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Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 8A
Part Time
(0.8 WTE) Maternity Cover Clinical Lead SLT

We are pleased to offer a fixed term temporary maternity cover post, working within the Neurodevelopmental Specialist Service (NeSS) in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The successful candidate will join the well-established and respected Specialist Speech and Language Therapy Service within Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

You will be well supported by senior colleagues, with opportunities for peer support. You will enjoy close links with our team and our SLT colleagues within the East Midlands, and benefit from excellent levels of support, supervision, IT and CPD opportunities.

The Neurodevelopmental Specialist Service delivers a autism and ADHD diagnostic pathway for adults in the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area. You will contribute to the delivery of this pathway, as well as being involved in strategic leadership of the speech and language therapy provision within NeSS.

The role is based in Nottingham (Highbury Hospital), working in a clinic based model, with opportunity for some remote and flexible working.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be providing a clinical leadership to the Speech & Language Therapists working in the Neurodevelopmental Specialist Service, and delivering direct assessment and interventions with clients.

Duties include:

Clinical supervision and support

Strategic leadership and clinical governance support.

Representation at appropriate forums across Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust and other stakeholders.

Contributing to multi-disciplinary autism diagnostic assessments

Delivering direct SLT assessments and interventions to clients on a 1:1 basis, as well as a consultative approach.

Second opinion on clinical needs for complex cases.

Delivering training to others

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To deliver professional supervision and guidance for SLTs working in NeSS.
  • To lead and coordinate the SLT clinical pathway within the neurodevelopmental service for adults in Nottingham/Nottinghamshire.
  • Inform and advise Heads of services/professions as to learning, resources, trends, and development needs of services for population.
  • To contribute and develop the development of Directorate wide clinical strategies based on professional expertise including providing advice, recommendations and learning and development
  • To represent the profession and forums as required.
  • To represent the NeSS SLT service at agreed forums as appropriate

Person Specification

Qualifications- Academic/ Craft/ Professional


  • Recognised NMC or HCPC Degree/diploma NMC Registered or HCPC Registered Recognised ACP Masters (or equivalence) qualification

Physical Requirements


  • excellent speech and hearing


  • Physical skills in line with role



  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD including highly specialist clinical knowledge
  • Evidence of management/leadership training and development


  • Relevant post qualification CPD including highly specialist clinical knowledge within neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Autism diagnostic training



  • Experience and expertise in of assessing and managing complex caseloads
  • Experience of leading service development and developing pathways
  • Experience of effective multi disciplinary/agency working and established interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience in using research evaluation / audit tools and demonstrating need.
  • Experience of managing and clinically supervising others


  • Experience in contributing to neurodevelopmental diagnostic process
  • Experience in developing post diagnostic support
  • Experience of co working with peer support workers
  • Experience across children's and adult service pathways



  • Expertise in knowledge of working with autistic people
  • Knowledge of National Policy and guidance.
  • Applied leadership knowledge.


  • Knowledge of specific relevant approaches such as Social Thinking VERVE and systemic approaches.



  • Engagement of experts by experience in contributing to pathway development
  • Empathetic and psychologically minded
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well organised
  • Good reasoning skills
  • Leadershhip Skills
  • Motivated and a motivator
  • Team builder and team member Autonomous and able to work without direct supervision
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to manage own well being with access to supervision to sustain this.


  • Highly specialist skill in working with autistic people.
  • Experience of supporting other staff and students
  • Experience of managing a project or service initiative.
  • Experience of contributing to audits

Contractual requirements


  • Flexible working as required by the post

Values and Behaviour


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


The Pines, Highbury Hospital

Highbury Road



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