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Specialist Speech and Language Clinician (ASD Assessments)

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist: Children's Speech and Language Therapy Services Autism. Band 6, 12 month, 37.5 hours per week.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic qualified Speech and Language Therapist to join our Neurodevelopmental Assessment Team in Teesside.

You will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team, including nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and support workers.

An introduction into the team will be offered, there are daily MDT meetings to support individuals. Monthly management and clinical supervision is offered. The team offers a monthly training day to boost the skills and knowledge of the team with a strong focus on evidence based practice.

Main duties of the job

Manages a complex/specialist caseload from assessment to discharge within the care programme approach. Service users may have multiple needs with a combination of physical and mental health or learning disabilities. Service users may demonstrate behaviours that challenge and may have difficult family situations of relevance.Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all members of the team.Assesses and manages risk effectively in clinical and community settings including the service user's own home.Provides reports and makes recommendations on service user progress at clinical meetings and participates in the clinical decision-making process regarding service user care programmes as part of the multidisciplinary team.Acts as Lead Professional for service users if no other professional is involved in the service user's care.Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of service user harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the service user. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Post-graduate training in specialist areas relevant to the role e.g. Intensive Interaction, Talking Mats, Dysphagia, Autism etc. (or willingness to achieve within agreed timescale)
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course.
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Membership of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists



  • Experience of working with people with a wide range of speech, language and/or communication needs since qualification


  • Experience of assessing communication skills in ASD



  • Knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions relevant to the ASD group



  • Holistic assessment of service user needs in regard to communication

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Acklam Road Hospital



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