Few settings can match the breadth of experience you gain while working in an acute hospital environment. This, coupled with the benefits of working within a dedicated speech and language therapy team, makes it an ideal place to develop your career.
At Frimley Health you will join a busy but dedicated and happy team that provides comprehensive assessment, advice and treatment of communication and swallowing difficulties arising from a range of causes. You will be fully supported whatever band you join us on and actively encouraged to develop your knowledge and skills.
Working within an established team, our Band 5 colleagues enjoy support from experienced senior therapists. You’ll be assigned a mentor who will guide you through your 40 hours of supervised clinical practice and sign you off at level C – Specialist Level Dysphagia Practitioner on the RCSLT competency framework. You will have the opportunity to develop your clinical practice in an acute inpatient setting and consolidate your learning on the wide variety of disorders which may lead to communication and swallowing impairment. You will also have the opportunity to deliver training packages to others and train to take a student of your own.
Band 6 therapists
We believe career development is for everyone. Our band 5 therapists are actively encouraged to develop into Band 6 roles whenever possible. Band 6 therapists continue training within their chosen specialist area under the support of senior specialists and offer regular student placements. We can offer Band 6 opportunities in voice, respiratory, stroke and general ward work. Senior support is available to help you develop specialist competencies such as Level 3 videofluoroscopy, voice clinic and tracheostomy competencies and we encourage you to begin to think about wider areas of clinical practice such as audit and planning training programmes. Financial support for attendance at external courses is also available.
Band 7 therapists
We have a range of senior specialists clinical roles including respiratory, stroke, voice, neonatal and cleft lip and palate that will develop both your clinical and leadership skills. You will be supported by the head of service to develop the service within your specialist area with a focus on quality and outcomes. There is an active audit culture in the department with an annual audit plan and we have had publications in our professional journal.
You will regularly offer student placements and many Band 7 roles are responsible for line managing our junior staff as well as being actively involved in recruitment. Depending on your speciality you will be working closely with consultant colleagues and leading and/or training others in FEES, videofluoroscopy, and the joint voice clinic and we have good support systems in place such as videofluroscopy peer support with neighbouring acute hospitals and regular clinical discussion groups.
Want to learn more?
For more information about speech and language therapy at Frimley Health Foundation Trust, and to arrange a site visit, please contact Head of Service Judith Anderson at Frimley Park Hospital on 01276 526926.