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Specialist 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
23 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Dorset HealthCare are looking for a Speech and Language Therapist Specialist Practitioner to join our forward-thinking team!

The Dorset Community Adult Speech and Language Therapy service is dynamic and supportive. We welcome ideas of change that could contribute to creating a better service for people living with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties. We offer plenty of CPD opportunities, and regular supervision, including peer supervision with other Band 6's.We would also support developing Band 5 to Band 6 role.

As a Speech and Language Therapist Specialist Practitioner you will be highly motivated, enthusiastic and responsible for providing a community clinical service. This role will be across both Shelley Road and Alderney Hospital.

The Speech and Language Therapist Specialist role is a part time role (22.5 hours). Our service embraces flexible working and we support a hybrid model of working both from home and in office.

If you have any queries or would like to meet the service, please contact or call 01202 307766

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.

Main duties of the job

The service sees patients in their own home, in clinics and in Community Hospital settings. As a member of the Team you will be expected to work collaboratively with the other team members to manage the locality caseload as needed.

This post offers the opportunity to:
  • Work with individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions who present with complex communication and swallowing difficulties
  • Work closely with experienced speech and language therapists in the community setting to develop specialist skills.
  • Refer and attend Videofluoroscopy clinic as appropriate.
  • Develop skills and knowledge of working with patients with AAC.
  • Attend regular local speech and language therapy meetings with a strong bias to CPD.
  • Opportunity to supervise band 5 therapists, to work with SLT assistants and also to work with therapists from the other community SLT Teams.

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.

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

Person Specification



  • Formal SLT qualification and current registration with HCPC
  • Dysphagia competent or evidence of working towards these if not yet completed
  • Up to date with CPD or evidence of proactively working towards HCPC and RCSLT requirements for CPD


  • Experience of working in a similar role or service
  • Registered with RCSLT



  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
  • Evidence of leadership or actively seeking development opportunities
  • Experience of specialist working
  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Experience of supporting a student placement



  • Access to a car and full driving licence

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Alderney Hospital / Shelley Road

Ringwood Road


BH12 4NB

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