Autistic people can face stark health inequalities. This role is an opportunity to work with two multi-award winning charities on a health policy initiative that could transform or save thousands of lives.

The Sowerby Health intervention for Autistic People (SHAPe) is a research project to design and test an annual health check for autistic people and an accompanying digital tool. Before these health checks can be rolled out nationwide, they must be commissioned by the NHS and accompanied with reforms to GP recording practices.

Autistica and the National Autistic Society are seeking a determined policy professional to help ensure the NHS is ready to implement the health checks. To apply, you should have experience with either policy development, NHS service design/management, implementation science, qualitative research or from 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 ensure more autistic people enjoy long, happy and healthy lives.

How to apply?

Information about the recruitment process, the role's responsibilities and the skills and experience we are looking for is available in the job description. Please download the Job Description (pdf) and read it first before applying.

The recruitment process:

Sending in an application

To apply, you need to send a CV (two pages max) and cover letter (two pages max) to Ed Smith ( by 5pm on Friday 28th February 2020.

The cover letter should:
- Explain why you want the role;
- Indicate whether you’re interested in a full- or part-time position;
- Describe your successes working in policy development, NHS service design/management, implementation science, qualitative research or a related field; and

- Highlight if any of your other experience is particularly relevant to role responsibilities in the job description.

First round interviews

A shortlist of candidates will be invited for a first interview on Thursday 12th March.

We will inform all applicants about whether they have been shortlisted but will unfortunately be unable to provide feedback on applications at this stage.

If you are shortlisted, we will give you the interview questions in advance to help you prepare and ask you about whether there are any reasonable adjustments we can make for your interview

Possible second round interviews

We may recruit after the first interview invite some candidates back for a second interview on Friday 20th March.

The job in summary:

The job title

SHAPe Policy Officer

The closing date

5pm Friday 28th February 2020

The type of employment and annual salary

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

Who's the employer?

Autistica is the host employer, but you will work across both charities.

Responsible to

The Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Autistica.

The job's location

London. You'll primarily be based at Autistica’s office in Southwark with some time at the National Autistic Society’s office in Angel.