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International Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

London Bridge Hospital – London
Full time
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Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

London Bridge Hospital

Full time

Highly competitive salary + Benefits (pension, private health cover, flexible benefits and excellent career development)

We have an exciting opportunity for a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join the Therapies Team in London Bridge. We welcome applicants from overseas who already hold an HCPC registration or who are in the process of completing this.

You will provide specialist services to patients with swallowing, communication and cognitive disorders across the London Bridge Hospital campus and will take a lead role in providing the Speech and Language service at London Bridge Hospital and will be a key member within the critical care and head and neck oncology service lines and work in an MDT setting. You will deliver a high-quality service, providing advanced advice that is clinically evidence based and in line with best practice standards. In this role you will contribute to service development and quality improvement projects, as well as relevant audit-based work and leading training sessions on evidence-based therapy.


  • Provide a highly specialised speech and language therapy service to patient’s communication and swallowing disorders on the acute wards, including the intensive treatment units.

  • Assess and treat inpatients with communication, cognitive and / or swallowing problems, and independently manage an inpatient caseload

  • Provide comprehensive initial and ongoing assessments for each patient, to plan and implement treatment using a goal planning system within the interdisciplinary team.

  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date and concise treatment records detailing the individual patient’s treatment plan and progress.

  • Assess patients with swallowing disorders using instrumental swallowing assessments.   

  • Work closely with the interdisciplinary teams to ensure that an agreed care plan and patient centred goals are set and that the outcome of intervention is monitored.

  • Act as a SME to wider team on topics such as dysphagia, tracheostomy and communication disorders.

  • Attend relevant ward rounds, case conferences, team meetings and teaching sessions.

  • Drive the development of acute SLT services across HCA.

  • Maintain open channels of communication with all members of the interdisciplinary team.

Skills and Experience:

  • Professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy

  • HCPC Registration or in the process of completing

  • Experience in using FEES or VFS assessments would be desirable

  • Experience working within an in-patient setting

  • Experience in working with ITU patients

What can you expect as an international clinician joining HCA UK?

All our employees are entitled to Contributory Pension, Life Assurance, Dental Insurance, Subsidised Gym Memberships, Critical Care Illness cover, Option to buy / sell holidays, Season Ticket Loan, Private GP Services and many more. However, we all understand that moving to another country can be very daunting and time consuming, so here at HCA we will support you at every step, by providing you also the following:

  • Support with applying for visa and sponsorship

  • Flight to the UK

  • Free 3 months’ accommodation

  • Transfer from airport to accommodation on arrival

  • £50 food voucher

  • 1-month free travel card

  • Welcome package worth £200 (containing toiletries, kitchenware and food)

Tier 5 Youth Mobility:

We also welcome applications for those eligible to work in the UK under the Youth Mobility Scheme. The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) allows young people to come and experience life in the United Kingdom for up to two years.

Applicants must be between the age of (18-30) to qualify for the scheme and a national of the following:

  • Australia

  • Canada

  • Monaco

  • New Zealand

  • San Marino

London Bridge Hospital:

Rated as 'outstanding' by the CQC, the London Bridge Hospital campus in South East London encompasses an outpatients and diagnostic centre in The Shard; the large world-class hospital based at the Tooley Street site; Private Care at Guys, which is on the top four floors of Guys Hospital Cancer Centre; and outpatient and diagnostic centres across the City. With 160 beds, 22 ICU beds and 10 operating theatres we offer our patients exceptional treatment across a multitude of acute and complex care and have use of the latest technologies and healthcare innovations.

HCA Healthcare UK Overview:

We’re the world’s largest private and acute complex care hospital group with a network of well-established and highly respected UK hospitals, a number of which have been awarded “Outstanding” by the CQC. From complex care to straightforward procedures in adults and children, HCA UK provides exceptional care across our six world-class hospitals, clinics, outpatient and diagnostics centres, and NHS partnerships. We’re continuously at the forefront of innovations in patient care, investing more than £500 million over the last decade to ensure that our hospitals and specialist centres are amongst the best equipped in the world. This philosophy of continual investment ensures our employees have the best career development opportunities; as their skills advance alongside our facilities and technology. Our patients come from all over the world, and so do our people. We’re a diverse team with an open, welcoming culture. We’re proud of the multiculturalism of our teams and with just under 50% of our nursing workforce coming from overseas, we understand and value the importance of international recruitment and the wealth of different experiences and mix of cultures that this brings to our established workforce.

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