Strategy for adults with autism

HM government produced a document with the title, Fulfilling and rewarding lives.    The strategy for adults with autism in England (2010).    It is a large PDF document so here are a few extracts.     References to NICE are highlighted in bold.

Executive summary

1. The Government’s vision is that ‘All adults with autism are able to live fulfilling and rewarding lives within a society that accepts and understands them.    They can get a diagnosis and access support if they need it, and they can depend on mainstream public services to treat them fairly as individuals, helping them make the most of their talents.’

8. The first and fundamental step of our strategy is to increase awareness and understanding of autism across all public services.    If frontline staff know more about autism, they will be better able to recognise
the condition and respond to it.

11. The second strand of our strategy focuses on diagnosis and our goal of increasing capacity around diagnosis of autism in every area of the country.    Chapter 3 explains how we are working with the
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which is producing a clinical guideline that will include diagnostic processes.    This can then be used by local National Health Service (NHS) bodies to develop a clear and consistent pathway for diagnosis.

The strategy for adults with autism

1.28 That’s why the second strand of our strategy is to develop a clear, consistent pathway for diagnosis of autism across the country.    To support this, NICE is developing a clinical guideline which will include diagnostic processes.    Our aim is to increase capacity around diagnosis so that in every area of the country people have easier access to diagnosis if they want it.

Developing a clear consistent pathway

3.9 However, there also needs to be a costeffective referral pathway for autism available in every area, which GPs, mental health practitioners and those working in the voluntary sector are aware of and can follow.    The forthcoming NICE guideline will set out a model care pathway(s), which will form the foundation for local commissioners to develop referral and care pathways in their areas, supported by their strategic health authority where necessary.

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