Speech and Language Therapists

Speech and Language Therapists provide life-changing treatment, support and care for adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. Joining the team at the Royal Devon presents a whole host of opportunities, including the chance to work in different settings with a rotational work pattern.

It’s a brilliant way to glean exposure and experience. You’ll be making a difference every day, transforming the way our patients carry out day-to-day activities, improving their mobility and regaining their independence after illness, injury or trauma. Funding is available for continued professional development, so take your pick of the acute and community pathways that open up as you strive to progress.

What is it like to work at the Royal Devon?

What is it like to work at the Royal Devon?

What can you expect from joining us? You can expect to be part of a team that is at the forefront of innovation and development, in both our services and our people. You can expect to be invested in, supported, and given the tools you need to succeed in your role and progress in your career.

Training and development opportunities are in high supply here, whether you are interested in clinical or leadership development, courses, secondments or placements. We’ll support you in finding the best way to grow.

The culture we have built has earned us a reputation within the Trust and our clear vision and plans instilled the belief and support required to access further financial investment. This allows us to improve patient pathways including early supported discharge in rehabilitation.

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Becoming a Speech and Language Therapist at the Royal Devon

What does a career pathway look like?

What does a career pathway look like?

There are so many ways to achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career as a Speech and Language Therapist. You may be starting afresh and looking for a brand new role, or perhaps you have dedicated a few years to other goals and are looking to return to practice. If you are interested in developing your role, we have a wealth of opportunities you can harness too.

To help you on your way, we produced a brochure to kick start your career with us. 

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Your bespoke learning journey

Your bespoke learning journey

You’ll be supported to create your own personal development plan. This is used to identify your individual training needs, which can be met from the wide range of learning opportunities available such as clinical skills, management development, coaching and mentoring, IT skills and much more.

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Advancing your career

Preceptorship programme

Preceptorship programme

Whether you are newly qualified, joining us from outside the UK, or returning to practice, our Preceptorship Programme will help you find your feet so you feel as confident and competent as possible.

The structured programme consists of a series of study days, after which you will apply theory to practice and hone the skills you have learned as you gain experience within your clinical area. These study days are spread over the course of a year.

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Experienced Speech and Language Therapist

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Laura Gilham, Speech and Language Therapy, Acute Lead
Laura Gilham, Speech and Language Therapy, Acute Lead

My role as a SLT is to support adults with their swallowing and communication. I predominantly work with adults who are in hospital, and love the fast paced, problem solving and social nature of my work.

Most people say they love eating and drinking, so being able to support patients to improve this can have a real positive impact on their quality of life and wellbeing.

In addition to supporting patients, I also lead a team of therapists. The NHS wouldn’t function without our amazing staff, so I also enjoy interacting with my team every day, making sure they’re enjoying their roles and striving to learn. Together we all have the common goal of providing the best quality service for our patients that we can.

Whilst training to be a SLT, I had placements with both children and adults but felt particularly drawn to working with older adults. I enjoy talking to them and being able to help them reach a goal to ensure they are enjoying eating and drinking, as it is often something simple that we all take for granted.

Maintaining my development over my career has continued my interest and enthusiasm for my job. To be able to learn new skills opens up opportunities, gives more variety to my day, and ultimately provides a better service for the patients. SLT is a small profession and not one that’s really known about… but we cover so much!

Although I’ve found my role within dysphagia management with older adults, there are many more opportunities whether that’s working with children, helping people with their speech, language, communication or voice. Take a look at what our small but mighty profession can do!

There’s nothing like seeing someone tuck into a meal for the first after being unable to swallow for so long!

What can I expect to get paid?

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Last updated: August 17, 2023


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