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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Speech and Language Therapy
Band 6
  • Full time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week (To be part of an enhanced weekend working rota)
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Maidstone Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa pro rata
Salary period
12/12/2021 23:59

Job overview

Looking for a new challenge?! Could this be for you? We are recruiting a Specialist Speech and Language Therapists to work as part of the experienced Stroke team.

This will be based at  Maidstone Hospital to help deliver specialist speech and language therapy to patients with a variety of diagnoses on the Stroke unit.  You will take part in an enhanced weekend service rota and two newly designed rehabilitation pathways. Candidates must be enthusiastic, flexible and an excellent team player with a specialist interest in Stroke and Neurology.

Please feel free to apply for this job via trac, alternatively please send your CV and covering letter to quoting Job reference 359-EMS10097-A

We offer excellent clinical support and supervision, and ongoing professional development is actively encouraged. Job-sharing or part-time hours will be considered. 

Main duties of the job

Speech and Language Therapy currently sits within the Diagnostic & Clinical Support Directorate, within the Therapies Division and is co-located with Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Dietetics on both sites, making easy work of joint working.

You will need to be autonomous in dysphagia assessment and management. You will also need excellent communication skills, a professional approach to both clinical and administrative duties, be organised with excellent prioritisation and time management skills and be flexible enough to work across sites according to need.  

You will need to have excellent communication skills, a professional approach to both clinical and administrative duties, be autonomous in dysphagia assessment and management, be well organised and demonstrate a flexible approach in your working. We run a FEES and videofluoroscopy service and experience in instrumental assessments would be desirable but is not essential as training can be provided.

Working for our organisation

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust’s core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites:  Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients – the first of its kind in the country.

We employ over 6,500 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at enhanced level (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children). please note this job may close early if sufficient applications are received. 

 We are passionate in supporting our staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression. We take equality and diversity seriously and seek to empower all diverse groups within our trust. We seek to develop a culture where diversity in all its forms is celebrated. We are committed to ensuring that women are empowered to work at all levels of management and that working patterns are as flexible as possible giving all members of staff opportunity to flourish in using their skills for our patients. We work across our trust to enable those who consider themselves to have a disability both visible and invisible to have access to all they need to thrive in their work environment. We work with Stonewall to embed an inclusive and accepting culture for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. We have 78 nationalities working in our trust and we are proud of this. We are active in embracing the ethnic and cultural diversity in our trust. We work to empower people with any protected characteristic to have opportunities to work in an environment that helps them to contribute to the best of their ability, recognising and valuing the unique contributions each of us brings for best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to supporting the delivery of the Equality Act with zero tolerance for any discrimination, harassment or victimisation of applicants and staff with these protected characteristics. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree or post graduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered member of HPC & RCSLT
  • Evidence of CPD/reflective practice
  • • Post-graduate qualification in Dysphagia

Experience/ Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • • Post-graduate experience
  • • Experience of working with adults in an acute setting
  • • Multidisciplinary team working
  • • Knowledge of evidence-based practice, especially in the areas of dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, cognitive-communication disorders and dysphonia.
Desirable criteria
  • • Experience of working with Stroke
  • • Experience of running groups
  • • Videofluroscopy experience
  • • Experience of FEES


Essential criteria
  • • Intermediate dysphagia skills
  • • Sound knowledge of SLT assessments used with adults in the acute setting
  • • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance
  • • Knowledge of basic IT packages
Desirable criteria
  • • Tracheostomy competencies
  • • Supervision skills
  • • Highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in assessment, diagnosis and management planning
  • • Basic knowledge of national policies and standards
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Francesca Sheldon
Job title
Line Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01622 223027