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Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata for part-time
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Dorset Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy Service is seeking enthusiastic, forward thinking, team players to join our friendly and supportive team of speech and language therapists working in the Dorset North and Central team being based in the town of Blandford.

Would you like to develop your specialist skills working with a varied paediatric client group which includes children and young people (0-19) with Developmental Language Disorder, Dysfluency, Selective Mutism, Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Condition, Complex Needs, Speech Disorder and Speech and Language delay?

This role is suitable for Speech and Language Therapists already working in a Band 6 role and for Band 5 Speech and Language Therapists who can demonstrate an ability to work at a Specialist Level.

This is an exciting time to join our service as we are working with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole Council, along with stakeholders, to design a new speech, language and communication pathway for Dorset based on the Balanced System Framework. Launched in 2022, its features are strong leadership, wide-ranging training, and development with a universal, targeted and specialist offer in the five areas of family support, enhancing environments, developing workforce, early identification, and effective intervention.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve working within mainstream schools and clinics, which are part of the community caseload, including:
  • Providing specialist clinical care including assessment, diagnosis, and interventions for a mixed community caseload, working in schools, pre-schools, clinics, and homes.
  • Taking a lead in caseload management for the clinic and supporting junior colleagues

You will receive regular management from your team lead as well as peer and 1:1 clinical supervision. You will have access range of clinical lead specialists for advice and guidance. There are excellent opportunities to access formal and informal training. New initiatives are always welcome and taken forward within the context of a Professional Development Group.

To provide a high quality person centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.

To provide specialist care and interventions, assessments, treatments and managing patients on a caseload, as part of the wider multi-disciplinary care team.

To provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

To devise specialist programmes of care for other professionals to deliver and ensure they are delivered appropriately.

To plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

Provide supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students and trained practitioners.

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 with The Princes Trust to 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.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Experience of managing change


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role

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

Managerial /Supervisory Experience


  • experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff


  • Experience of devising and delivering training

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Blandford Health Centre

Salisbury Street


DT11 7PY

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