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Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year p.a., pro rata for part-time
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a newly or soon to be qualified Speech and Language Therapist looking to join a supportive and dynamic paediatric team? Or a band 5 SLT looking to build on your skills with a new challenge?

We have full and part time posts available. Vacancies include
  • 1 full time post in Bournemouth
  • 1 full time post in Christchurch
  • 1 full time post in Poole
  • 1 full time post in Weymouth and Wareham (West Dorset and Purbecks)
  • 1 part time post (3 days per week) in Gillingham and Sturminster Newton (North Dorset)

Join our online information eventWe're running a free virtual event for our speech and language therapy vacancies, which will give you the unique opportunity to:
  • meet our key speech and language staff within our Trust,
  • find out more about the vacancies and locations across Dorset,
  • discover the support and development opportunities we can offer,
  • ask all your question.

Just search on Eventbrite for 'Speech and Language Therapists - recruitment information session', by Dorset Healthcare University Trust, Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy, to book your free ticket.

Wednesday 10 Aug 2022, 6 PM - 7.30 PM.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting time to join our service as we are working to design a new speech, language and communication pathway for Dorset based on the Balanced System Framework.

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you as our Dorset Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service is seeking enthusiastic, forward thinking, team players to join our friendly and supportive team of speech and language therapists in the beautiful County of Dorset, working for an Outstanding NHS Trust (CQC 2019), where you will:
  • Work with a varied paediatric client group which includes, children and young people (0-19) with Developmental Language Disorder, Dysfluency, Selective Mutism, Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Condition, Complex Needs, Speech Disorder and Speech and Language delay
  • Provide clinical care including assessment, diagnosis and interventions
  • Work in schools, pre-schools, clinics, children's centres and patient homes.

You will receive regular management from your team lead as well as peer and 1:1 clinical supervision. You will have access to a range of clinical lead specialists for advice and guidance. There are excellent opportunities to access formal and informal training. New initiatives are always welcome and taken forward within the context of a Professional Development Group. Dorset Healthcare provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals.

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.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash! Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period you will receive £500 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info!

We would welcome applications from newly qualified *nurses/occupational therapists/ physiotherapists and we provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals

Person Specification Knowledge, Skills and Training Essential
  • Degree/diploma in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Member of HPC
  • Member of RCSLT
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Student placement in a community clinic
  • Student experience of work within a mainstream school
  • Previous experience as a qualified SLT working in an NHS setting
  • General experience of working with children in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Some general administrative duties
Additional Requirements Essential
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively
  • Subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business
Information Technology Essential
  • Basic IT skills
  • Completion of NHS elite training

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