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Clinical Lead and Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£34,993 to £40,044 a year p.a.
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting new post due to a promotion of the previous clinical lead and therefore we are looking for someone to join our service and offer clinical leadership and expertise.

The clinical lead post will work very closely with the team manager to ensure efficient, high quality care is delivered to patients requiring communication and swallowing assessment and intervention in the East of the County. The post holder will also hold a caseload of complex cases and provide a second opinion as requested for other cases.

They will manage the clinical aspects of the team providing clinical supervision to band 6's, supporting band 5's with dysphagia competencies and NQP competencies and developing the band 3 assistants. This will also include development of clinical pathways, training, and input into clinical elements of the Operation leads meetings.

The post is split across the two sites in the East of the County and it is expected that some time will be spent at each site supporting staff. Travel is expected to see patients across the East of the County.

The role within Community Brain Injury enables development of the Dorset acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation service provision and the post holder will provide expert SLT input into MDT case assessment and planning. As well as creating intervention programmes and completing SLT related assessments.

Main duties of the job

To provide high-quality person-centred care which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity using advanced clinical knowledge that is evidence based.

To undertake independent assessment and management of service users to incorporate pharmacological considerations, where appropriate making complex clinical decisions regarding service user management and clinical outcomes.

To provide advanced clinical advice, leadership and support ensuring the needs of the service are met by exercising and demonstrating high levels of clinical judgement, critical analysis and advanced decision making skills.

To manage clinical change, to monitor and improve standards through supervision, evidence based practice, clinical audit, research and education. To promote and demonstrate best practice by integrating evidence into practice

The co-ordination and day-to-day management of the clinical staff within team locality area. To undertake clinical management functions of their team.

To act as a champion for clinical standards and for continuous improvement in the service user experience.

To ensure the delivery of up to date evidence based practice.

Contribute to the planning and design of clinical services in line with Trust, locality and government objectives to meet the needs of local people.

Applications from candidates that require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are unfortunately ineligible to apply for this position.

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 (please note there are separate documents due to the separate roles but we are open to these being combined). 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



  • Relevant experience at band 6 level in the community
  • Evidence of up to date CPD portfolio and recent development courses
  • Evidence of leadership courses and development at relevant level



  • Professional Qualification in Speech and Language Therapy/pathology
  • Registration at HCPC and RCSLT



  • Evidence of supervising NQP's, students and/or assistants
  • evidence of managing complex patients
  • Evidence of being involved in change management/pathway development

clinical skills


  • Evidence of managing complex caseload independently
  • Organised and can prioritise tasks accordingly to need
  • Evidence of providing training to peers, teachers, other professionals etc
  • Evidence of use of clinical systems and IT
  • Evidence of highly specialist clinical skills working with a range of patients with acquired neurological conditions

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Alderney Hospital/Shelley Road/Poole Community Clinic

Ringwood Road / Shelley Road / Shaftesbury Road


BH12 4NB

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