An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and experienced Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) to provide clinical and operational leadership for the Acute Medicine & Elderly/Frailty SLT and Therapy teams at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
You will be joining an innovative team of Speech-Language Therapists on this site and a larger team across all three of our hospital sites. This will include working in collaboration with the other Clinical Lead SLTs in neurosciences, critical care, head and neck, voice and acute care. The post holder will work throughout the hospital and provide clinical and professional expertise and leadership within the Acute Medicine, Emergency, and Elderly Care (AMEDEC) division.
Main duties of the job
You will also work alongside a Clinical Lead Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist within elderly/frailty care and be jointly responsible for the leadership and management of the Allied Health Professional (AHP) team within this division. This will include being responsible for the line management of multidisciplinary therapy team members, clinical supervision of SLTs and operational management of the team. The post holder will lead on service development and evaluation, local and national audits and are looking for a knowledgeable and skilled Speech and Language Therapist with extensive experience of working within acute care and with people with issues related to frailty, ageing and complex medical management. You will have advanced skills in instrumental assessment including FEES (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) and Videofluoroscopy. Applicants will also demonstrate specialist expertise regarding the application of current evidenced based practice treatment approaches. Strong leadership skills, the ability to facilitate change and development, and a positive and flexible approach are essential. The Royal Free has excellent clinical outcomes and the therapies team has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary and evidence-based practise.
For further information please contact Lauren Murphy, Clinical Speech-Language Therapist on 0207 7940500 on bleep 1491 or e-mail
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A&E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.
Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top
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28 April 2023
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£55,903 to £61,996 a year Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Royal Free Hospital
Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
Royal Free World Class Values
- Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values
Education & professional Qualifications
- Degree/Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy
- HCPC Registration
- Evidence of Continuous Professional Development
- Postgraduate training or development in clinical skills up to a Masters Degree level in Speech and Language Therapy assessments of specific conditions
- Competent with the use of standardised assessments and Speech and Language Therapy treatment approaches.
- Postgraduate training or development in management and leadership skills
- Membership of special interest group
- Member of RCSLT
- Significant specialist postgraduate experience in acute hospitals
- Experience of managing a caseload of patients who may have complex communication and dysphagia needs including working with older people and people who are frail and those that have dementia.
- Proven advanced experience in assessment and management of complex dysphagia
- Experience of working as an SLT in an acute healthcare environment
- Experience of working alone, self-managing time and using excellent organizational skills
- Active involvement in clinical audit, research and policy/guideline implementation
- Experience of teaching to unidisciplinary/multi-disciplinary groups
- Experience in service development activities
- Experience of facilitating change by collaborating with stakeholders across other professions and organisations
- Experience of leading an SLT led Videofluoroscopy clinic
- Experience in management of tracheostomies
- Excellent team building and team working skills
- Experience in leading an SLT FEES Clinic
Skills and aptitudes
- Highly specialist knowledge and application of current best practice, including: Communication and swallowing disorders; Therapeutic interventions relevant to adults with dementia; Assessment tools including videofluoroscopy, FEES and communication aids.
- Commencement of RCSLT Level 2 A FEES Competency
- Highly specialist knowledge and application of current best practice relevant to working with older people
- Good auditory and discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically.
- Demonstrates a clear understanding of both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary issues and the ability to work efficiently and effectively in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrates an understanding of the research process
- Demonstrates an understanding of governance requirements
- Excellent communication / interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
- Excellent negotiation and conflict management skills
- Excellent time management and prioritisation skills
- Ability to manage frequent interruptions of job tasks during the working day
- Excellent leadership skills
- Committed to best practice and aware of national standards and evidence
- Clear understanding of NHS reforms and policies and their impact on the service
- Completion of Level 2 B SLT FEES Competency
Personal Qualities & attributes
- Professional attitude
- A commitment to professional development of self and others
- Flexibility in approach to change in service needs
- Ability to work in a stressful environment and with intense concentration throughout the day
- Innovative and creative thinker
- Ability to focus on project tasks on the computer or desk-side for prolonged periods of time
- Innovative and creative thinker
- Ability to carry out manual handling tasks in line with trust guidelines
- Competent IT skills
- Familiar with NHS and Social Care Policies
- Able to comply with equal opportunities policies
Certificate of Sponsorship
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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).