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ECAT Lead Speech & Language Therapist - Fixed Term

Job Reference: 449-CS859

Solent NHS Trust
Childrens Therapies
£38,890 - £44,503 p.a pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

Would you like to improve Speech Language and Communication for all children in Southampton?

Are you passionate, creative, open minded and flexible?

The Every Child a Talker [ECAT] initiative is an evidence-led, research-supported framework, which has been supported and valued in the City for over 10 years.

It is an exciting time to become the ECAT lead Speech & Language Therapist in Southampton: with opportunities to build on the impetus and momentum of the 10year old ECAT initiative in the city, which has been recognised and celebrated in the recent LGA (Local Government Agency) Peer Review.

Help us to embed and extend Speech, Language and Communication Pathways and support for children and families as part of our fantastic 0-19 integrated service. Including:

  • Providing a range of development training sessions for whole staff teams of EY practitioners, Foster Carers, Social Workers, Play Workers, Family Support Workers, Health Visitors, Midwives, Family Nurses.

    Developing & improving the quality of Communication & Language Rich Learning Environments in EY settings.

  • Supporting parents to understand and adapt their own interactions to improve the Communication opportunities for their own children .

  • Linking with National Strategies such as Best Start & Hungry Little Minds and developing a local brand and narrative for Southampton Families

This is a Seconded post, working alongside Early Years Development team, including the EYAT (Early Years Advisory Teachers) Team.

The successful postholder will have access to supervision and support from the Solent Children’s Therapy team as well as ongoing opportunities for CPD for example: membership of CEN ‘Promoting Communication in the Early Years’; financial support for annual attendance at Talk to Your Baby conference (National Literacy Trust). Opportunities for a small amount of clinical work to maintain professional registration can also be considered.


Please note that should this post attract sufficient interest, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage.If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted within 2-3 weeks; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.

Note about shortlisting/interviews:

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated restrictions in place, we are currently unable to schedule interviews as we normally would. Therefore interviews will be held virtually until further notice. Please be assured that we will be in touch with details of the arrangements. We will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum but shortlisting may take longer than usual, dependant on staff availability.Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff) - pro rata for part time
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers
  • Opportunity to purchase a public transport annual season ticket - 11 month repayment period

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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