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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Dependent on experience
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to come and work at Dorset County Hospital to join our supportive speech and language therapy team.

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic B6 Speech and Language Therapist wishing to develop their skills across the adult acute inpatient pathway. We will also consider applicants who are looking for a B5 developing B6 opportunity.

You will be part of our dynamic Speech and Language Therapy Team and will have a specialist role managing complex communication and swallowing disorders including airway management on critical care.

We will provide you with access to peer support, regular 1:1 meetings with theclinical lead speech and language therapist, appraisals and clinical supervision. We actively encourage CPD, attendance at relevant CENs and training opportunities including developing instrumental assessment skills in videofluoroscopy and FEES as appropriate.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a member of the Speech and Language Therapy Team providing diagnosis, assessment, treatment and management to adult in-patients with communication and/or swallowing problems with a range of aetiologies.
  • To work with the Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist leading on Speech and Language Therapy specialist provision to patients at Dorset County Hospital referred with Communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To participate in a weekly videofluoroscopy clinic.
  • To supervise junior members of staff and students.
  • In conjunction with the team, develop and participate in training programmes across acute and community MDT's.

About us

At DCHFT, we pride ourselves on the care we provide for our patients and on the culture we are creating for our staff. We work hard to create a fair, inclusive environment for our staff.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them and our vision is Dorset County Hospital, working with our health and social care partners, will be at the heart of improving the well-being of our communities.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

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 atRecruitment@dchft.nhs.ukif 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


  • To have a Degree in Speech & Language Therapy recognised by RCSLT
  • Registered with H.C.P.C
  • Achieved dysphagia competencies to specialist level
  • Valid driving licence
  • Evidence of relevant CPD



  • Experience in the management of complex communication/swallowing disorders.
  • Have experience in carrying own caseload independently carrying out assessments & treatment.
  • Experience of working with different conditions and aetiologies.
  • Experience in developing & delivering training packages internally & externally to SALT & wider MDT
  • Experience of supervising staff/students.
  • Experience or an interest in working with high dependency patients including tracheostomy.
  • Experience of using instrumental assessment in the management of dysphagia

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • To have an understanding of assessment, management and rehabilitation with complex dysphagia.
  • Able to work as part of a specialised MDT
  • Understanding of 'End of Life' pathway within the acute and community setting.
  • Able to deliver complex and sensitive concepts in easily understood language to patients, carers and staff
  • Able to participate in quality improvement projects including research and audit.
  • Competent IT skills
  • Have use of a car.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital

Williams Avenue



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