Paediatric SLT (Cardiac and Gastro)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
February 13, 2023
Offerd Salary:£41,659 - £47,672
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Paediatric SLT (Cardiac and Gastro) Band 7

Main area

Dietetics/Speech and Language Therapy


Band 7




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£41,659 - £47,672 pa

Salary period



13/02/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced paediatric Speech and language Therapist (SLT) to join our acute team managing young children with cardiac conditions and children with complex feeding difficulties .

You will be joining the acute paediatric SLT team that consists of 7 team members, and work within Specialist multi-disciplinary teams based at Southampton's Children Hospital, a major centre for paediatric services in the south of England delivering tertiary services across the region.

The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs more than 100 staff, with clinical experts working across the range of specialties, providing acute services in both adults and paediatrics. As a tertiary hospital, we have senior SLTs in a wide range of specialist areas. There is access to regular CPD sessions, and opportunities to engage in service development and research.

Main duties of the job Your main duties

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

You will: • Work with in- and out-patients on acute paediatric cardiac/neonatal wards. • Work as part of regional gastroenterology MDT Complex Feeding Clinic. • Provide regular communication and swallowing assessment and therapy. • Continually represent the SLT service alongside paediatric colleagues. • Be innovative in your approach to patient care and service delivery , whilst being part of the dynamic MDT developing service initiatives. • Work closely with the MDT colleagues and local SLT services. • Refer and deliver instrumental swallow assessments where appropriate. • Link with regional and national clinical groups.

We are looking for individuals who are: • Passionate about working in acute paediatrics and who can provide training and support to others. • Experienced in working in an acute hospital setting. • Competent in working with neonates and children with complex medical needs. • Experienced in using FEES and/or VF. • A skilled advocate and representative of SLT. • An excellent communicator with children and adults. • Able to thrive in a busy and constantly changing environment.

This is currently a 5 day service, but there is potential that this could become a 7-day service in the future.


Our team consists of a range of clinical leads and specialists who foster and support staff across a wide range of clinical areas, helping to provide excellent learning opportunities.

We take pride in being a tertiary centre, providing highly specialised treatment for our patients who have complex needs as well as undertaking instrumental assessments as a crucial part of the management of dysphagia. As a high performing team we offer FEES and VF to both in- and out-patients. As part of the SLT team you would have access to colleagues and other senior therapists for support and regular, scheduled, clinical supervision which is considered an essential part of your ongoing development.

We are a department that is responsive, dynamic and flexible and we are always challenging ourselves and others to ensure we are meeting individual patient needs in the most efficient and evidence-based way.

The Trust encourages innovation and quality improvements, and staff have the opportunity to be involved in projects, audits and clinical effectiveness schemes. With our close links with Southampton University this is a stimulating environment to work in.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent in SLT
  • Registered member of RCSLT
  • Registration with HCPC as an SLT
  • Post Basic Dysphagia training
  • Demonstration of appropriate specialist SLT skills and knowledge in relevant clinical areas
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing CPD and training and development in relevant areas
  • Experience Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with a variety of complex health conditions/multiple pathologies in adults or children
  • Experience of working in an acute setting.
  • Competencies to work with children with feeding and/or swallowing difficulties
  • Competencies to work with neonates
  • Experience of providing and receiving clinical supervision
  • Training/presentation experience to medical and ward teams
  • Evidence of close working with multi-professional teams
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment
  • Experience with instrumental swallowing assessments ( ie VF/FEES)
  • Experience in supervising and working with junior SLT and support staff
  • Experience of planning, developing, delivering and reviewing a clinical service
  • Experience and evidence of project planning and delivery
  • Experience of clinical supervision of SLT students
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills
  • Sensitivity to a broad range of clients
  • Supportive and excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Efficient and dependable working practices
  • Proven skills in being flexible and adaptable to meet competing priorities
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Personal Qualities Essential criteria
  • Good organisational skills
  • Self-motivated, assertive, diplomatic and tactful
  • Literate and Numerate in English
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Recognises when change is needed
  • Motivating and enthusiastic
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Well established knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the client group)
  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance/audit
  • AAC knowledge
  • Understanding of infection control procedures and personal health and safety responsibilities
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Evidence of outside interests to reflect ability to deal with stress
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

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    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

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    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

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    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 388.5KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 223.5KB)
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    Job title

    SLT Professional Lead

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