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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Per annum inc
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are excited to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated SLT for a permanent 0.69WTE Critical Care Band 7 role, to lead and grow our Critical Care service within our 17-bed Critical Care unit at Whipps Cross Hospital.

You will bring experience of assessment and management of patients with complex dysphagia and communication impairment within an adult acute inpatient setting, as well as a passion for service development and multidisciplinary working.

You will be supported to embed use of FEES in critical care and across acute inpatient setting, contribute to tracheostomy management including ventilator weans/ above cuff vocalisation/ weekly ward rounds, and implement SLT and MDT service development projects to increase SLT visibility and impact.

We will tailor our training and development to your individual needs. We are a supportive and friendly team, who pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our patients and colleagues. We strive to be up-to-date with evidence based practise and to ensure quality care in all we do.

Enquiries to discuss the position are welcomed.

Please contact Mahie Sumathipala, Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist via email at or telephone 0208 535 6795.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work as a member of the Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) team at Whipps Cross Hospital providing specialist assessment and intervention to adults with acquired communication, swallowing and cognitive impairment associated with a variety of acute and chronic disorders across critical care and acute inpatient wards.

The post holder will take a leading role in providing and developing the service to critical care and supporting tracheostomy patients in step-down to other wards. They will be involved in service development across acute wards, with a particular emphasis on critical care. They will participate in videofluoroscopy and FEES clinics for inpatients. The role includes supervision of junior staff and support to the band 7 Acute SLT in day-to-day management of the team and service. Cross-cover of the various specialist areas may be necessary as staffing capacity requires.

The post holder will receive regular supervision by the Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist and will be supported to develop their skills in assessment, treatment and management of complex swallowing and communication disorders, as well as professional and leadership skills.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council License to Practice


  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master's degree equivalent
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Networks



  • Extensive post-qualification experience working with adults with acquired swallowing and communication disorders in a variety of settings, a significant proportion of which should be acute inpatients
  • Experience of working with patients with communication and swallowing difficulties in a Critical Care setting including palliative patients/ risk feeding
  • Independent in SLT tracheostomy management of non-ventilated patients
  • In depth experience of multidisciplinary working and demonstrates ability to be a good team member.
  • Experience of developing and providing specialist training to SLTs and other members of the MDT
  • Experience of supervising and appraising more junior staff and students
  • Experience of implementing and embedding service change through QI and research methodology


  • Independent in SLT tracheostomy management of ventilated patients
  • Competent to the equivalent of RCSLT 'level 3' in videofluoroscopy (able to interpret images and write reports independently)
  • Competent to the equivalent of RCSLT 'level 2B' in FEES (able to assess/ scope complex patients and can commence training of level 1)



  • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of assessment and intervention tools relevant to complex communication and swallowing in acquired conditions
  • In-depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the area of critical care, respiratory and acute medicine
  • Knowledge of high and low technology communication aids and implement emerging tools to support patients in critical care
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act, it's application, and the roles SLTs can assume during mental capacity assessment and best interests decision making



  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem-solving skills within fraught/ complex medical environments
  • To ensure Equality/Diversity/Inclusion principles are embedded into professional practice for patients and colleagues
  • Advanced analytical skills to identify service data trends, highlight new risks and propose future service development.
  • Reflection skills to optimise patient care and on-going clinical and personal development
  • Excellent caseload management skills, including the ability to prioritise caseload and work independently under pressure
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals across critical care and acute medicine
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal and best interest decision making

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Whipps Cross Hospital


E11 1NR

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