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Organiser name:

Colette Owen

ACPOHE Webinar: Access To Work and Neurodivergence 05/04/24

The second ACPOHE and Access To Work (ATW) webinar will focus on Access To Work and Neurodivergence.

The ATW Advocacy team will explain the ATW process including job applications, job interview requests, reasonable adjustments and employer / employee communication with a neurodivergence focus. This webinar will be invaluable for those with Neurodivergence, Employers and Occupational Health practitioners.      

Presenters include Sarah Marshall, Disability Services Advocacy manager, Department of Work and Pensions Disability Services Advocacy team  and Steph Phillips,  Coproduction and Engagement Lead for Children’s Services Central Bedfordshire Council.


Sarah Marshall
Sarah joined the DWP in 2016 as a Work Coach based in a JobCentre in Leeds supporting customer to find employment or training opportunities. Sarah then moved over to Access to Work as a Case Manager when she stayed for 4 years. In 2021 Sarah was promoted and joined the Disability Services Advocacy Team. Sarah's role involves building relationships with internal and external stakeholders and offer upskilling and awareness sessions on all Disability Services benefits and grants. The team is very small of only 5 Advocacy Managers who cover the whole of England, Scotland and Wales.


Steph Phillips
Steph qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995. Her career has included Clinical specialisms in Adolescent medicine and Adults with long term pain and fatigue, as well as developing interests in hypermobility and preparing for adulthood.  

Steph left her career in the NHS after 26 years following a 2.5 year career break where she found herself needing to navigate her own family’s Special Educational Needs journey. During this time she undertook her SEND Law training, represented parent carers at a strategic level within education, health and care as a parent representative for her local parent carer forum and acted as an Expert by Experience for NHSE CETR panels within the East of England. 
During this journey, she also recognised her own neurodivergence and was diagnosed aged 49 as autistic. 
Steph now works as Coproduction and Engagement Lead for Children’s Services Central Bedfordshire Council working across the SEND partnership of education, health and care. Steph leads on areas within the SEND Strategy, including Preparing for Adulthood and Autism pathways. Steph is passionate about coproduction, person centred care and the value lived experience brings to the table in service development at a strategic, operational and individual level. 


Can’t make it?

The session will not be recorded as per DWP restrictions.



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