Speech and Language Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year per annum, pro rata (incl of HCAS)
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Are you an experienced Speech & Language Therapist who is enthusiastic about autism? Are you looking to work as part of a supportive team in a flexible working environment whilst earning HCAS?

We are looking for a qualified Speech & Language Therapist to join our experienced and dedicated team in Slough to provide autism assessments across the age, ability and complexity range.

As part of the Autism Assessment Team, you will work closely with partnership agencies and voluntary services to facilitate continued support and advice for families pre-assessment and beyond diagnosis. You will also provide online support pre-assessment and post-diagnosis via the innovative BHFT online platform 'SHaRON' (Support Hope and Resources Online Network).

For this role we are really looking for somebody who shares our passion for neurodiversity and who is motivated by their drive to deliver the highest quality care while ensuring the best possible patient experience.You will need to be able to work autonomously at pace as well as being effective in managing your time, workload, and priorities.

We will consider both full and part time application for this role and can offer a flexible 9-5, Monday to Friday working week.

Main duties of the job

  • Conducting autism assessments for children and young people from 2-18 years, across the ability range. All assessments are conducted with 2 clinicians
  • Complex and second opinion autism assessments
  • Identifying when onward referral is required and managing this
  • Provision of high-quality assessment reports with recommendations
  • Training, consultation and supervision and clinical moderation on our online support platform

The 4 \must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Be a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, registered with HCPC
  • Previous experience in assessment and/or intervention with autistic children and young people
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational and time management skill

If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and let's be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Liz Pitts on 0118 931 5800 or email: liz.pitts@berkshire.nhs.uk who'll be delighted to help.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance, and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers.

Some of the benefits of joining our team:
  • Salary ranging from �45,753 - �52,,067 per annum(including HCAS)
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
  • Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
  • And so much more

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification



  • Recognised qualification - degree/equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC and membership of RCSLT
  • At least 2 years relevant experience

Continuous Professional Development


  • Post-graduate training within specialism
  • Post qualifying Child & Adolescent Mental Health training, qualifications or experience of working with children, young people and families.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, teaching, assessing and mentoring of students.
  • A supervisory qualification or substantial supervision experience in the relevant professional discipline.

Previous Experience


  • Previous experience in assessment and/or intervention with children and young people on the autism spectrum
  • Experience of working with children and adolescents and their families across a range of settings


  • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or consultation.
  • Experience of contributing to service improvement initiatives.

Knowledge and skills


  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding child development and the impact it can have on meeting the five Every Child Matters outcomes The Children's Act 1989 and 2004 and The Mental Health Act 1983 and 2007
  • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO, outlook, databases, MS office and the internet). Good keyboard skills.


  • Relevant training and/or experience in multi-disciplinary assessments of autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents including training and/or a working knowledge of ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), ADI-R or 3Di'.

Additional Requirements


  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Ability to be self-reflective and use supervision effectively
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for a service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system
  • Car owner/driver and possess full UK driver's licence or evidence of ability to travel to designated base and other sites.
  • Able to maintain professional boundaries and conduct


  • Able to manage difficult situations with child/young person and their families including where there might be complex mental health conditions and/or challenging behaviours
  • Ability and willingness to work in a flexible way including working outside of normal hours to facilitate out of hours clinics as required.
  • Car owner/driver and possess full UK driver's licence or evidence of ability to travel independently between multiple locations to fulfil the requirements of the position.

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