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Advanced Speech and Language Therapist

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, skilled SLT to work within our dedicated team of acute inpatient therapists with babies, infants and young people admitted to Birmingham Children's Hospital with complex feeding, swallowing and/or communication needs.

The successful applicant will initially work across all inpatient wards including PICU, HDU and the neonatal surgery ward, through a shared caseload. There will be opportunities for case discussion and support in managing highly complex presentations.

The inpatient SLTswork primarily with acute inpatients who present with an acute change to their feeding and swallowing and/or communication needs. Referrals are accepted from all specialties and wards within the hospital including for example, general paediatrics, neurology, ENT, cardiology, and oncology. The successful applicant, once settled into the role, will be expected to take a lead within one of the specialist areas.

Main duties of the job

  • The provision and development of a highly specialist service to infants, children and young peoplewith complex dysphagia and acquired communication needs, underpinned by current evidence informed practice.
  • To work closely and in collaboration with the wider Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT), other professionals including local Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs), parents/carers and community teams to ensure well-coordinated integrated SLT care in aspecialist clinical area.
  • To demonstrate clinical effectiveness through use of evidence-based practice and outcome measures, own professional development and research activity.
  • To develop and deliver teaching and training to relevant providers, and Specialist Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) within BWCH, under the supervision of the Clinical Lead/Inpatient Team Coordinator.
  • To undertake research and/or audit in a specialist clinical area to enhance patient care, evaluate service and clinical developments.
  • To use knowledge of specialist clinical areas to actively contribute to the development of care and treatment pathways.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Professional registration as a SLT with the HCPC and the RCSLT
  • Post-graduate dysphagia training with competencies to Level C or above
  • Evidence of paediatric experience of working with complex communication and eating, drinking and swallowing problems.
  • Highly motivated to work with patients at BCH.
  • Experience of working as a key member in specialist multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of developing and delivering training and teaching to others
  • Leadership experience or training
  • Evidence of providing supervision/support to others


  • Skilled in conducting and interpreting relevant instrumental assessments at a basic level
  • Active participation in relevant clinical support networks

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children's Hospital

Steelhouse Lane, Queensway


B4 6NH

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