How we are Helping More People with Autism into Work

27 Jan 2020

We are working with Care Trade to help more young people with Autism into the world of work.

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CareTrade is a charity in London running The Autism Project, a two year supported internship project for 18-25 year olds with a diagnosis of autism and an education, health and care plan. Alongside Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) we are working with them to offer their students supported internships across the trust.
 
The Autism Project is a full time 2 year employment programme for young people on the autism spectrum who would like work but need more confidence, support, skills and experience.
 
We have students have working within departments such as the Volunteers office, Medical records, Main Theatres, Clinics and Occupational Health.
 
The training for the interns is very thorough and it gives them huge confidence. The project has also given us the opportunity to train Whittington Health in autism awareness, which creates an autism friendly culture for all. So Far, CareTrade have trained over 100 members of staff, including managers across Whittington Health and GSTT.
 
A moving new film about the project has just been released alongside a blog about "The Hidden Workforce" on the NHS Volunteering website, Help Force. You can read the full blog by clicking here. We also recently launched a new area of our website for our Children and Young People's services which is specifically designed to meet the needs of those living with Autism who may need to visit our hospital for appointments or treatment. You can find out more by clicking here or visiting www.whittington.nhs.uk/autism.
 
 

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