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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 plus HCAS per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Barking and Dagenham Speech and Language Therapy team has recently had a Business Case approved, which means we've got funding for new Band 7 posts. This is a really exciting opportunity for us to continue to grow and develop as a team and provide an innovative and effective service to the children/young people and families that we work with. We are open to offering this position as a developing Band 6-7 post.

The Speech and Language Therapy service provides support to children/young people in a range of settings, including nurseries/schools, clinics, homes and ARPs.We have a range of specialist pathways, including Deafness, Dysphagia/Feeding, Stammering, Speech Sound Disorders, Developmental Language Disorder, Autism and Social Communication, Voice, and Complex Needs.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the team as a Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. You will be responsible for leading on our Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) pathway within primary schools. In return, you will join a supportive team environment and be provided with robust personal development opportunities.Salary for band 7 is �43,742 to �50,056Salary for band 6 is �35,392 to �42,618

Main duties of the job

  • Contribute to the provision of Speech and Language Therapy services in Barking and Dagenham.
  • Provide support to the Primary School DLD Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) within Barking and Dagenham.
  • Administer comprehensive formal and informal assessments and make differential diagnoses on the basis of assessment findings.
  • Develop and deliver evidence-based intervention programmes, adapting and facilitating therapy according to client-centred needs.
  • Independently organise, plan and prioritise your workload and caseload.
  • Provide highly specialist knowledge, advice, training and teaching to parents/carers, education staff, multidisciplinary team members and other colleagues.
  • Attend relevant training courses, meetings and Clinical Excellence Networks (CENs) related to your specialism.

About us

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.

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).High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary with a minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum (pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details about our vacancies.

You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively to deliver training as part of the Speech Therapy & Education Partnership in Schools (STEPS) programme. This programme is run by NELFT Speech and Language Therapists in conjunction with Local Authority staff to offer a range of education and trainings to all school staff (SENCos, class teachers, Teaching Assistants, and ARP staff) who work with children with speech, language and communication needs.

Please get in touch if you think you could bring something to the role and are interested in joining our team (even if you don't meet all of the role requirements!)

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy



  • At least three years experience working in paediatrics with clients who have a range of speech, language and communication needs


  • Previous NHS experience
  • Experience working with children/young people with Developmental Language Disorder



  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills
  • Administering assessments, analysing assessment results and setting appropriate goals
  • Delivering evidence-based intervention programmes



  • Knowledge of NELFT Trust Values


  • Robust knowledge of Developmental Language Disorder and associated assessments and interventions

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


The Child and Family Centre

Axe Street


IG11 7LZ

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