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Team Leader - Integrated Autism Service

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
There are exciting times ahead for Neurodevelopmental Services in West Wales and we would like to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Team Lead into the West Wales Integrated Autism Service (IAS Plus). The service is an amalgamation of the pre-existing Hywel Dda Adult ASD diagnostic service and the Integrated Autism Service, which launched in 2019 in line with the ASD Refreshed Strategic Action Plan (WG 2016). The service caters for the Hywel Dda University Health Board region, offering diagnostic assessment of autism in adults who do not meet eligibility criteria for statutory services such as mental health and learning disabilities. The service also offers professional consultation and engagement with every sector, in addition to delivering training around autism.

The role has both clinical and managerial components. The successful candidate will operationally lead and manage the service and play a key role in the multi-disciplinary team, undertaking and/or contributing to adult diagnostic assessments (full training will be provided). In addition, in line with national guidance and other regional services, the post holder will facilitate the development and implementation of highly specialist interventions for autistic adults and their families.

We would love to hear from you if you are dynamic, innovative, and able to forge excellent working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

Main duties of the job

HDUHB Neurodevelopmental services include the Adult ADHD Service, the IAS plus and the Children's Neuro-developmental service. The Team Leader will be expected to work in partnership with existing teams to strengthen relationships, co-produce resources, develop transition arrangements and explore opportunities for joint working.

Informal enquiries are welcomed.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews will be held on 30/03/23

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:o Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;o Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;o 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;o Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services.

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

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Person Specification Qualifications and Knoweledge Essential
  • Relevant degree in professional specialism - Nursing, Allied Health Professional, Social Worker
  • Holds a current registration with a professional body
  • Master's Degree or equivalent level of specialist experience in area of particular clinical expertise
  • Evidence of attendance on advanced and specialist post graduate short courses pertaining to neurodiversity
  • Has sound knowledge of Welsh Government policy and legislation relating to autism and neurodiversity
  • Has excellent insight into the changing needs of autism across life-span development
  • Willingness to train in the use of specific diagnostic assessment instruments
  • Working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professional and agencies involved in the care and management of clients on the autism spectrum
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to mental health, autism, learning disabilities across health, social care and education
  • Trained in the use of diagnostic assessment instruments such as ADOS, ADi-r and DISCO
  • Management/leadership qualification
  • Has knowledge of a range of specialist assessment and intervention tools relevant to the client group
  • Understands the impact of local, cultural, linguistic and demographic factors which influence service delivery
Experience Essential
  • Has specialist knowledge and post graduate experience working with autistic people in children's or adults services
  • Experience in managing complex, specialised caseloads and in signposting to other services
  • Has an established ability to promote multidisciplinary/ multi-agency and collaborative practice with a wide range of stakeholders and partners
  • Experience of working in an advisory role to others (including professionals)
  • Working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professional and agencies involved in the care and management of clients on the autism spectrum
  • Significant experience in supporting, supervising and developing skills of less experienced staff
  • Experience in using information gathering reporting systems
  • Experience of working with a range of software packages e.g. Outlook, Word, Office 365
  • Previous Team Management experience
  • Previous experience in working in a similar setting and/or a Learning Disability or mental health service
  • Experience in diagnostic assessment of autism
  • Experience in data collection and analysis
  • Experience of working with Autistic people with complex communication needs and behaviours that challenge
  • Ability and experience in designing planning implementing and delivering training to others
Language Abilities Desirable
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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