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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/11/2020.

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Job Reference: 252-2751908

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
Acute Inpatient Service
Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford
£40,681 - £46,294 per annum

The Adult SLT team at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford are looking to recruit a full-time Band 7 SLT to co-lead the acute inpatient service (part-time hours will be considered). We are situated near South-East London with good transport links, where an additional 5% high cost of living allowance applies. We pride ourselves in being known as a friendly, proactive and flexible team.

The successful candidate will be a senior clinician with specialist experience of acute work, leading and supporting a team of therapists and therapy assistants to manage the caseload of acute patients. Working knowledge and experience of Videofluoroscopy, FEES and Tracheostomy are highly desirable for this role. The post holder will work together with the B7 Critical Care Lead SLT to jointly manage the acute team. Additionally they will work alongside the Stroke SLT team and there are also well established Outpatient and Macmillan teams, and excellent administrative support. They will be supervised by the Band 8 Inpatient Lead SLT.

The successful candidate will be an active member of the SLT team and will contribute to service development and training including audit and projects, as well as line management and supervision of colleagues. There is access to weekly videofluoroscopy and FEES clinics, and we will support attainment of competencies in these. The post holder will also contribute to training of staff on wards and other professional groups across the hospital, as well as supporting junior SLT staff and SLT students.

We offer a friendly and supportive working environment, with peer support and regular clinical and managerial supervision. There is access to informal and formal training and CPD opportunities, where learning and sharing is strongly encouraged. We strive for ongoing service development, and participation in projects and audits, and cross-discipline working is highly valued. We are passionate about our team and profession, and actively raise the profile of Speech and Language Therapy via Twitter and annual Giving Voice events, such as holding an MP event and creating a film illustrating “a day in the life of an Adult SLT” (for which we proudly won a “Giving Voice” award).

If you are interested in this post and would like further information, please email or phone to discuss the post further or to arrange an informal visit/meeting via Teams. or 01322 428593.

We would be very pleased to hear from you.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Jennie Longthorne
Job title: Inpatient Lead Speech and Language Therapist
Email address:
Telephone number: 01322 428593

Our staff are our most valuable asset. We are committed to making staff feel appreciated, supported and included in the Trust’s successes. Our mission is to be an outstanding place to work providing the very best care for our patients and excellent career opportunities for our staff. Everything we do is guided by our core values and behaviours, identified by our staff and embedded throughout the organisation.

We have the highest CQC rating of all Acute NHS Trusts in Kent and Medway (Good). The CQC highlighted that managers promoted a positive culture that supported, valued staff and created a sense of common purpose based upon shared values.

The Trust is a great place to work, stay, develop a career and enjoy a healthy work life balance. We have made and are delivering on a wide range of commitments to staff; health and wellbeing; equality; diversity and inclusion; access to education and career development. During 2020 we are setting up quality councils, driven by our staff to create a culture of shared governance and quality improvement.

We have a strong focus on innovation and improvement. Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) ‘Healthcare Alliance’ we are introducing new models of care to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Our association with GSTT also gives staff wishing to develop their skills excellent opportunities to work across numerous specialities.

As our local population increases, our services and skills are expanding and adapting to meet demand. We are continuously looking at best practice models to enhance and improve the services we offer.

The Trust provides services at Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, for a local population of over 500,000 people.

If you would like to be part of our innovative and forward thinking team putting patients at the centre of all we do, we invite you to #joinourfamily.

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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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