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Highly Specialised Speech and Language Therapist - Acute Paediatrics

Greater London
Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 7
Specialist areas:
Start Date:
St.Georges Hospital
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Job Advertisement – Band 7 Acute Paediatric

St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the regional specialist care provider for south west London, Surrey and beyond. The trust provides a high quality, comprehensive range of health services from leading edge tertiary and trauma care to community services.

With national and regional referrals added to our local 3.5m catchment, we serve a population of around 5m.

Co-located with St George’s, University of London and with both organisations now in a formal strategic alliance with King’s Health Partners, the trust delivers with its partners high quality research and education both of which contribute to the healthcare provision of tomorrow.

Acute and tertiary health services are delivered from over 1,000 beds across two sites, by around 8,000 staff.

St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a major acute hospital that offers very specialist care for complex injuries and illnesses, including trauma, neurology, cardiac care, renal transplantation, cancer care and stroke. It has a helipad which opened in spring 2014 and the work of its emergency department can currently be seen on Channel 4’s ‘24 Hours in A&E’ programme. The hospital also provides all the usual care you would expect from a local NHS district general hospital.

We also provide services at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton. These include outpatient rapid diagnostic and treatment facilities, a minor injuries unit, limb fitting services and 70 elderly, intermediate care and rehabilitation beds.

As well as hospital services, we provide a wide variety of specialist, maternity and community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from St John’s Therapy Centre, 11 health centres and clinics, schools, nursing homes and people’s own homes. The trust also manages the healthcare service at HMP Wandsworth.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced therapist to join the acute paediatric SLT team at St George’s Hospital. The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, management and treatment of paediatric and neonatal patients with complex communication, feeding or swallowing needs. The post holder will have the opportunity to work with paediatric in-patients across all medical specialities at St George’s, which includes but is not limited to: neonatal, neurosurgical, trauma, neurology, respiratory, ENT, gastroenterology, general paediatrics, PICU, oncology and surgical. The post-holder will also have the opportunity to run the weekly videofluoroscopy clinic for both inpatients and outpatients, together with the clinical lead SLT. We are happy to support with the development of videofluoroscopy competencies if these are not already achieved. The post holder will be part of a supportive and progressive therapy team and will receive support and supervision from the clinical lead. As a department we will encourage and support you in pursuing audit, project work and/or research. We offer regular supervision, individual performance review, CPD and support and development groups for all grades.

Competency in paediatric dysphagia is essential for this post, as is excellent communication and leadership skills. Experience in the assessment and management of infant and neonatal feeding difficulties is also essential. Experience with paediatric tracheostomy management would be desirable. The post holder will be expected to clinically supervise and support the development of clinical competencies for the band 6 team member.

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St.Georges Hospital
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Contact: Patricia Hill

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