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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Stroke ESD

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking to develop your skills in community rehabilitation? If so then we want you! As part of a newly funded Harrow Stroke ESD team, we are looking for a permanent full time band 6 SLT.

We want to provide all of our therapists with the ability to think critically, challenge the evidence base and provide high standards of person-centred care. This involves commitment, motivation and a strong desire to learn and in turn, we will give you our commitment of CPD, the opportunity to develop your clinical skills in acquired dysphagia and communication disorders within the field of stroke rehabilitation.

You will be able to access the wider Adult SLT department where we offer peer support and formal supervision as well as cross site departmental in service training, excellent library facilities, a commitment to flexible working policies, support for further postgraduate training and active participation in service development and clinical audit.

Main duties of the job

You will be based at Northwick Park Hospital on the stroke unit but will provide stroke specific therapy in the community at patients homes in the borough of Harrow. The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner providing specialist speech and language therapy services to patients post-stroke. A significant proportion of these clients will have English as an additional language (EAL). The post holder will complete all duties required for this including comprehensive neuro assessment, key-working, goal setting, providing treatment, liaising with different services, referring onto appropriate services, discharge planning & discharge paperwork.

You will be required to travel independently to service users' homes. You will have opportunities to support with some managerial duties including triaging new referrals and allocating therapy to team members, supporting to create the weekly and weekend team timetables. You will provide supervision to rehab technicians and students.

The post holder will participate in team meetings, contributing to departmental / team audits and research projects. They will deliver and evaluate specialist training on a regular basis within the hospital / community setting, to other professionals and patients / carers on all aspects of swallowing, speech, language, and communication. They will contribute to clinical training of newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists, Clinical Support Workers & Speech & Language Therapy students.

About us

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) cares for the people of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and beyond.

Our team of more than 8,200 clinical and support staff serve a diverse population of almost one million people.

We run major acute services at:
  • Northwick Park Hospital: home to one of the busiest emergency departments (A& E) in the country. The hospital provides a full range of services including the country's top-rated hyper-acute stroke unit and one of only three hyper-acute rehabilitation units in the UK
  • St Mark's Hospital: an internationally renowned specialist centre for bowel disease
  • Ealing Hospital: a busy district general hospital providing a range of clinical services, as well as 24/7 emergency department and urgent care centre, and specialist care at Meadow House Hospice
  • Central Middlesex Hospital: our planned care site, hosting a range of surgical and outpatient services and collocated with an urgent care centre.

We are a university teaching NHS trust, in recognition of the important role we play in training clinicians of the future and bringing the benefits of research to the public.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view the main responsibility, please see the attached the Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • oRecognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • oHealth Care Professions Council - License to Practice
  • oEvidence of successful completion of specialist short courses such as Basic Training in Dysphagia, Tracheostomy management, acquired communication disorders
  • oExperiential training to demonstrate specialist skills.


  • oRegistered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Knowledge and experience


  • Working as a speech & language therapist specialising in the adult neuro population, specifically stroke.
  • Assessment, treatment and management of complex clients with speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Working with clients with complex dysphagia
  • Working with carers & MDT.
  • Writing clinical notes and reports.
  • Developing case management skills in self & less experienced staff
  • Delivering and evaluating training.
  • Clinical audit applying the principles of research methodology

Skills, abilities and attributes


  • Well established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the neurological / acute client group with speech language and communication, and swallowing difficulties.
  • Well established knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to the above client group.
  • Knowledge of the range of alternative / augmentative communication systems available to the neurological / acute client group.
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures in particular the Royal College of Physicians guidelines on Stroke, the Equality act, Protecting Vulnerable Adults, and the National Service frameworks for older people & chronic conditions
  • Car driver

Employer details

Employer name

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust


Northwick Park Hospital

Watford Road



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