Gheel Autism Services: Autism Practitioners / Social Care Workers x 2

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In Gheel, we focus on supporting individuals with autism through their life journey and enabling them to have fulfilling life experiences, while having autonomy and control over their choices and decisions. Gheel Autism Services provides a wide range of services for adults with autism including day and vocational opportunities, outreach support and a variety of supported living options. Across our services we consider how each person thinks, learns and processes information to develop a personalised plan of support. Considering individuals strengths and motivations, we enable people to obtain outcomes which are meaningful to them. Our committed practitioners receive regular training and they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable each individual to have positive and meaningful life experiences. All staff are involved in changing the culture of supporting people into a more inclusive, independence focused style of support – where people are encouraged to be partners in, not recipients of, their service delivery.

We currently have two permanent vacancies for Autism Practitioners / Social Care Workers in our North Kildare Services. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidates to bring their skills and talents to Gheel.

A. Autism Practitioner/Social Care Worker - Combined Roster Day/Residential Respite - North Kildare (permanent whole time equivalent)

This service is based between Prosperous/Donadea and Maynooth town Centre, in the countryside. Our service users attend here for day services and we also currently provide respite 5 nights per week, hence the combined aspect of this roster. This is a very busy house with the service users enjoying a mixture of home and community-based activities. As the ideal candidate you will be proactive and imaginative when it comes to service provision. Excellent report writing skills, experience working in a fast-paced environment and the ability to work on your own initiative are a must, while working under HIQA guidelines and standards. Your typical roster will currently include 4-6 sleepovers per month, in addition to day service hours.

B. Autism Practitioner/Social Care Worker – Maynooth, Residential Roster – Permanent whole time equivalent

This position is based in the vicinity of Maynooth Co. Kildare supporting adults with Autism over a number of locations within a residential setting. Support staff must have the awareness and skillset to support those who experience sensory differences, therefore, enabling them to maximise their experiences both within their own home and the community. Staff are required to promote the wellbeing of all service users across all locations ensuring that they achieve a high quality of life while working under HIQA guidelines and standards.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Actively produce, implement and evaluate practical resources and strategies to support a person with autism’s communication and thinking and assessment documentation for social, healthcare and personal development.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the working file/support plan and supporting tools ensuring that details collated are of value and then utilised to support and develop progress plans.

A summary of the requirements for these posts are as follows:

Essential Qualifications for these posts:

  • Level 7 award in Social Care / Studies delivered by an Institute of Technology, DIT or National University of Ireland.
  • A qualification received outside the State recognised by NARIC as equivalent to the Irish Level 7 award.
  • Relevant third level qualification at degree level i.e. social work, psychology, and/or allied health.
  • Post-graduate qualification in Autism Studies

Salary Scale: Successful candidates will be paid in line with 2016 HSE revised consolidated Social Care Worker pay scale point 1; €30,293 – point 12; € 44,306 per annum based on working a 39-hour week. There is 27 days annual leave with this post.

Essential Experience for these posts:

  • At least one-year recent experience in the social care/disability sector
  • Experience working with adults with autism
  • Full, clean driving license

To apply for this position please fully complete the job application form attached and return it to Please write Ref Autism Practitioner A or B in the subject line of the email. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the evidence outlined in the job application form. Curriculum vitaes are not required.

The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is Monday, 21st of January at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted. A panel may be formed from which future vacancies arising over the next six months may be filled.

Garda vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process.


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