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Speech and Language Therapist

Band 5

Main area
Adult dysphagia
Band 5
37.5 hours per week
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Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Southend on Sea
£23,023 - £29,608 per annum
24/02/2019 23:59

Here at Southend University Hospital we strive to provide high quality care for every patient, every time.

We would be nothing without our staff. So it goes without saying that when it comes to recruiting new team members, we're looking for the best. We encourage staff to be innovative, to challenge the "as is" and to always put patients first.

We want staff who will live our trust values every day.

Care with compassion, Working together, Professional and accountable

This is an exciting time to join us. The three NHS trusts that currently run Broomfield, Southend and Basildon hospitals are planning to become a new single NHS organisation by mid-2019.

 All three hospitals will continue to provide the services our patients use the most. These include outpatient appointments, children’s services and day-case surgery.  All three hospitals will continue to provide 24/7 A&E and maternity services.

By working as one team we will provide the same high standard of care and services for all of our 1.2m local residents. Using the same equipment, processes and IT systems means services will run more smoothly.  Single leadership, standards and new structures will speed up decision making.  Combined corporate services will reduce duplication and cut running costs. This means more money for front-line services and faster improvements.


Attracting new talent is key to our future and the scale of our organisation will give far  more career, training and development opportunities for all our staff.




Band 5 Rotational Speech & Language Therapist - Adult Acute Wards/Stroke

Following reorganisation of the management and therapy structure within the team and the progression of staff within the service, we are delighted to be able to offer a band 5 rotational acute speech and language therapist post.

This post will rotate with 3 other band 5 posts across the acute wards (including respiratory, oncology and CCU/HDU) and the acute stroke unit (including HASU and acute rehab beds).  This is an excellent opportunity for a newly qualified band 5 therapist , or a band 5 SLT seeking an acute post, to develop their assessment and therapy  skills within acute stroke and /or acute generalist wards for acquired swallowing and communication disorders.  

We are a small but very friendly team who seek to enable all staff to progress to their maximum potential within their relevant grading, and to support their colleagues to do the same. We hope to engender a love of SLT as you develop your experience post qualification and complete your NQT competencies.

With a strong ethos in evidence based practice and supportive patient intervention, the team works across acute and stroke wards to provide excellent patient intervention and rehabilitation within the acute phase of their illness. We foster good links with our community colleagues to ensure seamless care for patient who may need continuing care post discharge. We are currently’ revamping’ our Videofluoroscopy service, with a plan to enable all qualified therapist to achieve competencies within VF screening, as relevant to their grade, and have put in a business case for a FEES stack to enable the provision of this as an additional to our assessment battery, once competencies have been achieved (currently modified FEES is possible with the ENT department).

The SLT department has a good profile within the hospital and strong links to our main referring consultants, and other professionals. We foster effective MDT working and are an active member of the rehab department. We have a new ‘social secretary’ who aims to revitalise the non-work element of team working also!


Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

If you wish to discuss the post in greater detail please do not hesitate to contact Miriam Mitchell, Acting Service lead on 07957934205 or Noreen Buckly, Head of Therapies by email

If you have problems applying, contact

01702 508079