Gheel Autism Services: Advanced Autism Practitioner

Gheel Autism Services

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.

Due to ongoing expansion and exciting further developments, a new vacancy has arisen for an Advanced Autism Practitioner. This opportunity has been created within our newly reformed Practice Support Team. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to bring their skills and talents to Gheel.


  • Access to Health Insurance
  • Access to Educational Support Scheme
  • Company Pension with company contribution (including income protection and death-in-service benefits)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • Up to 27 days of annual leave
  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Training and Development (CPD)
  • Option to join the Health Service Credit Union

Advanced Autism Practitioner, based initially in Marino Mart, Fairview

Over the years, Gheel staff have developed a unique and effective way of working with people who have autism. We recognise that we have created autism informed homes and opportunities, though this has not always been echoed when engaging in local communities, education and employment opportunities. Therefore, Gheel needs to do more to hear and represent the concept of 'neuroharmony' - simply, that people with autism can live and be active members of their communities. Gheel is looking to increase its direct engagement with people with autism to inform our work and encourage the wider community to do the same.

Our revised vision of Practice Support would be to build confident, knowledgeable, skilled practitioners who provide support to people with autism to live meaningful lives. This role has been created to work with teams of support practitioners on embedding the best practices in autism support, as well as offering guidance and support through continuous professional development training.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Actively produce, implement and evaluate practical resources and strategies to support a person with autism’s communication, thinking and assessment documentation for social, healthcare and personal development.
  • Understand and use an autism informed approach, in conjunction with the ethos of the settings they work in, to enhance support provision through the supervision and guidance of the team’s approach.
  • Develop and deliver a suite of continuous professional development and training in line with current research and best practice guidelines.

Essential Qualifications for the Position:

  • Level 8 award in Social Care/Studies delivered by an Institute of Technology, DIT or National University of Ireland.
  • A relevant qualification received outside the State recognised by NARIC as equivalent to the Irish Level 8 award.
  • Relevant third level qualification at degree level (Level 8) i.e. social work, psychology, and/or allied health.


  • Post-graduate qualification in Autism Studies and/or psychology/allied health

Salary Scale: Successful candidates will be paid in line with 2016 HSE revised consolidated Clerical Grade VI pay scale point 1; € 44,849 – point 7; € 55,032 per annum based on working a 39-hour week. There is 25 days annual leave with this post.


  • At least three-years recent experience in the social care/disability sector
  • Experience working with adults with autism
  • Full, clean driving license with use of own car for work purposes

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and up to date curriculum vitae to The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is Monday, 24th of February 2020 at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted Garda Vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process. A panel may be formed with future vacancies arising over the next six months may be filled.


Fairview, Dublin 3

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