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Speech and Language Therapy
Band 6
Secondment: 7 months
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Royal Cornwall Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 pa pro rata
Salary period
06/10/2022 23:59

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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Band 6



Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our friendly, dynamic and expanding team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, providing a communication and dysphagia service to in-patients on the Critical Care Unit.

The successful candidate will be an autonomous practitioner, working alongside our Band 7 SLT’s. The post holder will contribute to the delivery of a speech and language therapy service to patients on Critical Care presenting with a wide range of aetiologies, for example respiratory, post-surgical and neurological complications, resulting in swallowing and communication disorders. Ideally you will have experience of managing tracheostomised and ventilator dependant patients. You will be required to work on the Critical Care Unit and will have the opportunity to offer continued SLT rehab to the patient once they are well enough to be discharged to the general wards, allowing continuity of care for the patient. There will also be opportunity to support the acute SLT team on the wards with adults presenting with acute dysphagia and/ or communication disorders as required. The service will include pro-active participation with the MDT as well as contributing to regular teaching sessions.

Main duties of the job

The acute adult speech and language therapy department works across a range of specialties and has highly specialist staff in dysphagia, oncology, head and neck cancer and stroke. The department is well respected within the hospital and offers a supportive environment to staff with opportunities to develop interests. Staff contribute to the Clinical Governance programme and undertake relevant clinical, departmental and service audits. The department has regular in-service training, supervision opportunities and runs weekly videofluoroscopy clinics. The Critical Care SLT team are in the process of developing a FEES service on the Unit.

In addition to working in an aspiring and outstanding therapy department, Cornwall offers exceptional opportunities to explore the countryside and coast, with a huge variety of activities available. It is a beautiful county which offers an outstanding quality of life and providing many opportunities for outdoor activities, with its sailing waters, surfing beaches and rugged coastal pathways for walking, and cycling. There is a thriving arts and theatre scene as well as an interesting variety of eating places, including celebrity-owned restaurants within Cornwall.

There may be further hours available in the wider SLT team. If you are interested, please ask at interview.'

Working for our organisation

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target.  All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To demonstrate specialist clinical skills in the assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of communication and swallowing difficulties in adults in Critical Care and with critical illnesses including tracheostomy, providing appropriate specialist intervention and outcome evaluation.
To work across other SLT Clinical areas if required.
To apply specialist knowledge to inform sound clinical judgement and decision making for case management with clear plans based on best practice.
Demonstrate specialist knowledge of this clinical area underpinned by current evidence based practice and outcome measures.
Independently make appropriate differential diagnoses and specialist clinical decisions based on assessment outcomes.
Contribute to the Videofluroscopy service, including referral, assessment and report writing.
Contribute to the FEES service, including referral, assessment and report writing.
To demonstrate clinical effectiveness reflecting on evidence based practice, and outcome measures.
Provide advice to others regarding the management and care of patients with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Demonstrate specialist skill in evaluating and managing the impact of a tracheostomy on swallowing and communication.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Speech & Language Therapy or equivalent
  • Post-graduate Dysphagia qualification or equivalent experience
  • HCPC registered
  • Demonstrable commitment to CPD.
  • Professional qualification taken in English language or IELTS qualification.
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of relevant CENs
  • Counselling qualification.


Essential criteria
  • A wide range of post registration Speech and Language Therapy experience including significant delivery of services for complex inpatients
  • Knowledge of key characteristics leading to a specialist differential diagnosis of critical care and critical illness presentations around swallowing and communication
  • Good understanding of relevant clinical guidelines
  • Experience of working in an acute, hospital based setting, including working within an MDT
  • Presentations to a range of groups
  • Teaching/training of staff or students
  • Supervision of more junior staff, assistants and/students
  • Active participation in an audit or project work
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working with tracheostomy incl. dysphagia and communication
  • Experience of carrying out videofluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing


Essential criteria
  • Able to work autonomously and use initiative
  • Evidence of specialist clinical skills
  • Effective clinical reasoning skills
  • Ability to reflect on and appraise own practice
  • Effective verbal communication skills with a range of patients and healthcare professionals regarding complex and sensitive issues
  • Able to manage clinical caseload and prioritise effectively

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Candice Quarmby or Julie Wright (CCU SLTs)
Job title
Speech and Language Therapist
Telephone number
01872 252470
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