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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist- Golden Hello Included

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a fantastic opportunity to recruit a permanent Band 6 Speech and Language Therapists to our Acute Stroke Team in East and North Hertfordshire, based at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

The role is in our Acute Stroke Service, where you will be working alongside an MDT including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Consultants, Dieticians and Psychologists. You will work alongside a large team of other SLTs and SLTas to deliver varied and evidence based intervention to our service users. We regularly run Videofluoroscopy Clinics as part of our Acute Service, which you will be encouraged to participate in. We offer a full seven day service including bank holidays, which offers additional supplementary pay.

Our Acute Stroke service offers a fast paced and exciting environment where you will benefit from the broad knowledge and experience of the whole team.

This role would be an excellent opportunity for a Band 6 therapist looking to develop their skills or as a development opportunity for an experienced Band 5 therapist.

A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential for community posts (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

This post attracts a 'Golden Hello' payment of �2,500: �1250 payable after 6 months (upon completion of successful probation period) and �1250 payable after 12 months. Not applicable for internal candidates.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role are to provide assessment and intervention in an Acute Stroke environment.
  • You will demonstrate your excellent knowledge of dysphagia and communication by using sound evidence based care
  • You will support junior colleagues including NQTs and SLTas by providing both clinical and peer supervision
  • You will be involved in complex discharge planning and mental capacity assessments
  • You will participate in daily MDT meetings to discuss patient care, ensuring SLT goals are embedded in the overall patient management.
  • You will be expected to aim to deliver SLT intervention against a SSNAP rated service

The Speech and Language Therapy Service in East & North Hertfordshire is an integrated acute and community service covering community clinics, inpatient Neurological Rehabilitation and the Acute and Stroke teams based at the Lister Hospital.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff. We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities.

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision. We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds.

Word versions of documents are available if needed to allow for any adaptations to be made i.e. font, colour, background, convert to Read Aloud.

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible.

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The SLT service offers the following:

*Regular whole service and local team meetings*Multidisciplinary team working*Regular clinical supervision and annual appraisal*Access to clinical leads for advice/support ENT/Head and Neck Cancer, Fluency, Dysphagia, Progressive Neurological disorders, Stroke, Dementia.*In-service training, CPD support and opportunities for development*Encouragement to participate in service development projects*Excellent AAC provision and links to regional Hubs*Use of SystmOne as electronic patient record and mobile working*27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)*One of the UK's best pension schemes* Special Leave for family and personal reasons*NHS Car Lease Scheme*Eye Care Vouchers*Employee Assistance Programme*NHS Discounts*Hertfordshire has good transport links to London and the surrounding areas

We value our staff and see clinical supervision as a priority both through senior supervision and peer support models. Annual appraisal and personal objective setting is a Trust priority.

The post-holders will work closely with the Speech and Language Therapy team and the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team to provide assessment, diagnosis and management of adults with acquired communication and swallowing needs and demonstrating effective clinical practice through continued learning, reflective practice and supervision. The post-holders will also be involved in providing support for more junior members of the team including newly qualified SLTs and SLTAs.

Full details in the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Word versions of documents are available if needed to allow for any adaptations to be made i.e. font , colour, background, convert to read aloud.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree
  • Health Professions Council licence to practise
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Achievement of Dysphagia competencies
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist post graduate short courses relevant to the adult caseload
  • Membership/attendance Special Interest Groups relevant to the post



  • Experience relevant to an adult caseload
  • Management of dysphagia in acute, rehabilitation, community, OP settings
  • Able to demonstrate the application of in depth, new and ongoing learning and experience to clinical practice
  • Experience in the provision of training for others
  • Well-established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to an adult client group including: Dysphagia/Dysphasia/Dysarthria/ Dyspraxia/Dysphonia/Dysfluency/Dysgra phia/ Dyslexia/Dementia
  • Well-established knowledge of a range of relevant therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group (as above)
  • Knowledge of professional standards including record keeping
  • Well-established knowledge of the management of people with progressive neurological conditions
  • Knowledge of the range and applications of communication aids
  • Knowledge of the application and protocol for use of videofluoroscopy
  • Knowledge of professional standards including record keeping
  • A good understanding of the roles of other professionals in acute, rehabilitation and community settings
  • Well-established knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to adults
  • A good understanding of the application of research and audit systems
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance


  • Attainment of Videofluoroscopy competencies



  • Good presentation skills in both verbal and written form
  • Good organisational skills including prioritisation
  • Ability to independently integrate complex information to manage individual clients
  • Highly developed hearing, concentration and perceptual skills
  • Ability to transcribe/analyse speech phonetically
  • Ability to negotiate with and influence people

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrates an ability to be an effective team member
  • High level of interpersonal communication skills including observation, listening, empathy and sensitivity
  • Ability to manage the emotional consequences of working with patients with distressing conditions
  • Ability to reflect on, analyse and develop own performance
  • Ability to self-monitor and seek support/advice as appropriate
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work clinically, professionally and within the organisation

Other Requirements


  • A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
  • Willingness to uphold the Trust's values
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Lister Hospital

Coreys Mill Lane



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