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ASD Paediatric Specialist Practitioner

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Responsible to the ASD Paediatric Specialist practitioner Lead the ASD Paediatric SpecialistPractitionerwill provide holistic support to children and familiesin conjunction with other members of the multidisciplinary team.

This role is integral to the MDT, acting as a case coordinator, deliveringneurodevelopmental diagnostic assessment services, and providing support for children, young people ages 0-16 years and their families.

This is an assessment role which involvesutilisingvarious diagnostic toolsandassessmentpathway based on NICE guidance.TheASD PaediatricSpecialist Practitionerwill hold a caseload of CYP whom they willbe responsible forguiding through the assessment pathwayand compiling comprehensive reports based on theclinicalassessmentsand observations.

Main duties of the job

You will work autonomously and as a role model, in the completion of NICE compliant diagnostic assessments with child and young person (CYP) in both a clinical and community setting, interpreting and accurately inputting clinical information. And will provide support and leadership to junior members of the team including the Neurodevelopmental Support Workers.

You willobserve,assess, interpret,and structure findings from diagnostic tests(ADOS, ADI-R),into aprofessional observationreport to aid potential diagnosis or changes to treatment

Followingcompletion of theassessment,youwillbe an integral member ofthe diagnosticpanel, presentingresultsandreports,toreach anoutcome inline with nationaland localguidance.

Toprovidefeedback of the outcome of the diagnostic panel tochildren, youngpeople,and their familiesin a sensitive manner

To have the ability to manage andprioritiseyour ownworkload.

About us

The post holder will work within the Community Neurodevelopmental Paediatric (CNP) Directorate as part of the Family Care Division. We work with children and young people (CYP) across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen providing a specialist service in the assessment and management of children and young people with complex disability. CNP is commissioned to complete assessments of neurodevelopmental conditions including ASD.

We have a fantastic team of people who are conscientious, caring, reliable and compassionate, all qualities which are essential to the NHS.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as an autonomous practitioner and to be accountable forownprofessionaljudgements andactions,managingowncaseload as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To act as the case coordinator for CYP and their families, providing support and guidance throughout the ASD pathway,in partnership with the care giver and the childin accordance withbest practice.
  • Toprovideevidence-basedpatientcentredcare to children and their families. Responsible for assessing, developing,implementingand evaluatingprogramsof care to aid clinical decision making and inform service development
  • Asakey member ofthe multi-disciplinaryteam, undertakehighquality,NICEcompliantneurodevelopmental assessments,andobservations,includingbut not limitedto ADI-R & ADOS, developmental history taking and school observations. This couldalsoinclude monitoring of physical checks such as height weight & blood pressure.
  • To structure findings from diagnostic tests (ADOS, ADI-R), into a professional observation report toreach an outcome in line with national and local guidelines and policy.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse part 8 of part 15 or Registered learning disability nurse , SCPHN of the Nursing and midwifery council register, professional degree or equilavant in speech and language or occupational therapy and appropriate registration with regulatory body
  • Demonstrable ability to work at degree level 3 and relevant continuous professional development
  • Teaching/ mentoring qualification .e.g City & guilds 7303 ENB 998 , mentorship module


  • Evidence of additional training or professional developmental in Paediatric neurodevelopment/ neurodisability or willingness to undertake
  • Registered non medical prescriber such as V200 or V300



  • Significant experience at band 5/band 6 in a paediatrics or a children's setting working with children with additional/ complex medical needs including neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Evidence of significant experience working with children with neurodevelopmental conditions Evidence of continual professional development
  • Proven ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Applying research findings into practice
  • Ability to work with other agencies.
  • Experience of dealing with sensitive issues.


  • Experience working in a community setting
  • Experience in taking part in research and development
  • Evidence of professional leadership and contributing to change



  • Knowledge of the legislation , guidelines and practice of working with CYP with neurodevelopmental/ neurodisability conditions
  • Awareness of current issues and how they impact on service delivery
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and manage own workload
  • Able to lead and promote change and show initiative


  • IT and word Processing skills.



  • Car Driver or access to a vehicle for work

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Burnley General Hospital

Casterton Ave


BB10 2PQ

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