and as an autonomous practitioner. The Acute Therapies department at Watford General Hospital is committed to ensuring staff feel supported with their career progression through supervision, appraisal, in-house and external training, and leadership development. There is also a strong focus on staff wellbeing within West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust including ensuring that our staff work in an inclusive and diverse setting. The team is well respected in the wider hospital and has a reputation for providing excellent and efficient patient centred care.

Person Specification

Your application will be scored against the Job Description


  • 0 - does not meet the person specification 1 - reserved meets some person specification requirements 2 - Meets all person specification requirements

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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