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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/10/2021.

Speech and Language Therapy Specialist Practitioner, Band 6

Job Reference: 152-C283.21

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Shelley Road
£19,383 - £23,416 p.a

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset.

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)


Community Adult Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT).

12 Month fixed term with possibility of becoming permanent

Band 6 SLT, 22.5 hrs (0.6wte) based at Shelley Road, Bournemouth.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist to join the Bournemouth and Christchurch Community Speech and Language Therapy Team. We have four geographically based teams across Dorset.
All four teams contribute to the assessment and management of patients across Dorset who can participate in video assessments and sessions.

The Team also sees patients in their own home when video sessions are not possible. As a member of the team you will work collaboratively with the other team members to manage the locality and Dorset wide caseload as needed.
In the current pandemic an office rota is in place requiring a mix of home and office based working.

This post offers the opportunity to:

  • Work with individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions who present with complex communication and swallowing difficulties
  • Work closely with experienced speech and language therapists in the community setting to develop specialist skills.
  • Develop skills and knowledge of working with patients with AAC. We have a dedicated AAC team comprising of a Band 7 specialist and a Band 4 SLTA.
  • Attend regular local speech and language therapy meetings with a strong bias to CPD.
  • Opportunity to supervise band 5 therapists, to work with SLT assistants and also to work with therapists from the other community SLT Teams.

If this is a challenge which appeals to you then we would be delighted to hear from you.

The Dorset Community Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team is innovative, dynamic and currently in a phase of development. If you are excited by change and keen to contribute to creating a better service for people living with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties we would like to hear from you.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £40 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments. This will only apply to candidates who are new to the Trust and not internal staff.

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service and are able to present a valid DBS certificate will not incur a charge.

Interviews will be held virtually due to the current guidelines.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Caroline Bagnall, Team Lead for Bournemouth and Christchurch Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy Team,, 01202 307766

Luisa Mellish

Service Manager for Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy

01202 307766

Our vision is to be Better Every Day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our behaviours bring our values to life and constantly remind us that how we do things at Dorset HealthCare is as important as what we do. They are:

  • Proactive

  • Positive

  • Respectful

  • Supportive

  • Reliable and Trustworthy

    Our staff benefits:

  • Dedicated career pathways

  • Opportunities for continuing professional development

  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified Nurses and AHP’s

  • Comprehensive and structured induction programme and training

  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working

  • NHS Pension scheme

  • Health & Wellbeing service

  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service

  • NHS discounts

  • Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline

  • Salary sacrifice scheme including:

    • Work related learning

    • Buying and selling of annual leave

    • Car and Cycle scheme

    • Home technology equipment

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies early due to an exceptional response - please apply as soon as possible and refer to the Applicants Recruitment Flowchart.

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Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.

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