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Speech and Language Therapist

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'Be part of the team that delivers 'Excellent patient care in world class hospitals'

The Trust has 5 Values as defined by the Star Chart. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with these Values, which can be found by clicking on the 'Trust Objectives 2015-16' document via the link on the right of the screen.

Our latest achievements include:

  • St Helens Hospital rated outstanding (CQC 2016)
  • Whiston Hospital rated good with outstanding features (CQC 2016)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)
  • Best in the NHS in the Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE 2014 and 2015)
  • Cancer services rated 4th best in the country by Macmillan Cancer Support 2014
  • Ranked one of the highest in the country for extremely positive feedback received from patients (Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked highest in Cheshire and Merseyside for staff recommending the hospitals for the care of their friends and relatives (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked in the top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal 2014 and 2015)
  • Top in the North West and 7th nationally for staff recommending the Trust as a place to work (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England 2014)

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Adults)

Allied Health Professionals Secondary Care Service
Salary Band 6 £26,302 to £35,225 per annum
Full time / part time hours considered - permanent post

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled Speech and Language Therapist who has broad experience working with adults with acquired speech, language and communication impairments and dysphagia.

This post is an excellent opportunity for an established Band 6 or a well-established Band 5 looking to develop specialist skills working with adults in the acute hospital environment.

The post holder will support an Advanced Speech and Language Therapist to deliver a specialist service for patients in a variety of clinical areas within the acute hospital including, frailty, respiratory, critical care and the Regional Burns Unit. There are also opportunities to deliver outpatient clinics to patients with acute voice disorders and dysphagia. You will play a key role in contributing to the development of the SLT service to in-patients in Whiston Hospital and to the outpatient clinic service across Whiston and St Helens Hospital sites. You will be supported to complete RCSLT competencies in videofluoroscopy assessment and tracheostomy. You will provide support and supervision to Band 5 Speech and Language Therapists in the team and contribute to in service training and development.

We are committed to providing student education and you will be required to provide clinical education for speech and language therapy students and contribute as part of the multidisciplinary team to the education of student across the trust.

In order to fulfil the role of Specialist Speech and Language Therapist you will need to have completed post registration dysphagia training, be a member of RCSLT, have evidence of appropriate CPD activity and experience of working with adult patients.

All posts are subjected to Enhanced DBS checks.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Lucy Talbot, Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader,  ( Phone number removed )  or Gill Holmes, Head of Service,  ( Phone number removed ) 

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to undertake this commitment.

The Trust is a non-smoking site. Failure to follow this rule could lead to disciplinary action.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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