Please see email statement below from Autistica: NHS plan commits to “happier, healthier, longer lives”
NHS England has published its Long Term Plan - stating how £20 billion will be spent on improving NHS services over the next 5-10 years. For the first time, NHS England has made improving healthcare for autistic people a top priority.
We worked with the NHS to shape this plan and they now share our vision, stating a commitment to 'happier, healthier, longer lives' for autistic people and their families. The NHS plan commits to:
Reduce preventable deaths
Pilot health-checks for autistic adults.
Improve community mental health support and suicide prevention
Reduce diagnostic waiting times for children
Halve the number of autistic people or people with a learning disability in inpatient care
Provide more training for NHS staff on autism and learning disabilities
Ensure all local services making reasonable adjustments for autistic people
Increase volunteering and internship opportunities for autistic people
A lot more work will be needed to deliver these commitments. We’ll continue to work closely with people across the NHS to progress these and other community priorities like adult diagnosis.
My sincerest thanks,
Ed at Autistica
Policy and Public Affairs Lead
The NAS has set up a survey titled "Poll: Autism Friendly Changes" Your feedback is important! Here is the survey
NAS has launched a campaign, Not Enough, demanding better support and services for autistic people.
You'll find that a shocking two in three autistic people in England don't get the support they need, which could equate to up to 327,000 autistic adults in England. Current support is simply not enough.
Have a look at the Report put together from the results of a survey:
I am a second year trainee clinical psychologist, currently recruiting autistic adults for an online research study on body image and eating. I am aiming to recruit 150 autistic adults and 150 non-autistic adults. Those interested can participate using the link below, and the study takes around 30 minutes to complete. The study has ethical approval from Royal Holloway University of London and was piloted with members of the autism community.
Please see the participant information sheet for the study, for your reference.
Heather Westwood, PhD, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Royal Holloway University of London
Care and Support Charging and Financial Assessment Framework
Bath & North East Somerset Council is proposing to introduce a Care and Support Charging and Financial Assessment Framework. This will change some of the ways in which they allocate their resources and calculate the charge you will pay.
They want to ensure that they continue to protect the most vulnerable people in the community and by implementing the Care and Support Charging and Financial Assessment Framework they will allocate funding to meet people’s needs.
They want to find out what people think about the proposals and they will ensure that your views are taken into account before a final decision is made. The consultation will run until 3 December 2019. Please click here to find out more information
and to read the report