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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/12/2021.

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist B6 Stroke

Job Reference: 405-21-PT659SALT

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum

Outstanding Hospital

We are the largest and most diverse employer in West Dorset with over 3,000 staff providing an acute hospital service to a population of over 250,000.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them and to achieve this we ensure our values of Integrity, Respect, Teamwork and Excellence is at the core of everything we do.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We would welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

Outstanding Career

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Stroke
Band 6

We have a new opportunity for a motivated
and experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join our dynamic Stroke Team at Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust. The post is full time, working 37.5 hours per week, but part time and flexible working may be considered if raised at interview.

The post involves providing specialist Speech and Language rehabilitation for patients on the Acute Stroke Unit at Dorset County Hospital and the Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne ensuring that rehabilitation continues across the stroke pathway.
If you have experience or a keen interest of working within a stroke service and are looking for a new challenge – this may be the job for you! This post will offer the opportunity to develop specialist skills in the assessment and management of swallowing and communication difficulties for patients post stroke and will allow you to work within both an acute and rehabilitation setting.

You will be joining an established Stroke Therapy Team of Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Speech & Language Therapists and Therapy Support Workers supported by a Clinical Lead Therapist. You will be encouraged to take an active role in current projects, including service development and evaluation, internal and external training, audit and research review.

You will be working in a rewarding and challenging clinical environment and will be responsible for the supervision of at least one team member. The therapies department at Dorset County Hospital is committed to ensuring staff feel supported with their wellbeing and career progression through supervision, appraisal, in-house and external training and leadership development.

The Therapies Service at Dorset County Hospital is an integrated Therapies Service working together to ensure that Therapies provision is the best that it can be, balancing quality and resourcing to provide and improve patient centred services. The Therapies Team is committed to the
principle of seven day working and is currently working towards it.
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a modern District General Hospital offering an excellent working environment. Much of West Dorset is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the Jurassic coastline is protected by World Heritage status. There are
numerous beaches within easy reach, and Portland Harbour (host of 2012 Olympic Sailing) promotes a wide range of water sport activities. The area is largely rural, with good rail and road links. The closest airport is situated in Bournemouth. We are a Trust that celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We would welcome applications from people in groups which are under-represented in our organisation.

If you are a forward thinking and dynamic therapist looking to further your professional experience then we would like to hear from you.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Gill Faley, Head of Speech and Language Therapy,, 01305 255165


Please read the job description/person specification carefully to ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience required

The closing date/interview date is subject to amendment; this vacancy may expire at short notice. All correspondence with applicants will be via email. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks please contact us on to find out whether you have been shortlisted

DBS - If you join us and need a new DBS check, we will recover the costs through a salary deduction (£40 - enhanced check or £23 - standard)

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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