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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Acute Lead

Job Reference: 841-19-167-FB

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
Gloucester Royal Hospital / Cheltenham General Hospital – to suit candidate

In September 2017, we announced that our Trust Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) were planning to join. From October 2019, we hope to be one organisation providing integrated community mental health, physical health and learning disabilities services. The new Trust will be called Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

We are already working closely together but the benefits we really want for our communities can best be achieved if we become a single trust, delivering outstanding integrated physical and mental health care.

The aim of the proposed merger is to improve our services and ensure we are providing the most appropriate and seamless information, support and treatment for people with mental health issues, physical health problems or learning disabilities. It will mean we can help people as a ‘whole person’, not just separate conditions or symptoms. As healthcare professionals in the new Trust, you will be able to ensure better outcomes for service users which we know is really important to all clinical, medical and support professionals alike. For colleagues, it will also provide more opportunity to develop and realise your potential.

While our overall name will become Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, services in Herefordshire will be given their own, separate, name, which will be Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.

The details of the merger will be finalised early September and the Trusts hope to be one organisation from 1st October 2019.

Both Trusts are high performing with ‘good’ CQC ratings and strong financial foundations.

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Acute Lead) - Speech and Language Therapy Service (Adults)

Band 7

Salary: £37,570-£43,772 pro rata

Hours: 37.5 hours per week - Flexible working may be considered

Base: Gloucester Royal Hospital / Cheltenham General Hospital – to suit candidate.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 7 speech and language therapist to lead the acute service for our countywide adult speech and language therapy team.

We are looking for someone who is forward thinking, highly motivated and who has significant experience and passion for working with this caseload. You will work closely with the team to provide seamless SLT input along the care pathway. You would be encouraged to work alongside the Principal SLTs to develop the service, looking for innovation and service improvement opportunities.

You will have specialist skills in the assessment (including videofluoroscopy and FEES), diagnosis and management of patients with complex swallowing disorders, including tracheostomies. You will manage your own caseload which will be varied and include inpatients and outpatients.

You must be someone who enjoys the day to day challenges of a busy service, with strong organisational skills and the vision to quickly assess a situation and problem solve.

Gloucestershire Care Services supports the professional development of its staff. The SLT department offers regular management supervision and peer review opportunities; in addition regular journal clubs and departmental meetings are held facilitating ongoing knowledge and skills development.

All applicants must be able to travel between hospital sites and across the county at short notice.

Please contact Emma Bufton, Macmillan Principal Lead Speech and Language Therapist or Jane Cantwell, Principal Speech and Language Therapist for an informal chat or to arrange a visit on 0300 422 8105

This post is subject to an Enhanced/Standard DBS check with an Adult Barring List check. Successful candidates are expected to undertake a DBS check at their own cost and sign up to the DBS update service.


Shortlisting Date: Friday 16th August 2019

Interview Date: Friday 6th September 2019

The Trust aims to promote a culture of inclusion, where colleagues understand and celebrate the diversity and different perspectives of our service users and colleagues.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The trust expects colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and adults at risk, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance relevant to the post.

For customer-facing roles all applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can communicate in English with confidence.

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Candidates are advised to monitor their NHS jobs as initial feedback will be through their account. Interview dates will usually be advised to shortlisted candidates within 2 weeks of the closing date. This is not always the case and so if candidates have not had any feedback from their application, they can call the Recruitment Team on 0300 421 8602.

Subsequent conditional offers of employment will be via NHS jobs followed by communication via email and hard copy letters.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service and pay grade.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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