Advanced Lived Experience Autism Educator

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

Fixed Term - 31 March 2023

Are you an autistic person? Or identify as an autistic person?

The Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Recovery & Wellbeing College want to work with you, to ensure the NHS provide a better service for autistic people.

We are looking to recruit someone who identifies as autistic and has professional experience and expertise in training or teaching.

What the CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College will offer as an employer:

  • Training
  • A supportive team
  • A structured working environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Reasonable adjustments in the workplace

At the Recovery and Wellbeing College we place great value on the lived experience of our staff members. We believe it is important that the voices of people with first hand experiences form the basis of our training. We share these voices with our communities to help shift negative perceptions.

We are looking for autistic people, like you, to become part of our training team.

This role will oversee and manage the development of training for health and social care staff in order to make CNWL services more autism friendly.

The training will also extend to families and our local communities to raise awareness, and support understanding/ knowledge of autism to reduce the stigma faced by autistic people.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

This person will have lived experience of being autistic or identify as autistic. They will also have skills in teaching or training others, managing or leading projects and a good knowledge and awareness of the issues faced by autistic people.

This person will organise and leadon the delivery of group training sessions on autism for identified target groups with other colleagues from the Recovery and Wellbeing College.

They will also be responsible for the supervision and management of the Autism Specialist Peer Trainers.

They will lead on research, co-production and design of training materials related to autism whilst raising awareness of the issues faced by the autistic community.

Skills and qualities:

  • The ability to discuss what its like to be autistic and how this may differ for other autistic people from a broad knowledge base
  • Experience of delivering training or teaching or managing a project
  • Understands the issues and concerns of people living life on the autistic spectrum
  • Verbal communication skills suitable for the co-writing and co-delivery of training
  • Written communication skills suitable for the co-writing and co-delivery of training as well as communication via email with colleagues
  • Listening and comprehension skills where you can process and understand feedback from students
  • Ability to treat individuals with respect and dignity at all times
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages such as Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and Excel

About us

Support provided in this role

  • You will be introduced to our Recovery & Wellbeing College team in a communication style that best suits you.
  • We will make sure that you know who to ask if you have any questions or concerns.
  • We will listen to you and respond to your individual reasonable adjustment requests.
  • Regular one to one meetings for all staff with a named team member known as your 'supervisor'.
  • Your supervisor can support you with a Wellness at Work Plan
  • Opportunity to attend Recovery & Wellbeing courses and workshops
  • You will be supported to work in a 'co-production' model. Co-production means where the lived experience of a person, for example, an autistic person, is treated with equal value to a person who has qualifications on the subject of autism.
  • You can also access CNWL Staff Networks which are groups of staff with similar needs who meet regularly to work on equality and diversity.
  • CNWL also has lots of support services for staff wellbeing for example: The People at Work service and the Keeping Well service. Full information can be found here:

https://staff.cnwl.nhs.uk/corporate-support-services/hr-and-development/health-and-wellbeing

The Centre for ADHD and Autism Support (CAAS) will provide initial support whilst you settle into the role.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing those who use the services; and those who support them, with a positive experience.

  1. Organisational
    • To organise and lead on the delivery of group training sessions on autism for identified target groups with other colleagues from the Recovery and Wellbeing College.
  • To be responsible for the supervision and management of the Autism Specialist Peer
  • To organise and lead on research, co-production and design of training materials related to
  • Working with colleagues to promote the principles of peer and lived experience roles across the wider
  • To contribute to internal and external meetings regarding peer working and lived experience roles and
  • Promote positive understanding, awareness and attitudes towards autism, mental health and wellbeing as part of day-to-day
  • Participate in and actively contribute to Lived Experience Worker supervision, mandatory training and team meetings, and organisational events as
  • Ensure clear communication and liaison with colleagues within the wider services and be a champion for all our local communities, and especially the autistic community both within and outside the
  • To engage in training on core principles of adult learning and to adhere to these in all courses/workshops.
  • To ensure that the training is regularly evaluated and quality assured in line with the Recovery and Wellbeing College standards of
  • To identify and address additional learning supports and access needs that students may have to enable them to undertake and complete
  • To monitor and evaluate the training
  1. Communication:

To raise awareness of issues faced by the autistic community by modelling positive strengths-based language in all areas of work.

2.2 To communicate and liaise with a range of professionals within the Trust, including professional leads, managers, care coordinators, peer support workers, as well as Commissioners, external agencies and other appropriate stakeholders to identify and deliver autism awareness courses/workshops.

2.3 . To liaise with local voluntary sector and community organisations in order to develop jointly delivered courses/workshops and to improve opportunities for the social inclusion of students.

2.4 . To communicate and consult with service users and other stakeholders on the development of the training programme.

2.5 . To facilitate and support clear communication within the team and other services/ organisations

3. Peer and Lived Experience working, Supervision, Appraisal and Training

  • You will be supported to explore areas for your personal development including access to training and learning events and courses to ensure your own lifelong learning journey
  • Be committed to professional development through independent learning, keeping up to date with latest research and building connections with local and national peer networks.
  • Promote development of best practices in peer support and Lived Experience Practice through active participation in training.
  • To be responsible for the management of Autism Specialist Peer Trainers, working closely with the Recovery and Wellbeing College
  • To ensure that the activities of supervisees are conducted within a framework of accountability, ensuring that supervision is regular and recorded and to ensure appraisals are
  • To support the peer trainers to identify their own training and development
  • Attend regular supervision with the manager and professional supervisor if

Vaccination: The statutory requirement to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated as a condition of deployment from April 2022 is subject to legislative review. The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Person Specification

Essential

Essential

  • Undergraduate degree or able to demonstrate equivalent skills in research, writing or analysis
  • Verbal communication skills suitable for the co-writing and co-delivery of training and contribution to team meetings and supervising junior staff who are also autistic and working on the project.
  • Written communication skills suitable for the co-writing and co-delivery of training as well as communication via email with colleagues and contribution to reports.
  • Listening and comprehension skills where you can process and understand feedback from students
  • Understanding of the issues and concerns of people living life on the autistic spectrum

Desirable

  • Completion of Adult Education Training (E.g. PTLLS) or equivalent
  • Experience as a peer trainer or of a similar role which involved using your lived experience of being autistic within training or education events relevant to autism

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Argo House

180 Kilburn Park Road

London

NW6 5DF


Employer's website

https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/work (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Alaina O'Sullivan

alaina.osullivan@nhs.net

02076856548

Date posted

29 April 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£37,152 to £43,994 a year pa inc HCAS

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

9 months

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

333-C-HQ-0313

Job locations

Argo House

180 Kilburn Park Road

London

NW6 5DF


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