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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Band 7

This post is eligible for the Trust 'Welcome to NELFT' Payment, a lump sum of 10% of agreed basic salary (pro rata if part time and exclusive of HCAS payments) (subject to a minimum of �4,000 and maximum of �10,000)and is open to all new applicants who are successfully appointed. Payment of the incentive is 50% of the lump sum at the end of the probationary period (typically six months) and then 50% at the end of year two. This welcome package is applicable to external candidates only.

Do you have the specialist skills to be the joint lead for our new autism pathway? You will have the specialist clinical skills to develop the pathway, alongside colleagues to ensure the best outcomes for children with ASD. You will also develop the skills and confidence of our other therapists to assess and provide intervention.

You will work in our supportive and welcoming speech and language therapy team and alongside colleagues from clinical psychology, SLT, nursing and community paediatrics working in the ASD and ADHD neurodevelopmental pathway to contribute to diagnosis and to provide the intervention and support to families through direct therapy, training and work with education settings.

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated therapists with excellent clinical skills - part time role and flexible working available

Main duties of the job

You will have a small highly specialist caseload you will contribute to diagnosis if you have experience of ADOS, BOSA, ADI-R you will support second opinions you will develop interventions for universal and targeted support across the Basildon, Brentwood and Thurrock alongside the community SLT teams. We offer:-
  • a regular supervision programme arranged with a named therapist, following on from a full and personalised induction programme
  • professional team meetings monthly and meetings with our integrated children's therapies team to maintain communication and learning opportunities with speech and language, occupational therapists and physiotherapists and others
  • a supportive and friendly environment
  • training opportunities through external courses and specialist Clinical Excellence Networks
  • Support from experienced Admin and Assistant teams.
  • Agile & flexible working
  • A days leave on your birthday and 1/2 day Christmas leave in addition to your annual leave

We encourage innovation and would welcome you to a strong and stable team, that has cake (and healthy snacks!) at it's team meetings.

About us

COVID-19 VaccinationWe continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary PeriodThis post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFTNELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area SupplementThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �1,136 and a maximum payment of �1,915 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Post registration experience in delivering appropriate highly specialist intervention/care plans/enhanced models of SLT for clients with speech language and communication needs, and provide suitable and timely support
  • Clear clinical reasoning based on evidence based practice within paediatrics, with specific experience in specialist interventions working with children with ASD
  • The ability to provide feedback, advice and training internally within the profession and externally to other staff groups as well as clients' families.
  • Responsibility in taking a delegated lead on the development of team objectives or projects in liaison with the clinical service lead and peers

Experience in using the ADOS or other assessments as part of multidisciplinary diagnosis is desirable

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Speech and Language Therapist
  • HCPC Licence to Practice


  • Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy



  • Significant time working with children since registration
  • Experience of multi-agency/disciplinary working
  • Specialised knowledge of therapy and management of children with ASD and social communication


  • Experience in contributing to the ASD assessment process



  • In depth knowledge and understanding of safeguarding children procedures
  • Knowledge of and can demonstrate early intervention and early interaction approaches


  • Knowledge of alternative and augmentative communication approaches
  • Trained to administer the ADOS
  • Trained in, or familiar with Hannen More Than Word approaches



  • Effective communication/interpersonal skills (written, verbal, and active listening skills)
  • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Multi disciplinary working to contribute to ASD diagnosis
  • Able to formulate care programmes, identify functional goals with multidisciplinary discussion
  • Able to demonstrate clear clinical reasoning based on evidence based practice


  • Able to devise and present training to other health and education colleagues



  • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area
  • Able to work efficiently in an unpredictable working environment
  • Enthusiastic, approachable, flexible and reliable
  • Proven experience of promoting people's equality, diversity and rights
  • Motivation and enthusiasm to undertake further education and training

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Gifford House, Thurrock Community Hospitial

Long Lane


RM16 2PX

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