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Consultant Speech and Language Therapist & Professional Lead

Job Description

St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the regional specialist care provider for south west London, Surrey and beyond. The trust provides a high quality, comprehensive range of health services from leading edge tertiary and trauma care to community services, delivered from 2 hospital sites, St.George’s Hospital in Tooting and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, and from St John’s Therapy Centre, 11 health centres and clinics, schools, nursing homes and people’s own homes. The trust also manages the healthcare service at HMP Wandsworth. With national and regional referrals added to our local 35m catchment, we serve a population of around 5m. We employ around 8,000 staff.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, motivated and suitably qualified Consultant Speech & Language Therapist (SLT) to work in the area of swallow assessment /communication to join our Therapies service. We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative clinician with excellent clinical skills, with a strong focus on research, education and advancing clinical practice. Working with other AHP Consultants, the successful post holder will support service transformation with the development of new ways of working with the implementation of integrated care pathways.

The post holder will be the clinical and strategic lead for dysphagia/communication for the Trust and a professional lead for all Speech and Language Therapists working in adult services. They will fulfil a specialist clinical role for adult patients with dysphagia/communication to develop pathways for the Trust and will be a lead for research, policy, strategy and service development across clinical areas in conjunction with other Therapy Consultants.

They will also be the pathway lead for therapists working in acute care including Critical Care, Oncology and Respiratory. The main roles will be planning, implementation and monitoring strategic delivery of highly specialist, evidence based dysphagia assessment/communication across the Trust, in conjunction with speech and language therapy clinical leads, and Therapy Managers.
Candidates please note that though previously advertised, due to recent feedback, this role has now been reviewed to appeal to Speech &Language Therapists with expertise in dysphagia and/or communication’.
For further details / informal visits contact:
For more information contact Patricia Hill, Chief Therapist & AHP Lead on
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We expect all our staff to share the values that are important to the trust – being excellent, kind, responsible and respectful – and behave in a way that reflects these. More information on the vision and values of St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is attached below.

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