B5 Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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 we can support someone wanting to return to practice.

Main duties of the job

The post involves providing Speech and Language assessment and rehabilitation for patients across the Acute Stroke Unit at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester with the opportunity of continuing this rehabilitation at the Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne and 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 Recruitment@dchft.nhs.uk 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

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital

Williams Avenue



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