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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon, Essex
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata for part time + HCAS
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Highly Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist to join our community children's service in Essex and Thurrock. We have managed to secure additional funds to embellish our Neurodevelopment pathways with particular focus on supporting children with traits that could be indicative of ASD. The new roles will strengthen the diagnostic pathway, increasing clinical input and efficiency at the front door, contributing to the assessment process, as well as developing and delivering information, educational packages and workshops to families and multi-agency partners.

If you enjoy working in an integrated multi-disciplinary team and have experience in developing and delivering a high standard of care for young people and families then this is the post for you.

If you are excited to take up this opportunity then we would very much like to hear from you regarding this clinical role. There are opportunities for this role to be expanded to include more hours so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you like to explore options available.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic in providing meaningful support to families and have excellent clinical skills. They will have experience in contributing to ASD assessments as part of a multidisciplinary diagnosis.

You will need to demonstrate the following requirements for the post:

- Post registration experience in delivering appropriate highly specialist intervention/care plans/enhanced models of SLT for clients with speech language and communication needs, and provide suitable and timely support.

- Clear clinical reasoning based on evidence based practice within paediatrics, with specific experience in specialist interventions working with children with ASD

- The ability to provide feedback, advice and training internally within the profession and externally to other staff groups as well as clients' families.

- Responsibility in taking a delegated lead on the development of team objectives or projects in liaison with the clinical service lead and peers.

- Experience in using the ADOS and/or other assessments as part of multidisciplinary diagnosis is desirable - training will be considered for suitable applicants as we have a strong ethos for personal development within the service.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �1,192 and a maximum payment of �2,011 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Our service is part of the Integrated community children's services, including Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatricians, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapies, specialist health visitors and nurses. We have a strong focus on multi agency working across health and education.

Person Specification

Demonstration of Trust Values


  • Demonstration of Trust Values



  • Qualifications - qualified Speech and Language Therapist
  • HCPC Licence to Practice
  • NVQ level 2 or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy


  • Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy
  • Assessing and Diagnostic course



  • Extensive experience of working with children and young people who have neurodevelopmental health care needs and conditions
  • Experience of multi-agency/disciplinary working
  • Experience in contributing to the ASD assessment process
  • Working in a busy office environment
  • Experience of storing and maintaining electronic records
  • Experience of supervising others


  • Evidence of innovative and evidence based practice
  • Working in an NHS environment



  • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and clinical governance priorities
  • Possess in depth understanding of clinical, social and family situations
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of safeguarding children procedures
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information discreetly



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Effective communication/interpersonal skills (written, verbal, and active listening skills)
  • Effective management skills e.g. leadership and negotiation
  • Proven ability to prioritise and manage a caseload (self & others) without supervision
  • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to provide effective clinical teaching/training to carers and staff who are not medically trained
  • Ability to respond appropriately to children and young people in need and/or children at risk in accordance with local and national safeguarding guidance
  • Flexible approach to work - ability to move to different locations as appropriate



  • To be aware and demonstrate the Trust Values
  • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area
  • Able to work efficiently in an unpredictable working environment
  • Enthusiastic, approachable, flexible and reliable
  • Proven experience of promoting people's equality, diversity and rights
  • Motivation and enthusiasm to undertake further education and training

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Great Oaks Clinic

Great Oaks,

Basildon, Essex

SS14 1EH

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