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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

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed on Tuesday 1st October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

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

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Applicants should note that all appointments to Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

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.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

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.

UK Registration

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

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