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Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist - Stroke Inpatients

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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To act as the clinical lead for the Speech & Language Therapy service for the Stroke ward at CRH, advancing and managing clinical practice in this area of work and taking a lead in evolving and embedding best practice into clinical practice.

Main duties of the job

  • Work within the Inpatient therapy service leading, co-ordinating and developing effective clinical interventions within the speciality of adult inpatients in order to advance clinical practice in the team in line with current evidence base.
  • Manage autonomously a clinical workload of patients / clients at a highly specialist level, assessing and treating patients and maintaining clinical records.
  • Have highly specialist assessment and treatment skills in the areas listed but not limited to:
    • Speech disorders
    • Language disorders
    • Swallowing disorders
    • Videofluoroscopy
    • Assessment for suitability for augmentative communication

About us

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) is a dynamic and successful organisation with a strong organisational and personal development focus.

CHFT prides itself on its strong vision and values.

Our vision : Together we will deliver outstanding compassionate care to the communities we serve

We do this by demonstrating our values and behaviours, alongside One Culture of Care - caring for each other the same way we care for our patients.

Our values:
  • We put people first
  • We go see
  • We work together to get results
  • We do the must-dos

Our behaviours:
  • I'll step in others' shoes, and I'll be kind and welcoming to all
  • I'm committed to improving services and I'll go see examples of good practice
  • I'm respectful of others. I support diversity and inclusion
  • I will role model the must-dos to keep everyone safe and well

CHFT employs over 6,000 colleagues who deliver compassionate care from our two main hospitals, Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) as well as in community sites, health centres and in patients' homes.

In December 2018 the Department of Health and Social Care awarded CHFT �196.5m to invest in local health services. This investment will be used to build new buildings on both sites including a brand new A& E and Paediatric A& E building, a new Enhanced ICU and an upgrade to theatres wards. A new staff and patient car park will also be built.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Apply evidence based knowledge within the highly specialist clinical area acquired through in depth experience and academic study to a highly specialist post graduate level.
  • Act, within the Stroke therapy service, as a resource and provide advice for Speech & Language Therapists, other professionals and colleagues within the MDT about the assessment, treatment, management and care of patients / clients who have a multi-pathological illness and/or complex psychosocial need.
  • Work collaboratively with health and social care, community and acute colleagues. Especially establishing a close working relationship with the community Stroke ESD service.
  • Proactively and appropriately facilitate a seamless transfer of care and continuing therapeutic management of Stroke patients between care settings.
  • Develop highly specialist programmes of assessment, treatment and intervention for Stroke patients with communication and/or swallowing deficits.
  • Manage and prioritise own clinical workload as appropriate, working efficiently to manage professional time and delegate according to the training and competency levels of other team members to ensure the effective delivery of the service.
  • Deliver Speech and Language Therapy predominantly on Stroke and acute wards.
  • Participate in the supervision process with staff on a daily basis and for students as required.
  • Ensure a high standard of patient care is provided including implementing and reviewing clinical standards relevant to the work undertaken.
  • Provide highly specialist assessment and advice for the multidisciplinary team and actively participate in MDT meetings as appropriate.

Person Specification



  • Relevant Degree/Diploma
  • Registered with HPC
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate training
  • Clinical Educator Training


  • Member of Professional Body
  • Study to Masters level or equivalent



  • Highly specialist experience of assessment and therapeutic techniques for adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders
  • Experience in assessment, treatment and evaluation therapy in communication and swallowing disorders in acute stroke patients
  • Experience developing Staff e.g. Supervision, PDR's
  • Experience in contributing to service improvements
  • Experience in case management of clients with complex needs
  • Experience in planning, allocating and delegating tasks
  • Experience in objective swallowing assessment (videofluoroscopy)


  • Experience in management of patients with tracheostomy
  • Previous experience working at Band 7 level



  • Post graduate dysphagia training
  • Ability to identify own learning needs and engage in self-directed learning for CPD
  • Evidence of experiential learning


  • Attendance of relevant SIGs

Special Knowledge/ Expertise


  • Highly expert in developing and delivering training on communication and swallowing disorders within and outside of the profession, i.e. dysphagia awareness training, dysphagia screen training, teaching relevant part of university accredited courses
  • Ability to manage customer expectation e.g. dealing with complaints
  • Demonstrates Reflective Practice
  • Knowledge of relevant Legislation, NSF'S/ Local and National initiatives
  • Critical Appraisal Skills

Practical/Intellectual Skills/Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrates positive attitudes and behaviours
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to organise self and others e.g. rotas, events
  • Proven ability to work well in a team
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with people with complex difficulties
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve when dealing with complex situations
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and concentrate in conditions requiring emotional demands
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and have a willingness to share and learn skills from others
  • Ability to prioritise own and others caseloads

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust


Calderdale Royal Hospital / Huddersfield Royal Hospital

Salterhebble Hill



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