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Senior Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Band 7

Job Description

West Suffolk Hospital is a vibrant, friendly and accessible acute general hospital, set in a 19-hectare parkland site on the edge of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. We have around 430 beds open at any time and serve a population of 275,000. The award-winning Hospital is celebrating after the most recent NHS staff survey shows it is the best hospital in East Anglia for being recommended by its staff.

The Trust also received positive feedback from staff in a range of other key areas, with West Suffolk scoring in the top 20% of trusts nationally against seven criteria:

  • recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive treatment
  • satisfaction with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver
  • agreeing their role makes a difference to patients
  • feeling recognised and valued by managers and the organisation
  • satisfaction with the level of responsibility and involvement they are given
  • satisfaction with resourcing and support
  • feeling the organisation takes and interest in and action on health and wellbeing

Our aim is to create a safe, supportive and honest environment by caring for each other, listening, being helpful, working together and valuing each other’s time and contribution so that we can create a working culture in which every member of staff can thrive. We encourage all of our staff to make it the norm to start every interaction with “Hello, my name is”. It is a small gesture, but one that really makes a difference in terms of building good working relationships with patients and colleagues. You can find out more by clicking on the 'Hello, my name is' link.

To help us achieve our vision and values, we have a set of Patients First Service Standards. As a member of our team, you will need to live these standards, placing them at the heart of everything you do. You can find out more by clicking on the Patients First link.

Senior Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Band 7 - 375 hours per week - Permanent

We have a vacancy for a senior clinician, experienced in Head and Neck, to join our well-regarded service at Ipswich Hospital. The post holder will act as lead clinician for the Head & Neck pathway, working closely with MDT colleagues at the Hospital, as well as overseeing and developing the clinical skills of junior SLT staff. There is an expectation that the post holder will work flexibly to offer support to patients with complex neurological swallowing problems when required. The successful applicant will also need to demonstrate strong leadership skills, and an enthusiasm for collaborative working with senior SLT colleagues across the service.

The Suffolk Adult Speech and Language Therapy service offers countywide provision, with community bases in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. Services based in the Hospital include Acute and Stroke care, as well as the ENT provision. Clinic commitments for ENT include twice-weekly joint Head and Neck clinics, twice monthly voice clinics, and a monthly PEG review clinic. The post holder would also be expected to work with the SLT lead for dysphagia in both the weekly videofluoroscopy clinic and monthly FEES clinic/ward-based FEES investigations.

Anyone unfamiliar with Suffolk will discover a beautiful county which boasts a wealth of hidden gems, from historic market towns to picturesque villages, Constable Country and the stunning Heritage Coast. Ipswich itself is a vibrant university town, with over 1, 500 years of history, beautiful parks and the recently rejuvenated Waterfront. From the town, you can easily access Suffolk’s many cultural events (eg Latitude Festival, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Snape Maltings). There are also excellent links by road or rail to London, Cambridge and nearby international air and ferry ports.

**In order to improve efficiency, all correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Would you therefore please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis**

In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk NHS FT to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification for this position, please click on the Job Description link (below). You should use the Additional Information section of your application to state how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification.

The successful candidate for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure at Enhanced level.

For Band 1 and Band 2 posts, the cost of the DBS Disclosure will be met by the Trust. However, any employees at Band 1 and Band 2 who leave the Trust within six months of commencing their post will have a £10 administration fee deducted from their final salary. For posts at Band 3 and above, the cost of the Disclosure will be met by the appointed employee and deducted in instalments from their salary over a period of three months. If the employee leaves the Trust within three months of commencing their post, any outstanding payments will be deducted from their final pay.

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We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

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