National Autism Development Officer

Grade 4 (SCP 30 - 35) (£32,878 - £37,849)

Closing Date - Monday 20th September 2021 (12:00pm)

Politically Restricted:  Yes                                           Welsh Language essential: No. The ability to speak and write fluently is desirable for this role.

About the Role

The National Autism Team is funded by the Welsh Government to support the delivery of the national autism strategic action plan and the Code of Practice for Autism.  The team has five main areas of work – awareness raising and understanding; development and delivery of resources; training, the oversight of the Integrated Autism Services and stakeholder engagement. The Team work closely with Welsh Government officials, public service colleagues and the autism community to further the autism agenda across Wales.

The main purpose of this role will be to work with the National Autism Leads to assist in the implementation of the Code of Practice for Autism that sits beneath the Social Services and Well Being Wales Act and the NHS Act. Hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association in conjunction with Public Health Wales, this post will be part of a unique integrated support and development team. The role will assist the National Autism Leads in supporting Regional Partnership Boards in the development of infrastructure to deliver their local autism delivery plans. The post holder will be a key point of contact for a wide range of stakeholders at a national level and will coordinate information between the regions and the National Autism Team, and will provide information, advice and guidance on the statutory requirements of the Code on Practice. This includes workforce development, and they will be expected to work closely with Local Authority, Social Services and Health Workforce leads across Wales.

The post holder will also promote and share AutismWales resources across Wales and engage with and support local Autism leads and local stakeholder groups. The post holder will have a key role in ensuring that the voice of autistic people is embedded within this work.

The role will manage a range of relationships and communications to underpin the implementation of the Code and promote the integration agenda.

The role will involve liaison with senior level professionals across Health Boards and Local Authorities, voluntary organisations, autistic people and parents / carers and they will have a role in communication and information sharing across these groups.

The role will contribute to team management by managing the workload of the Administrative Officer.

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