The NHS Long Term plan, published in early 2019, said that there should be a clearer and more widespread focus on the needs of autistic people and their families.
Since then we have been developing our plans to improve the assessment, diagnosis and post diagnosis support we provide for autistic people. Our plans include:
- improving autism diagnosis and support
- developing and piloting an autism specific health check
- improving access to health services for autistic people
- making sure that 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, enabling autistic people who have complex needs to have access to a personal health budget
- making sure autistic children with the most complex needs have a designated keyworker
- supporting local providers to reduce avoidable admissions to mental health hospitals
- making sure that when an autistic person goes into hospital they stay for less time and don’t go to a hospital out of the area they normally live in
- making sure that more autistic people have a job if they want one, and that the NHS is a good place to work for autistic people.
Where can I find out more about autism?
To find out more about the signs of autism, what autism is and other information which might help after a diagnosis visit the NHS.uk website.
How to get involved in NHS England’s autism work
It is important that people are involved in decision making about NHS services. To make sure that people can have a say in the work of NHS England we have set up the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Forum and the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Advisory Group.
Working with autistic people
There are lots of things the NHS can do to help involve autistic people in work about health and social care.
However, remember that everyone is different. Ask each person what they need to become involved.
- Getting language right around autism
- How to make meetings accessible for autistic people
- Make links with local autism groups. Contact your local council or voluntary services to find out about groups near you.
- See also Involving autistic people: a guide for public authorities.
- More information about autism