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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£21,235 to £25,570 a year p.a.
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an experienced SLT looking to be part of an experienced team that have recently been awarded with significant investment? Or a band 5 looking for a new challenge and to develop your skills in a specialist area? Our Dorset Stroke and Neuro Service would love to hear from you where ideas are shared, and visions are supported.

You will provide specialist advice and intervention with a high-quality person-centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity. Our integrated community stroke and neuro team is AHP lead and will provide various pathways including supported self-management, advice with signposting, intensive rehabilitation (ESD), complex management and reviews. You will be working in a multidisciplinary team including social work, neuropsychology, and opportunities for advanced practice. You will have access to a wide range of specialists with many years of experience who can help to increase your opportunities for learning and development of skills.

This SLT post post is a part time role of 22.5 hours covering both West Dorset locality. Hours can be met flexibly. Our service is a 6-day service currently but will be 7 days in future. we promote hybrid working with mixed caseload of community, base and working from home

North Dorset (base Yeatman Hospital) covering Shafestbury, Gillingham, Sherbourne and Blandford.

West Dorset (base Forston Clinic) covering Weymouth & Portland, Lyme Regis, Purbecks and Dorchester.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high quality person centred approach to speech and language therapy care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.

To provide specialist speech and language therapy care and interventions, assessments, treatments and managing patients on a caseload, as part of the wider multi-disciplinary care team.

To provide specialist speech and language therapy advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

To devise specialist speech and language therapy programmes of care for other professionals to deliver and ensure they are delivered appropriately.

To plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

Provide supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students and trained practitioners.

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.

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

Person Specification



  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • HCPC and RCSLT registered



  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.



  • Evidence of independent, timely clinical decision making to lead self in development and learning and managing a demanding caseload
  • Evidence of autonomous working with the ability to seek clinical support as needed
  • Dysphagia competent (working towards dysphagia competencies for developing band 6)
  • Demonstrable evidence of organisation and time management skills



  • Evidence of supporting/supervising junior staff
  • Evidence of supporting or leading on a student placement

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Forston Clinic

Herrison Road



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