Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist – Colchester, Essex

Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Colchester, Essex


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

Talk to us about our range of flexible working opportunities, apprenticeships and staff benefits

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Full Time Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist to join our team across the North East Essex area.

To work as part of the integrated therapy team to provide Speech and Language Therapy input to patients with the aim of achieving maximum independent living, within a stimulating environment actively promoting self-management on all activities of daily living.

Work with colleagues across health, social care, education, mental health and voluntary sector to ensure holistic and joined up delivery of care.

Empower children and their families to make decisions about their own care and encourage them to exercise their rights and choices, signposting them to relevant community and voluntary services and supporting patients carers and assistants with management of risk

Main duties of the job

Work within an integrated therapy team, working as an autonomous practitioner, carrying out single assessments, and contributing to the development and delivery of therapeutic care plans (under the guidance of senior colleagues)

Develop programmes of therapeutic activities, weighing options and delegating aspects of care as appropriate

Support children and their families with advice, information, persuasion and direction to community resources to encourage self-management and ongoing independence

Provide support, training and advice to parents, clients, carers and other health, education and social care professionals

Support the work of assistants, students and volunteer

To participate in a full community paediatric caseload within the Trust

To manage the Speech and Language Therapy treatment of children with a wide range of conditions, including children with physical and cognitive impairments or disabilities.

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents. 

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.  

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.  

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook 

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you. 

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

Registered occupational therapist with HCPC

Professional knowledge and Skills acquired through a combination of formal training, short courses and experience to degree level or equivalent.

Understanding of a broad range of Paediatric conditions

Evidence of on-going CPD

Desirable criteria

Registered member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Recognised registered qualification and further courses and experience relevant to role


Essential criteria

To use Word, Powerpoint, email, excel and access (or similar spreadsheet or database packages)

Car owner/driver/access to a motor vehicle (role will involve travel to other sites that cannot be easily accessed by public transport means)


Essential criteria

Experience of working in UK mainstream schools & nurseries with children who has Occupational Therapy needs. Experience writing EHCPs and annual review reports.

Desirable criteria

Experience in working with children who has a diagnosis of ASD, CP, DCD and GDD.

A working knowledge of child development, neuro-developmental stages and the role of occupation in childhood

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Monette Dormant
Job title
Paediatric Service Lead
Email address
[email protected]
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