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Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

South East England
Contract type:
Full time, Part time / Job share
NHS band:
Band 7
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About The Facility

HCA Healthcare UK – The World’s largest private hospital group; providing award winning acute and complex care.

The Portland Hospital is the only private hospital in the UK dedicated to the healthcare of women and children. We're the UK's largest private children's hospital with over 46 paediatric beds including a 10-bed intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit, and a day case unit. Caring for over 40,000 children a year, we provide treatment for everything from general paediatric conditions to complex craniofacial reconstruction. We have over 175 paediatric consultants available to treat children from new-born up to the age of 18.

As the only fully private maternity hospital in the UK, delivering over 1,600 babies a year, we place great importance on providing safe and high quality care for expectant mothers. Both consultant-led and midwife-led maternity care is available, and our aim is to provide you with all the support you need during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Women’s health issues are treated by a team of 40 consultants, supported by nurses, physiotherapists and counsellors, with an emphasis on privacy and dignity.

Job Description

An opportunity has arisen for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our multidisciplinary team to provide specialist assessment, diagnostic and therapy service to infants, children and young persons who present with acquired or developmental communication and swallowing difficulties. The role will predominantly focus on the development and provision of a high quality service to children and families accessing support through the Children’s Therapies Service outpatient program. There will be opportunity to support clinical work in the neurorehabilitation and acute inpatient programs when the service need arises.

This role can be expanded to form part of the Autism Diagnostic Services for an appropriately skilled candidate.

This is a permanent full time role working 37.5hrs per week. We are also open to accepting candidates looking for part time hours and would consider a job share.

The salary being offered will be competitive and will be dependent upon skills and experience - Equivalent to an NHS band 7 role

Reward & recognition – We reward your commitment in delivering the highest standard of care with generous and competitive benefits such as our contribution pension scheme, private medical insurance, annual salary review, 247.5hrs holiday each year; with the option to buy and sell. We invest in your career development with clear career pathways and access to further education. We can also offer you support with relocation if you are living outside of London or the UK; subject to terms and conditions.

Duties & Responsibilities

-Specialist implementation of a range of communication assessments, and provision of intervention for paediatric patients aged 0 – 18 years-old in a range of clinical areas including neurology, neurodevelopmental medicine, general paediatrics, and respiratory medicine
-Assess and provide intervention to infants, children and young persons with swallowing and feeding difficulties, including instrumental evaluation by Videofluoroscopy Swallowing Study
-Develop goal directed care plans using evidence based practice and specialist knowledge, in collaboration with patients’ and their families.
-Use excellent communication skills and effective partnership working within the multidisciplinary team.
-Identify service improvement and growth opportunities, and collaboratively participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of service activities.
-Provide support to the Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist to achieve department objectives.
-Provide supervision and mentoring to speech and language therapy and multidisciplinary colleagues.
-Participate in an annual appraisal program, and demonstrate the ability to reflect on own performance, and commitment to continuous professional development.

Skills & Experience

-Professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy and Registered member of HCPC.
-Extensive experience in the field of paediatric neurology and/ or neurodevelopmental medicine.
-Competent in Paediatric dysphagia management equivalent to RCSLT Dysphagia Competency -Framework Level C: Specialist Level Dysphagia Practitioner
-Involvement in audit and /or with service development activities
-Experience supervising and developing colleagues
-Competent with Videofluoroscopy Swallowing Study completion desirable but not essential

About The Individual

At HCA UK we recognise and value everyone as unique and individual; treat people with kindness and compassion; act with absolute honesty, integrity, and fairness and trust and treat one another as valued members of the HCA UK family. As someone looking to join our family, you will demonstrate these key values.

You will also actively participate as a member of a team to move the team towards completion of tasks, goals, and objectives; demonstrate leadership and influence others to be the best they can be and inspire our colleagues and patients; and deliver information in a clear, concise, and compelling manner to effectively engage others and achieve desired results.

If you wish to find out more about this opportunity, please apply for this role and a member of the team will be in contact shortly.

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Contact: Nina Tran

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