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COVID-19 Vacancy Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, ENT/Voice Post Covid19

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Speech and Language
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed term: 6 months
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
  • Home or remote working
18.75 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 pro rata plus applicable HCAS
Salary period
22/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

0.5 WTE - Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Band 7 Post Covid19 (Band 6 with relevant skills welcome to apply)

Fixed Term Contract- until March 2022

We are offering an exciting new role to an enthusiastic therapist with clinical voice experience seeking to develop skills with voice and upper airways disorders post Covid19. You will join an existing ENT/Voice Speech and Language Service, part of a supportive team of 6.2 WTE therapists based at the Whittington Hospital.


Main duties of the job

This newly created post will help deliver services to outpatients (adults and children) with clinical voice disorders, and upper airways conditions post Covid19 (as part of a developing upper airways service). The post holder will support the Clinical Voice Lead in developing protocols and pathways in this emerging field, whilst offering support to the adult inpatient service as required (ad hoc basis). Proven experience of clinical voice disorders is essential. A passion for/experience of working with upper airways conditions (e.g., chronic cough, laryngeal hypersensitivity, inducible laryngeal obstruction and Long Covid) is desirable alongside underpinning knowledge of neurology. We welcome applications from experienced Band 6/7 with relevant skills looking to grow their experience, with support.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • To assist with the treatment and management of patients with Long Covid symptoms and voice/upper airways conditions, in conjunction with the Clinical Voice Lead
  • To help develop the SLT service to patients with Long Covid symptoms
  • To work with and liaise with MDT colleagues in the Post Covid19 service and ENT at Whittington Health and satellite centres
  • To work with the Clinical Voice Lead developing audits and research, with a focus on Long Covid and upper airways conditions
  • Close liaison with other members of the SLT, Post Covid, ENT and Respiratory Medicine teams
  • To provide support and training of students, SLT peers and MDT colleagues

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc/MSc. Speech Sciences or equivalent (including PG Dip.)
  • HCPC licence to practise, and registered member of RCSLT
  • Successful completion of advanced practitioner post graduate study relevant to field (e.g., voice disorders and upper airways conditions)
  • Successful completion of highly specialist courses relevant to field (voice therapy techniques, voice assessment, nasendoscopy, upper airways disorders and Long Covid
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced counselling
  • Student supervision and training

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Of working at a specialist level in voice
Desirable criteria
  • Delivering highly specialist training to a range of audiences
  • Carrying out evidence based / research projects


Essential criteria
  • Of a highly specialist range of assessment tools and procedures to evaluate communication (inclu. voice) swallowing disorders, upper airways dysfunction and Long Covid
  • Of the key characteristics leading to a highly specialist differential diagnosis of voice and upper airways disorders including Long Covid
  • Of selecting, setting & evaluating specialist treatment goals for patients with voice and upper airways disorders (including Long Covid)
  • Of a highly specialist range of therapeutic interventions relevant to voice and upper airways disorders (including Long Covid) demonstrating the evidence base for these approaches
  • Of the key presentations and management options for voice and upper airways conditions (ILO, chronic cough, reflux and Long Covid) impacting voice and swallowing
  • The application of highly specialist knowledge of local cultural, linguistic & demographic factors to the management of voice and upper airways caseload including Long Covid
  • Of the diagnosis and management for patients with Long Covid and the role of the SLT
  • Detailed knowledge of multi-disciplinary team approaches
  • Of approaches to mentoring, advising, supporting and clinically supervising less experienced SLTs and support staff
  • Basic qualitative & quantitative research approaches
  • Good understanding of clinical governance principles
  • Development and implementation of short term clinically based projects
  • Advanced approaches to support clients & carers with challenging behaviour, mental health needs or in high levels of distress
Desirable criteria
  • Of the key elements of writing a research protocol


Essential criteria
  • Communicate complex, sensitive information
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Make an informed hypothesis of a voice and/or upper airways disorder from a case study/sample
  • Critically evaluate published research within a specific area of clinical expertise
  • Skills in delivering presentations and training, including basic adaptations to presentation / training style for a range of audiences
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to reflect on practice
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

Fiona Gillies
Job title
Clinical Voice Lead
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 5546
Additional information

Iona Macdonald:  Clinical Lead Adult Acute SLT. Ionamacdonald1@nhs.net, 0207 288 5546