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Team lead for Speech and Language Therapy - Fixed term

The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum/incl HCAS
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Full Time - Fixed Term Maternity Cover (October 2024 - October 2025)

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

This is a great time to join The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as the Team Lead for Speech and Language Therapy.

We are currently in the process of redeveloping the hospital to provide a new state-of-the-art hospital for the residents of Hillingdon, and beyond, which supports the very best in delivery of healthcare and will be fit for our future.

We have over 3,500 members of staff that are proud to care for nearly half a million people across the Borough of Hillingdon, with a vision to be an outstanding provider of healthcare - our mission is to provide high quality, safe and compassionate care, improving the health and wellbeing of the people we serve.

Would you like to join an energetic and supportive team? We are looking for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to lead our inpatient service. The candidate should be someone with excellent clinical knowledge and skills, leadership abilities and who is enthusiastic about service promotion and development.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a band 7 clinician who has already demonstrated their leadership abilities or who is hoping to further develop and expand this skill set.

Main duties of the job

Our excellent team currently consists of 8 Speech & Language Therapists and we have achieved Trust-wide recognition for our patient care and teamwork. The wider Dietetic and Speech Therapy Service offers regular team meetings, supervision and support with continuous professional development opportunities.

The role will require clinical input to the acute wards and ITU. There is also the expectation the post holder will provide guidance or clinical support for patients on the stroke and slow-stream neuro-rehabilitation units. We are looking for someone with highly specialist clinical skills and competency with videofluoroscopy, FEES and tracheostomy.

You will provide supervision and competency training to junior members of the Speech and Language Therapy Team. There will be an expectation for clinical audit, as well as contribution to the wider inpatient clinical governance agenda. The post provides excellent opportunities for ongoing personal and professional development

The successful cand.idate will be accountable to the Dietetic and Speech Therapy Service manager and the Head of Therapies for Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Part time applicants would be considered and there may be a longer-term opportunity for part time working in a job sharing capacity.

About us

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the only acute Hospital in the London Borough of Hillingdon and offers a wide range of services including accident and emergency, inpatient care, day surgery, outpatient clinics and maternity services. The Trust's services at Mount Vernon Hospital include routine day surgery, delivered at a modern treatment centre, a minor injuries unit and outpatient clinics.

The safety and well-being of our patients and of our staff is paramount and we are making urgent improvements to address this - particularly in infection prevention and control. We are making progress and going forward by working in partnership with local GPs, charities,community services, academic partners, our local authority, neighbouring hospitals and the wider North West London Integrated care system, and ensuring that we listen and work in partnership with our local population. We are absolutely focused on ensuring that our hospitalsprovide high quality, safe and compassionate care, while drive forward the building of the new Hillingdon Hospital.

We have over 3,500 members of staff that are proud to care for nearly half a million people, with a vision to be an outstanding provider of healthcare through leading health and academic partnerships, transforming services, to provide the best care where needed.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a full time, fixed term post as Team lead for the adult Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) Team. The team lead provides operational management and professional leadership to facilitate a streamlined service to inpatients within the Trust. The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner providing highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy services on the adult acute wards, including critical care, with the expectation that they may be required to provide assistance on the stroke and slow-stream rehabilitation units.

The post holder will work directly with the Dietetic and Speech Therapy service manager and team lead for dietetics, to maintain and improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, optimise the use of resources and respond to changes in service need. The post holder will work collaboratively with other clinical leads throughout the trust.

The post holder will be expected to manage their caseload independently, as well as providing second opinions and specialist advice for junior staff. Second opinions may include highly specialist competence in the field of critical care, Videofluoroscopy, FEES and tracheostomy. They will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure specialist assessment and management plans are in place for their caseload. The post holder will be expected to contribute to collaborative working with patients, carers and colleagues, the voluntary sector and Social Services in regard to the planning and delivery of care.

The post holder will provide clinical and non-clinical support, education, appraisals, supervision and leadership to junior, senior and unqualified staff members. They will lead on team meetings, working parties and contribute to departmental / team audits. They will ensure effective and holistic patient management and support with the implementation of effective care plans, as well as enable joint service development.

They will deliver training/ education on a regular basis within the hospital setting to SLTs, other professionals, patients and carers regarding all aspects of swallowing, speech and communication. They will contribute to training and support of junior and senior staff members.

Person Specification



  • Current HCPC registration
  • Current RCSLT registration
  • Post graduate training relevant to the post eg: Clinical skills training, clinical supervision, critical care, stroke, neurology, ENT
  • Extensive clinical experience of a wide range of complex swallowing and communication disorders within the adult population
  • Extensive experience with complex decision-making regarding eating and drinking with acknowledged risks / end of life care within the adult population


  • Experience providing operational service delivery and staff management

Employer details

Employer name

The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


The Hillingdon Hospital

Pield Heath Rd



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