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Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year per anum including HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6 - Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist: ASC Diagnostic Service and Schools Service

Paediatric Community Services- Newham, East London Foundation Trust

Do you want to develop skills in autism diagnostic work and our Schools Service? Join our team!

We are looking for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to work across the CHAND multidisciplinary autism diagnostic service and the Schools service.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Speech and Language Therapist with specialist skills and knowledge in paediatrics to join our team. This role is a split post that will involve working as part of the multidisciplinary team within the CHAND autism diagnostic service and as part of the Speech and Language Schools Service.

In the CHAND Service, you will work with other members of the MDT to assess a range of children, under the age of 11 years, referred for autism diagnostic assessments. You will undertake ADOS assessments (training will be provided) and contribute to the diagnostic discussion. You will also be required to deliver parent workshops pre and post diagnosis.

Main duties of the job

To work within the CHAND autism diagnostic service as part of the multidisciplinary team to provide highly specialist autism assessment to contribute to and inform the diagnostic process.

To deliver parent workshops, as part of the CHAND diagnostic team, to support parent understanding pre and post diagnosis.

To work in a range of Schools settings to provide specialist assessment, and to develop and implement specialist programmes of care and treatment to meet the needs of children and young people with a range of speech, language and communication needs.

To manage a large and complex caseload of children with diverse communication difficulties within the school setting. There will be a particular emphasis on training and liaison with school staff and other members of the multi-disciplinary team, as well as with families.

To provide a service which takes account of the needs of clients from a range of ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

About us

In return we can offer you:
  • An amazing working environment, with a warm, welcoming and supportive team of SLTs and colleagues who bring experiences from all over the world.
  • 1:1 monthly supervision, appraisal and CPD
  • Team learning programme
  • Protected service development time and regular team away days
  • Opportunity to supervise and develop junior staff
  • Regular team meetings
  • On-going clinical skills development, MDT working
  • Opportunity to lead service improvement
  • Involvement in audit and quality improvement

Based at the child development centre, in Stratford in the London Borough of Newham, close to the Olympic Park in the heart of London's East End (with excellent transport links with the rest of London and Essex). The children's speech and language therapy service has a strong multi-agency work ethic with other services both within the trust and with partner agencies, and offers services across a wide range of care groups in the borough.

Come and be part of a team that is innovative, responsive, adaptable and which aspires to stand out in the future in the areas of service delivery, improvement and research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification


  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree qualification or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses
  • Successful completion of core SLT competencies at band 5


  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups / CEN



  • Relevant experience at undergraduate/post graduate level
  • Experience of assessment, intervention, goal setting and developing therapy programmes post-registration in a range of settings
  • Experience in assessing and providing intervention for autistic children(communication)
  • Experience of community and schools based work
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary or multiagency partners


  • Experience of delivering training

Knowledge and Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrates good analytical and reflection skills
  • Well developed concentration skills
  • Good presentation skills, both written and verbal, including ability to write clear and concise reports
  • Ability to manage own caseload including prioritisation skills
  • Working knowledge of relevant information technology
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member
  • Ability to work independently as appropriate
  • Ability to work in partnership with other professionals and other agencies
  • Well established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • Skills in planning, assessing and implementing intervention for the client group
  • Well established knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the client group)
  • Well established knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group)
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance/audit
  • Awareness of standards of record keeping
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the needs of clients from a range of ethnic and linguistic backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of safeguarding and child protection
  • Ability to participate and support service improvement projects
  • Ability to undertake audit



  • OtherWilling and able to work flexibly across sites

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