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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 7
Specialist areas:
Start Date:
NHS Orkney
Job Ref:

Kirkwall Health Centre
Band 7 £32,013 - £42,205 plus Distant Islands Allowance per annum
Full Time: 37.5 hours

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Speech and Language Therapist to join our enthusiastic, dynamic and well-established team in a remote and rural setting.

This post is the Lead Speech and Language Therapist for the adult population in Orkney. The post holder is responsible for leading, developing, and delivering a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapy service. The role requires highly specialist knowledge of complex dysphagia and communication difficulties across a variety of conditions including stroke, progressive neurological conditions, dementia, acquired brain injury, oncology/head and neck cancer, and learning disabilities. Experience of working with AAC is required.

The post holder is required to oversee and work across a number of different settings including Balfour Hospital, care homes, patient homes, and other community settings. Developing and delivering training is expected in both acute and community settings. The post also has clinical and line management responsibilities.

The Speech and Language Therapy Team in Orkney has 4.35 FTE SLT staff for adults and children. The post holder works collaboratively with the Lead Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist to lead and manage the Speech and Language Therapy department.

The successful candidate will have a degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy/Pathology, Masters Level post registration training and/or qualifications in dysphagia management and a minimum of three years experience working at a senior level.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to work autonomously and flexibly are essential for this post as is the need for the post holder to hold a full driving licence. The post requires frequent travel within mainland Orkney as well as travel to the smaller isles.
The post comes with a relocation package dependent upon hours and eligibility. Local accommodation for sale or lease is usually advertised locally. We will provide links to estate agents and leasing agencies and assistance will be provided if available.

Lying off the northern coast of Scotland, between John O’Groats and the Shetland Isles, Orkney is an archipelago of over 70 beautiful islands, 17 of which are inhabited. The total population is approximately 22,000 with most people living on the Mainland.

The excellent ferry and air connections make travel to the Scottish mainland, Shetland, and even Norway quite easy.

There is a rich archaeological history to be explored, as well as many outdoor pursuits, including diving in Scapa Flow, kayaking, walking, cycling, bird watching, and many more. Orcadian culture is rich, with music and arts and crafts well represented. The St Magnus Music Festival in June is internationally renowned.

Rise to the challenge and enjoy the opportunity – Orkney is a wonderful place to live and work and offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, good leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery.

For more information on this post please contact either:
Michelle Mackie Lead Midwife/Operational Manager Tel: (01856) 888986, (01856) 873535 extension 2664 | Email: ; or
Elizabeth Morris Lead Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist Tel: (01856) 888239 | Email:

This post is subject to a PVG Scheme Record Chec

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
NHS Orkney
Tel: 01856 888239
Contact: Lesley Joy Fidler

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