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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
North Ormesby, Middlesbrough
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
South Tees Children & Young People's Speech & Language Therapy Service have an exciting new vacancy for an experienced highly specialist speech and language therapist. The post is newly created to contribute to a multi-agency team, offering highly specialist assessment, support, recommendations and training to a pilot project supporting adopted children and their families.

The North East Multi-disciplinary Adoption Support Service is a fixed term pilot project developed locally in response to the Department for Education's (2021) Adoption strategy Achieving Excellence Everywhere.

The Postholder is required to contribute to the delivery of effective multi-disciplinary & multi-agency support to children & young people, aged 7-11 years, and their families, in the context of the North East adoption services: the focus being to bring together knowledge and expertise of different agencies & professionals to identify the individual needs of children/young people, improving quality and timeliness of adoption support assessments and support plans.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be a key member of the team offering a highly specialist multi-agency response to determine the nature of the needs of the children and their families offering highly specialist knowledge, skills and experience in the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people who have experienced becoming a child in care and subsequent adoption

The focus of the pilot project is to bring together the knowledge and expertise of different agencies and professionals to identify the individual needs of children/young people and improve the quality and timeliness of adoption support assessments and support plans
  • Contribution to multi-agency differential diagnostic assessment at highly specialist level of the types of communication needs found in children, aged 7-11 years, who have experienced becoming a child in care and subsequent adoption into their family, and provision of clinical advice and recommendations
  • Some delivery of individual programmes of care to the children, where appropriate
  • Delivery of training and support to their families and professionals around them
  • The post requires travel across the North East region but will be hybrid in nature with a mix of in person and virtual contacts
  • The post is hosted by the Children & Young People's Speech & Language Therapy service in Middlesbrough where professional support is available but office accommodation will be available, across the region, in the three adoption agencies involve

About us

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers leadership and improvement training to all new staff to the Trust this training programme has been designed to support our leaders in developing their understanding of leadership and management skills. You will be expected to attend the leadership development programme, and the Quality Improvement Programme that the Trust delivers. This programme aims to:
  • Explore leadership within the NHS
  • Promote Trust Values and Behaviours
  • Develop your Leadership effectiveness and skills
  • Practitioner level in quality improvement, equipping you with the skills to champion, lead and complete quality improvement within your role

After you complete this four and a half days of training you will be able to explore further leadership and improvement training opportunities, we offer further in-house courses dependent upon your role and bitesize programmes and leadership apprenticeships at level 3,5 and 7.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description and person specification document(s) for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of procedures and practices related to the identification, definition, diagnosis and remediation of disorders of human communication that require expertise relevant to the specialist client group
  • Knowledge, skills and understanding of children & young people in the specialist area of children looked after, children adopted, trauma-informed care, attachment and neurodiversity
  • Highly developed clinical skills including detailed communication & linguistic analysis of disordered speech, language and communication
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed care and its applications to speech and language therapy support
  • Evidence of leadership skills including: personal time management & organisation successful & effective caseload management successful & effective supervision/leading other clinical staff
  • Highly developed communication skills: able to motivate, negotiate, persuade, empathise, communicate sensitively, sympathetically and with reassurance
  • High level of interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with a wide range of people including people with communication problems, carers & families, other professionals, therapy colleagues locally & nationally
  • Highly developed physical skills with high degree of speed, precision & accuracy including precise auditory, perceptual & observational skills
  • Able to make judgements involving highly complex information
  • Current knowledge of SEND Code of Practice/Framework
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and audit


  • Supervisory skills eg less experienced staff, assistants, students
  • Critical appraisal
  • Presentation skills

Qualifications & Training


  • Degree / diploma and licence to practise as a speech & language therapist as approved by the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists.
  • Current registration as a qualified speech and language therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development related to both general speech & language therapy and to the clinical specialism including accredited courses (including attendance/membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Network, local or national)


  • Evidence of post-graduate study in the specialist field to Master's level or equivalent courses/qualifications/experience
  • Attendance at the leadership and development and improvement programme (4.5 days)



  • Relevant and extensive post-preceptorship experience working with a range of children and young people with communication difficulties
  • Considerable & current experience working with children in the specialist area of neurodiversity and speech, language & communication differences
  • Some experience of working with children looked after and trauma/attachment
  • Considerable experience of multi-disciplinary team working with Education and Health teams
  • Considerable experience of providing appropriate advice for EHCPs
  • Considerable experience of managing and monitoring a caseload
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Experience of service development, review and evaluation
  • Experience of multi-agency working for the specialist caseload


  • Considerable experience of working with children & young people who have been looked after, adopted, experiencing trauma/attachment
  • Experience of delivering lectures/presentations
  • Experience of multi-agency collaboration in service development and/or strategic development
  • Experience of quality assurance

Personal attributes


  • Able to work autonomously, flexibly and be adaptable in response to different situations
  • Proven ability to work successfully in a team
  • Able to demonstrate Trust values: 'respectful', 'caring', 'supportive'
  • Able to be accountable for professional action and recognise own professional boundaries, seeking advice as appropriate
  • Able to travel independently around the North East region
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening & empathy skills and able to act appropriately in distressing or emotional circumstances
  • Able to work collaboratively within the MDT and multi-agency team
  • Able to pass on knowledge & skills to others within both formal and informal environments


  • Flexible, with a commitment to new ways of working and having an innovative approach to client-centred care and efficient service delivery
  • Awareness of current developments, research, protocols & guidelines specific to the specialist area
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals (relevant to the client group)

Employer details

Employer name

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Children & Young People's Speech & Language Therapy, North Ormesby Health Village

2 Trinity Mews

North Ormesby, Middlesbrough


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