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Speech and Language Therapist - Southend

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Southend on Sea
£28,407 Per Annum (Pro Rata for part time)
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 Rotational Speech & Language Therapist - Adult Acute Wards / Stroke

The Speech & Language Therapy team at Southend Hospital have a long history of developing Band 5 therapists to be confident, effective and skilled practitioners. We would like to offer the successful applicant the opportunity to share in this history and develop skills learnt in university and placements/first posts to complete your NQT competencies. Proactive training and supervision in dysphagia management occurs from commencement of the post, and as your confidence and skill set increase we actively support exposure to FEES, and have plans for videofluoroscopy observation. We foster good links with our community colleagues to ensure seamless care for patients who may need continuing care post discharge.

The post rotates with other Band 5 post holders across stroke management and acute ward service provision. Our service always strives to provide evidence based practice, whilst keeping the patient at the centre of our focus and care, and balancing the pressures of caseload capacities and other management issues. The team is friendly and caring of each other as well as the patients, and we welcome fresh ideas and are proactive in looking at new assessment/treatment options as research grows within the speech & language therapy community as a whole.

Main duties of the job

The post requires skills in the management of patients with acquired communication disorders and/or dysphagia on the stroke unit or general acute wards. The successful candidate would be required to work with a wide range of patient types and work towards completion of RCSLT Level C dysphagia competencies or equivalent dysphagia training to support the dysphagia assessment and management of patients in an inpatient setting.

Once dysphagia competencies are achieved the successful candidate will be developed to acquire skills in FEES clinics and may have the opportunity to participate in videofluoroscopy clinics. The SALT department has an excellent profile within the hospital and strong links to our main referring consultants, and other professionals. We foster effective MDT working and are an active member of the therapies department.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest in the country, with a workforce of approximately 15,000 who serve a population of 1.2 million people.

We work together, and in conjunction with MSE Health and Care Partnership, to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients in a compassionate way, and provide a respectful, but vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

From facilities through to consultant specialists we want to be the best, to achieve this we need to recruit not just those who are the finest in their field but also those who have the potential to be. Yes, experience is important but so is outlook - if you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us.

We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are a very friendly Speech & Language Therapy team who seek to enable all staff to progress to their maximum potential, and to support their colleagues to do the same.

With a strong ethos in evidence based practice and supportive patient intervention, the team works across acute and stroke wards to provide excellent patient intervention and therapy within the acute phase of their illness. We foster good links with our community colleagues to ensure seamless care for patients who may need continuing care post discharge.

The main responsibilities of the Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist are
  • To develop skills with an adult acute caseload in communication and dysphagia assessment and management
  • To develop all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner
  • To attend clinical supervision in the form of regular face to face meetings with your supervisor, clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, and team case discussions
  • To provide supervision and education of Speech and Language Therapy Assistants and Speech and Language Therapy students
  • To undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to further own and teams clinical practice
  • To participate in clinical audit, protocol development, objective-setting etc as required by the development of the SALT team

Person Specification



  • Relevant undergraduate / masters degree


  • Member of RCSLT



  • Evidence of working in a team
  • Evidence of working with elderly patients
  • Evidence of problem solving skills
  • Evidence of specific area of clinical interest


  • Shows awareness of MDT
  • Evidence of working with relevant adult client groups
  • Aware of need to negotiate etc
  • Experience of working in area of clinical interest

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Prittlewell Chase

Southend on Sea


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