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Senior Autism Assessment Practitioner North

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024
Senior Autism Assessment Practitioner North B7 - 37.5 hrs

We are seeking a passionate, innovative and motivated practitioner to join our Cumbria Community Paediatric Service specifically North Cumbria.

Cumbria Community Paediatric Service support better health outcomes for children and young people, including complex physical care and assessment of autism.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be working primarily within North Cumbria and will:
  • Work as part of multi disciplinary team (MDT) to support the ongoing development, delivery and evaluation of a highly specialist diagnostic assessment service
  • To provide highly specialised advice and support to children and young people referred to the Cumbria Community Paediatric Team, and their families and carers, including assessment, formulation and treatment.
  • As an autonomous practitioner, be responsible for own clinical activity and interventions and interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies.
  • To undertake regular research, clinical audit and activities for Continuing Professional Development
  • Planning, implementation and evaluation of care, to support a family and young person through the diagnostic process from screening and initial triage to conclusion and discharge
  • Provide clinical leadership in Autism assessment service

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.

Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.

If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • oRegistered Allied Health Professional on HCPC Registrar or registration with the NMC in Mental Health, Learning disability, and/or child branch, and/or RN.
  • oPost Graduate diploma in Mental Health and/or Child Development / and/or Neurodevelopment plus further specialist training to masters level or equivalent experience.
  • oTeaching and Mentoring Qualification


  • oLeadership/Management MSc level qualification or experience



  • oTraining and experience in completing Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule ( ADOS)
  • oExperience of contributing towards Autism assessments in children and young people
  • oExperience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience of formulation abd implementation of appropriate interventions/strategies
  • oExperience of working in community settings and of autonomous decision making.
  • oExperience and ability to carry out clinical audit
  • oExperience of working with people with mental health difficulties or neuro-disability conditions.



  • oExcellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with families and young people in a supportive and empathic way.
  • oExperience of writing neurodevelopmental assessment reports
  • oAbility to communicate effectively as part of a team
  • oProven track record of high quality report writing and record keeping
  • oKnowledge of relevant NICE guidelines
  • oExperience of reviewing clinical documents to inform assessment
  • oDemonstrate understanding of Equality and Anti-discriminatory practice
  • oExcellent organisational and time keeping skills and ability to meet deadlines linked to KPI's
  • oExcellent IT skills including good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • oAccurate and timely recording and maintenance of information systems
  • oAbility to manage conflict and complexity
  • oTeam player, integrity, negotiation skills, good time management/organisation skills
  • oExemplary personal standards of conduct and behaviour
  • oPossesses values and beliefs that enables others to deliver services effectively



  • oDeliver assessments and care at other clinics across Cumbria
  • oPromote equality and value diversity

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


To be negotiated - North



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