Do you have a strong interest in Autism and differential diagnosis? Do you want to work with children, young people (CYP) and families? Do you want to be part of a supportive and reflective multi-disciplinary service in Hertfordshire?
Hertfordshire Community Trust has an exciting opportunity for dynamic individual to support Children and Young People (CYP) who are autistic or are in need of an assessment. We are working closely with system partners to redesign and transform the diagnostic pathway. The vision in Hertfordshire is to ensure CYP and their families can access early support, advice, and information with access to the diagnostic pathway where clinically needed in a timely manner.
We are looking for 0.7 wte Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who brings strong skills and experience in Autism to the Multidisciplinary Assessment Team. The successful candidate will also join our large and innovative team of therapists and assistants working within our community service. Interview date: 23.11.23Main duties of the job
You will work closely with the MDT and other agencies to assess CYP in a variety of community settings including clinic, school, and home. HCT can offer virtual assessments as an integral part of the diagnostic pathway.
The ideal candidate will:
- maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings with a highly emotive atmosphere
- be flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
- work both in a team environment and autonomously
- be ADOS-2 trained and/or have experience of Autism Assessment - the Trust is committed to training the right candidate if needed
- demonstrate knowledge of SEND reforms and EHCP planning
We can offer you:
- regular clinical and professional supervision from within the clinical team
- personal development planning and continuing professional development
- involvement in service development including undertaking clinical audits, project work and service forums
- opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management where appropriate.
- A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
- You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
- We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
- Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
- We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages
- We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now
You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with youJob descriptionJob responsibilities
This is a permanent position based in East and North Hertfordshire (Stevenage). The successful candidate will be expected to work across locations within East and North Hertfordshire and may be required to work in locations in South and West Hertfordshire to meet service needs and demands.
For this role you will need to have a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for more specific information about this role.
Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all its staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.
For further details/informal visits contact: Irma Donaldson, Specialist Services Manager, Pathway Lead for Neurodivergent Children & Young People (Autism & ADHD) on 07786 261829.Person SpecificationApplication and interviewEssential
- Highly specialist knowledge acquired through degree or equivalent qualifications, further theoretical training and experience to Master's level equivalent relevant to Autism and Autism Assessment
- Continued Professional Development evidenced by attendance at short specialist postgraduate courses to maintain and develop own specialist knowledge and expertise.
- Recognised Clinical Degree Qualification or equivalent (Post Graduate Diploma or MSc leading to registration with HCPC)
- HCPC Licence to Practice
- Registered member of Professional Body
- Experience of working with different professional disciplines and agencies
- Knowledge of current safeguarding procedures
- Experience and commitment to involve patients and service users in the design and development of service provision
- Knowledge of NHS, Education and social care policy and directives where these impact on area of specialism or service delivery
- High level clinical skills including assessment and diagnosis
- Experience of supervising less experienced staff
- Evidence of in-depth experience in specialist area of autism including active networking with other specialists regionally and nationally
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of national policies and procedures relevant to the specialist client group
- In depth and expert knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
- Excellent communication skills both oral and written, including the ability to liaise and negotiate
- Ability to communicate and receive complex and sensitive information
- Knowledge of barriers to understanding & ability to explain complex issues simply.
- Ability to communicate effectively at all levels across organisations and with a range of audiences
- Able to analyse and interpret complex data
- Consistently demonstrate highly developed interpersonal skills and empathy with clients, carers and other professionals and agencies particularly where barriers to understanding exist
- Specialist technical skills relevant to the specialist area of practice acquired through advanced training and significant experience
- Current driving license and use of car for work purposes, able to travel within HCT area and occasionally beyond (unless Disability etc).
Employer detailsEmployer name
- ADOS-2 Trained - Highly Desirable
- Student Supervision Course attendance
Hertfordshire Community NHS TrustAddress
Danstrete Health Centre
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