21 July 2022
Speech Language Therapist

Location: Wellington Regional Hospital
Service: ORA Speech-Language Therapy
Salary Range: $62,6170 - 82,292 depending on experience.
About the role
We are looking for a Speech-Language Therapist (SLT) to join our thriving team of 17 SLTs who work across paediatric and adult caseloads in acute, rehabilitation, outpatient and community settings. Our SLT team at Wellington Regional Hospital is comprised of six therapists, supported by both a team leader and a professional leader. The successful applicant will be required to diagnose and treat adult patients with a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders. The caseload will include acute adult inpatients with both medical and surgical diagnoses. The post-holder may also have a small outpatient caseload, largely covering voice and airway disorders and dysphagia. The specific areas of practice will be confirmed with the successful applicant depending on their knowledge and level of experience. The post-holder will represent SLT on multi-disciplinary teams. 

About our team
The Wellington SLT Team is a close knit group and, although we work across a wide range of areas throughout the hospital, we remain very connected through daily morning huddles, team meetings and social catch-ups. We are highly dedicated and patient-focused. We value the contributions and skills of all of our members. We strive to live our organisational values of Manaakitanga, Kotahitanga and Rangatiratanga. We have a strong reputation for innovation and excellent clinical practice. As a member of our team of you will be supported with professional development opportunities to assist you in meeting your continuing competency requirements, as well as regular clinical supervision. 

About you
We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the right skills and experience who share our values to apply. We would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori and Pacific communities. 

The ideal applicant will have at least three years’ experience working adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders, preferably in an acute inpatient setting. While it is not essential, it would be desirable for the successful candidate to have experience in intensive/critical care.  You must be able to demonstrate sound clinical reasoning, good communication skills, the ability to work independently and to quickly build strong working relationships.  Excellent time management and prioritisation skills are a must. Experience in videofluoroscopy and/or flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing are desired. 

We expect a commitment to and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application to health, as well as a willingness to work towards improving health outcomes for Māori. 
  • Relevant qualification in speech-language therapy that is recognised and approved by the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA).
  • Member of NZSTA.
  • Minimum of 3 years clinical practice working as a Speech-language Therapist with adults with complex communication and swallowing difficulties in the acute setting - Essential
  • Skills in performing and interpreting instrumental swallowing assessment (FEES, VFSS) - Essential
  • Experience working in critical care, including multi-disciplinary tracheostomy management- Desired
  • Experience performing Cough Reflex Testing - Desired
  • Training and experience in professional supervision - Desired

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