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Band 6 Specialist SLT - Community

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Speech and Language Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Burnley General Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 pro rata
Salary period
12/02/2023 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

Are you an experienced B5 ready to further develop your experience and clinical specialism in adult work with a community focus?  Are you in an existing B6 role but wanting to diversify or make a change?

Join our experienced Pennine Lancashire Community SLT team  delivering  a wide range of services in the clinical areas of acquired communication and swallowing difficulties, across a spectrum of conditions.

Working predominantly in people’s own homes, care home settings and community hospitals. We have also developed a highly effective blended approach to intervention using face to face and digital platforms . 

We welcome applications from band 5 SLTs with relevant skills looking to grow their experience with structured and competency-based support. A B5/6 transition post will be considered.

Take a look at our services, our team and our vision and values on Twitter @ELHT_SLT

Main duties of the job

The job focus will be to contribute to responsive community speech and language therapy services across Pennine Lancashire. Working with the full range of adult acquired communication and swallowing difficulties, in people’s own homes, community hospitals,  intermediate care and care homes. 

We are an integrated acute-community department. This job offers the opportunity to lead and contribute to pathway-focussed service improvement in community hospitals. The post holder will be linked in with the Inpatient Team and our SLT Improvement Champion in the current design, development and delivery of standard work and an equitable pathway for patients on community hospital sites.  

We have regular SLT led VFL and  FEES clinics (out patient service) to support community patients. The post holder will have the opportunity to observe these clinics with their patients to enhance their clinical decision making and dysphagia management. 

Working for our organisation

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. 

Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

The SLT service has a well established team of clinical leads - Critical Care, Dysphagia, Voice, Head & Neck, Stroke, FEES, Videofluoroscopy, Neurorehabilitation and Community (including progressive disease).  

Actively involved in a range of service and workforce initiatives across the Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS and research including collaborations with ELHT & UCLan’s AHP Professor in Neurorehabilitation and Stroke.

The service is well equipped and is supported by a team of administrators, SLT Assistants and Therapy Assistant Practitioners. Regular team meetings, an annual SLT Showcase of best practice, SLT, Stroke and Neuro Improvement Showcase and continual improvement is embedded in our daily work and service improvement initiatives. We are committed to continuing professional development and this is underpinned by supervision, regular line management and an annual appraisal system. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

See job description and person specification attached.

You will be a qualified and HCPC registered SLT with good knowledge of up to date assessment and treatment procedures for the adult population with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties. 

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required together with good organisational and time management skills.  You will be able to work under pressure and be self directed, recognizing your own limits. Flexibility in working patterns to meet the needs of the service is essential, as is an ability to travel across the area and between visits in a timely manner.

There may be a future move to six day/bank holiday working.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Completion of a recognised training course awarding relevant degree/diploma approved by the RCSLT and HCPC.
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Member of the RCSLT
  • Evidence of attendance on short courses post qualification.


Essential criteria
  • 12 months post qualification experience treating a variety of patients relevant to the post
  • Organising and managing everyday clinic routines

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of a range of communication and swallowing difficulties and their management relevant to the post.
  • Knowledge of a range of Alternative and Augumentative systems of communication
  • Knowledge of a range of Alternative and Augumentative systems of communication
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the client group.
  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group.
  • Awareness of principles of clinical governance/audit.
  • Awareness of the roles of other professionals relevant to the client group.
  • Awareness of standards of record keeping
  • Awareness of confidentiality as relating to the NHS
  • Awareness of how to critically appraisal research articles. Skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – including, listening and empathy skills.
  • Negotiation and problem solving skills.
  • Good analytical and reflection skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Presentation skills

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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

Alison McLaughlin
Job title
Clinical & Operational Lead SLT
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

For further information or informal discussion please contact:

Alison McLaughlin ​

Clinical and Operational Lead - SLT 

email: alison.mclaughlin2@elht.nhs.uk

Tel: 01282 804075

Mob: 07773651171