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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Learning Disabilities/Autism

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Yeovil or Taunton
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an Speech and Language Therapist looking for an exciting challenge in a new and dynamic service supporting children and young people?

If so, come and join our skilled and enthusiastic service based in Somerset.

This is a great opportunity to further develop your specialist skills whilst working closely with wider mental health, education and social care services.

You will be part of a passionate and skilled MDT that works hard to provide the right support at the right time for autistic children and young people and children with learning disabilities.

We are committed to continuing professional development. Regular team meetings and supportive clinical and management supervision (including opportunities for peer supervision alongside occupational therapy colleagues from across the Trust) ensures a high quality of service is provided.

An enthusiastic approach and ability to work independently and within a multidisciplinary team is required for this role.

Main duties of the job

Our multidisciplinary team work to support children and young people (and their families) who might be at risk of mental health hospital admission or who might be at risk of being placed in a 52 week residential education provision.

We are looking for a candidate who is able to support families, schools and wider networks in identifying, understanding and supporting a young persons holistic support needs. The right candidate will also be able to advocate for the needs of the young people they are working with and represent their voice/views in wide multi agency meetings.

The role will provide assessments around core speech and language needs and provide interventions around this where appropriate.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for delivering high quality, pro-active and evidence-based speech and language support for children, young people and their families experiencing mental health or behavioural difficulties in the context of learning disabilities and/or autism. Link LD/A aspires to offer a responsive, compassionate, and effective neurodivergence-informed approach to working with young people and their systems. The post holder will be key to supporting and further developing this vision, alongside colleagues.

The post holder will be required to apply the Speech and Language process within a multi-disciplinary format, providing evidence-based specialist assessment and interventions focused on individuals, families and wider systems. This includes, but is not limited to, holistic speech and language therapy assessment and intervention, training around communication tool and interventions, Positive Behavioural Support and Sensory Attachment Interventions. Additional training and CPD is actively encouraged by the service.

There is also an expectation that the post holder will co-facilitate consultations with network colleagues from across, health, education and social care sectors alongside multidisciplinary team colleagues. In addition, the post holder will be key in supporting and developing the multidisciplinary teams understanding and use of speech and language therapy-informed ideas and models within clinical work.

Person Specification

Qualified Speech and Language Therapist


  • Qualified with experince of supporting young people with LD/autism
  • Has a car and able to drive
  • Meets essential criteria on job description


  • Experience of PBS
  • Experience of supporting young people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health
  • Desirable criteria on job description

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Countywide: base flexible around home address Taunton/Yeovil

Yeovil or Taunton


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