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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Band 6

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Cheltenham and Gloucester
Depending on experience dependent on experience
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
Are you a highly motivated Speech and Language Therapist looking for a new challenge in a supportive environment? We have a great opportunity for an enthusiastic speech and language therapist to join our team in Gloucestershire on a fixed term contract to cover maternity leaves in stroke and brain injury services.

The fixed term post is covering 0.5wte in the brain injury team based out of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and 0.5wte in the stroke, HASU and ASU wards in Cheltenham General Hospital. It is a great chance to further develop your skills in the acquired brain damage including stroke.

Our team provides input to a range of specialities (including respiratory, neurosciences, acute frailty, head and neck cancer, brain injury, stroke and critical care). We are a friendly, dynamic team with a strong focus on quality service development. Our Band 6s have regular supervision including peer supervision sessions, and opportunities to develop specialist skills including those in FEES, VFS, and tracheostomy.

If this sounds like an opportunity for you please see our 'about us pack' or get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

The post is suitable for an experienced Band 5 therapist or an established Band 6 therapist with a passion to develop and use their competencies in communication and dysphagia in these areas. We welcome applicants who wish to discuss full-time, part-time, flexible working patterns, and those wishing to return to Speech and Language Therapy practice.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity awaits you! The successful candidate will have the opportunity to manage a shared caseload of patients with communication and swallowing disorders. You will carry out relevant assessments, and create and implement individualised management plans, ensuring that these are monitored and modified as required. You will be working alongside a supportive team of experienced Speech and Language Therapy colleagues and work closely with multidisciplinary colleagues.

In return we offer:

A friendly and supportive working environment with a strong emphasis on continuing professional development through access to external courses, specialist clinical support, sharing good practice and effective team working including team away days to promote dynamic and quality assured practice,.

Opportunities to take part in research and quality improvement projects with support from the Trust Quality Improvement programme.

We have strong links with Universities and a commitment to student education.

We have a vibrant Diversity Network and inclusion is high on our agenda and reflected in our approach. We strongly encourage those from diverse backgrounds to apply we want to make sure our staffing is reflective of our communities so please come and chat to us.

We have great access to IT with laptops and mobile phones provided.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Survey gives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists degree level qualification
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • Member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Post Graduate Dysphagia Training/competencies

Length and/or nature of experience


  • Experience in managing patients with communication and swallowing difficulties as a result of acquired disorders.
  • Working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and with other professionals.

Professional/Managerial/Specialist Knowledge


  • Ability to identify own professional development needs and develop a professional portfolio within the appraisal framework, including specific objectives
  • Skill in independent selection of appropriate strategies for prioritisation and management of a complex caseload.
  • Specialist skills in differential diagnosis and targeting of clinical interventions
  • Ability to demonstrate highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clients
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including skilled and professional recognition of communication barriers/facilitation
  • Ability to effectively manage own caseload
  • Negotiation skills for management of conflict across a range of situations
  • Ability to employ appropriate strategies to manage aggressive or other inappropriate behaviour within the workplace
  • Experience of presenting to a wide range of audiences
  • Knowledge of a broad range of specialist formal and informal assessment methods and their interpretation


  • A baseline knowledge and understanding of the specific counselling required for the specialist area
  • Demonstration of specialist knowledge in clinical specialism underpinned by current evidence based practice

Personal skill, abilities and attributes


  • Approachable and flexible
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Be able to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively
  • Recognise personal limitations and to seek support when required
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to assimilate new concepts and approaches to care
  • Ability to engage positively with service users
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, eg Word, Excel, Powerpoint and outlook

Other Requirements


  • Ability to work flexibly across the Trust and participate in video consultations as required
  • Able to attend and participate in all mandatory and statutory training events


  • Ability to travel around the county as requested, independently and efficiently

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cheltenham General and Gloucester Royal Hospital

Sandford Road and Great Western Road

Cheltenham and Gloucester

GL53 7AN

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