Meet Amina

Newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist

What is your background; tell me a bit about you?

Hello! I’m Amina, a newly qualified speech and language therapist (SALT) based at Poole Hospital. I recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class degree Masters in Speech and Language Therapy. On days off from work, I love embracing my inner foodie – you can spot me exploring local cafes and restaurants around Dorset!

How did you find out about opportunities in Dorset and the webinar?

My university consistently updated us on new Band 5 SALT positions across the country. When I came across an email talking about new opportunities in Dorset (complete with a catchy webinar poster of course), I decided it would be a great idea to sign up.

What made you want to apply and move to Dorset?

After 4 great years in Manchester, it was time for a reboot. The city held a special place in my heart, but I wanted to keep it distinct from my first job experience as a SALT. The idea of moving to Dorset really struck me when I visited for my interview – getting a taste of the city’s diversity and atmosphere first-hand sealed the deal.

What have you enjoyed the most so far?

Indulging in delicious food and unwinding by the pier after a long day has definitely been the highlight of my stay.

What are your plans or goals for the future?

My current professional goal is to ace my dysphagia and NQP competencies. Personally, I’m set to finding my own place with my friends and moving out of the hospital accommodation.

Describe how you felt:

  • On your first day

While I was genuinely excited, I was also very nervous. Part of me worried I wouldn’t get along with anyone and that my lack of experience would be obvious from day one, those concerns somewhat overshadowed my enthusiasm.

  • Now 

Over the past four months, I’ve not only settled into my role but also connected with some fantastic people. It’s been a game-changer for me—I now feel genuinely integrated into both the community and my job.

Has the experience of moving and working in Dorset met your expectations? 

Absolutely! Transitioning from the busy city life of Manchester, I had concerns about Dorset’s social scene. However, since I arrived, it’s been nothing but vibrant. It helps being part of an amazing team, who have been incredibly supportive throughout my learning journey and the transition to the area.

What would you say to someone else who was battling to decide whether to apply and relocate to NHS in Dorset? What would your advice to them be?

Relocating to a new place can be daunting (and often exhausting), but don’t let the initial challenges scare you off. Since I’ve started working and living in Dorset, the experience has been nothing short of wonderful. I’m genuinely excited for what’s yet to come and look forward to experiencing more of what Dorset has to offer.