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Advanced Specialist Speech Language Therapist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 a year P.a pro rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for experienced SLTs wishing to further develop their leadership and clinical skills within the field of adult acute services including neurology, neurosurgery, trauma, Acute/General medicine, DME and General surgery. You will be joining our dynamic SLT team at Addenbrooke's Hospital in the vibrant city of Cambridge! Owing to new investment and some movement within our team we have a selection of permanent full time and part-time positions on offer at Band 6 Level progressing on to Band 7 Level and/or Band 7 level depending on experience.

You will be appointed at Band 6 level and will be supported to complete a range of competencies which will ultimately allow for progression to a Band 7 Advanced Specialist SLT role without the need for any additional recruitment processes.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside other highly specialist SLT clinicians and have regular access to Videofluoroscopy and FEES clinics with opportunities to develop or further enhance your existing skills in the area of instrumental assessments.

The posts offers a robust supervision and appraisal system as well as protected time for CPD and research/audit.

Experience of service development, developing and delivering training, student supervision and close MDT working is ideal. Sound clinical skills and extensive experience, including highly specialist dysphagia skills and complex caseload management in the acute setting are also ideal.

Main duties of the job

The post involves taking a lead role in the assessment and treatment of patients with acquired swallowing and communication disorders, determine diagnosis and identify appropriate SLT treatment as clinically indicated.

You should be able to work as a highly specialist, autonomous practitioner with a clear passion in assessing and managing complex dysphagia, and communication difficulties within an acute setting. Alongside this you will be supported to provide direct line management to members of the SLT team and assist in the delivery of Specialist level training in suitable clinical areas.

Evidence of strong organizational, communication and leadership skills are ideal to compliment your existing and developing speech and language therapy knowledge and skills. You should be passionate about providing effective patient centred care, as well as being highly enthusiastic about service development within adult acute services.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 13,000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 14th July 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 25th July 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree or equivalent
  • Health professions Council Registration
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Post-graduate dysphagia accreditation or equivalent
  • Evidence of successful completion of advanced specialist short courses in communication and swallowing disorders in neurology, including tracheostomy management, to masters level equivalent
  • Member of Specialist Interest Groups



  • In depth post graduate experience in specialist area of neurology
  • Proven competence in the independent assessment, treatment and management of complex communication, swallowing disorders associated with a neurology caseload
  • Independent use and interpretation of videofluoroscopic and FEES examinations
  • Proven experience in the independent assessment, treatment and management of patients with tracheostomies, including ventilator dependent patients
  • Experience in the selection, use and programming of augmentative communication systems
  • Experience in developing and delivering training to other professionals
  • Involvement in multidisciplinary working



  • Well established knowledge of a range of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions in the areas of communication and dysphagia relevant to neurology
  • In depth knowledge of RCSLT guidelines and national polices and procedures relevant to client group.
  • In depth understanding of the principles of clinical governance/audit to monitor and improve service
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals relevant to client group
  • Knowledge of standards of record keeping



  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Highly developed auditory and perceptual discriminatory skills for analysis of speech, including phonetic transcription
  • Advanced clinical skills in analysis and interpretation of videofluoroscopic and FEES examinations, including ability to pass the nasendoscope
  • Excellent presentation skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrates ability to be an effective team member and assume leadership responsibilities
  • Excellent negotiation and problem solving skills for management of complex cases
  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills
  • Excellent prioritisation and organisational skills
  • Computer skills for the preparation of reports, presentations and therapy materials


  • Counselling skills

Additional Requiremets


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent
  • Undertaking Exposure Prone Procedures
  • Contact with patients in a clinical environment
  • Food handling / preparation
  • Direct contact with patients
  • Regular contact with patients who are infectious

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital - Division B

Hills Road



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