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Trust wide Autism Service - Autism Lived Experience Lead

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) has put co-creation and Autism at the heart of its Our Journey to Change Strategy, with a clear plan for embedding co-creation lived experience and autism reasonably adjusted care across organisation.

Do you want to make a difference for Autistic individuals accessing our Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS trust?

We are looking for an enthusiastic autistic individual to come and join our Trust wide autism service who can provide their autism lived experience perspective in relation to supporting the development / change of the way services operate.

This exciting opportunity has arisen for you to be an Autism Lived Experience Lead within the TEWV Trust wide Autism service working across all trust services and localities within Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust. The key role of the service includes providing Autism training, specialist autism clinical support, and clinical supervision and advice, across the whole of the trust services.

This is a full-time post and permanent.

Due to the nature of the role, it is essential that applicants can travel independently across the trust and have access to suitable vehicle for business purposes. Reasonable adjustments will be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Main duties of the job

You will collaborate closely with multi-disciplinary members of the service supporting the development of the plans, pathways, and complete environmental transformation of mental health services.

You will have experience and knowledge of collaborating with autistic people (children, young people, or adults) which is essential for this post, as is experience of working in a mental health setting.

A key aspect to the success of this role will be your highly developed communication skills, underpinned by your lived experience and expertise gained in this field which will allow you to objectively support others in the provision of care for our autistic service users.

You will support in the production of reports, action plans and be responsible for accurate and sensitive data collection and administration processes.

You must be motivated, able to work autonomously as well as part of a team.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York, and Selby.

From education and prevention to crisis and specialist care. Our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities, and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in, and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers collaborate with us towards better mental health.

We are committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We will not rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of Leadership and Project Management
  • Facilitation, Training and Teaching Skills



  • Proven ability to share elements of own life experiences, and engage compassionately with experiences of others, in a way appropriate to the role
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Effectively maintain complex peer relationships
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Provide effective teaching, training, and supervision.
  • Motivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team.
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings.


  • Lived experience of mental health services and systems
  • Experience of range of mental health services including autism services
  • Management Qualification
  • Knowledge of Equality & Diversity Ability to collate and disseminate complex information
  • Knowledge of the legislation and guidance governing Patient and Public Involvement
  • Ability to demonstrate facilitative and negotiating skills

Personal Attributes


  • Compassionate and understanding approach to mental health and distress.
  • Compassionate in meeting the needs of vulnerable people and their families and carers.
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development.
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team when necessary
  • Able to reflect and critically appraise own performance and accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently as appropriate to the band
  • Skilled in engaging people and building relationships.
  • Calm in challenging situations.

Other requirements


  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Tarncroft Building

Lanchester Road Hospital



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