Speech and Language Therapist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
February 13, 2023
Offerd Salary:£27,055 - £32,934
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Speech and Language Therapist Band 5

Main area

Dietetics/Speech and Language Therapy


Band 5




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£27,055 - £32,934 pa

Salary period



13/02/2023 23:59
Job overview

We are looking for an HCPC registered SLT, who is keen to develop their acute inpatient experience. The successful applicant will be part of our friendly and dynamic acute team and the wider MDT.

The department of dietetics and SLT employs approximately 100 staff, with over 30 SLTs including clinical experts, working across a range of specialties and provides services to both adults and paediatrics. You will work within a supportive team which covers a range of specialities like Neuro, Critical Care, Cardiac, Stroke and Medicine for older people to name a few.

There are regular CPD opportunities and MDT meetings, with the opportunity to engage in service evaluation and improvement. As a regional centre for many specialities , research is ongoing to ensure we are up to date and providing the best service.

Main duties of the job YOUR MAIN DUTIES

You will: • Complete daily patient data and measure clinical outcomes • Work closely with MDT colleagues planning and goal setting for individual patients- joint sessions • Liaise with relatives and carers to provide support with individual's communication and swallowing function. • Design and implement swallow rehabilitation programmes • Contribute to capacity assessments /decisions • Deliver regular individual /group therapy sessions • Collect and act on patient and carer feedback • Contribute to audits and specific projects • Provide training to ward staff and MDT colleagues

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 mainly in-patients and their families/carers. • Have the opportunity to attend and contribute to daily MDT “board rounds” to offer timely SLT input. • Provide SLT assessment and therapy plans. • Contribute to mental capacity assessments.

We are looking for individuals who: • Are passionate about working with acute patients and their families. • Are keen to develop their skills in the assessment and management of acute inpatients. • Are keen to have exposure and learn about the specialist services we provide. • Thrive in working in a busy, dynamic and constantly changing environment. • Value and actively contribute to an MDT culture.


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. There are career and academic pathways and research opportunities. As part of the SLT team you would have access to senior therapists for daily support and regular, scheduled, clinical supervision which is considered an essential part of your ongoing development. You will also have the opportunity to take part in peer support groups within the UHS SLT team and our Preceptorship programme which will include support with signing off your RCSLT NQT competencies.

We are a responsive, dynamic and flexible service, and 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 all 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. For example, we have been able to support academic development such as short-term internships, post-graduate courses and clinical academic careers.


Interviews will be held on 22nd February 2023

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

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent in SLT
  • Registered member of RCSLT
  • Registration with HCPC as an SLT
  • 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
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Training/presentation experience
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience of a broad range of acquired and neurological disorders in acute and multi-disciplinary settings
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision
  • Experience of working independently with swallowing difficulties/disorders
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member
  • 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
  • Desirable criteria
  • 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 and responsive to feedback both positive and negative
  • Motivating and enthusiastic
  • Thirst for knowledge and skills and a ‘can do ‘ attitude
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the client group)
  • 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
  • Knowledge of relevant networks/links e.g. Stroke Association, Speakability
  • 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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    Head to our careers portal thinkuhs.co.uk where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    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.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    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.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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  • Personal Specification (PDF, 272.7KB)
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