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Adult Acute Speech and Language Therapist

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pa Pro Rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist to work at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro.The successful candidate will be working as part of a SLT team in the acute hospital seeing a range of adult patients presenting with communication and swallowing difficulties.

The Job role offers potential opportunities for regular CPD development, NQP and dysphagia competencies, developing foundation skills in the areas of video-fluoroscopy, Tracheostomy care, gaining experience working with complex Acute patient presentations.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be responsible for providing adult SLT service for patients on General Acute wards across the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust sites including RCHT Treliske and West Cornwall Hospital.
  • To jointly manage a caseload of patients in conjunction with the Acute and General Ward SLT Teams, using evidence-based practice.
  • To provide assessment, diagnosis and treatments to adult Acute admission patients presenting with swallowing difficulties and communication, within scope of own competence.
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, with support from senior staff as needed.
  • To liaise with multi-disciplinary teams and relevant care professionals and agencies.
  • The post holder will work under the supervision of the SLT Team Lead and Specialist SLTs.
  • This post may become part of a Speech and Language Therapy Rotation scheme. This will be a scheme, which spans across different SLT settings and different areas of practice across Cornwall.

About us

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We serve a population of around 500,000 people - a figure that can increase significantly with

visitors during the busiest times of the year. We employ approximately 6,700 staff and have a budget of approximately �580 million.

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Plymouth School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Peninsula Dental School.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site is the base for medical and nursing as well as ongoing education for health professions in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we are continually developing our clinical services as well as our facilities and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

PLEASE NOTE: To view the full Job Description and Person Specification, please click the supporting document on the right hand side

To be an employee of the NHS you need to successfully complete the following:
  • Identity Checks
  • Professional registration and qualification checks
  • Employment history and reference checks
  • Work health assessments
  • Criminal record check standards
  • Right to work checks

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We reserve the right to close this advert early, or when the allocated number of applications has been reached. Please submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Registered with HCPC.
  • Professional qualification taken in English language or appropriate qualification from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).]


  • Dysphagia Qualification or evidence of RCSLT dysphagia competencies commenced.
  • Member of RCSLT



  • Experience of working with adult patients during training or post qualification.
  • Experience of working with adult patients with acquired conditions during training or post qualification
  • Experience of working independently during training
  • Experience of working with a multi disciplinary team.


  • Experience of working with AAC.
  • Experience of working with dysphagic clients
  • Experience of working in the acute setting
  • Experience of lone working.



  • Knowledge of a range of assessments and interventions.
  • Ability to work in teams.
  • Ability to recognise own wellbeing needs
  • Computer literate
  • Well developed communication skills, such as empathy, negotiation and motivation, presenting of complex facts in an understandable way.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Evidence of reflective practice
  • Ability to time manage, with support from supervisor.



  • Demonstrable commitment to CPD
  • Evidence of Self directed learning.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital

Treliske, Truro



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