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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum pro rata if part time
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Full Time
Would you like to enhance your specialist skills with acute adult in-patients, in a service with a wide range of development opportunities as part of a supportive SLT team based at Salisbury District Hospital? This fixed term post is to cover a maternity leave until August 2025, although opportunities to extend the contract may arise. This post can be tailored to either a current Band 6 Specialist SLTs looking to extend skills and experience, or can be adapted to an experienced Band 5 SLT who has experience working in an NHS adult setting.

Qualifications required include a degree in Speech & Language Therapy, and ideally postgraduate training (or qualification) in adult dysphagia. Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council. Membership of the Royal College of SLT is desirable.

Postgraduate experience includes autonomous assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adults with swallowing and communication impairments from a wide range of acquired neurological conditions, ideally in an in-patient setting. It would be desirable but not essential for the candidate to have had experience of instrumental dysphagia assessments and treatments, particularly FEES, planning and delivering training courses to other professionals, and undertaking clinical audit. The applicants must flexible, be able to use initiative well, have effective caseload management and good clinical decision-making skills.

Main duties of the job

Work would be across a range of 18 acute wards and units (general medical, surgical, & elderly), with responsibility to manage patient assessment & treatment decisions, and ensure excellent liaison with SLT and MDT colleagues.

You would contribute to the development of the SLT team, including student supervision, NQP supervision, and in house CPD. You would be involved in wider hospital initiatives such as improving MDT working in specific areas (e.g. on the new elderly ward, in-patient PD or Stroke, mouthcare, and SLT Link Nurse recruitment and training) as well as being involved in training a wide range of hospital staff in communication and swallowing.

The SLT team embraces new ways of working and has worked hard to be at the forefront of helpful and emerging technology. Therefore our patients have good access to a range of instrumental dysphagia investigations for swallow assessments and instrumental devices for treatment. For patients with communication disorders, we have a broad range of computer based therapy available, and quick access to unlimited AAC.

We feel strongly that it is important to provide our SLT team members with as much training and development as we can and as needed, and as a small team we meet often. We thrive on an ethos of sharing our learning, being supportive to each other, and being helpful and flexible at work when needed.

About us

We are lucky to all be based in a modern and purpose-build SLT department, close to most wards, and shared with our regional Cleft Lip and Palate SLT colleagues. We also have a dedicated team of SLT Admin staff which enables us to concentrate on our clinical work. You will have the opportunity to observe or be one of the supporting SLTs in videofluoroscopy as required, and to undertake or observe FEES clinics - depending on your prior skills and competency level in FEES.

Salisbury District Hospital is a friendly environment where it is easy to make good connections and working relationships that enable us to make positive changes for patients. At the same time, the hospital is home to some regional specialist services that could provide you with unique clinical experiences.

The hospital Trust is continually looking at ways to improve services for both patients and staff, and has lots of initiatives to enhance your job, your well being, and your career. In addition, we benefit from support teams in many areas such as IT and Education, as well as Art Care, Voluntary Services, the staff Health & Fitness Club and swimming pool.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In this post you will manage the care of patients with swallowing and communication disorders due to a broad range of acute acquired neurological conditions.

There will be frequent opportunities to work alongside SaLT and MDT colleagues to enhance your development, and there may be opportunities in the future to take on board your areas of interest and strength.

The post holder would be part of a progressive, supportive and flexible adult SLT team that covers acute, out-patients and community patients, where all SLT teams and Admin staff are based in the Speech & Language Therapy Department at Salisbury District Hospital

We are ideally looking for an experienced, competent and resourceful SLT who can assess and treat a range of adult acquired communication and swallowing disorders independently, and manage problems and situations as they arise, seeking support appropriately. If you are recently qualified applicant with some experience, we may be able to adapt this post to provide support and guidance to help you develop your skills.

The post-holder will be based in the SLT department at Salisbury District Hospital with all the other SLT teams and will benefit from being part of a larger service for supervision and support, clinical governance, in-service training and ongoing professional development.

The hours available are 37.5 hours per week. Applicants wanting less part time hours per week are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to ensure service provision. Recently qualified applicants seeking a Band 5 role are also welcome to apply, but priority will be given to those with the relevant experience to undertake the role independently.

Person Specification

Clinical Experience


  • Several years working as qualified SLT working independently with adult patients
  • Competency in and experience of independently assessing and treating adult dysphagia
  • Experience of assessing and treating adults with acquired communication disorders
  • Experience of a wide range of adult acquired neurological disorders
  • Experience of working well with other professionals on acute wards
  • Experience of instrumental assessment in dysphagia
  • Experience of working in an NHS adult setting


  • Understanding demands of working in a busy acute setting
  • Demonstrating EBP and effective treatment
  • Experience of providing training to other SLTs and Health Care colleagues



  • Degree in Speech & Language Therapy
  • Postgraduate qualification in adult dysphagia
  • Registration with HCPC
  • High standard of spoken and written English language
  • Postgraduate training in instrumental dysphagia assessments


  • Postgraduate training in adult acquired & acute disorders
  • Postgraduate training in instrumental and computer-based treatments
  • Member of RCSLT

Clinical Decision Making


  • Able to manage own caseload effectively
  • Able to make decisions in complex cases

Employer details

Employer name

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust


Salisbury District Hospital

Odstock Road



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