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 new 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 help we can ensure more autistic people in the UK enjoy long, healthy and happy 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 (edward.smith@autistica.org.uk) before 5pm on Friday 11th January 2019

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

If any of your experience is particularly relevant to role responsibilities in the job description, please highlight this in your letter.

First round interviews

A shortlist of candidates will be invited for a first interview on Thursday 24th or Friday 25th January with members from the Autistica and National Autistic Society Policy and Public Affairs Teams. 

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

Second round interviews

If you are successful at the first interview, you will be invited back for a second interview the week after your first interview. You may be asked to complete a short written task as part of this interview. If that is the case, you will be informed about it before your second interview. 

The job in summary:

The job title

SHAPe Policy Officer

The closing date

5pm Friday 11th January 2019 

The type of employment and annual salary

This is a fixed-term role for 2 years. 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 Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Autistica, and the Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the National Autistic Society.

The job's location

London. Your time would be divided between Autistica’s office in Southwark & the National Autistic Society’s office in Angel.