Andrew, a service user from The Disabilities Trust's Autism Spectrum Partners (ASP) service Hollyrood, has been supporting the service in recruiting a new member of the team. This is the first time ASP have formally had service users contribute to the interview process for the clinical team and are looking forward to the outcome.

Andrew has been involved in interviewing for a new assistant psychologist post and had devised a series of questions to ask in a group discussion, which he ran twice. Andrew asked:

  • “What do you think would be important to help me in my life?”
  • "How do you communicate with people who have Asperger’s or autism?”
  • “I have Bipolar. How would you help me when I am upset or over-excited?”

He was supported by Team Senior from his house team, lead by Ashwin Ndlovu and Assistant Psychologist Rebecca Efford.

Andrew was a valued member of the interview team. His contribution was invaluable in helping us decide who would work well in this service. We would like to thank Andrew and also his team on Rosewood for all their help” said Clinical Psychologist Sally Morgan.

Hollyrood is a residential and day centre providing services for people with autism, and is run through The Disabilities Trust's Autism services. Hollyrood provides support and accommodation for 25 adults, aged over 18, who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, or have autistic tendencies. We also support individuals with behaviours that might challenge alternative services and those with epilepsy.

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