Did you know that NHS England has announced that autism will be a clinical priority over the next 10 years? Now it's your chance to tell the NHS what you think they should focus on.
Have your say on what would make a real difference to you and your family by filling out NHS England's Feedback Form here. You have until 30th September 2018 to submit the form.
You could also attend a consultation event. For further details and to sign up please click here.
When you start the feedback form you will need to fill out some information about yourself. On the next page you will need to select which theme you want to comment on. Select ‘Clinical priorities – Learning disability and Autism’.
There are then two questions:
1. What more can the NHS do, working with its local partners, to ensure that people with a learning disability, autism or both are supported to live happy, healthy and independent lives in their communities? and
2. How can the NHS best improve the experiences that people with a learning disability, autism or both have with the NHS, ensuring that they are able to access the full range of services they need?
Some ideas of what you could include are cutting diagnosis time, ensuring that people with autism are able to access mental health service support, if they need it, and making sure that GPs are accessible.
We think that training for all staff in health services is important, as is ensuring that all communication is provided using the individual’s preferred method and language, e.g. written, symbols.