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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£26,245 to £30,033 a year p.a.
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Part Time
Are you outgoing, hard working, self motivated and ambitious with an interest with helping people in the criminal justice system? If so, we have the perfect job for you!

The Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service provides support to those going through the criminal justice system and advice to the Police, Probation, Magistrates' and Crown Courts and is looking for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join it's award winning team.

Main duties of the job

You'll use your experience to provide highly specialist Speech & Language Therapy assessment and diagnosis in order to inform the police, probation and court services as required by the National PCLDS Operating model. The post holder will provide this specialist Speech and Language Therapy Service to adults and youths over the age of 10 years. Individuals referred for assessment may have speech, language and communication needs resulting from a range of developmental and health conditions which may not have been formally diagnosed.

About us

The post is 3 days (22.5 hours) a week and is for a fixed period until 31 March 2025, therefore we are offering a fixed term contract or a secondment. We will also consider offering the job as a band 6 if you are not looking for a band 7 role.

We provide the service to the whole of Dorset so some travel across the county will be necessary, however we will try to match your base with your home location.

The Service has recently been recognised by the CQC as a 'highly skilled and tight knit team' and we would love to hear from you if you are interested in applying. The criminal justice system may be new to you and we recommend that you contact us to discuss the role before applying.

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.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

This is a fixed term role and for those with current NHS service, the role will be offered on a secondment basis only. Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

Person Specification



  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by minimum PG dip (120 credits) plus MA/MSc or working towards in a relevant subject or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty



  • Experience at Registered Practitioner Band 6 level
  • Able to demonstrate specialist expertise and knowledge underpinned by theory acquired through CPD in relation to clinical assessment, treatment and evaluation
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Evidence of involvement in the development of programmes of care, protocols and audit



  • Able to adapt to a changing environment and changing priorities



  • Evidence of completion of specialist courses related to adults with challenging behaviour/mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Kings Park Hospital

Gloucester Road



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