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Speech & Language Therapist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Speech & Language Therapy team at UHD are looking for a B6 therapist to join our integrated stroke therapy team.

Following recent investment in training, we have a number of opportunities for career development. This will include actively working towards obtaining video fluoroscopy competencies with the possibility of FEES competencies at a later date.

This role requires HCPC Registration

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

We are a friendly, sociable and supportive team with a focus on service improvement and team development. Our Stroke team are currently involved in the international PhEAST study, providing opportunities to be involved in research and to deliver pharyngeal electrical stimulation to dysphagic patients. You will be invited to actively participate in service improvement projects to improve the quality of care for our stroke patients. There will also be the opportunity to supervise newly qualified members of the team.

We offer a 7-day service to our patients so weekend and bank holiday working will be required. As part of University Hospitals Dorset, this post will involve primarily working at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital site, however, there is an expectation that there may be occasional cross site working

Part-time and flexible working options will be considered.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued team mates and colleagues

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

In some cases this means that a services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent
  • Dysphagia Competency
  • HCPC registration
  • Registered Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists


  • Videofluoroscopy competencies RCSLT level 3
  • To be competent in the assessment and management of patients with tracheostomy



  • Working with a range of conditions including respiratory, neurological conditions, acquired disorders, long-term conditions and care of the elderly in an acute setting
  • Independent assessment, management, therapeutic intervention and discharge of patients with communication disorders and dysphagia


  • Supervision of students and junior staff
  • Working in a Critical Care environment

Technical Skills


  • Skills to assess, manage & treat conditions and patients with complex multi pathologies at specialist level
  • Skills in assessment and support of alternative and augmentative communication aids
  • Skills to independently prioritise clinical and nonclinical workload


  • Skills to teach & supervise staff & assistants



  • Sound understanding of evidence based practice for the treatment of aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia and dysphagia post stroke
  • Knowledge of the clinical pathway for patients from acute care to long term management
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance and its relevance to clinical situations
  • Understanding of National Service Frameworks, NICE guidance and National strategy documents.
  • Ability to critique evidence base and apply to clinical practice


  • Knowledge of pathways for patients with a tracheostomy

Other requirements specific to


  • To have a full driving license

Personal Attributes


  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Reflective practitioner

Language Requirement


  • Be able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospitals Dorset - All Sites



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