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Highly Specialist Clinician (Autism)

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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 individuals to support Children and Young People (CYP) suspected of being autistic. 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 2.0 wte Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists or Highly Specialist Clinicians from an Allied Health Professional/Qualified Professional background, who bring strong skills and experience in Autism to the Multidisciplinary Assessment Team.

Interview on 23.11.23

Main 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 also 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 are committed to training the right candidate where needed

We can offer you:
  • regular clinical and professional supervision from within the clinical team
  • personal development planning and opportunities for 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.

About us

  • 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 you

Job description

Job responsibilities

These are permanent positions based in East and North Hertfordshire. The successful candidates 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 and Young People (Autism & ADHD) on 07786 261829.

Person Specification

Application and interview


  • 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
  • High level clinical skills including assessment and diagnosis
  • Experience of supervising less experienced staff
  • Evidence of in-depth experience in specialist area 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
  • 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).


  • ADOS-2 Trained - Highly Desirable
  • Student Supervision Course attendance

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


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