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Speech and Language Therapist

Job Locations Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital & Louth County Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(21/09/2022 15:30)
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To provide high quality Speech and Language Therapy service to acute hospital clients across the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital / The Cottage Hospital & Louth County Hospital


A panel may be formed as a result of this campaign from which future vacancies may be filled.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals;


  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital / The Cottage
  • Rotunda Hospital

The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.


RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities



 The Speech and Language Therapist will:

  • Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation of treatment/intervention programmes for service users according to professional standards
  • Arrange and conduct assessment and treatment/intervention programmes in line with local policy/guidelines and professional standards
  • Communicate the results of assessments and recommendations to the service user and relevant others as appropriate.
  • Document all assessment , diagnosis , treatment /intervention plans, clinical notes, relevant contacts and summaries in accordance with departmental and professional standards
  • Collaborate with service user, family, carers and other staff in goal setting and treatment/intervention planning
  • Foster close working relationships with colleagues and other relevant  professionals in maximizing the service users’ potential
  • Provide support and information in relation to communication and /or feeding, eating drinking and swallowing disorders etc... to service users and relevant others.
  • Attend clinics and participate in meetings, case conferences, ward rounds etc.. as agreed with the Speech and Language Therapy Manager/ supervising senior
  • Participate in teams as appropriate, communicating and working in collaboration with the service user and relevant others as part of an integrated package of care.
  • Maintain professional standards of practice
  • Represent the department /profession/team at meetings at conferences as designated
  • In conjunction with the Speech and Language Therapy Manager and fellow colleagues contribute to the development and implementation of procedures, policies  and guidelines while adhering to existing standards and protocols
  • Actively engage in team based performance management where appropriate
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality , ethics and legislation
  • Comply with the code of conduct as outlined by CORU
  • Seek advice and assistance from the Speech and Language Therapy Manager with any assigned cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his/her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance
  • Operate within the scope of Speech and Language Therapy practice ad set out by the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Participate in and develop activities which support Health Promotion
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the Speech and Language Therapy Manager

Education & Training

 The Speech and Language Therapist will:

  • Participate in mandatory and recommended training programmes in accordance with departmental/organisational guidelines
  • Maintain continuing professional development e.g. by attending in-service events, training courses, conference and involvement in research/audit
  • Engage in reflective practice , support /supervision with designated supervisor/s and Manager
  • Participate in the practice education of student therapists and provide teaching /training /supervision to others (e.g. to staff, service users, carers) as appropriate
  • Attend practice educator course as required
  • Engage in planning and performance reviews as required with the Speech and language Therapy Manager

Health & Safety

 The Speech and Language Therapist will:

  • Comply with the policies, procedures and safe professional practice of the Irish Healthcare System by adhering to relevant legislation , regulation and standards
  • Assist in the development , implementation and review of the department’s health and safety statement as appropriate
  • Document appropriately any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the Manger and relevant person(s)
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action
  • Comply with department procedures with regard to assessment, recommendation and /or manufacturing of all assistive devices
  • Comply with safety protocols as advised by other clinical areas for e.g. radiology procedures whilst conducting Videofluoroscopy.
  • Support a culture that values diversity and respect


 The Speech and Language Therapist will, in consultation with the Speech and Language Therapy Manager :

  • Keep up to date administrative records, reports and statistics as required by the Manager
  • Be responsible for organization and maintenance of clinical equipment and identification of equipment needs as appropriate
  • Participate in planning and development of the Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • Represent the department at meetings as designated
  • Participate in review, evaluation and audit of Speech and Language Therapy services , identifying changing needs, clinical trends and opportunities to improve services
  • Assist in ensuring that the Speech and Language Therapy service makes the most efficient and effective use of developments in Information Technology
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments with the Irish Health Service


The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 


Essential Criteria


Candidates must:

Graduate of a School of Speech and Language Therapy recognised by the I.A.S.L.T

Candidates must on the closing date possess:


The BSc degree (Clinical Speech and Language Studies) from the university of Dublin


The BA(Moderatorship)(Remedial Linguistics) from the University of Dublin


The MSc in Speech and Language Therapy (Professional qualification ) from the University of Limerick


Licentiateship from the College of Speech Therapists


A validated Speech and Language qualification at least equivalent to the above


Applicants whose first language is not English and/or who have undergone their Speech and Language Therapy training through English must have achieved the following:

A Minimum score of 8.0 in the International English language Testing (IELTS)

A pass in the Clinical English Language Competence Exam (CECE)


Be coru registered

Skills & Competencies

A recognised dysphagia qualification as approved by CORU/ IASLT

Participate in cross site work as required.


Technical & Professional Expertise:

Has a command over the professional skills & knowledge required within the job holder's role & continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards & continuous professional development requirements.


Problem Solving & Decision Making:

Identifies & solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing & weighing alternatives & choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.


Commitment to Quality & Risk Management:

The ability to focus on understanding stakeholder's needs & expectations & to respond effectively & efficiently to them. Has a good knowledge of & is committed to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals, accrediation standards, other organisation/department standards & risk management frameworks & guidelines



Has the ability & desire to work cooperatively with others;collaborating to get the job done. Provides support to colleagues to help develop a strong & cohesive team ethos. Willing to participate as a member of a team.


Communication & Interpersonal Skills:

Speaks & writes clearly, fluently & effectively to both individuals & groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade, convince & influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.


This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment. The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.


The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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