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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

Provide specialist assessment, diagnosis, treatment and advice to adults with communication and/or swallowing difficulties, and their carers. Be part of a multidisciplinary team.

Work as an autonomous practitioner working without direct supervision and at times lone working. Provide supervision, training and support to junior staff and students.

Work with managers to develop the service in line with patient need and trust wide developments, and to help provide an equitable service across the Trust.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

Are you a band 5 Speech and Language Therapist ready to progress your career? Or a band 6 looking for a better work-life balance at an innovative Trust? We’ve got you. We’re offering a relocation package and a developmental post (if required), opportunities to learn specialist skills and funded training.

As an Adult Speech and Language Therapist at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Northern Services (North Devon District Hospital), you will be completing assessment, treatment and advice to adults with communication and swallowing difficulties. Your role will be across Stroke Service which includes Neuro Rehab, Acute Stroke and Early Supported Discharge, and general medical wards encompassing our Emergency Department, as well as our Intensive Care Unit.

You’ll also have the opportunity to be part of the Video-Fluoroscopy assessment clinics with full training provided as required. We are also committed to developing a Fiber-optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing services locally.

Our wider integrated service provides support for Community Rehabilitation, Adults with Learning Disability, Voice and Head and Neck outpatient services, with opportunities for shadowing specialist clinics to support your career progression and development.

New ideas and ways of working are something we embrace at the RDUH and you’ll have the opportunity to develop the service, education programmes and research as part of your role.

Training and development opportunities are in high supply here, whether you are interested in clinical or leadership development courses we'll support you in finding the best way to grow. We actively encourage Continuing Personal Development and you will have an opportunity to spend time with our range of specialists as part of your CPD.

Innovation is central to therapies at the Royal Devon, demonstrated by the implementation of several new initiatives and the development of non-traditional roles in recent years including a Research and Innovation Lead. We are not afraid of adopting new techniques.

A relocation package is available for this post if required.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours Monday to Friday. Some services within therapies are currently required to participate in on call and weekend working. We are happy to discuss a job share. In addition we have a flexible working policy that we are happy to discuss varying your hours to ones which work for you and the department.

Interview Date: Saturday 4th April 2023

For further information please contact: Claire Hakin (Speech and Language Therapy Professional Lead) on 01271 322388 or at

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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