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Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Speech and Language Therapy Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

As a result of a service restructure, we are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic Speech and Language Therapists with a Special interest in acquired neurology to support our service to grow.

As a friendly district general hospital, we are looking for individuals with a special interest in the following area:
• Acquired neurological conditions

Application forms for Band 7 specialist positions are available on the NHS jobs website, however if you are an experienced band 6 with an interest in any of these fields, please get in touch and we would be happy to discuss further with you.

Previous applicants need not apply
Main duties of the job
• To provide a Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service to acute hospital in-patients with a range of neurological conditions utilising highly developed specialist assessment and management skills of... dysphagia and communication.
• To contribute to the provision of instrumental evaluation of swallowing including Videofluoroscopy
• To be competent in the assessment and management of tracheostomy
• To evaluate the Speech and Language Therapy service within specialist area, making recommendations for improvements and future design of services in line with best practice and current guidelines including local and national policies
• To work as part of the MDT to differentially diagnose, assess, treat and manage swallowing and communication disorders within the speciality
• To provide expertise to Speech and Language Therapy and MDT colleagues, patients and carers through specialist advice and education
• To support the Speech and Language Therapy team in the delivery of care across the Acute Medical service
Working for our organisation

There’s never been a more exciting time to join TeamQEH. We’re working on a once in a generation opportunity to build a new state-of-the-art hospital to open in 2030 and we are also carrying out on one of the biggest pieces of digital transformation work we’ve ever undertaken.

Our new electronic patient record (EPR) will replace paper-based patient records from 2026 and will lead to better, safer, joined-up care at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and beyond.

At The QEH we provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, North Cambs and South Lincs.

We are an ambitious organisation that upholds our values of kindness, wellness and fairness. We strive for continuous quality improvement, recently demonstrated in our 2024 CQC maternity inspection rating our services as ‘Good’, and we are proud to be a place to learn and grow through recognised learning and apprenticeships.

We recognise and reward our 4,000 staff and volunteers, priding ourselves on a community atmosphere and positive team spirit. We have approx. 530 beds across 33 wards and have newly built education and training facilities, a range of modern award-winning centres alongside a talented team of people ready to give you a warm welcome. We love working here and think you will too.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for further information about this role.
Person specification
Qualifications/Training & Professional Development
Essential criteria
• Attainment of recognised degree in Speech and Language Therapy as recognised by RCSLT and HCPC
• RCSLT membership
• Current Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration
• Evidence of successful completion of post graduate study in dysphagia, and relevant highly specialist short courses
• Evidence of ongoing CPD to meet regulatory body professional standards
Desirable criteria
• Membership of any relevant clinical excellence networks (CENs)
Experience
Essential criteria
• Significant relevant specialist clinical experience of working with patients with communication difficulties and dysphagia
• Experience in delivering education and training packages
• Experience in supervising undergraduate Speech & Language Therapists and more junior therapists
• Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency working
• Competence in Videofluoroscopy to a level of independent practice in line with RCSLT competencies
Desirable criteria
• Relevant experience working in a community setting
Skills, Abilities and Knowledge
Essential criteria
• Competent to a high level in the management of complex patients with communication and/or swallowing disorders within speciality
• Ability to be an excellent team member and assume leadership responsibilities when required by line manager
• Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy skills
• Highly developed negotiation and problem-solving skills
• Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills

Applications are welcome from anyone who meets the criteria specified in the person specification regardless of age, gender, disability, race ,ethnicity, religion, belief, sexual orientation or other personal circumstances. Only those applicants who demonstrate in the application form how they meet the criteria in the person specification will be shortlisted for interview. We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications and experience - we recruit individuals who possess and can demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our core values
King's Lynn United Kingdom

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