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Senior Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa / pro rata for part time
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a change? Do you want a job with more autonomy, and an opportunity to influence the development of SLT input? We have a vacant post working across 4 wards in Langley Green Hospital (Acute Adult Mental Health) and Uckfield Hospital (Beechwood Dementia ward). If you have experience of working with adults across any setting, an innovative approach to service delivery, good leadership skills and are passionate about providing communication input as well as dysphagia assessment and intervention we welcome your application.

You will be providing SLT input, within a MDT framework, working with patients at Uckfield Hospital (Dementia ward) and Langley Green Hospital (AMH wards). You will also support the wider SLT team across Sussex providing duty cover for the referral inbox and occasionally providing cover in other areas in an emergency.
You will be dedicated and enthusiastic with an open mind. You will be familiar with working with other professions, agencies and families and carers. You will have an understanding of the changing landscape of the NHS. You will have several years of clinical experience in one or more adult settings and will be confident in supervision, supporting students, working alongside a MDT and communicating at all levels. Experience in service improvement and design is particularly welcome as is a flexible approach to implementing and leading in innovative changes.

Main duties of the job

The SLT service is a small team of SLTs working across the county. We accept referrals for dysphagia and communication from within our services, via a central SLT referral inbox. Referrals are managed via a duty system (rota) and you will have responsibility for referral triage at least one day per week.

You will offer face to face dysphagia assessments to patients across the 4 wards. You will provide language assessment to support differential diagnosis, capacity assessments and decision-making, and to to support patients to engage in their treatment and care plans.

You will use electronic systems in a methodical and timely way to capture your clinical input for the safety and effectiveness of the patients' journey through our services.

You will contribute to the continuous development of the service, bringing creative solutions, a flexible attitude and an open and positive mindset, and always with the patient's wellbeing at the centre of everything you do.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire. You will be working with adults with mental health and Dementia diagnoses in our acute inpatient services.

Working in Sussex:

Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed

Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London

With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:

70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work

79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team

77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Qualified and experienced Speech and Language Therapist, with at least 5 years post graduate experience.

Responsible for managing an often complex dysphagia and communication caseload for adults in acute inpatient settings providing assessments, interventions, training and support to the MDT

To communicate the findings of your assessments effectively to colleagues, other agencies and family/carers

To contribute towards MDT risk assessments and care plans

To develop and deliver packages of training for both Communication and Dysphagia

To regularly support and cover the duty rota

To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Service

0.6 WTE

To regularly share and supervise students on practice placement.

For further information or to discuss the post, please contact the SLT team lead, Mary-Helen L'Heureux at 07471032042 (working days Tues, Wed,

Travel is an essential part of the role which involves travel between wards. You will be required to work from home for some of your working week (hot desking and other accommodation options can be offered if working from home is not possible).


See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Mary-Helen L'Heureux Principle Speech & Language Therapist:

(We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependant)

Person Specification



  • Licence to practice as a Speech & Language Therapist
  • HPC registration



  • Extensive experience as a qualified SLT
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of abilities and disabilities
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Experience of multi-agency work
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of relevant SLT clinical approaches
  • Audit experience
  • Experience of service development
  • Expert knowledge of SLT assessments and interventions including dysphagia

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Langley Green Hospital

Martyrs Avenue


RH11 7EJ

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