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Senior Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

To work as part of the integrated therapy team to deliver therapeutic input to children with the aim of achieving maximum independent living, within a stimulating environment actively promoting self-management on all activities of daily living.

Working as an autonomous practitioner, the post holder will provide specialist input to all children that fall within their specialist field of expertise.

Work with colleagues across health, social care, mental health and voluntary sector to ensure holistic and joined up delivery of care.

Empower children and their families to make decisions about their own care and encourage them to exercise their rights and choices, signposting them to relevant community and voluntary services and supporting Children carers and assistants with management of risk.

Main duties of the job

To take a lead within the multi-disciplinary team, where appropriate, providing advice to other health professionals, education services, social services and voluntary agencies.

Develop programmes of specialist therapeutic activities, weighing options and delegating aspects of care as appropriate.

Support children and their families with advice, information, persuasion and direction to community resources to encourage self-management and ongoing independence.

Provide support, training and advice to children, parents and carers.

Oversee the work of more junior staff, assistants and associate practitioners.

Deputising for more senior team members as required.

To ensure appropriate integrated pathways of care and communication via liaison and referral to other agencies as required.

To participate in a full Community Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy service within the organisation.

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Registered Speech and Language therapist with HCPC
  • Relevant post qualification training through short courses and/or further study and experience, working towards post graduate level of study
  • Evidence of working at Level C of the RCSLT Dysphagia Competency Framework (Specialist Dysphagia Practitioner)
  • Evidence of on-going CPD


  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists



  • Proven experience working within the relevant specialist area
  • Evidence of competencies relevant to specialism


  • Experience of managing the work of others



  • Car owner/driver/access to a motor vehicle (role will involve travel to other sites that cannot be easily accessed by public transport means)
  • Evidence of prioritising own and others' workload, delegating appropriately
  • To use Word, Powerpoint, email, excel and access (or similar spreadsheet or database packages)
  • Ability to act as care coordinator


  • Experience of supervising the work of students, assistants and volunteers



  • Good theoretical and practical knowledge of a broad range of assessments relevant to the specialist care group and the relative benefits of each.
  • Good knowledge of a range of specialist therapeutic interventions relevant to the care group including the relative benefits of each and the comparative outcomes.
  • Awareness of national guidance relevant to own specialities, including, consent issues, and other legal frameworks relating to care group
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals.

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