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Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and experienced Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist to become part of our integrated Medical HSEP (Health Services for Elderly People) therapy team.As a team of therapy support workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists, we are dedicated to providing and improving excellent quality of care for older patients and those living with frailty and dementia. Alongside our Medical HSEP team, you will be joining a team of 15.75 Speech and Language Therapy staff (qualified and assistants).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • provide clinical leadership of a highly specialised therapy service across Health Services for Elderly People, working in partnership with all members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • be part of a team of senior SLT's working within specialty groups that include Neurology, Head and Neck Cancer, Voice / ENT and critical Care / Respiratory.
  • be responsible for providing highly specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adult patients in acute elderly and general medical services within the Royal Free Hospital.
  • Lead and support with specific clinical service development projects
  • deputise for the Clinical Lead Speech and Language therapist, to ensure the development of collaborative and multidisciplinary team working practices between Therapy Teams at our Barnet and Chase Hospital sites, to assist in achieving Trust and national government targets.

You will be well supported with opportunities for peer support and access to joint working with clinical leads and will be offered opportunities for personal and professional development. The Speech and Language Therapy team run both videofluoroscopy and FEES instrumental assessment clinics. The candidate will also be expected participate in Bank Holiday cover.

About us

The Royal Free London has excellent clinical outcomes and the therapies team has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary, evidence based practise including cross site learning with SLTs based on other Royal Free sites.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, and we are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them. Enthusiasm for advancing equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities is essential.

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Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

For further information please contact Claire Cushen (Clinical Lead for HSEP / General Medicine

or Michelle Humphrey (Clinical Lead SLT for Barnet and Chase sites)

or telephone on 020 8216 5794

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

Person Specification



  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • Degree/graduate diploma in Speech and Language therapy
  • Health Professions Council (HCPC) registration
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Member of a professional specialist interest group in neurological practice ( CEN Clinical Excellence Network )


  • Additional qualification or Certificated post graduate courses or equivalent in-house training in clinical specialty e.g. MSc or accredited courses at postgraduate level in specialist clinical area



  • Substantial under & post-graduate general clinical experience
  • Significant level of experience in relevant clinical area for example working with patients in community settings with physical disabilities, long term neurological conditions, and neuro rehabilitation
  • Substantial experience as a SLT Band 6 or some experience as a SLT Band 7.
  • Evidence of CPD in the form of a professional portfolio detailing post-graduate structured, supervised in-service training received/attended
  • Experience teaching/education of colleagues, multidisciplinary team and/or public/carers
  • Experience of working alone, self-managing time and using excellent organisational skills
  • Evidence of having supervised qualified Speech and Language therapy colleagues
  • Experience of carrying out appraisal
  • Excellent team building and team working skills
  • Active involvement in clinical audit and policy / guideline implementation
  • Active contribution to service improvement
  • Evidence of presentation of own research/project/service development work which informed departmental development
  • Thorough understanding of setting & maintaining clinical standards
  • Active contribution to service improvement



  • Highly specialist knowledge and application of current best and evidence based practice. To include: - Neurological assessment and evidence based treatment approaches with progressive and non progressive neurological conditions - Use of standardised and non-standardised assessments - Augmentative and Alternative communication
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of multidisciplinary issues and ability to work efficiently and effectively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent communication/ interpersonal skills both written and verbal with a range of patients and healthcare professionals
  • Proven organisational skills & ability to manage time effectively, prioritise own caseload & meet deadlines
  • An ability to lead & motivate others
  • A commitment to professional development of self and others
  • Demonstrate commitment to best practice and awareness of national standard and evidences
  • Demonstrate flexibility in approach to change in service needs
  • Ability to frequently cope with working in a stressful and different environment and with intense concentration throughout the day
  • Demonstrate an understanding of NHS reforms and its impact on the service
  • Appreciation of need for governance issues (to include confidentiality, health and safety, risk management) how these affect self and others.


  • Ability to critically evaluate current research & apply to own practice



  • Competent IT skills
  • able to travel between sites in a time effective manner

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Barnet Hospital

Wellhouse Lane



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