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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - ELS

Solent NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
Portsmouth City has been selected to take part in a national NHS England initiative known as the 'Early Language Support for Every Child' (ELSEC) that is being delivered in 9 sites across the UK as part of the wider Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Alternative Provision (SENDAP) implementation.

As a result of this, we are looking for two dynamic and experienced senior speech and language therapists to help to lead a new speech and language therapy service, aimed at the universal and targeted level of provision for children with speech, language and communication needs in the early years. The new team will consist of a team of speech and language therapists and newly trained speech and language therapy assistants, and will work in an integrated model of care with our local authority partners. Please see the attached guidance documents which will give you more information.

You will have proven experience of developing and delivering innovative services, training and development and quality improvement. You will be expected to work at an enhanced level of clinical practice. Training and development support will be available for you to develop your expertise in this exciting area of clinical practice.

For any queries or to discuss the post in more detail, please contact Dr Clare Smith, Consultant Practitioner (Speech and Language Therapist) and Clinical Lead for Physical Health at

Main duties of the job

*To be a source of specialist knowledge and provide a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy Service to children and families accessing the Early Language Support as part of the ELSEC project in Portsmouth city

*To provide a lead role across the Service & Trust for a Clinical Pathway, working with Locality Leads and other Clinical Pathway Leads, providing clinical leadership, driving forward service development, maintaining standards and ensuring the provision of up-to-date evidence based care.

*To devise and deliver training packages to partner stakeholders in Portsmouth City in order that they can support the needs of children with SLCN and their families

*To support and develop skills in others (within the NHS Speech and Language Therapy Service speech and language therapy assistants, multiagency staff working in Portsmouth City, volunteers, students, collaborators) for developing early language and communication skills in children living in Portsmouth City

*To understand and interpret the evidence base for intervention with families across universal, targeted and specialist areas

*In collaboration with the Clinical Lead for the ELSEC project, to devise, implement and analyse outcome measures to monitor the impact of the ELSEC project

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree level qualification or equivalent
  • Registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists/
  • Licence to Practice



  • Experience in paediatric therapy and working independently with children from clinical pathway
  • Experience of working with a broad range of paediatric clinical impairments and disorders using a range of assessment methods as appropriate.
  • Experience assessing and working with children and their families
  • Experience of clinical supervision of students and others- auditing own and others' clinical practice, in order to act on the findings.
  • Experience of developing and delivering training

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


Portsmouth Civic Offices

Guildhall Square




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