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Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you passionate about the management of patients in a community setting and supporting their continued rehabilitation within a stroke team?Are you an experienced Band 7 therapist looking for your next role? Are you a Band 6 therapist looking to specialise or develop more leadership skills? If so this post could be for you!

This successful applicant will have the exciting opportunity to work as a clinical lead Speech and Language Therapist within the Integrated Community Stroke and Neuro Rehab Service (ICSNRS). You will work with a multidisciplinary team of case managers, clinical psychologists, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation assistants and trainee ACP's who are dedicated to the continuing rehab for those who have survived a stroke, have neuro disability or brain injury. You will lead a team of knowledgeable and skilled Speech and Language Therapists, overseeing the delivery of high-quality care and rehabilitation services to our patients.

Main duties of the job

The suitable candidate should be competent in providing clinical leadership or have an interest in learning these skills. They should also have expertise in the assessment and management of complex communication and swallowing difficulties within stroke and neuro rehabilitation. They will join a multi-disciplinary team resulting in close working within the team including supporting other SLTs and Rehabilitation Assistants.

About us

The Trust's mission is Together We Care which encompasses the strategic vision for operating as a high performing organisation within an Integrated Care System (ICS), which provides quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way through our values-driven, skilled and motivated workforce:

People-centred - Serving people is the focus of everything we do

Positive - having a can do response whatever the situation

Compassion - always demonstrating we care

Excellence - continually striving to provide the best care possible.

Our Values are drivers for the behaviours that all our staff strive to demonstrate.

The values and behaviours have been and continue to be embedded and communicated across the organisation via a number of initiatives - including our recruitment processes, corporate induction, team briefings, meetings, appraisals and our annual awards ceremony.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist assessment, treatment and rehabilitation to patients who have acquired communication and/or swallowing disorders utilising current evidence based practice to interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical information to form accurate diagnoses and prognoses develop comprehensive management and treatment plans and guide discharge planning.
  • To contribute to the assessment of a patients mental capacity and to assist patients to maximise their independence in decision-making and communicating their wishes.
  • To participate in MDT, Best Interest and Family Meetings. Providing information, evidence and advice regarding communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To ensure patients and carers are involved in developing relevant goals and treatment programmes wherever possible.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual patients circumstances including cultural and linguistic differences.
  • To help and advise colleagues, other members of the MDT, relatives and carers on the best course of intervention, including discharge planning
  • To liaise with other departmental staff and provide advice / second opinions when required by colleagues within and outside the department.
  • To follow departmental policies and procedures regarding admission to and discharge from the service.
  • To be responsible for managing own clinical caseload, delegating tasks to junior SLT clinicians and therapy assistants, and maintaining accurate records of work.
  • To work flexibly within the service, working in patients homes, across different sites or within other areas when required to do so
  • To work collaboratively with other agencies as part of a multidisciplinary/multiagency team, to ensure effective service provision.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of latest professional and national guidelines regarding best practice including but not limited to NICE Stroke Guidelines.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge regarding infection prevention and control and promotion of this across the team and wider community.
  • To provide support and supervision to junior members for the team and other team lead duties
  • To lead the SLT service through service development and to improve working practices to meet associated guidelines.

We pride ourselves on the quality of care we deliver through patient-centred goal-setting and collaborative working within the MDT. We work closely with our Speech and Language Therapy colleagues in the acute and community settings. We have robust clinical supervision and line management processes to further encourage the development of colleagues' specialist skills and interests. This is alongside a structured in-service training programme with associated protected CPD time. This role would also include working alongside other SLT clinical leads to collaborate on evidence based practice, service development and for peer support.

The post holder will provide assessment and intervention to address communication and swallowing difficulties, using their expertise to maximise patient communication and management of dysphagia.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree, BSc (Hons) or MSc (Hons) or equivalent.
  • Registration with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Additional recognised dysphagia training.
  • Successful completion of a relevant SLT Clinical Educator course


  • Successful completion of a relevant leadership course

Experience & Knowledge


  • Specialist knowledge in stroke and neurological conditions, underpinned by up-to-date theory with a minimum of 5 years post graduate clinical experience in assessment and management of highly complex communication and swallowing impairments within this population group.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005), Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and appropriate utilisation of these including experience in supporting/conducting mental capacity assessments.
  • Experience in working within a multidisciplinary team to form collaborative patient-centred rehabilitation goals and treatment plans.
  • Post graduate experience of developing and delivering specialist formal and informal, training/ presentations for a wide range of professionals, rehabilitation assistants and carers.
  • Knowledge of principles regarding clinical supervision and experience in providing this to junior SLT staff, SLT students and Rehabilitation Assistants.
  • Demonstrable use of initiative in relevant service development/quality improvement projects.


  • Experience in conducting and interpreting videofluoroscopy.
  • Demonstrate a high level of clinical knowledge beyond specialist field.

Skills & Ability


  • The ability to work within national and legal frameworks in autonomously managing a specialist SLT caseload.
  • Ability to be an effective team member, assume clinical leadership for SLT within the service and delegate as necessary.
  • Demonstrate developed approaches to collaborative and cross-boundary working practices.
  • Ability to maintain a patient centred approach in comparing a wide range of specialist assessments and treatment options, to make clinical judgments and decisions regarding the most appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and remember highly complex, abstract or emotive information, from assessment or discussions with professionals, families and subjective observations, and to integrate all available information to make specialist clinical judgments and decisions.
  • Highly developed communication skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Recognition of own professional boundaries, and the ability to reflect on practice, both individually and with peers, and identify own strengths and development needs.
  • Hold a full driving licence, access to own vehicle and ability to travel across the geographical area covered by the post.

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Ansdell Medical Centre

Albany Road



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