Nicola Smith, who has learning difficulties, has been appointed to work alongside the National Director for Learning Disabilities Rob Greig with immediate effect.
Ivan Lewis said: “It is important that we listen directly to the views of people with learning disabilities in making policy, commissioning services and providing care.”
Smith currently works as a part-time ‘Powerful Trainer’ with an organisation that promotes awareness of learning difficulties. She first became involved in self-advocacy 10 years ago.
The post is salaried.