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Speech and Language Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Clinical Support
Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
12/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for an HCPC registered Speech & Language Specialist, keen to expand their experience with stroke inpatients and to join our acute SLT team at Southampton General Hospital. The successful applicant will be part of our acute stroke team and the wider MDT. This post will have the opportunity to work through parts of our ‘specialist skills' modules.

The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs approximately 100 staff, with clinical experts working across the range of specialties, providing  acute services in both adults and paediatrics. You will be working within a close, supportive team which covers a range of specialities including Neuro, Head & Neck, Medicine for older people to name a few. There are regular internal CPD sessions and  MDT meetings  as well as opportunity to engage in service evaluation and improvement. As a regional centre for many specialities, research is ongoing to ensure we are up to date and providing the best service.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Our team consists of a range of clinical leads and specialists who foster and support staff across a wide range of clinical areas, helping to provide excellent learning opportunities.

We take pride in being a tertiary centre, providing highly specialised treatment for our patients who have complex needs as well as undertaking instrumental assessments as a crucial part of the management of dysphagia. This post  offer a wide range of opportunities to be able to develop your knowledge and professional skills. As a high performing team we have nationally recognised clinicians and have ‘advanced clinical practitioners’ in FEES and VF.  As part of the SLT team you would have access to senior therapists for daily support and regular, scheduled, clinical supervision which is considered an essential part of your ongoing development.

We are a department that is responsive, dynamic and flexible and we are always challenging ourselves and others to ensure we are meeting individual patient needs in the most efficient and evidence based way.

The whole Trust encourages innovation and quality improvements and all staff have the opportunity to be involved in projects, audits and clinical effectiveness schemes. As part of this initiative we have recently developed a virtual learning dysphagia awareness training module. With our close links with Southampton University this is a stimulating environment to work in. 


You will:
•    Complete daily patient SNAPP data and measure clinical outcomes
•    Work closely with MDT colleagues to plan and set goals for individual patients- including joint sessions
•    Liaise with relatives and carers to provide support with individual’s communication and swallowing function.
•    Design and implement swallow rehabilitation programmes
•    Contribute to capacity assessments /decisions
•    Deliver regular individual /group therapy sessions
•    Collect and act on patient and carer feedback
•    Support less experienced colleagues ,including Reading University students
•    Contribute to audits and specific projects 
•    Provide training to ward staff and MDT colleagues
    Work with inpatients in both hyper acute and acute stroke unit.
•    Have the opportunity to attend and contribute to daily MDT “board rounds” to offer timely SLT input.
•    Provide communication and swallowing   assessment and therapy.
•    Have opportunities  to represent the SLT service.
             Be innovative in your approach to patient care and service delivery whilst being part of the dynamic MDT developing service 

You will be a key member of the acute stroke team, providing individual and group sessions, as well as joint MDT sessions.

We are  looking for individuals who:
•    Are passionate about working with acute patients and their families
•    Experience in the assessment and management of acute stroke patients presenting with communication and    
             swallowing difficulties
•    Are  keen to have exposure and learn about the specialist services we provide
•    Thrive in working in busy, dynamic and constantly changing environment.
•    Value and  actively contributes to  an MDT culture

The stroke service is currently a 5 day service but there is the potential for this to become a 7 day service in the future.


Interviews will be held on Thursday, 22 April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent in SLT
  • Registered member of RCSLT
  • Registration with HCPC as an SLT
  • Demonstration of appropriate specialist SLT skills and knowledge in relevant clinical areas
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing CPD and training and development in relevant areas


Essential criteria
  • Experience of a broad range of acquired and neurological disorders in acute and multi-disciplinary settings.
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision
  • Experience of working independently with swallowing difficulties/disorders
  • Training/presentation experience
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working with support staff
  • Previous experience at Band 5 level
  • Experience of using instrumental assessment
  • Experience of clinical supervision of SLT students
  • Experience of supervision of junior SLT staff


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills
  • Sensitivity to a broad range of clients
  • Supportive and excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy skills Efficient and dependable working practices
  • Proven skills in being flexible and adaptable to meet competing priorities
  • Excellent IT skills

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Good organisational skills
  • Self motivated, assertive, diplomatic and tactful
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Recognises when change is needed
  • Motivating and enthusiastic

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Well established knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the client group)
  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance/audit
  • AAC knowledge
  • Knowledge of relevant networks/links e.g. Stroke Association, Speakability
  • Understanding of infection control procedures and personal health and safety responsibilities


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Anne Blamey
Job title
Adult SLT Team Lead
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023 8120 6454

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