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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about supporting Autistic children and young people and/ or those with speech, language and communication needs to meet their potential? Are you looking for a new opportunity to develop your clinical skills in a well-established, dynamic and supportive service? If so, join our friendly and innovative team in Bexley where you will find fantastic support and opportunities to develop your career.

Located within reach of the Kent countryside and central London, the post attracts outer London pay weighting.

Main duties of the job

As part of the team you will provide assessment, advice and interventions for school aged children with language disorder, social communication differences and Autism . Your role includes working with children and young people to support and provide the universal, targeted and specialist provision including delivery of Education, Health and Care Plan provision.

You will see children in mainstream schools and Specialist Resourced Provisions for ASD. You will be working as a member of the integrated Joint Communication Team, made up of Therapists, Assistants and Advisory Teacher.

You will have opportunity to regularly interact with other members of the team, access administrative, managerial and clinical support, with regular clinical supervision every 6 weeks. Training and career development is well supported within Oxleas with the opportunity to attend both internal and external training. Examples of training recently accessed include Zones of Regulation, Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism. In addition to this, clinical forums are regularly organised internally on topics of interest to the team.

We are looking for a therapist with experience of working with children with social communication differences and Autism. You will have at least 18 months' experience as a qualified Speech and Language Therapist. There are plenty of opportunities for professional development and support of a friendly team of therapists and assistants.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Bexley Childrens Speech and Language Therapy service offers a range of services with specialist teams across EYs, ASD, Deafness, Stammering, Specialist Resourced Provisions and SEMH. We work closely across teams to provide clinical support and second opinions.

This post is part of the Childrens Specialist Services and offers close working with Community Paediatricians and the Autism assessment service, Occupational therapy, Portage, Educational Psychology, Autism Advisory Service and CAMHS.

Staff wellbeing is important to us and we are involved in Trust initiatives, Building a Fairer Oxleas, together with having designated Wellbeing Champions within the team.

Oxleas has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work 2023 by the Sunday Times amongst very big employers. Our staff survey results show that we are in the Top 5 in England and the highest in London for staff experience amongst similar trusts.

The Bexley Speech and Language Therapy team won the Children and Young People's Directorate Team of the Year award 2021-22 in recognition of the excellent care and support we provide to Bexley families and staff.

We are very interested in finding out more about you and your own interests. Part-Time/ term-time only/ flexible working considered for the right candidate.

Please note that applications from overseas candidates are welcome.

Full Time: 37.5 hours per week. Part-time/ term-time only/ flexible working considered.

If you would like more information about the position or arrange an informal visit, please do contact us to discuss this job opportunity further and speak to Corinna Dixon, Highly Specialist SLT (ASD School Age Team Lead) or Clare Brightwell, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Co-ordinator of School aged service and External Contracts) via Email: or Tel: 0203 004 0092.

Person Specification

Post NQP goals


  • At least 1 year post NQP goals (says 2 years on application but may consider if previously experienced)

School aged experience with ASD/ LD


  • Relevant experience working with CYP with ASD / LD

Post training


  • Evidence of attending relevant training post qualification

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


OPD, Erith Hospital

Park Crescent



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