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Speech and Language Therapist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to offer 2 rotational posts for Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist keen to develop their skills with adult patients with acquired communication and swallowing impairments. The post is based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, a large state of the art teaching hospital. The successful applicants will have opportunities to rotate amongst all 3 teams - Acute, Neurosciences, Head & Neck/Voice. Full dysphagia training will be provided.

You will join a supportive and motivated team who are enthusiastic and innovative and are committed to evidence based practice. Regular team meetings, support and supervision ensure a high quality of service is provided by you and the team as a whole. The team also has strong links with the University of East Anglia, including the School of Health Sciences and Medical School. These links offer exciting opportunities for professional and personal development.

Main duties of the job

As post holder your duties will include:
  • To provide Speech and Language Therapy assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment for adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To provide education, training and advice to patients, carers, other health care professionals and voluntary organisations.
  • To be involved in undertaking audits of the provision of speech and language therapy services within the designated team.

Within our Team:
  • You will be joining a friendly and motivated team committed to providing high quality patient care.
  • Regular team meetings and supervision will ensure that you are well supported.
  • An excellent opportunity to acquire and develop dysphagia skills in a supported environment

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To hold and manage a delegated caseload and to be legally accountable for all clinical decisions and professional actions.
  • To provide assessment, differential diagnosis and appropriate and clearly planned Speech and Language Therapy intervention and discharge planning for patients with a wide range of disorders referred to the Service, in line RCSLT Clinical Guidelines, and standards set by, Team Leaders and SLT Service Manager.
  • To adapt assessment and intervention techniques to the needs of individual patients on an ongoing basis including the provision of augmentative and alternative communication systems as appropriate.
  • To identify need for second opinions, referring to senior colleagues as appropriate.
  • To assist/observe instrumental assessments, as patient need dictates (e.g. participation in videofluoroscopy (VFS), Fibreoptic Endoscopoic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES), videolaryngoendoscopy and voice clinic), conducted by senior SLTs. To be aware of Health and Safety issues in relation to potential exposure to radiation and bodily fluids.
  • To contribute to assessment and information gathering of a patients mental capacity in relation to their ability to consent with support from senior colleagues. To also enable patients to maximise their independence in decision making and their ability to communicate their wishes.
  • To work closely with all appropriate agencies and MDT colleagues to ensure comprehensive management of the patients SLT needs, providing written and verbal reports as appropriate to ensure that all parties involved fully understand the nature of the patients communication/swallowing disorders.
  • To participate in case conferences and undertake multi-disciplinary working, to enhance patients functional abilities.
  • To devise, monitor, supervise and evaluate the implementation of communication and swallowing intervention programmes carried out by others, e.g. SLT Assistants, other health professionals, volunteers and carers.
  • To provide information that may be complex to patients, carers and families in a manner that enables and ensures their understanding (patients will frequently have communication and or cognitive difficulties as well as emotional difficulty accepting the information being provided), observing data protection guidelines.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Attainment of relevant qualifications in Speech and Language Therapy as recognised by RCSLT and HCPC
  • Registered member of RCSLT and HCPC



  • Undergraduate clinical experience in adult acquired communication and swallowing disorders


  • Clinical experience as a Speech and Language Therapist
  • Experience/observation of dysphagia, Videofluoroscopy, Fibre optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow at undergraduate or post graduate level



  • Able to work within an interdisciplinary team


  • Postgraduate Dysphagia training

Attitude, aptitude


  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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