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Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapy posts

Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP) 1.0wte

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Adult Inpatient Speech & Language Therapy Department at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) to provide maternity leave cover. We are looking for an enthusiastic, autonomous and highly motivated Band 6 Speech and language Therapist with a passion for working with patients who present with swallowing and communication difficulties. The post will be based on the acute wards at Leighton Hospital for 8 month covering maternity leave

You will work alongside friendly and dynamic Speech and Language Therapy colleagues, including clinical speciality leads, an assistant, and administrative support. You will be a key team member of the wider multi-disciplinary team (MDT) based on the hospital wards.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in assessment and management of a shared communication and dysphagia caseload as an autonomous practitioner. They will be working on the stroke rehabilitation and the acute wards thus have experience in managing complex presentations and conditions, and therefore post graduate dysphagia training is desirable

They will be able to work collaboratively with the relevant MDTs to deliver goal focused, person centred, integrated therapy to individuals and their relatives.

The individual will gain experience working across a variety of inpatient settings including stroke rehabilitation, care of the elderly, emergency care, cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology and surgery whilst having access to clinical specialist services in SLT team including head and neck cancer, voice, and critical care.

The individual will benefit from access to clinical supervision, peer supervision and regular in-service training.It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a dynamic, supportive and 'CPD active' SLT team.

Exciting recent service developments include the introduction of sEMG and MBSImP. The service also runs weekly videofluoroscopy clinics and has recently set up an outpatient FEES clinic.

About us

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) provides good quality, safe and effective healthcare to the people of Cheshire and beyond.

The Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, was established as an NHS Trust in April 1991 and became a Foundation Trust in April 2008.

We employ almost 5,000 members of staff, provide around 540 hospital beds, with a range of services including accident and emergency, maternity, outpatients, therapies, and children's health.

The Trust is also part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), a unique local health partnership that provides a range of community services for people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust was recognised nationally for its Be Safe Be EquiPPEd campaign, which aimed to make the Trust as safe as possible for staff and patients, through supporting the correct use of PPE.

The results in the 2020 national NHS Staff Survey showed improvements in all elements of the safety culture theme, with 92% of respondents feeling their role made a difference to our patients. We were also recognised nationally for our workforce health and wellbeing initiatives.

At Mid Cheshire, we value our staff and appreciate that in order to give our patients the best quality, compassionate care, we also need to look after our colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as an autonomous practitioner and provide a high standard specialist Speech and Language therapy assessment, with the use of analytical and clinical reasoning skills to identify patient problems, ensuring the provision of an effective and specialist treatment plan.

To collaborate closely with the patient and members of the multidisciplinary and multi-agency team to ensure the appropriate setting of individualised treatment goals and therefore best possible outcomes for patients within the Acute service.

To continuously contribute to service development and innovation, whilst providing clinical leadership and support to delegated staff.

Person Specification



  • Speech and Language Therapy degree
  • Dysphagia qualification



  • Relevant NHS adult clinical experience
  • Clinical dysphagia experience
  • Clinical communication therapy experience


  • acute stroke experience



  • Enhanced communication and interpersonal skills


  • Videofluoscopy

Employer details

Employer name

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Leighton Hospital

Middlewich Road



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