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Adult Speech and Language Therapist - Stroke

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pa Pro Rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist to work at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro as part of our Stroke team.The successful candidate will be working with the SLT team on Phoenix ward seeing a range of adult patients presenting with communication and swallowing difficulties post stroke

The job role offers potential opportunities for regular CPD development, NQP and dysphagia competencies, developing foundation skills in the areas of video-fluoroscopy, Tracheostomy care, gaining experience working with complex neurological patient presentations.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for providing adult SLT service for patients on Phoenix ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

To jointly manage a caseload of patients in conjunction with the Phoenix SLT Team, using evidence-based practice.

To provide assessment, diagnosis and treatments to stroke patients presenting with swallowing difficulties and communication issues, within scope of own competence.

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, with support from senior staff as needed.

To liaise with multi-disciplinary teams and relevant care professionals and agencies.

The post holder will work under the supervision of the SLT Team Lead and Specialist SLTs.

About us

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We serve a population of around 500,000 people - a figure that can increase significantly with visitors during the busiest times of the year. We employ approximately 6,700 staff and have a budget of approximately �580 million.

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Plymouth School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Peninsula Dental School.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site is the base for medical and nursing as well as ongoing education for health professions in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we are continually developing our clinical services as well as our facilities and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIREDTo be able to demonstrate effective communication, verbal and non-verbal, tocommunicate treatment programmes to patients some of whom may have barriers tounderstanding or communication e.g aphasia or where English is not the first language.To be an effective team member, respecting the work of others and always representingthe professions suitably.To participate in the supervision process and to receive regular mentoring.To participate in the Team and Clinical meetings within the stroke SLT Service.To always deliver care in a manner sensitive to individuals needs and wishes.acknowledging and respecting their rights, individual values, cultural and religious diversity.To be conversant with, and comply with, all health and safety, security and confidentiality,and privacy and dignity regulations that are in force. To attend mandatory training sessionse.g. fire/health and safety lectures and reporting any accidents and/or hazards etc. usingthe Trust reporting systems.Comply with the organisation and departmental policies and procedures and be involved inreviewing and up-dating as appropriate.KEY RESULT AREASApply knowledge of SLT therapeutic interventions, analytical and judgement skills to delivertreatment, assess client response and modify therapy within scope of practice.To support patients, carers, staff and relatives by providing education and advise, asappropriate.To work in a variety of settings including various wards covered by the team, if required.To maintain timely, legible and accurate signed records and statistical information asrequired, this includes using paper and electronic records and entering information on toelectronic databases.Contribute to development of patient care by attending relevant team, departmental orclinical / multi-disciplinary team meetings and comment on recommended changes toclinical care or service provision.Working within your scope of practice, to safely use Therapy equipment and aids accordingto department protocols. To use equipment safely.To deliver individual or group interventions as required.To encourage patients and their carers in an active approach to regaining and maintainingpersonal independence. This requires empathy, sensitivity, and good interpersonal skills andmay require motivational skills with some patientsTo deliver simple training and information to patients, families and care teams.To take part in the Trust appraisal and performance review programme as an appraisee. Touse the provided Personal Development Plan to support your own learning anddevelopment, including gathering evidence of Continual Professional Development.To keep up to date on professional issues by participating in In-Service Training and othertraining activities as agreed through the appraisal process. To actively participate in in-service training. To undertake any other duties that might be considered appropriate by the Lead Therapists.COMMUNICATIONS & WORKING RELATIONSHIPSTo represent the service verbally and in written communication in a positive andprofessional way and to project a professional image by adhering to uniform policy.To liaise with and refer to therapy colleagues and other external agencies to support thebest possible management of patients.To develop self-awareness and to be a questioning and reflective health worker.MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR JOBMental EffortThe post holder will be frequently expected to concentrate for prolonged periods during assessmentand treatment sessions and ensure good communication with patients who have impairedunderstanding or communication difficulties. There may be periods of unpredictable work patternsEmotional EffortThis post may involve the care of patients with complex or chronic degenerative illnesses or terminalconditions. Patients and their carers may be depressed, withdrawn, or aggressive.Working ConditionsTo risk assess all areas of your work including manual handling risks, bio-hazards from for examplesoiled sheets, body fluids/ sputum, anxious or angry clients/carers, patients with mental health orcognitive dysfunctions etc.OTHERThe post holder must comply with all RCHT policies and Procedures.The post holder must work with infection control guidelines to ensure that work methods donot constitute a risk of infection either to staff or patients.The job description is subject to the Terms and Conditions of service of RCHT, and the postholder will undertake any other duties which may be required from time to time.This job description will be subject to regular review and amended to meet the changingneeds of the Trust.This job description is subject to the Terms and Conditions of service of Royal CornwallHospitals NHS Trust, and the post holder will undertake any other duties which may berequired from time to time.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Registered with HCPC.
  • Professional qualification taken in English language or appropriate qualification from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).]


  • Evidence of post grad study
  • Member of RCSLT



  • Experience of working with adult patients during training or post qualification.
  • Experience of working with adult patients with acquired conditions during training or post qualification
  • Experience of working independently
  • Experience of working with a multi disciplinary team.
  • Experience of working with stroke patients or patients with neurological conditions


  • Experience of working with dysphagic and or dysphasic clients
  • Experience of working in the acute setting
  • Experience of lone working.



  • Knowledge of a range of assessments and interventions.
  • Ability to work in teams.
  • Ability to recognise own wellbeing needs
  • Computer literate
  • Well developed communication skills, such as empathy, negotiation and motivation, presenting of complex facts in an understandable way.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Evidence of reflective practice
  • Ability to time manage, with support from supervisor.



  • Demonstrable commitment to CPD
  • Evidence of Self directed learning.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital

Treliske, Truro



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