Team Leader - Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a., pro rata for part time
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Are you a Speech and Language Therapist who wants to take the next step in their career path and develop their leadership skills? We have an exciting opportunity working in the beautiful county of Dorset. Our Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy Service is looking for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who can provide excellent clinical and operational leadership and line management support to the Bournemouth North and Central Team.

You will need to be able to demonstrate effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate and develop others; require excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of people at all organisational levels across different sectors; be experienced in working through others to improve services provided and plan and implement strategies and service improvement.

This is an exciting time for the service as we are working with our partners in health, education and social care to implement a system wide approach to speech and language support for children and young people in Dorset working to The Balanced System framework.

This is a permanent, full time post within our friendly and supportive team. We are able to offer a robust induction, a range of CPD opportunities and for the successful candidate to continue to undertake some clinical work across 0-19 age range.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be
  • Responsible for ensuring the delivery of high quality person centred services with a focus on integrated care which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.
  • Provide day-to-day management and leadership of a clinical team and / or specialist practitioners and other staff in the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Act as a champion for clinical standards and for continuous improvement in the service user experience.
  • Ensure the delivery of up to date evidence based practice.
  • Contribute to the planning and design of services in line with Trust, locality and government objectives to meet the needs of local people.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Person Specification



  • Registered health practitioner to degree level supplemented by minimum PG Dip (120 credits) plus working towards MA / MSc or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Evidence of recent evidence based professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Broad clinical and multi-agency knowledge



  • Previous clinical people management experience



  • Experience as a registered practitioner at Band 6 level
  • Evidence of involvement in the development of programmes of care, protocols and audit
  • Practical experience of facilitating and managing change



  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities requiring the formulation and adjustment of plans .e.g. organising own time, co-ordination with other agencies and plans for sudden, unforeseen circumstances.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and changing priorities

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