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Highly Specialist SLT and Practice Development Lead

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you a Speech and Language Therapist with an interest in developing our future work force come and work for us! We are recruiting both domestically and internationally for Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists with an interest in practice development to work as part of the Acute team covering all non-stroke inpatient areas including ITU. This post will be based at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals and will be a Cross Site role in the heart of Kent. The post is part clinical and part supporting and developing our students and junior staff. We will provide you with training and pastoral support to adapt to life in the UK and offer an outstanding learning and development package with a broad range of development opportunities. I'm sure you will find something to suit you!

Excellent communication skills and experience in dysphagia, tracheostomy, complex communication disorders and videofluoroscopy are desirable. Candidates must be enthusiastic, flexible and engaging with a specialist interest in acute care. Job-sharing or part-time hours will be considered. If you live near or far, MTW is the Trust for you. We offer attractive relocation packages including Tier 2 sponsorship and more. Please see our new and exciting recruitment video:

Main duties of the job

Speech and Language Therapy currently sits within the Core Clinical Directorate, within the Therapies Division and is co-located with Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Dietetics on both sites, making easy work of joint working.

You will need to have excellent communication skills, a professional approach to both clinical and administrative duties, be autonomous in dysphagia assessment and management, be well organised and demonstrate a flexible approach in your working. We run a FEES and videofluoroscopy service and experience in instrumental assessments would be desirable but is not essential as training can be provided.

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 at Enhanced 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
  • Dysphagia competencies
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and reflective practice

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Post graduate experience of working with adults with significant communication and /or swallowing disorders in acute setting.
  • Experience of line management including supervision
  • Level 3 Videofluroscopy trained
  • Level 2 FEES trained
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Strong evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrable understanding of local and National policy and clinical governance


  • Experience of service development, including audit
  • Knowledge of advanced level decision-making processes
  • Experience of 7/7 working
  • Experience providing training and specialist advice to external agencies



  • Advanced dysphagia skills
  • Advanced communication skills including MCA assessments
  • Excellent organisational and reflection skills, including the ability to prioritise and manage your own time effectively
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively
  • Proficient with commonplace NHS IT packages


  • RCSLT Tracheostomy competencies
  • Presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Tunbridge Wells

Tonbridge Road

Tunbridge Wells


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