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Reference: 74577

Date Added: 12 February 2020
Closing Date: 28 February 2020

Job Title: Policy Officer

Working For: Autistica & National Autistic Society

Location: London

Salary: £28,000 or pro rata equivalent

Job Details

Autistic people face some of the starkest health inequalities in society. This role is an opportunity to work with two multi-award winning charities on a major health policy initiative to save or transform thousands of lives.

What is the role?
The Sowerby Health intervention for Autistic People (SHAPe) is a project to design and test an annual health check for autistic people. Before these health checks can be rolled out nationwide, they must be commissioned by the NHS and accompanied with reforms to GP recording practices. In 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan committed to piloting them.

Autistica and the National Autistic Society are seeking a determined policy professional to help ensure the NHS is ready to implement the health-checks. You should have experience with either policy development, NHS service design/management, implementation science, qualitative research or a similar field. We particularly welcome applications from autistic candidates.

We want to build a society that works for autistic people. With your help we can help we can ensure more autistic people in the UK enjoy long, healthy and happy lives.

How will the role work?
This is a fixed-term role for 14 months with the possibility of continuing beyond that. Depending on the candidate it is available:

  • Full-time (35 hours a week) for £28,000 a year
  • Part-time 0.8FTE (4 days a week) for £22,400 a year
  • Part-time 0.6FTE (3 days a week) for £16,800 a year

You will be employed by Autistica but will work with both organisations. The exact time you spend at each charity will vary throughout the project.

If you are employed to work three days a week the SHAPe project will be your sole focus. If you are employed full-time or for four days a week your remaining time will be spent working on health policy development at Autistica.

Closing Date: 28 February 2020

Interview/Start Dates

  1. First Interview – Thursday 12th March. We will give you the interview questions in advance and ask you about any reasonable adjustments.

  2. Possible second interview – Friday 20th March. We may recruit after the first interview.

  3. Start date – As soon as possible.

Application Details

  1. Download & read the full role description from our website: https://www.autistica.org.uk/about-us/jobs/vacancy-policy-officer

  2. Send a CV & cover letter (2 pages max each) to edward.smith@autistica.org.uk by 5pm on the closing date.

The cover letter should:

  • Explain why you want the role.
  • Say if you’re interested in full- or part-time.
  • Describe your successes in policy development, NHS service design, implementation science, research or a related field.
  • Highlight experience particularly relevant to the role’s responsibilities.

Website: https://www.autistica.org.uk

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