Band 7 Advanced Speech and Language Therapist


Advanced Speech and Language Therapist (B7)

Salary grade £41,891 – 53,148 per annum

(dependent on experience) Incremental reviews take place on an annual basis

Hours of work 37.5 hours p/w – One year fixed term contract

Department/ward Clinical Services – Speech and Language Therapy

Closing date 26 August 2022

Founded in 1854, the RHN is a well-respected, national charitable hospital and research centre, providing services for adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions. We provide specialist care, therapies and innovative technologies to meet the complex needs of people with profound disabilities. We pride ourselves on caring for patients as individuals, offering hope, as well as practical and emotional support, to them and their families.

Are you passionate about working within a healthcare environment and being part of a culture that contributes to enriching the lives of people with neurological conditions?

We are seeking an Advanced Speech and Language Therapist to join our SLT team within RHN. You will be responsible for the provision of a highly specialist speech and language therapy (SLT) service involving the assessment, complex differential diagnosis, interpretation and management of specialist clinical areas in the specialism of complex neuro-disability and neuro-rehabilitation.

Main Objectives of the role

  • To provide a flexible and prioritised autonomous highly specialist SLT service in the clinical specialisms, targeting intervention and education where needed.
  • To work as part of an integrated multidisciplinary team, contributing to patient care plans and goal setting as appropriate.
  • To demonstrate highly specialist knowledge and skills in relevant clinical specialisms underpinned by current evidence based practice and outcome measures and to use this knowledge to continue to develop and improve service provision in liaison with the Professional Lead for SLT, Therapy Manager and Head of Service. Specialist areas include:
    1. Severe brain injury/stroke
    2. Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness
    3. Neurogenic dysphagia
    4. Tracheostomy management and complex respiratory needs
    5. Neuro-degenerative conditions
    6. Young adults with complex needs transitioning from children’s services
  • To communicate complex condition related information from assessment to patients, carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions via attendance at multidisciplinary meetings, rehabilitation goal
    setting meetings and case conferences as required to enable a coordinated care plan. This will include supporting the patient, family and MDT with best interest’s decision making.
  • To demonstrate the ability to identify own strengths and development needs and reflect on practice with peers/ supervisor/ Professional Lead SLT
  • To provide supervision to more junior SLTs, SLT assistants and SLT students as well as providing advice and support to health care staff, SLT Technical Instructors and volunteers.
  • To lead service development projects within the speech and language and multidisciplinary teams.

Person specification

  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree or equivalent; Health Care Professions Council license to practice; Registered Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Essential
  • Membership of relevant special interest group/CEN Desirable
  • Training in clinical supervision for SLT students, and able to supervise junior colleagues Essential
  • Ability to manage tracheostomy patients independently Desirable
  • Good team member able to assume leadership responsibilities Essential
  • Experience in specialist assessment, diagnosis and management of adults presenting with a range of communication and swallowing disorders in a relevant field (Disorders of Consciousness, cognitive communication impairment, aphasia, locked in syndrome etc) including referring for instrumental swallowing examination where indicated. Essential
  • Experience of assessing communication in order to contribute to mental capacity assessments. Essential
  • Ability to manage tracheostomy patients independently Desirable
  • Competent FEES assessor Desirable
  • Level 2 endoscopy competencies achieved Desirable

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Apply now and please send a cover letter separately to recruitment@rhn.org.uk. It is not mandatory to complete a cover letter but it will significantly enhance your application and chances of being considered for an interview. Your cover letter should be no more than one page, clearly explaining how you have demonstrated the above skills and responsibilities in your current or previous role(s). Please refer to the job description and person specification or email the Recruitment team to obtain a copy.

Candidates applying for a role at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability will be expected to have received their vaccination against the coronavirus strain (COVID-19) as part of our pre-employment process before commencing employment at the RHN.

RHN is proud to be a diverse and inclusive employer that respects and values the differences of our people to achieve their full potential.