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B5 Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per Annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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We have a fantastic opportunity for a motivated Speech and Language Therapist to join our dynamic Stroke and Inpatient Team at Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust. The post is full time, working 37.5 hours per week and will involve assessment, treatment and management of patients with communication and swallowing difficulties. This job is ideal for anyone who is about to qualify or is recently qualified, would like to have experience working with adults or someone wanting to return to practice.

Main duties of the job

The post involves providing Speech and Language assessment and rehabilitation for patients on the Acute Stroke Unit at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester with the opportunity of continuing this rehabilitation at the Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne. You will also have the opportunity in developing specialist skills across Acute inpatient services with access to instrumental assessment to support your learning and development.

You will be joining an established Speech and Language Therapy Team who work along side Physiotherapists, Dietitians and Therapy Support Workers supported by a Clinical Lead Therapist. You will be encouraged to take an active role in current projects, including service development and evaluation, internal and external training, audit and research review.

You will be working in a rewarding and challenging clinical environment and will be responsible for taking students when established within the team. The therapies department at Dorset County Hospital is committed to ensuring staff feel supported with their wellbeing and career progression through supervision, appraisal, in-house and external training and leadership development.

About us

The Therapies Service at Dorset County Hospital is an integrated Therapies Service working together to ensure that Therapies provision is the best that it can be, balancing quality and resourcing to provide and improve patient centred services. The Therapies Team is committed to the principle of seven day working and is currently working towards it. Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a modern District General Hospital offering an excellent working environment. Much of West Dorset is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the Jurassic coastline is protected by World Heritage status. There are numerous beaches within easy reach, and Portland Harbour (host of 2012 Olympic Sailing) promotes a wide range of water sport activities. The area is largely rural, with good rail and road links. The closest airport is situated in Bournemouth. We are a Trust that celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We would welcome applications from people in groups which are under-represented in our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our DCHFT Job Description and Person Specification (attached) tells you all about this role, what to expect and what is needed to succeed. When completing your application please make sure to tell us how your experience and skills fit the person specification.

Please contact us at if you are unable to view or download the attachment.

For all our roles, we are looking for staff who hold our Trust Values of Integrity, Respect Teamwork and Excellence, and who are passionate about providing the best patient care. To read more about our Trust and our Values search Dorset County Hospital online.

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or working towards a degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered Member of HCPC and RCSLT
  • Evidence of experience in specialist area

Knowledge and Experience


  • Clinical experience with adults with acquired neurological conditions
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Working towards dysphagia competencies


  • Completed dysphagia Competencies
  • Specific Stroke rehab experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Evidence of ability to practice as a competent practitioner
  • Evidence of ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and patients
  • Driving licence with access to car


  • General IT Skills

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital

Williams Avenue



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