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Speech and Language Therapist

Greater London
Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 6
Specialist areas:
Hospital wards
Start Date:
King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals with a turnover of nearly £1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 12,600 staff based across 5 main sites in South East London and Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of local hospital services across its different sites, and specialist services from King’s College Hospital (KCH) site in Camberwell and the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) site in Bromley, Orpington Hospital, and some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Sidcup.

The Trust is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, fetal medicine, stroke, major trauma, and Emergency Department.

King’s are inviting applications for a band 6 Speech and Language Therapist vacancy at our Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) and Orpington Hospital sites. The post offers a fantastic opportunity to work in a supportive acute inpatient team. King’s offers high quality band 6 rotations on the PRUH site namely a) Medicine, b) Stroke, c) Respiratory/Surgery/ITU d) Frailty/ Elderly including our Frailty Unit at Orpington Hospital. This post will commence in the Medicine rotation.

The successful applicant will provide Speech and Language Therapy within each clinical specialty, remaining within each area for 9 months. This will allow the opportunity to develop a wide knowledge base and range of skills. In addition, each rotation offers the opportunity to develop broader specialist skills, such as supervision of band 5 therapists, and tracheostomy and videofluoroscopy competencies.

The acute SLT team works closely with the wider multidisciplinary teams. The SLT service offers a comprehensive supervision and CPD structure with a range of opportunities for learning and participation in both self and service development. There is a strong emphasis on the management of both communication and swallowing difficulties and the impact of SLT within the acute setting. This post requires a flexible approach to working and will require the post holder to work as part of a rota’d seven day working pattern. We provide a weekly videofluoroscopy clinic and have submitted a business case to commence a FEES service in late 2020.

King’s employs 30.9 wte Speech and Language Therapists across our Denmark Hill, Princess Royal and Orpington sites. The PRUH Speech and Language Therapy Team has 11.5 wte from band 5 to band 8a. The Speech & Language Therapy team were winners of the at King’s Stars 2019 Exceptional Team of the Year Award, recognising their outstanding contribution to patient care.

King’s College Hospital has a large Therapy department with over 400 therapists from Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language Therapy. Each service is organised under a Head of Profession with a Chief of Therapies heading up the service and representing Therapies across the Trust as well as externally. The department has a well-established provision of education and training, supervision and appraisal, ensuring that all staff have opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge and to reach their full potential.

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