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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Come and work for us! An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Stroke Team at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust for a Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist. Please see our therapies recruitment video:

The post will be based at theMaidstoneHospitalto help deliver specialist speech and language therapy to adult clients as part of multidisciplinary Stroke team. In addition, there will also be the opportunity to provide some rehab sessions to our unit in Sevenoaks.The Trust is delighted to have been chosen as one of the sites for a Hyperacute Stroke Unit in the Kent and Medway Sustainability Transformation, and the post holder will be integral to this exciting and transformative service. Candidates will be enthusiastic, flexible and engaging with a specialist interest in neurorehabilitation. We offer excellent clinical support and supervision, and ongoing professional development is actively encouraged. Flexible working will be considered.

Main duties of the job

You will help deliver specialist speech and language therapy to the new 49 bedded Stroke ward.You will need to be autonomous in dysphagia assessment and management. You will also need excellent communication skills, a professional approach to both clinical and administrative duties, be organised with excellent prioritisation and time management skills. We run a FEES and videofluoroscopy service and experience in instrumental assessments would be desirable but is not essential as training can be provided. Variable site and weekend working will be expected.

Speech and Language Therapy currently sits within the Core Clinical Services Directorate, within the Therapies Division and is co-located with Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Dietetics, making easy work of joint working.The broader SALT team is made up of 19 SALTs and 4 SALT Assistant posts, split across both hospital sites.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly?In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check atEnhanced level (enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children).

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: to be confirmed.

Person Specification



  • Degree or post graduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered member of HCPC
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD/ reflective practice
  • Registered member of RCSLT


  • Post-graduate qualification in Dysphagia

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Post-graduate experience working with adults in an acute setting
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice, especially in the areas of dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, cognitive communication disorders and dysphonia.


  • Experience of working with stroke
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Videofluroscopy experience
  • FEES experience



  • Intermediate dysphagia skills
  • Sound knowledge of SLT assessments used with adults in the acute setting


  • Basic knowledge of national policies and standards
  • Supervision skills

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9QQ

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