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SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 2 – FEES Program Clinical Specialist (FULL-TIME, DAYS) Req #:202844Department:UW MEDICAL CENTER - MONTLAKE - SPEECH PATHOLOGY Job Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake Posting Date:04/14/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:$7,092 - $9,850 per month Shift:First Shift A higher degree of healthcare.

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UW MEDICAL CENTER - MONTLAKE - SPEECH PATHOLOGY has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 2– FEES Program Clinical Specialist.

This position is program lead for speech language pathology services for patients with swallowing disorders. Under general direction, coordinate and provide leadership within critical care, acute care, and inpatient rehabilitation settings within the practice of speech language pathology, responsible for managing, assessing, and training clinicians
in the use of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and FEES equipment across the continuum of care in accordance to patient needs.


Program Lead (40%)
Oversees a specialized program within the Speech-Language Pathology Department:
- Develop and maintain FEES program training competency.
- Make recommendations for equipment and product ordering associated with FEES and manage
appropriate labeling, storage, and organization of equipment and products.
- Work with FEES equipment vendors and technical support staff to troubleshoot and determine need for
- Train Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in appropriate use and recommendation of FEES
- Train SLPs on FEES program equipment use, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
- Plan for, coordinate, and supervise SLP’s practice endoscopy and patient endoscopy.
- Guide SLPs through completion of FEES competency and demonstrate ability to adapt to individual
learning d styles.
- Train SLPs on appropriate FEES documentation and billing standards, including clinical note support,
documentation review, and documentation co-signature as indicated by SLP progress within program
- Provide FEES program education to care providers (e.g., therapists, RNs, APPs, MDs, etc.) in acute
units, ICUs, NICU, and Inpatient Rehab.
- Develop and maintain FEES program development and such as inter- & intra-departmental education
material, up-to-date literature reviews, and written guidelines for FEES equipment use, maintenance,
and troubleshooting.
- In collaboration with SLP supervisor or manager, identify barriers to SLP progression through FEES
competency and formulate plan for addressing barriers.
- In collaboration with supervisor or manager, develop and maintain FEES policies & procedures and
infection control standards.

Direct Patient Care (60%)
- Independently, plans, directs and administers Speech Language Pathology evaluation and intervention
to patients throughout the medical center.
- Assesses and treats a patient caseload ranging from routine to complex patient problems utilizing
training in the evaluation and treatment process.
- Under general direction, coordinates and provides leadership within acute care practice of speech
language pathology, responsible for managing, assessing and directing clinical activities within acute
care in accordance to patient needs.
- Assists patients to reach their maximum performance and function, appropriate to their inpatient stay
and medical situation.
- Collaborates with other disciplines as appropriate to coordinate continuity of patient care from
admission to discharge.
- Acts as a resource within the therapy department.
- In collaboration with supervisor or manager, coordinates development of selected department
activities/projects to promote delivery of quality speech therapy care.
- Assists and/or leads other staff in program development and quality improvement tasks.
- Assists in annual observations and assists in competency assessment of assigned clinical staff.
- Assists and/or leads to develop clinical programs for optimum patient care and service.
- Participates in operational aspects, performance improvement, and Quality Improvement activities
within the department.
- Provides input in formulating budget, assists in evaluation of departmental performance, and takes
action to remain in budget guidelines.
- Ensures that patient charges and documentation are accurate and entered on a timely basis.
- Supervises students, volunteers, and office assistants.
- Participates in infection control, equipment training, compliance, safety and educational programs, both
at the departmental and organization level.

Standards of Performance:
1. Demonstrates advanced working knowledge of the disease process, precautions, typical medical
treatment and diagnostic procedures, functional abilities, complications and implications of long term
deficits related to primary diagnoses treated in service area. Role Models outstanding clinical care.
Provides consultation and functions as a clinical resource to therapists in all workgroups and in the
2. Provides skilled, timely and effective patient care. Demonstrates competency in administering
evaluations and delivering treatment to typical patient population and to patients with more complex or
unique circumstances. Adapts plan according to patient’s response to intervention. Assists therapists
with complex patient management issues and provides staff with constructive feedback and guidance in
evaluation and treatment of patients.
3. Demonstrates advanced clinical skill or certification with a particular patient population or type of therapy
intervention. Takes initiative to share expertise with colleagues.
4. Articulates protocols and/or guidelines of care relating to specific diagnosis on assigned service. Assists
in updating care standards and/or developing new guidelines, and mentors others in these activities.
5. Participates in team rounds and other educational information to patient and support systems prior to
termination of therapy intervention.
6. Provide home programs and other educational information to patient and support systems prior to
termination of therapy intervention.
7. Demonstrates knowledge of other team members’ roles. Collaborates effectively with patient and team
to enhance functional outcomes.
8. Organizes daily work and caseloads for other clinicians, appropriately prioritizes caseload and sets daily
priorities independently. Mentors staff therapists in these functions.
9. Follows billing and reimbursement procedures. Strives to meets productivity requirements.
10. Practices UW Service Culture Guidelines. Contributes to the efficient operation of the therapy
department and/or workgroup. Helps create a positive work environment by demonstrating teamwork,
flexibility, and service oriented communication with patients and co-workers.
11. Takes initiative to formulate ideas for and complete useful QI projects.
12. Coordinates workgroup quality improvement in conjunction with supervisor, manager or other clinical
13. Identifies clinical or system concerns with patient care standards and works to get these corrected to
increase efficiency.
14. Supports departmental and hospital based change in a positive manner. Helps roll out new programs to
clinical staff and supports and facilitates collaborative learning among all disciplines and workgroups.
15. Assists in presenting information at discipline meetings and participates in workgroup meetings. Offers
creative, positive ideas and solutions.
16. Participates in the hiring process of new staff.
17. Assist manager/supervisor in the review of the quality and appropriateness of individual therapy
programs and procedures.
18. Assists manager/supervisor in clinical observations and provides objective feedback on peer
performance evaluations.
19. Takes initiative to further clinical skills and professional development. Accepts and implements
suggestions from constructive criticism.
20. Articulates and integrates safety policies and procedures into daily practice, and mentors others in doing
the same.
21. Participates in student program. Provides clinical supervision of students in an effective manner.
Provides feedback to student regularly and constructively. Requests feedback from student and adapts
own style as needed.
22. Demonstrates leadership skills through positive, open communication.
23. Recognizes clinical strengths and weaknesses of staff.
24. Demonstrates understanding of mission and goals, and off cost effective, fiscally responsible use of
25. Other duties as assigned.

A Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology or Communicative Disorders or equivalent degree approved by the - American Speech/Language and Hearing Association.
- A Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association.
OR equivalent education/experience.

Current State Licensure in Speech Pathology (as Speech-Language Pathologist).

- A minimum of three or more years of experience as a speech pathologist or equivalent.
- Strongly prefer experience/competencies in Acute Medical-Surgical hospital units, including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies (VFSS).

As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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