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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/06/2022.

Neurodiversity Service Lead

Job Reference: 449-CSP519

Solent NHS Trust
Integrated Neurodiversity ND Multi-Disciplinary Team
£47,126 - £53,219 p.a pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

Our exciting new service offer

In Portsmouth we are proud to be at the forefront of integrated multi-agency work with neurodiverse children and their families. As a national trailblazer, we will shortly be launching our new Multidisciplinary Neurodiversity Service. This brings together experts from a range of fields to provide universal and targeted information, advice and guidance.

We understand that that early identification of neurodevelopmental differences and robust planning can significantly improve a child's outcomes. Parents and practitioners have often felt frustrated by the complex system of support, assessment and intervention. Neurodevelopmental differences can be seen as the direct effects of brain ‘wiring’, observable via:

  • Behaviour
  • How a person thinks
  • How a person sees the world
  • How a person responds emotionally
  • Problem Solving
  • Learning style
  • How a person relates to others.

This exciting new role will give you the opportunity to lead our work alongside a range of professionals with ND expertise, in the city and across the region. You will lead the close relationships we have with colleagues in Education, Health and Social Care, children and their families to ensure we understand and meet the challenges they face when children have additional needs and help shape our work to meet these needs.

Your New Role

We are looking for an exceptional individual, with a successful background in working with children and young people who are neurodiverse. You will have a wealth of knowledge and a real passion for working with children and their families in this complex environment.

As a strong team player, you will be able to work collaboratively with key partners from health, education, children's social care and the third sector. To be successful, you will balance this partnership working with the ability to work autonomously to deliver an outstanding, innovative, integrated service. You will provide inspirational leadership across the system to ensure that the children and families in Portsmouth receive information, advice and guidance in the most appropriate way to meet the holistic needs of the child.

A strong background in safeguarding, restorative practice and strengths-based assessment will help you to devise and deliver robust supervision for your team. An understanding of the importance of effective supervision will help you to test and trial new approaches to multi-agency and multi-disciplinary that underpin outstanding practice.

You will draw on your skills, knowledge and experience to develop policies and guidelines that ensure compliance with local and national guidance and the consistent application of and relevant criteria. As a leader in the forefront of innovation the role will involve writing reports and delivering presentations that provide assurance to the CCG and NHS England that our service is meeting identified needs and impacting on children's outcomes.

What you’ll need to succeed

You need to have extensive working knowledge of neurodiversity, the impact it can have of children, families and services and be able to use this in developing services.You will have a nationally recognised qualification such NVQ level 6 or other higher-level qualification or equivalent experience. You will have experience of managing teams as well as multi-agency working.You will need to be a car driver with access to transport or able to get around the City.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support staff development and will work with you to support your career through progression planning or an on the job apprenticeship scheme.


We will contact you via NHS Jobs if you are shortlisted for interview.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted before the given interview date; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders. Please be advised that we may choose to close adverts early should we receive a high number of applications.

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation – guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

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