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Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Band 7

Main area
Speech and Langauge Therapy
Band 7
Fixed term: 12 months
Flexible working - Up to 37.5 hours per week
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Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Calderdale Community sites
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
20/04/2021 23:59

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is a leader in the digital health revolution. With the launch of a full Electronic Patient Record in 2017 the Trust aims to be the safest, most efficient and patient centred Trust in the NHS. The launch is part of a 10-15 year ongoing project of modernisation with future opportunities for research, development in this rapidly developing field of medicine. Through working at CHFT you can be part of this innovative area aiming to bring safer and more effective care to our patients.


Job overview

We are looking for a skilled, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist to join our Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team on a one year, fixed-term contract.

You will join a supportive team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Rehabiltation Assistants in providing a seamless rehabilitation pathway from hospital to home, for six weeks after hospital and beyond, as clinically indicated. You will work closely with other adult community Speech and Language Therapy colleagues, supporting them as capacity allows.

You will bring highly specialist skills and knowledge in Stroke to support development of Speech and Language Therapy practice within the service.

The successful candidate will need access to transport and business insurance , as the role involves travelling around the Calderdale area to provide domiciliary care.

Main duties of the job

To carry out highly specialist assessment and treatment stroke survivors with dysphagia and acquired communication deficits, and act as a specialist source of reference regarding the management of stroke survivors in community settings for other Speech and Language Therapists.

Determine a clinical diagnosis, develop, deliver, implement, evaluate and modify individualised treatment programmes and/or provide highly specialist advice, ensuring appropriate pathways of care and communication via liaison and referral to other agencies as required.

Lead the development of effective clinical interventions and pathways within the speciality of stroke, focusing on patients with dysphagia and acquired communication problems.

Working for our organisation

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is a dynamic and successful organisation with a strong organisational and personal development focus.  With over 5,500 employees and a turnover of £310 million, the Trust provides a comprehensive range of secondary care services to the people of Calderdale and Huddersfield and has an exceptional reputation for service delivery.


The Foundation Trust aims to design and implement services, policies and measures that meet the diverse needs of our service, population and workforce, ensuring that none are placed at a disadvantage over others.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main clinical duties include:

  • Assessment and prioritisation of patients referred to Stroke ESD.
  • Awareness of cognitive dysfunction on patient management.
  • Speech, language and swallowing disorders,
  • Experience in performing videofluoroscopy desirable, but must have experience of referring for and interpreting objective instrumental assessments.
  • Patients requiring enteral feeds
  • Complex psychosocial assessment of patients and carers
  • Using a variety of appropriate outcome measures.
  • Support patients and carers in coming to terms with their condition and help them to make appropriate psychological adaptation to it.
  • Use a range of treatment media to ensure patient self- management of their condition in order to promote independence and quality of life. Train and support carers as required.
  • Know the range of treatment modalities available to stroke survivors with dysphagia and acquired communication deficits.
  • Transfer of care planning and discharge of patients

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Relevant Degree/Diploma
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Member of RCSLT
Desirable criteria
  • Instrumental Dysphagia Assessment qualification


Essential criteria
  • Extensive recent experience demonstrating a highly specialist ability to assess, treat and evaluate speech and language therapy care in stroke
  • Extensive recent work within stroke
  • Proven ability in implementing Clinical Governance
  • Experience developing others through PDR, supervision and training.
Desirable criteria
  • Recent relevant community experience
  • Previous knowledge of delegating aspects of treatment to support staff using a recognised competency framework
  • Previous experience of interdisciplinary working and skills sharing with other professionals within the MDT


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of relevant Postgraduate Training
  • Clinical educator training
  • Highly competent in developing and delivering training on communication and swallowing disorders within and outside of the profession, i.e dysphagia awareness training, teaching relevant part of university accredited courses.
Desirable criteria
  • Leadership Training

Special Knowledge/Expertise

Essential criteria
  • Awareness of relevant Legislation, national guidelines, Local and National initiatives
  • Comprehensive knowledge of appropriate and available assessments and best practice approaches in the speciality.
  • Evidence of advancing evidence based clinical practice in specialist area across services
  • Experience in objective swallowing assessment ( eg videofluoroscopy)
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of behavioural change techniques

Practical/Intellectual Skills/Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Highly specialist clinical reasoning skills
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
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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

Kathleen Graham
Job title
Clinical lead Speech and Language Therapist
Telephone number
07747 631216
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