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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Autism

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity within a very successful, positive and vibrant service, for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who may be looking for their next opportunity to develop their knowledge and leadership skills within the NHS.

You will work within an MDT to provide highly specialist assessment and diagnosis for children aged between 0 and 19 for ASD, alongside providing supportive advice to parents and other agencies in all issues related to the autism pathway, and will join an established team of SALT within this service.

This role is based at Colchester Hospital at the Primary Care Centre, though there are some clinics operating at our satellite hospitals at Clacton, Harwich and Halstead, so it is essential that applicants can drive and have access to their own vehicle.

We would welcome visits to the department, so if you would like to arrange a visit, please contact us using the details below.

This role is advertised for 22.5 hours per week.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will assist on the continued development of relevant ASD policy, pathways and procedures and be expected to demonstrate highly specialist knowledge in the clinical specialism of ASD underpinned by current evidence based practice.

You will develop and deliver training in specialist area and assist with future service delivery improvement agendas and commissioning intentions.

The successful candidate will liaise with relevant MDTs, e.g. Regional Networks and external agencies to ensure a quality and effective service is provided for your clinical caseload.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree qualification or equivalent.
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice and current registration.
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (R.C.S.L.T.)
  • Evidence of reaching recognised post graduate dysphagia competency and or equivalent experiential competence


  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Acquired service)
  • Have completed ADOS training and be competent in delivering standardised Autism assessments



  • Experience of delivering training to other Speech and Language Therapists, carers and other professionals.
  • Broad range of experience in a variety of disorders prior to specialisation.
  • Experience in supervising SLT staff.
  • Experience in managing / co-ordinating SLT staff.


  • Proven post graduate experience within care group

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Turner Road



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