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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Neurodiversity

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
Are you looking to develop your skills in the area of Neurodiversity?

This is a fixed term post until June 2025 in the first instance, to cover an internal secondment for the existing post holder. The post holder will work as part of an established Multi-disciplinary team of Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals working as part of the Neurodevelopmental diagnostic and support team. The role will involve diagnostic assessments as well as support and training for children and their families who have been referred to the Neurodevelopmental team.

Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised

Main duties of the job

Working as part of the Neurodiversity diagnostic and wider team, you will carry out ADOS and communication assessments to inform the diagnostic process as well as providing detailed information relating to children's communication support needs for parents and professionals within settings. This will involve working with both pre school and school age children.

The role will be based at the Edwin Lobo Child Development Centre but will require travel to educational settings to conduct assessments and attend meetings as required.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Work as part of the Multidisciplinary Team at the Child Development Centre. In particular to address the needs of children being assessed as part of the Teams Neurodiversity Pathway.

Identify, assess and differentially diagnose communication impairments and select appropriate patients and type of therapy for effective treatment.

Use highly specialist clinical skills to manage a specialist caseload of children with ASD and other special needs.

To use clinical skills to generate written reports and care plans, reflecting specialist Knowledge.

Collaborate with the wider SLT team and community Paediatric service in developing pathways and intervention development in the area of Autism and neurodevelopmental difficulties.

To present and communicate complex condition related information in such a manner as to motivate and inform patients, carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions, agreeing decision -making relevant to patient management.

To use good interpersonal skills to listen well and counsel patients and carers, so providing support and empathy without prejudice.

To represent the Service in the multidisciplinary workings of the Childrens assessment Centre to include joint assessments, report writing and contribution to care plans.

Have a specialist advisory role for the Trust in this specialty area, giving service wide second and expert opinions.

Take responsibility for and participate in service wide developments as appropriate.

Independently take students on placement for clinical teaching and supervision, including exam placement.

Take a clinical leadership role for qualified and unqualified staff working at lower grades and volunteers.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Recognised S& lt Degree or equivalent HCPC registration Evidence of Completion of relevant post graduate courses/training


  • ADOS trained
  • Member of relevant CEN



  • Relevant experience as qualified SLT in the specialist field.
  • Evidence of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrates a well-established knowledge of a range of clinical disorders, assessments and appropriate therapeutic interventions in specialist field including management of children with social communication difficulties
  • Experience of participating in diagnostic assessment
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English language
  • Experience of delivering training to parents and professionals
  • Relevant clinical experience in working with children and young people with a range of Neuro developmental conditions including Autism and ADHD


  • Experience of carrying out supervision and appraisals.



  • Able to plan, organise and prioritise own workload, clinical and non-clinical
  • Knowledge of educational and clinical issues/developments relating to children with ND needs
  • Inclusive approach, promoting involvement and engagement
  • Able to communicate effectively with patients with communication problems where difficulties in understanding exist, using observation, listening and empathy.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


Edwin Lobo Centre, Luton

Redgrave Gardens



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