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Children's Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a., pro rata for part-time
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We are looking for soon-to-graduate or new/recently qualified speech and language therapy graduates to join our large and welcoming team of speech and language therapists and assistants.

We offer:
  • A high level of clinical and management support including mentoring, peer supervision groups (with other Band 5 therapists and across bandings), regular 1:1 contact with your team lead as well as 1:1 clinical supervision.
  • Access to a range of clinical lead specialists for advice and guidance.
  • Excellent opportunities to access formal and informal training.
  • Opportunities to be involved in projects to enhance our service delivery offer.
  • Bi-annual whole service study/service development days.
  • Dorset Healthcare provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals

This is an exciting time to join our service as we are working to design a new speech, language and communication pathway for Dorset based on the Balanced System Framework. Working collaboratively with our Education and Children Centre Partners we are aiming to give all children the right input at the right time.

Main duties of the job

We have full time and part time posts available in the busy conurbations of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole as well as rural posts in the West and North of Dorset areas. We can offer flexible working around core hours. Please see the full job description for more details.

Quote from a new member of the team:

Working as a Band 5 SLT in Dorset gives great variety and opportunities to learn. I work in a supportive environment with great leaders which all adds up to a very rewarding career. Plus, living by the beach means I can go paddle boarding after work!

Work with a caseload of children and young people (0-19) with speech, language and communication needs including Developmental Language Disorder, Dysfluency, Selective Mutism, Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Condition, Complex Needs, Speech Disorder and Speech and Language delay.
  • Be involved with clinical care and decision-making including assessment, diagnosis, advice and therapy interventions
  • Work in collaboration with children, their family and other professionals in a variety of settings including schools, pre-schools, clinics, children's centres and sometimes at home.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Degree/diploma in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Member of HPC
  • Member of RCSLT

Job Specific Experience


  • Student placement in a community clinic
  • Student experience of work within a mainstream school


  • Previous experience as a qualified SLT working in an NHS setting
  • General experience of working with children in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Some general administrative duties

Additional Requirements


  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively
  • Subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

Personal Quality


  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Good organisational and planning skills

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