Specialist Speech & Language Therapist
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
6d ago

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.

We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area.

We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

New funding released for the expansion of our critical care beds has led to an exciting opportunity to join our acute speech and language therapy team based at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

The job focus will be to deliver responsive speech and language therapy services to the critical care unit, working alongside the Clinical Team Lead SLT and as part of the critical care MDT.

The pathway includes following patients on their journey to the acute wards and onwards to discharge.

This job also offers the opportunity to lead and contribute to service quality improvement projects as part of the acute speech & language therapy team, improving clinical outcomes for patients and demonstrating the impact SLTs have.

You will be a qualified and HCPC registered SLT with good knowledge of up to date assessment and treatment procedures for the adult population with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties.

This post will suit a SLT who wishes to further develop their experience and specialism in acute SLT / critical care and it offers the opportunity to implement and evaluate new ways of working.

There is an option for a band 5 / 6 transition post for a suitable candidate who is progressing level C dysphagia competencies.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required together with good organisational and time management skills.

You will be able to work under pressure and be self directed, recognizing your own limits. Flexibility in working patterns to meet the needs of the service is essential.

A future move to six day / bank holiday working is planned.

The service has a well established team of clinical leads including dysphagia, voice, head & neck, FEES, stroke, neurorehabilitation and progressive disease and is active in research.

The service is well equipped and has clerical and assistant support. There are regular team meetings, a commitment to continuing professional development and an annual appraisal system.

Provisional interview date : Tuesday 28th September 2021

For further information contact Siân Davies, Head of Speech and Language Therapy and AHP Lead for Stroke & Neuro Rehab, 01282 804075

Essential criteria

  • Completion of a recognised training course awarding relevant degree / diploma approved by the RCSLT and HCPC
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Member of the RCSLT
  • Evidence of attendance on short courses post qualification.
  • Essential criteria

  • 12 months post qualification experience treating a variety of patients relevant to the post
  • Organising and managing everyday clinic routines.
  • Essential criteria

  • Knowledge of a range of communication and swallowing difficulties and their management relevant to the post
  • Knowledge of a range of Alternative and Augumentative systems of communication.
  • Knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the client group.
  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group.
  • Awareness of principles of clinical governance / audit.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Presentation skill
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  • Please note that the salary advertised is for full time hours. If this post is less than 37.5 hours per week, the salary will be pro-rata.
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