Speech and Language Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year p.a.
Closing date
5 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Dorset HealthCare are looking for a Speech and Language Therapist to join our supportive team!

As a Speech and Language Therapist you will be joining The Dorset Community Adult Speech and Language Therapy service that is supportive and dynamic. You will be responsible for providing a community clinical service across Shelley Road and Alderney Hospital sites. We welcome ideas of change that could contribute to creating a better service for people living with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties.

You will be supported by Band 6 & 7 therapists, opportunity to work with SLT assistant's local adult acute SLT teams and the paediatric SLT community team is available to enable development. We offer CPD opportunities, regular supervision, peer supervision with another Band 5.

The Speech and Language Therapist role is a full-time position Monday to Friday. We could be flexible with how the hours are met over the working days, as long as the services needs are met. We embrace flexible working and we support a hybrid model of working from home as well as the office.

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.

Interviews will be held on 16th March 2023 and likely via MS Teams.

Main duties of the job

The service sees patients in their own home, video call appointments, 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:
  • To provide a high quality person centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.
  • To undertake assessment of patients / service users care needs, and develop programmes of care as part of the wider multi-disciplinary care team.
  • To provide advice to patients/ service users and carers regarding their care.
  • To plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.
  • Provide supervision, mentorship, and clinical support to students and junior staff in the team.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced 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.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
Job specific experience Essential
  • Supervised experience gained during clinical placements
  • Ability to mentor students / supervise other junior staff
  • Experience of contributing to the management of change
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of practice
  • Experience of developing programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing advice
  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
Managerial/supervisory Essential
  • Experience of demonstrating duties to junior staff
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
Personal qualities/attributes Essential
  • Evidence of demonstrating the Trust's values and behaviours.
  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.

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