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Band 7 Autism Assessor- Heathwood, Fountain Way

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The Wiltshire Autism Diagnostic Service provides complex specialist diagnostic assessment for those suspected of having autism spectrum disorder, and offers post-diagnostic support to autistic clients and their families / carers/ support teams across Wiltshire.

This is an opportunity to practice and develop your highly specialised skills in a team where staff are committed to developing and delivering services that reflect national standards for best practice.

Our staff choose to work here because it gives them the chance to focus and immerse themselves within the field of adult autism. Feedback from service users repeatedly tells us that we offer services, which can be life changing and are highly valued by the people we support. This makes our work truly rewarding.

AWP offers flexible working in many of our posts, with options often available for flexible hours and a blended approach to home and clinic-based working. We like to grow the skill base of our staff, and encourage people to explore, train and grow through in house and external learning. If you have a strong interest, professional or personal experience in this post, please do contact us to discuss or apply.

PS: The proposed interview date is 4th June 2024

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will contribute to a range of activities. Primarily, to provide high quality complex diagnostic assessments for adults suspected of having autism spectrum disorder.

We carry out our assessments according to a NICE gold standard pathway, using tools such as the ADOS, ADI-R, CAT-Q, and DISCO.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a service to the specified Team including assessment and post diagnostic support to both individuals and groups as appropriate
  • To assess and offer post diagnostic support to a specialist workload of clients and maintain associated records.
  • Participate in CPD and other developmental activities
  • Undertake R & D and clinical audit as required as well as delivering training.
  • Help in the clinically supervision and support of other staff in team, health and social care staff and students.
  • To help the team develop sensory integration skills.

  • Person Specification



    • oRecognised qualification in Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language Therapy
    • oNMC or HPC Registration
    • oEvidence of interest in working with autism and severe and enduring mental illness.
    • oExperience of working in an autism service team or Mental Health Team.
    • oKnowledge of autism assessments and appropriate services


    • oEffective team player with good communication and liaison skills.
    • oWell organised with good administration skills.
    • oEmpathy/engagement skills with the client group.
    • oAbility to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload.
    • oAbility to work independently.
    • oSelf-awareness and emotional resilience
    • oAbility to travel to various venues across Wiltshire
    • oAbility to work both face to face with service users and virtually on video systems

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


    Heathwood, Fountain Way


    SP2 7FD

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