Skip to main content

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2024

View more

Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to internal promotion, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated specialist clinician to work as part of the Acute and Critical Care SLT teams at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, a large state of the art teaching hospital. The post holder will work with inpatients across the acute wards and critical care unit. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their dysphagia skills with a complex patient caseload, alongside skills in tracheostomy, FEES and videofluoroscopy.

You will join a supportive and motivated team and will have access to a number of specialists, including Head and Neck Cancer, Voice and Neurosciences. The team are enthusiastic and innovative and are committed to evidence based practice. Regular team meetings, protected CPD time, and supervision ensure a high quality of service is provided. The team also has strong links with the University of East Anglia's School of Health Sciences and Medical School, providing lectures in specialist areas and student placements.

Interview Date: 7th June 2024

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist Speech & Language Therapy assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment for adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To provide specialist education, training and advice to patients, carers, SLT colleagues, other health care professionals, students, and voluntary organisations.
  • To be involved in undertaking audit and contributing to research in the field of Neurosciences.

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service,all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH's 'PRIDE' values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture.

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

The following skills and experience will be required and are essential for the successful candidates:
  • To hold and manage an identified caseload independently and to be legally accountable for all clinical decisions and professional actions.
  • To provide specialist assessment, differential diagnosis and appropriate clearly planned SLT intervention and discharge planning for patients with a wide range of disorders within the NNUH Neurosciences service, in line with RCSLT Clinical Guidelines and standards set by the Team Leader/SLT Service Manager.
  • To demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of Neurosciences underpinned by current evidence based practice.
  • To adapt assessment and intervention techniques to the needs of the individual patients on an ongoing basis, including use of augmentative and alternative communication systems as appropriate.
  • To support junior colleagues and identify the need for second opinions, referring to senior colleagues as appropriate.
  • To work under the supervision of the Highly Specialist SLTs, to conduct and analyse instrumental assessments (e.g., Videofluoroscopy, Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES) and to be aware of the health and safety issues in regard to radiation and bodily fluids.

Please refer to the Job Description for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person Specification



  • Attainment of relevant qualifications in Speech and Language Therapy as recognised by RCSLT and HCPC
  • Registered membership of RCSLT and HCPC
  • Completion of post graduate dysphagia training



  • Post graduate clinical experience of working with adult patients with acquired communication and swallowing disorders


  • Experience with Videofluoroscopy and/ or Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow.



  • Ability to manage independently a caseload of patients with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both individually and in groups

Attitude, aptitude


  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert