Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Head and Neck

Band 7

Main area
Therapies , AMR, MRC
Band 7
Part time 30 hours per week
Job ref
Blenheim, Churchill Hospital
£37,570 to £43,772 per annum, pro rota
29/05/2019 23:59

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


We have an opportunity for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Head and Neck to join the Oxford team. We are seeking someone who demonstrates enthusiasm and innovation in delivering clinical services to this patient group, working within a supportive and forward thinking MDT.

Oxford is the central ‘hub’ in the Thames Valley Cancer Network delivering surgical and oncology treatment, (there is a further oncology service in Reading); liaising with, and supporting SLT colleagues across the Network as patients move between services requires excellent communication skills. The Head and Neck Network SLTs meet quarterly, reviewing outcomes, and have developed new models of service delivery, with high quality Care Closer to Home. Oxford delivers a service to more complex cases across the Network, and offers second opinions.

The postholder will lead in acute surgical stage of treatment of patients, working alongside the team lead, and a highly specialist SLT in Oncology, training and supporting development of skills of other members of the team. Contributing to our ERAS programme, national trials participation, and delivering high quality teaching to SLT and medical students is expected. Participation in weekly videofluorouscopy clinics and a developing FEES service will be discussed with the postholder.  Audit, reviewing clinical outcomes and developing new ways of working with this busy caseload is central to our practice.

The Head and Neck SLT team is comprised of an 8A team lead, Oncology highly specialist SLT and specialist SLTs working closely with other AHPs, and the MDT. Head and Neck services to patients are all delivered on the Churchill Hospital site within the Blenheim Head and Neck unit and the Cancer Centre.  Our overall adult acute SLT team comprises of 16 therapists, supported by an administrator, and 2 SLTAs are an integral part of the Therapies clinical service unit within Oxford University Hospitals Trust. The main administrative base for the SLT team is at the John Radcliffe.


Closing Date: 29 May 2019

Planned Interview Date: 12 June 2019

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Carol Harris, Head and Neck/ENT SALT team lead,  Carol.Harris@ouh.nhs.uk , 01865 231205