Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Band 7

  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust, Marsh Way, Dagenham, Rainham, UK
  • 28 Feb, 2023
Permanent Paediatric

Job Description

Do you have the specialist skills to be the lead for our new autism pathway? You will have the specialist clinical skills to develop the pathway to ensure the best outcomes for children with ASD; and you will develop the skills and confidence of our other therapists to assess and provide intervention.  

You will work in our supportive and welcoming speech and language therapy team and alongside colleagues from clinical psychology, SLT, nursing and community paediatrics working in the ASD and ADHD neurodevelopmental pathway to contribute to diagnosis and to provide the intervention and support to families through direct therapy, training and work with education settings.

This post is eligible for the Trust 'Welcome to NELFT' payment, a lump sum of 10% of agreed basic salary excluding HCAS and is open to all new applicants who are successfully appointed. Payment of the incentive is 50% of the lump sum at the end of the probationary period (typically six months) and then 50% at the end of year two. This welcome package is applicable to external candidates only.

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated therapists with excellent clinical skills - full and part time roles available

Main duties of the job

You will have a small highly specialist caseload; you will contribute to diagnosis if you have experience of ADOS, BOSA, ADI-R; you will support second opinions; you will develop interventions for universal and targetted support across the Basildon, Brentwood and Thurrock alongside the community SLT teams. We offer:-

  • a regular supervision programme arranged with a named therapist, following on from a full and personalised induction programme 

  • professional team meetings monthly and meetings with our integrated children's therapies team to maintain communication and learning opportunities with speech and language, occupational therapists and physiotherapists and others

  • a supportive and friendly environment

  • training opportunities through external courses and specialist Clinical Excellence Networks

  • Support from experienced Admin and Assistant teams.

  • Agile & flexible working

  • A days leave on your birthday and 1/2 day Christmas leave in addition to your annual leave

We encourage innovation and would welcome you to a strong and stable team

Working for your organisation

Probationary Period
This 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).

Starting with NELFT
NELFT 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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Post registration experience in delivering appropriate highly specialist intervention/care plans/enhanced models of SLT for clients with speech language and communication needs, and provide suitable and timely support

  • Clear clinical reasoning based on evidence based practice within paediatrics, with specific experience in specialist interventions working with children with ASD

  • The ability to provide feedback, advice and training internally within the profession and externally to other staff groups as well as clients' families.

  • Responsibility in taking a delegated lead on the development of team objectives or projects in liaison with the clinical service lead and peers

Experience in using the ADOS or other assessments as part of multidisciplinary diagnosis is desirable

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

For further details / informal visits contact Alison Gray by clicking "Apply Now"

Job Start Date

ASAP or negotiable

Salary Band

Band 7


Full time