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Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and Language Therapist(Band 6)

Salary grade £34 422- £45 400 per annum

Department/ward Continuing Care Services / Brain Injury Service

37.5 hours per week, Fixed term contract until 1 May 2023

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.

The Speech and Language Therapy Service at RHN comprises a team of ten Speech and Language Therapists and two SLT Technical Instructors working across a range of specialist units including our
Brain Injury Rehabilitation service, neuro-behavioural service, ventilator unit, Huntington’s Disease service, young adult unit, and our Specialist Nursing Home The service runs a FEES clinic on site and has access to a videofluoroscopy clinic. The SLT team works closely with the Compass technology service addressing the assistive technology and communication needs of our patients.

Closing date 13 December 2021


  • To be responsible for the communication and swallowing needs of a designated specialist clinical caseload, including tracheostomies.
  • To provide a clinical support role, advice and support to health care staff, SLT Technical Instructors, volunteers and clinical supervision to SLT students.
  • 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.
  • To demonstrate the ability to identify own strengths and development needs and reflect on practice with peers/ supervisor/ Professional Lead SLT.
  • To participate in service development projects within the speech and language and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of RHN’s objectives and contribute to achieving them appropriately.
  • Strive to improve efficiency in all areas of your work.

Person specification

  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree or equivalent; Health Care Professions Council license to practice; Certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists ESSENTIAL
  • Specialist post graduate dysphagia training/ qualification. ESSENTIAL
  • Post graduate training in tracheostomy assessment and management DESIRABLE
  • Specialist clinical skills including knowledge and use of a wide range of assessments, diagnosis, evidence-based intervention and evaluation methods to support best practice. ESSENTIAL
  • The ability to communicate complex, sensitive information and manage the emotional consequences of working with patients with a range of swallowing and communication impairments ESSENTIAL
  • Knowledge of instrumental swallowing tools to assist in assessment and management of patients presenting with dysphagia ESSENTIAL
  • Demonstrable ability for team-working ESSENTIAL
  • Competent IT skills ESSENTIAL
  • Proven experience of specialist range of therapeutic interventions in relevant field, demonstrating the evidence base for these approaches including selecting, setting & evaluating specialist treatment goals ESSENTIAL
  • Good team member able to assume leadership responsibilities ESSENTIAL

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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. Please let us know if you have not managed to arrange to receive the vaccine via other channels yet, as we are able to arrange the administration of the vaccine within the hospital. Please note that if you have a medical reason as to why you are not able to have the vaccine or you have any questions on the vaccination, please feel free to contact