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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Stroke

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Speech and Language Therapist here at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT). Following the centralisation of North Mersey Stroke Services, this is an exciting time to join our Trust and be involved with shaping the future of stroke care and the vital role of speech and language therapy in stroke recovery.

We provide input across all areas of the stroke pathway from hyperacute, acute, inpatient rehabilitation and Early supported discharge at home.

We welcome applications from established band 6's or experienced band 5's who feel ready to progress their career in a specialist service. We also have the exciting opportunity to accept applications from band 5's who wish to specialise in stroke and neurology services as a band 5 to 6 fully supported training post under Annex 21 (AfC).

This rotational post offers the exciting opportunity to work and rotate across the entire stroke pathway (hyper acute, acute, inpatient rehabilitation and ESD) at our Aintree and Broadgreen sites to enhance skills and knowledge and experience across the different clinical areas.

All dysphagia competent Band 6 therapists will be provided with Videofluoroscopy training.

A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is desirable.

Main duties of the job

Working as part of an integrated therapy team, you will be responsible for the assessment and management of acquired communication and swallowing impairments post stroke.

You will be responsible for supervision of assistant staff, students, band 5 staff and have opportunity to participate in service development and training within the wider stroke MDT. You will be involved in service evaluation and data collection, and contribute to the achievement of SSNAP national audit targets. You will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the stroke pathway.

You will be based within a supportive MDT and working under the supervision of a stroke specialist SLT. There will be opportunities to be involved with projects to optimise the Stroke Service. You will also develop your leadership and supervision skills. There are extensive training and CPD opportunities available

You must be passionate in the provision of rehabilitation and improving the lives of people living with stroke and their families. You must be dynamic, open to change and proactive in service improvement and transformation

You will be expected to contribute to weekend and late shift patterns on a rota basis.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Undertake assessment of patients, using specialist clinical reasoning and assessment techniques to differentially diagnose then formulate and implement treatment plans with advice and support from seniors as required.
  • Continually evaluate the efficacy of the treatment programme to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the patient
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the interventions you are providing using outcome measures.
  • Work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team attending meetings/case conferences where possible, actively encouraging information sharing to enhance the quality of care to patients and staff.
  • Ensure effective communication with patients, carers and other Health Care Professionals regarding all aspects of the patients care. This will be achieved through direct liaison or written information using specialist knowledge, tailored to individual needs and taking account of impaired comprehension and expression.
  • Help other Health Care Professionals communicate with patients who have impaired language skills using alternative communication systems where appropriate.
  • Advise assist and support, less experienced therapists and assistants in the management of their caseload.
  • Work closely with Community staff to facilitate a seamless rehabilitation service across the city.
  • Carry out videofluoroscopy with senior S.L.T. developing skills to analyse and report findings.
  • Undertake research as requested by team leader.
  • Collect patient data and other statistics as required by Head of Department.
  • Advise the Head of Department of any change in caseload profile which has an impact on the service provided to facilitate planning.
  • Monitor equipment and material for condition and suitability. Submit orders via head of department.

Please ensure you check the email account (including junk/spam boxes) from which you apply regularly as we willuse this to contact you regarding your application.

Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a minimum amount of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

The Trust is committed to creating a well-managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity we value the contribution of individual talent, skills, knowledge and experience and aim for a workforce demography representative of the local community.

We encourage applicants from the following groups that are currently under-represented in our workforce black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME), lesbian, gay, bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), disabled, male and age 16-24

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction following start in post. The amount of �18+�5 (standard disclosure) or �38+�5 (enhanced disclosure) can be deducted from salary, in manageable monthly instalments for up to 3 months following commencement of employment.

From April 2017, Tier 2 visa applicants and their adult dependant(s) will be required to provide a criminal record certificate from each country they have lived in consecutively for 12 months or more in the past ten years.

It is a Trust expectation that all post holders who require a DBS for their role are registered with the DBS Update Service. You can find out more information and guidance on how to do this at The Trust requires all staff to be DBS checked on an ongoing basis.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0151 706 4666 at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post.

Please Note: new entrants to the NHS will commence on the first paypoint of the relevant band.

Person Specification



  • BSc relevant discipline
  • Post Graduate professional qualification
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Member of RCSLT


  • Attends regular SIG meetings in areas of clinical interest



  • Post qualification experience working with Adult Acquired disorders
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment


  • Experience of running Adult groups
  • Able to work with Assistants
  • Videofluoroscopy assessments with senior
  • Working with voluntary agencies
  • Teaching/training others
  • Involvement in audit or clinical research
  • Involvement in Clinical Supervision process
  • Experience of taking SLT observation students



  • Sound dysphagia skills - able to work independently


  • Understanding of current issues affecting NHS
  • Evidence of attendance on external courses to develop knowledge and skills in specialised clinical areas



  • Good knowledge and skills in therapeutic and functional approaches to communication disorders,
  • Evidence of developing clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Can evaluate the effectiveness of clinical intervention
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to organise own caseload effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills



  • Able to work collaboratively within a team
  • Flexible/able to cope with change
  • Committed to personal development
  • Awareness of own limitations


  • Demonstrates empathy with patients
  • Experience of facilitating communication between language impaired patients, staff and carers

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Aintree Hospital

Lower Lane


L9 7AL

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