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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro-rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Part Time
South Tyneside and Sunderland Speech and Language Therapy Service:

0.5wte x B7, 18.75 hours per week, 12-month fixed-term contract (if you are a current STSFT employee wishing to undertake this role on a Secondment basis, please submit a fully-approved Secondment Form to Recruitment as part of your Application).

Our Trust has invested in a temporary Post to work into Sunderland Critical Care Unit whilst we consider a business case for permanent funding for increased Speech and Language Therapy to support our critical care units across the Trust. This is a fantastic opportunity to work regularly onto the critical care unit to deliver high-quality care.

You will be working as part of a dynamic, supportive, innovative, speech and language therapy team. You will be encouraged to develop your leadership and clinical skills in acute speech and language therapy care within a demanding environment.

You will be based predominantly at Sunderland Royal Hospital but will work within our team which covers South Tyneside and Sunderland.

You will want to be part of a team that covers all aspects of adult speech and language therapy work out-patients, community, head and neck, voice, upper airways, laryngectomy and stammering which is great for learning and joined-up, patient-focused work. You will want to work to with us we aim to provide high-quality, safe, effective, innovative care.

You will provide clinical leadership as well as delivering a highly specialist-level clinical service.

Main duties of the job

You will have significant skills and experience working in acute settings. You will be skilled in supporting instrumental assessment clinics and patients with tracheostomies.

You will work predominantly into our critical care unit, taking part in instrumental assessments eg VF/FEES clinics. You will be passionate about patient-centred care to support patients across the length of their acute care pathway and ensure safe transfer to our community/out-patient service. You will be skilled in managing a complex, large caseload and have experience of prioritising workload to manage demand and capacity issues. You will have highly-developed skills in assessment, diagnostics and rehabilitation in across a full spectrum of communication and swallowing disorders and also have skills in teaching/training others.

As one of our Highly Specialist Therapists, you will be joining a well-established innovative team of SALTs who work closely with acute MDTs to provide a service across in-patient wards.

You will be committed to team working and developing other staff. You will support less-experienced staff via supervision, teaching and training. You will be well-supported to further-extend your scope of practice.

Our Team has a strong research background and you will be encouraged to develop your skills in this area to ensure we translate innovation, audit and research outcomes into practice for improved patient care and outcomes.

Come and talk to us and find out more!!!

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To take a lead role in developing the acute in- patient therapy service for adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders. This includes planning intervention, maximising capacity to meet demand, support safe care and to provide a greater variety of service delivery models for patients to access.


Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Pathology / Therapy or equivalent.
  • Significant post-graduate training and experience equivalent to Masters level, working as a qualified SALT with adults with a wide range of acquired speech, language and swallowing disorders, with some time spent in a specialist role.
  • Post-graduate Dysphagia qualification.
  • Post-Registration education and experience equivalent to MSc level, e.g. Advanced Dysphagia Training Counselling Skills Post-graduate study in aphasia, Leadership training.
  • Extensive experience in different styles of service delivery for both direct and indirect intervention eg group therapy, individual therapy and consultancy.
  • Highly-specialist knowledge of acquired communication and swallowing in assessment, diagnosis, and therapy techniques with evidence of post-graduate qualification and training at an equivalent level.
  • Successful completion of a significant number of specialist short courses/self-study/training in the specialist area of work. Evidence of integration of this learning into clinical practice at a highly-specialist level (e.g. critical care neuro-rehabilitation, stroke, dysphagia, voice, Lee Silverman Therapy Practitioner, counselling, neurolinguistics, cognitive- communication disorders, advanced videofluoroscopy interpretation, FEES analysis / interpretation, augmentative and/or alternative communication).
  • Highly-developed knowledge of current best practice in speech and language therapy provision to the specialist client group.
  • Knowledge of range of potential pathways of care for acquired neurological disorders of communication and swallowing.
  • An in-depth knowledge of the range of health, social service, voluntary and private agencies relevant to specialism.
  • A working understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession and the associated code of ethics, including a commitment to non-discriminatory practice and compliance with data protection legislation.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures.
  • Knowledge of different learning styles and training in clinical supervision.
  • Awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion issues impacting on speech and language therapy.
  • An in-depth working understanding of the structure, policies, priorities, and functioning of the NHS.


  • Membership of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT).



  • Significant experience of working in adults with acquired speech, language and swallowing disorders with some time spent working with adults in a specialist role.
  • Experience and highly-developed knowledge of a range of highly-specialist clinical procedures and therapy techniques.
  • Extensive experience in different styles of service delivery group therapy, individual therapy and consultancy.
  • Experience of collaborative working practice with SALT and other professionals.
  • Experience of working within a variety of settings eg in patient acute, intermediate care, community rehabilitation.
  • Experience of planning, delivering, and evaluating training within the SALT Department, and to other agencies including education, health, patients, carers, social services, private and voluntary sector.
  • Experience of participation in activities to support the clinical governance agenda e.g. carrying out audit projects.
  • Experience of working through others to deliver complex care plans in specialist area.
  • Documented evidence of CPD in accordance with HCPC recommendations, including specialist short courses equivalent to Masters level.
  • Comprehensive experience of planning, negotiating and setting specialist realistic, timed care plans/programmes, care aims and objectives.

Skills and knowledge


  • Excellent time-management, administrative and organisational skills.
  • The ability to work autonomously and actively within a team, within codes of practice and professional guidelines.
  • Highly-developed interpersonal skills in order to facilitate professional relationships with clients, carers, members of multi-disciplinary teams, and others.
  • Highly-developed communication skills (oral and written) enabling others to understand complex information and overcome barriers to understanding.
  • Ability to carry out highly-specialised assessment working with other professionals to make a differential diagnosis, prognosis and management/intervention plan.
  • Well-developed teaching, training, and presentation skills, in order to identify training needs, and devise and deliver training and education to other professionals and carers.
  • Written skills for highly-specialist report writing, policy and guidance writing.
  • Highly-tuned observational, investigative, and analytical skills enabling interpretation of verbal and non-verbal messages within the context of the clients overall needs.
  • Ability to frequently apply sustained and intense concentration when working with clients with severe and complex needs, in order to respond appropriately and record accurately.
  • Counselling skills, including the ability to empathise, convey complex and sensitive information, and deal with emotional and/or distressing circumstances.


  • Competencies in VF.
  • Competencies in FEES.
  • Leadership qualification.
  • Competencies Tracheostomy.

Physical skills


  • Highly-developed auditory and visual perceptual skills for assessment of communication and swallowing disorders, e.g. videofluoroscopy, FEES.
  • Accredited dysphagia assessment and management skills.
  • Safe and effective manual handling skills of clients with complex acquired disabilities, including for safe eating and for access to communication aids.
  • Computer skills to maintain information systems, generate reports and produce teaching materials.
  • Specialist skills in use of a range of communication equipment and computer-assisted therapy hardware and software including skills in communication aid programming for individual's use.
  • Ability to work on multiple demands at one time.
  • To be able to work with clients in a variety of environments to enable and support communication.
  • Ability to reflect on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of client's communication and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communicative effectiveness.
  • Ability to cope with frequent exposure to unpleasant/highly-unpleasant working conditions e.g., bodily fluids, challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to deal with anxious, hostile and distressed clients and families.
  • Ability to carry-out duties as a lone worker.


  • Car driver/owner.



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Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Trust Headquarters

Sunderland Royal Hospital



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