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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (0.4 wte): Luton and Dunstable Hospital inpatient, acute SLT teamDo you want to work in a team that supports you to THRIVE?

At Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, our values underpin everything we do, allowing us to achieve our vision - to attract the best people, value and develop them, so that the teams they work in deliver outstanding care to our patients.We recruit based on our values, too. This allows us to find the very best people for our organisation.The SLT department are a welcoming group of SLT's working across acute, stroke, and community caseloads with a variety of patient caseloads. We work mindfully and collaboratively to create a well-organised, professional, and supportive atmosphere that achieves the best possible outcomes for all.

Previous colleagues have shared: This has honestly been the friendliest team I have worked in. I am grateful for the learning opportunities, such as the chance to develop my skills in video-fluoroscopy and tracheostomy. Not only that, I have had so much support on a personal level and social celebrations together. It really makes a difference. Thank you L& D SLT team!

Main duties of the job

Take a lead role for the Speech and Language Therapy team in Acute ward activity, providing leadership support to other SLT staff working in this speciality.

Case management and provision of highly specialist Speech & Language Therapy using models of best practice to assess the client's needs, and provide care planning, therapy, advice and support for the patient.

Leadership of the Acute Ward SLT team and working in close liaison with the team leader of the Stroke team.

Provide support & training to those within the ward based teams and the wider SLT team.

Lead role in the Videofluoroscopy service upon completion of MBSImP competencies, with support from other MBSImP competent therapists.

Take a significant role in developing an SLT led FEES service

Play a key role in Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) discussions for complex nutrition cases and the Tracheostomy MDT.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification.

If further details are required please contact Laura Wrangles:

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent in Speech & Language Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Post graduate dysphagia accreditation or equivalent


  • Member of RCSLT
  • MBSImp Certified



  • Competent in the independent assessment, treatment and management of highly complex communication and swallowing disorders with adults
  • Experienced in the delivery of training to others
  • Able to assess and manage patients with a tracheostomy tube
  • Experience of performance management and staff appraisal/supervision


  • Experience in developing protocols and guidelines
  • Highly developed auditory and perceptual discriminatory skills
  • Video fluoroscopy and FEES competencies



  • Established knowledge of a range of assessment tools and interventions
  • In depth knowledge of RCSLT guidelines and policies
  • Clear understanding of the principles of clinical governance/audit to monitor and improve service


  • Knowledge of service improvement techniques



  • Ability to give highly specialised advice to the MDT in a range of formats
  • Well developed negotiation and motivational communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team
  • Able to make decisions involving complex facts / situations often under pressure
  • Critical appraisal, audit and presentation skills both verbal and written.
  • Excellent time management, delegation and prioritisation skills


  • Able to analyse and interpret video fluoroscopy
  • Data collection & analysis skills
  • Service improvement skills & project management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable Hospital



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