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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/06/2022.

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist, Band 5

Job Reference: 152-Y006.22

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy
Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Purbecks, Dorset West and Dorset North
£25,655 - £31,534 p.a., pro rata for part-time

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 like to 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, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local 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. You’ll 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.

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? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our welcoming team 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.

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)

Quote from a new member of the team:

"Working as a Band 5 SLT in Dorset gives great variety and opportunities to learn. I work in a supportive environment with great leaders which all adds up to a very rewarding career. Plus, living by the beach means I can go paddle boarding after work!"


About us:

The 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).

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.

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.


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.


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!


Would you like more information?

We are holding a virtual information session on 21st June 2022 10:30-12:00. Please go to Eventbrite and search for speech and language therapy NQP open morning


Interview Date: 12th July 2022


For further details / informal visits contact:

Emma Draper, Bournemouth North and Central Cluster Lead - Email: Telephone: 07786110281

Additional contact information:

Katie Butler-Reay - / 07586492991.


What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome & will be considered alongside all other applications, where this is not possible you will not be able to apply for the role. 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.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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