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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Job Reference: 395-ET449-18-E

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Complex Needs Speech and Language
Brentwood Community Hospital, Brentwood
£30,401 - £37,267 pa (plus HCAS)

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.


Join our well established innovative service as a full time band 6 therapist developing your skills with children with complex needs, bringing your enthusiasm and skills to a supportive and friendly team.

We carry out assessment and therapy in family homes, pre school and school settings, clinics and special schools, working closely with colleagues from occupational therapy and physiotherapy for joint visits and care planning. This post will be based at Brentwood Community Hospital but you will work across Brentwood, Basildon and Thurrock as part of a team providing a service for children presenting with communication disorders as part of their complex needs, learning difficulties and sometimes autism.

 As a successful candidate you will have a recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree and HCPC registration with at least 2 years’ experience.

 You will have some experience of working with children with complex needs and learning difficulties and / or autism.

 You will have an interest in developing the skills of colleagues to support communication development through providing training.

 You will be able to organise, plan and prioritise your own work load, and that of assistant staff and demonstrate the ability to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management.

 You will have excellent interpersonal skills – including observation, listening and empathy skills, to enable you to work to support the individual needs of the schools, staff and pupils.

We offer

 a team of friendly, supportive colleagues with a range of specialist knowledge with opportunities for continued professional development.

 Regular integrated therapies team meetings to maintain communication and learning opportunities with speech and language, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

 Regular speech and language therapy team meetings

 A supervision programme arranged with a named therapist

 A full induction programme leading to a personal development plan to address your needs, with a resourced training budget

 Agile working, well supported by mobile technology with daily opportunities to meet with team colleagues.

 A well-developed support, supervision and appraisal structure

 We have experienced admin and Assistant teams. We encourage innovation and would welcome you to a strong and stable team.

The main responsibilities of the post:

1. To independently manage and make differential diagnoses for a caseload of clients with delays and disorders of communication, speech and language.

2. Devise and deliver appropriate specialist intervention/care plans/enhanced models of SLT for clients with delays and disorders of communication, speech and language and provide suitable and timely support.

3. To provide specialist knowledge, advice, training and teaching to parents, carers, students and SLT team in all aspects of management of speech, language and communication delays and disorders in complex children

4. Work as part of the integrated therapies multi disciplinary team ensuring the delivery of joined up care plans.

5. Contribute to multidisciplinary support for clients with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties.

6. Provide oral and written feedback, advice and training to parents/family members, carers and members of the multidisciplinary team regarding communication needs and strategies to facilitate development.

7. Develop and deliver training and support packages


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). Assessment/Interview info




At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.


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 focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.


High Cost Area Supplement


This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £1,017 to a maximum of £1,762).

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As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Excellent working environments in a mix of state of the art and historic buildings
  • Agile working with outstanding ICT support
  • A long-standing and award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • Staff Benefits including NHS Pension, childcare vouchers, a salary sacrifice car scheme, the MyTrustBenefits discount scheme, cycle scheme and Annual Leave Sale / Purchase scheme, trade union membership and a range of ambassadorial roles
  • A focus on staff health and wellbeing featuring subsidised gym membership, access to Mindfulness, walking groups and other wellbeing support.

We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme

Equal opportunities employer
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics.

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In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. .

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By applying for this post you are agreeing to NELFT NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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.

UK Registration

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

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