Principal Speech & Language Therapist XR08

Posted 16 September by NHS Business Services Authority

Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist –Acute services (Critical Care)

Band 8a 1.0 (wte) fixed term for 24 months

As a result of the existing post holder undertaking NIHR funded research we have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist to join our critical care service at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. We are looking to recruit a dynamic, innovative and skilled Critical Care Speech and Language Therapist. You must be capable of providing high quality input across all ICUs and HDUs in Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. This cross-site post will cover the twin sites of Leeds General Infirmary and St James's University Hospital. The post will provide excellent opportunities to develop skills as a core member of Critical Care MDTs serving the population of Leeds and Yorkshire region.

You will have a high level of knowledge and skills within critical care. For complete details of the role please refer to the job description and personal specification in the supporting documentation. To fulfil the role you will have advanced competencies in Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) with the ability to support the development of competence in others and help to lead the delivery of this service within Adult Critical Care.

Established leadership skills are essential for this role. You will be expected to work alongside the senior management of the Adult Speech & Language Therapy team and Adult Therapies Clinical Support Unit. Service evaluation and governance are key components of this role with the post holder expected to undertake regular audit, collate clinical outcomes and participate in quality forums within: Adult Critical Care; Speech & Language Therapy and Adult therapies with a view to continually improving quality, safety and productivity, as well as informing future business cases.

This is a fantastic opportunity to mould an emerging critical care service. It is essential that you are motivated to work within the current Speech & Language Therapy resource to develop the skills and competence of the team in critical care and the associated pathways.

Teaching will be a significant part of your role, both SLT and MDT teaching. You will have experience of providing teaching nationally and locally and will be able to work supportively with other critical care facilities within the region.

The post holder will join a highly supportive and innovative Speech and Language Therapy Service comprising 40 wte SLTs serving ENT, Maxillofacial Surgery, Head and Neck, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Brain CNS, Gen Med/Elderly, Respiratory, Outpatient, Paediatric and Cleft teams. The Department offers comprehensive supervision in conjunction with a well-established Continuing Professional Development program and access to regular staff meetings.

For further information on the above post please contact:

Paula Hendron or Sally Scudamore (Clinical Managers for SLT) Tel (0113) 3923578/2067816

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act.

Please note this vacancy may close before the advertised closing date (without further notice) if sufficient suitable applications are received. If you require any reasonable adjustments please contact the recruiting manager immediately.

Appointment to any position is conditional on the satisfactory completion of the core NHS Employment Checks Standards, including safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Information disclosed in your application will be checked and any offer of appointment may be withdrawn if you knowingly withhold information or provide false or misleading information. Furthermore, your employment may be terminated should any information subsequently come to light which should have been disclosed in the course of your recruitment.

Car parking is available, but very limited on some sites - particularly at the LGI due to its city centre location. All car parking applications will be assessed against a points-based criteria and parking charges apply. A Metro Card Scheme is also in operation which offers staff discounted rates on regular use of local public transport.

All staff new to the NHS will normally be appointed to the minimum of the pay band.

Please ensure your application is submitted with a valid email address for your referees in order to minimise delays in the recruitment process. Short-listed applicants will be contacted by email; therefore applicants are advised to check their email accounts regularly.

Candidates who are successful at interview will be required to attend a pre-employment appointment. The Recruitment Service (RS) will contact you directly to arrange this once the recruiting manager confirms that you are the preferred candidate. If you have any questions about the process please contact the RS on (0113) 2065980.

Reference: 40883255

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