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Autism Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
37.5 hours per week (part-time considered)
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Willis House
£26,565 - £35,577 per annum (pro rata where appropriate)
30/05/2018 23:59

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (formerly known as 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust until 1st April 2017), provides physical health, mental health and learning disability services across the North West region. The Trust employs around 4000 staff across our sites and also has a Temporary Bank which offers the flexibility of working shifts around other commitments.

We are committed to providing safe, compassionate care and look to appoint people who are as passionate about patient care as we are.


PLEASE NOTE: This full-time vacancy requires a professional who specialises in autism diagnostics of adults, this may be from different professional fields - please see the job description attached.  (Part-time also considered).

Do you have a professional registration as a nurse or AHP and an interest in autism?

We are seeking a health colleague to join our multi-disciplinary team who is highly committed to working with adults without a learning disability who are seeking a diagnosis of autism.

This post is based in Whiston, Merseyside within a multi-disciplinary team within the North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in Whiston, working with adults across Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and Halton.  The Trust provides specialist services for people of all ages with a range of health and wellbeing needs including mental health problems and learning disabilities, together with a range of other specialist services.

The post holder will work as part of our team and would be responsible for assessment and differential diagnosis of autism. You will provide person-centred recommendations and reports for the person to enable them to access future support for all aspects of their lives. You will participate in the co-production and provision of some training about Autism through the LDTA. In addition you will be a link person for a borough wide Autism Development Strategy Group. You will have the clinical support of colleagues in the Autism team and those co-located form the learning disability services.  The autism team has dedicated admin support, a full time psychology assistant and both clinical and management supervision.

The successful candidate will be joining an established team, with opportunities for CPD and to shape the future development of the service. The successful post holder should have good interpersonal skills and experience of working with people with autism. The successful post holder will require professional registration through either NMC or HCPC as well as skills, knowledge and experience of working with people with autism.  A qualification in diagnosing autism is an advantage but training can be provided.

It is expected candidates will be strong advocates for evidenced-based practice, and needs-led assessment and intervention across multi-agencies and within multi-disciplinary teams.

We are committed to the delivery of outstanding care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate both our Trust values and our culture of compassionate care.

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Successful candidates will either have a valid DBS check with the Trust or will be required to pay for the cost of the DBS Disclosure which is £47.50 for an enhanced disclosure, the cost of which will be deducted from first salary.

As an employee of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Free 24 hour access to our Health and Well-being Centre and Gym at the Hollins Park site, including tai chi and pilates classes
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays (29 days after 5 years’ and 33 days after 10 years’ service)
  • Access to the NHS pension scheme
  • The opportunity to access a range of NHS discounts, such as the Salary Sacrifice Car and Bikes for Staff Schemes
  • Regular supervision and access to a range of training courses at our Education Centre
  • Access to our Library at Hollins Park House, providing resources to support you in your development and/or research

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Gaynor Croker, Team Manager, Autism Diagnostic Service or Dr Tineke Baines, Clinical Psychologist

Tel:  0151 426 5885

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If you have problems applying, contact

01925 664856

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