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Stroke Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and work with us! An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Stroke Team at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust for a Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist. Please see our therapies recruitment video:

Our Stroke Unit, based at Maidstone Hospital, cares for over 1,000 patients every year, and is in the top 15% of stroke units in the UK. The post will help deliver specialist speech and language therapy as part of a passionate and innovative multidisciplinary Stroke team, who take pride in delivering excellent patient care and strive to continuously improve our service.

What makes our Stroke Team different?

Our stroke services is comprised of a variety of different inpatient, outpatient and community pathways, giving you the opportunity to expand your skillset in different settings. This includes a stroke assessment bay for emergency admissions, a hyper-acute and acute stroke units, inpatient stroke rehabilitation at Sevenoaks hospital, a home-based rehabilitation pathway, and an outpatient assessment pathway which allows patients to return to hospital to complete further assessments from the stroke MDT.


Main duties of the job

What makes our Stroke SLT team different?

We have an established weekly videofluoroscopy service & a stroke specific FEES stack to ensure our assessments meet the gold-standard. This includes an in-house training programme. We are excited about research and innovation (ask us about our current research and quality improvement projects!). We provide an enthusiastic and supportive learning environment to help you meet your individual goals & objectives. We celebrate each-other's differences and value our well-being.

You will help deliver specialist speech and language therapy to the new 49 bedded Stroke ward.You will need to be autonomous in dysphagia assessment & management. Excellent communication skills, a professional approach to both clinical and administrative duties, be organised with excellent prioritisation and time management skills. We run a FEES and videofluoroscopy service and experience in instrumental assessments would be desirable but is not essential as training can be provided. Variable site & weekend working will be expected. In addition, there will also be the opportunity to provide some rehab sessions to our unit in Sevenoaks.

Speech and Language Therapy currently sits within the Core Clinical Services Directorate, within the Therapies Division and is co-located with Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy & Dietetics, making easy work of joint working.The broader SALT team is made up of 19 SALTs and 4 SALT Assistant posts, split across both hospital sites.

About us

MTW is a large acute hospital trust in the south-east of England.

We provide a full range of general hospital services and some aspects of specialist and complex care to around 600,000 people living in west Kent and East Sussex. We have a team of over 8,000 full and part-time staff. We also provide specialist cancer services to around 2 million people across Kent and East Sussex via the Kent Oncology Centre.

Would you like to work flexibly?In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check atEnhanced level (enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children).

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

We support our staff with disabilities to ensure they have the adjustments they need to be the best they can be in the workplace.Collaborating with Access to Work means that our staff are assessed by experts in the workplace and we ensure that their recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible. You can find out more here: Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: What Access to Work is - GOV.UK (

Interview Date: to be confirmed.

Person Specification



  • Degree or post graduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered member of HCPC
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD/ reflective practice
  • Registered member of RCSLT


  • Post-graduate qualification in Dysphagia

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Post-graduate experience working with adults in an acute setting
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice, especially in the areas of dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, cognitive communication disorders and dysphonia.


  • Experience of working with stroke
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Videofluroscopy experience
  • FEES experience



  • Intermediate dysphagia skills
  • Sound knowledge of SLT assessments used with adults in the acute setting


  • Basic knowledge of national policies and standards
  • Supervision skills

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9QQ

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