The NHS Long Term plan published in early 2019, said there should be a clearer focus on the needs of autistic people and their families. As a result, the NHS England and Improvement National Autism Team was established in June 2020 to champion the needs and aspirations of autistic children, young people and adults, and to oversee autism related commitments as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Our plans include:

  • reducing waiting times for autism diagnostic assessments
  • improving the quality of autism diagnostic pathways including pre and post diagnostic support
  • developing and piloting an autism specific health check
  • making sure health services make the reasonable adjustments autistic people need
  • expanding our STOMP and STOMP-STAMP work to stop the overmedication of autistic people
  • working with partners to bring hearing, sight and dental checks to autistic children and young people in special residential schools
  • where possible, helping autistic people who have complex needs to have access to a personal health budget
  • making sure autistic children who have the most complex needs have a designated keyworker
  • supporting local providers to reduce avoidable admissions to mental health hospitals
  • supporting local providers to plan good quality mental health inpatient services that reduce length of stay, provide person-centred care and are as close to home as possible
  • raising awareness of the importance of employing autistic people, and promoting the NHS as a good place of work

To find out more about the work of our National Autism Team see our team update page.

Working with autistic people and their families

There are lots of things we can do to involve autistic people and their families in everything we do across the NHS.  However, remember that everyone is different – ask each person what they need!


Alexis Quinn, Lived Experience Advisor in our autism team reflects on her experiences of pregnancy and childbirth as an autistic parent.


How to get involved in our work

Please see get involved page to learn how you can have your say in our work.