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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2019.

Highly Specialist Clinician - Autism Assessment Team (West)

Job Reference: 812-19-HSC01-CYP

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Highly Specialist Clinician - Speech & Language Therapist/Occupational Therapist
Peace Children's Centre, Watford/St Albans/Hemel Hempstead
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum

Voted one of the best places to work by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) is one of a new generation of NHS Community Trust’s working across Hertfordshire. We provide a range of health services for adults and children who live across Hertfordshire.

Our services are vast and range from school nursing and health visiting for children and young people, to district nurses, diabetes services, rehabilitation in community hospitals, as well as other specialist services for adults and children. We deliver our services in people's homes, children's centres, local health centres and in its community hospitals. We employ around 2,500 members of staff who are at the forefront of NHS care and support.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and encourage applications from candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds. We support staff to achieve a better work-life balance through a variety of flexible working arrangements.

We are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our Trust Values underpin the work we do each day, and we welcome applicants who share the same values.

Do you have a strong interest in Autism, and differential diagnosis? Are you interested in working with children, young people and families? Do you want to be part of a supportive, reflective and developing multi-disciplinary service in Hertfordshire?

Hertfordshire Community Trust (HCT) has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and passionate individual to support the transformation of the provision of support for Children and Young People (CYP) on the autistic spectrum. HCT will be working closely with system partners to redesign and transform the diagnostic pathway. The vision in Hertfordshire over the next 2 years is to ensure Children, Young People and their families can access early support, advice, and information with access to the diagnostic pathway where clinically needed in a timely manner.

We are looking to recruit 1.0 wte Band 7 Highly Specialist Clinicians from an Allied Health Professional or other Qualified Professional background, who bring strong skills and experience in relation to Autism to the Multidisciplinary Team Autism Assessment Team.

The post holder will work closely with the MDT and other agencies to provide assessment in a variety of community settings including clinic, school, and home using a range of different modalities.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
  • Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously
  • ADOS Trained and/or come to the Team with experience of Autism Assessment – the trust are committed to training the right candidate where needed.

We can offer you:

  • Regular clinical and professional supervision from within the clinical team linked to your specific professional background
  • Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development.
  • Support and guidance in transitioning into your new post.
  • Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Involvement in service development including undertaking clinical audits, project work and service forums.
  • Opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management where appropriate within your professional background.

This is a permanent post based in West Hertfordshire (Watford/Hemel/St Albans). The successful candidate will be expected to work across bases within West Hertfordshire to meet service needs and demand.

In addition to the basic salary, this posts attract a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of £1,017 and a maximum payment of £1,762 per annum (pro rata where applicable and dependant on base location).

A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

Are you interested in developing your skills further? If so, apply now to be part of this friendly and forward thinking trust.

Full time/part time working patterns/secondments will be considered.

Interviews to be held on the 16th or 17th Oct 2019


For further details / informal visits contact:

For further details / informal visits contact: Mary Smith, Specialist Services Manager & Autism Pathway Lead , Mob: 07824 889396

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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.

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