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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Respiratory & Critical Care)

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience pa pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

We are delighted to advertise an exciting opportunity to join the Adult Speech & Language Therapies Department at University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust

We are looking to recruit a 0.6 wte (22.5 hours per week) permanent Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist to work within the Respiratory & Critical care pathways providing a communication and dysphagia service to in-patients within the high care Respiratory and Cardiology wards, General Intensive Care Unit as well as the Regional Cardiac Intensive care Unit. We also work with patients receiving ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) as our Trust hosts one of only six centrally-funded ECMO services within England.

The successful applicant will work alongside fellow band 6 and Clinical Speciality Team Leads within these pathways, supported by a fantastic SLT Assistant as well as closely working with members of the multi-disciplinary team. You will manage tracheostomised and ventilator dependent patients. You will also participate in, and contribute to regular teaching within the MDT.

Main duties of the job

We are a dynamic team providing an excellent service to our patients and staff. You will be working within a team who enjoy a supportive and friendly working environment, where we encourage participation and learning from one another at all times and focus our efforts towards a patient centred service. You will work as part of the wider SLT Adult service which has Specialist SLTs within Stroke, Older People and Progressive Neurological disorders, Head & Neck, Oncology and Voice. The department has regular in -service training, peer and line management supervision and weekly Videofluoroscopy and in-patient FEES services.

While we are hoping to recruit someone with existing trache competencies, we would also be interested in receiving applications from SLTs with excellent acute transferable experience and an eagerness to develop specialist critical care skills.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Educated to degree or equivalent
  • HCPC registered/RCSLT Member
  • Post graduate dysphagia qualification/experience
  • Recent evidence of CPD in communication and swallowing problems in Respiratory & Critical Care

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working as core member of MDT
  • Experiencing supervising junior staff & students
  • Knowledge & experience of working with augmentative & assisted communication
  • Experience of planning & implementing training to others & / or giving presentations
  • Recent experience of working in Adult acute inpatient settings


  • Experience using & interpreting videofluoroscopy / FEES & implementing findings into practice
  • Recent experience of working with adults within Respiratory & Critical care
  • Specialised knowledge & experience of a wide range of therapeutic models of working with communication disorders & dysphagia within Respiratory and Critical Care pathways
  • Knowledge & /or Experience of managing tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patients

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to review & reflect on own skills & knowledge, and to lead own CPD in conjunction with supervisors & peers
  • Advanced dysphagia skills: Independent working with patients with complex dysphagia in a range of acute settings/ with multiple aetiologies including management of patients with Tracheostomies
  • Demonstrates highly developed auditory & perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis & treatment of adult patients
  • Ability to recognise own professional boundaries & accept support/ seek advice as appropriate
  • Knowledge of clinical governance & audit
  • Competent Information Technology Skills, including use of MS office tools, Outlook, Word, Excel
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to challenge & influence members of MDT

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin St.



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