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Service Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in ESD

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an enthusiastic Speech & language Therapist and aspiring leader who would like to do something a little different? If this is you, NCH& C are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity within the Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team for a Clinical Lead for Speech and Language Therapy and shared Team Lead role.

Based in Norwich but covering the diverse area of Central Norfolk, the service supports stroke patients in their rehab for the first 6 weeks following discharge from hospital.

We are seeking an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join the multi-disciplinary team, consisting of physiotherapists, psychology, occupational therapists, rehab assistants, nursing and administrative support, to ensure the provision of a high quality service to stroke patients in their own homes.

The clinical role includes delivering assessment, treatment planning and rehabilitation to a varied clinical caseload of patients who have had a stroke. The Team Lead role involves operational management, leadership and service development. You will be working in partnership with other therapy and nursing team leaders.

We work closely with the acute teams, ensuring a seamless patient journey for people after stroke. We also have links with the voluntary sector.

You will be supported by the Stroke service lead and have regular supervision. We are committed to developing your skills and our service.

The role is part time with core hours being 08:30-16:30.

Main duties of the job

  • To work within, and provide professional leadership to, a stroke interdisciplinary Early Supported Discharge Team (ESD) to provide high quality specialist rehabilitation to patients following a stroke in their own home/communities, in order to support patients to achieve their optimal level of independence and maximum rehabilitation potential.
  • To work collaboratively across the Central Norfolk Integrated Stroke Service to ensure a seamless provision of stroke services across the acute hospital, inpatient rehabilitation and early supported discharge teams and contribute to service wide developments.
  • To conduct and ensure the assessment, implementation, evaluation of evidence-based treatment programmes for patients following a stroke (who may have a range of impairments and complex health needs).
  • To act as a professional lead within the stroke services, contributing to service development, data collection, supervising and supporting junior staff and students.
  • To in-reach into and work collaboratively with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUHFT) and in-patient rehabilitation stroke unit to facilitate seamless transfer of care into the Early Supported Discharge team and ensure high quality service provision at all times.

About us

Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust (NCH& C) provides community-based NHS health and care.

Our Vision

To improve the quality of people's lives, in their homes and community, by providing the best in integrated health and social care

We exist to improve the lives of our patients, whenever and wherever they need us. We are proud to be trusted to enter their homes and be part of their communities and we are dedicated to improving patients' lives by providing excellent standards of NHS health and care.

CQC Outstanding

NCH& C is proud to be the first standalone NHS Community Trust in the UK to achieve an 'Outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our focus is on continually improving the quality of care we offer to local people and on improving access to that care, helping people to move seamlessly from one service to another.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description document for full details of the role and main responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Attainment of relevant qualifications in Speech and Language Therapy as recognised by RCSLT and HCPC
  • Registered member of RCSLT and HCPC
  • Significant post graduate training at specialist level to increase skills and knowledge within the speciality
  • Completion of postgraduate dysphagia training
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Post registration Masters Degree



  • Postgraduate clinical experience of working with adults post stroke with complex acquired communication and swallowing disorders in a community setting
  • Experience in mentoring/supervising Speech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy students
  • Experience of audit within an SLT service


  • Experience of working with stroke patients in a specialist acute unit
  • Clinical experience in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of implementing a training programme to other professionals
  • Experience in research

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • In depth specialist knowledge of stroke related dysphagia and communication disorders
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organise workload and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work with colleagues as part of a team
  • Good presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to prioritise workload effectively to meet deadlines
  • Highly developed negotiation skills
  • Ability to evaluate research evidence and apply relevant outcome measures
  • Basic level of computer skills including use of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and continued professional development through postgraduate education
  • Able to make accurate auditory and visual observations


  • Evidence of management of junior SLT colleagues
  • Experience of dealing with end of life issues
  • Evidence of membership of relevant specialist interest groups
  • Advanced level of computer skill, able to confidently use Microsoft Word, Excel Outlook and PowerPoint



  • Able to communicate effectively using the English Language in both verbal and written forms
  • Evidence of skills in working with cognitive communication difficulties

Personal Attributes / Behaviours


  • Able to empathise, use tact and diplomacy
  • Able to work independently with initiative and adaptability
  • Reliable and accountable for self and others
  • Ability to work and maintain judgement under pressure
  • Ability to maintain high professional and personal standards
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Able to demonstrate functional understanding of the principles of equality and diversity within the context of SLT practice



  • Must hold a full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle

Personal and People Development


  • Responsible for line managing a small team
  • Ensuring staff have management and clinical supervision

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Stroke Early Supported Discharge

Norwich Community Hospital



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