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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/02/2022.

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Job Reference: 448-RCBDCCS253SB1013-B

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Speech and Language Therapy
Child Development Centre, Hill Rise, Kempston
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum

We are rated "Outstanding" by CQC with an annual budget of circa £160 million, the Trust's vision is to provide high quality care to the diverse communities we serve to make their lives better. You can find out more about our vision, values and objectives on our website or from the "additional documentation" menu on this page.

We believe that community based health services are fundamental to the success of an NHS that gives people more choice and control over their health.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We aim to be consciously inclusive and therefore applications from all sections of the community are welcomed. We would particularly encourage candidates from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background and candidates with health conditions or impairments. We have processes in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly at every stage of the recruitment process, including the proactive consideration of reasonable adjustments to support people in the workplace.

Please be aware that options for flexible working will be considered for all roles within CCS, including but not limited to job share opportunities, compressed hours, annualised hours and tailored working patterns. If you are interested in our flexible working options please discuss these with the recruiting manager for this vacancy.


Are you an experiencedSpeech & Language Therapist?

With special interest in autism?

Looking to develop your skills as part of a multi-disciplinary team?

Want to be part of an expanding innovative Trust?

If you’ve said yes to the above then read on!

Post: Band 7 (Possibility of Band 6 development/progressive post)

Base: Child Development Centre – Bedford (or Luton)

Hours: Full Time – 37.5 hours a week (part time/Flexible working options)

Post: Permanent

This is a new post for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join a multi-disciplinary service, providing diagnostic assessment and intervention for children and young people presenting with Social communication difficulties or Autism.

We need

  • Experience with specialist skills in ASD and social communication difficulties both pre-school and school age
  • Experience and skills in the area of diagnostic assessment
  • Experince of working as part of a mulit-disciplinary team

You will:

  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Work confidently and flexibly as part of a MD team
  • Demonstrate initiative and confidence around clinical decision making with complex cases and communicting complex information

The service provides:

  • Formal and informal training, including shadowing opportunities.
  • Robust clinical supervision and mentoring
  • Continued Professional Development opportunities including in house training and external courses.
  • Reflective clinical forums and buddying systems..

If you have skills and experience in the areas above, then please get in touch for an informal discussion – we would love to hear from you !

For further information not available in job description or person specification, for any queries or to arrange a visit please contact: Amanda Armstrong (Special Needs Team Lead) on

Our safe recruitment pre-employment checks are undertaken before any appointment is confirmed, which may include a DBS check, & where the position requires you to drive, you will be asked to validate your driving licence online via DVLA. We'll use technology to ensure the documents you provide are genuine.

The government has announced that from 1 Apr 2022, all NHS staff, health & social care workers, & volunteers working in England, who are deemed in scope including face to face contact with patients, will need to provide evidence they've received a complete course of a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved COVID-19 vaccine, (1st and 2nd dose), unless medically exempt. As part of the recruitment process, you'll be asked to provide evidence of your Covid 19 vaccination status.

Unvaccinated individuals will need to have had a 1st dose by 3 Feb 2022 in order to have received a 2nd dose by the 1 Apr 2022 deadline. If you are employed by the NHS and it is unlikely that you will be fully vaccinated by 1 April 2022 (and no exemption applies), then a formal process will be undertaken in line with internal Trust policies

Successful applicants at band 6 or above for which a DBS check is required, will be asked to pay for this as a condition of their job offer (£44 for an Enhanced Check or £27 for a Standard Check). Payment will be deducted from their 1st month’s salary unless a longer pay back period is agreed. This will not apply to successful applicants who are registered with the DBS Update Service & in possession of the disclosure certificate, for whom an online status check will be undertaken.

In submitting an application, you authorise Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE will be via the e-mail address on your application form. If you have not been invited to interview within 2 weeks of the closing date, please accept your application was unsuccessful.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

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

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