A spectrum of obstacles: an inquiry into access to healthcare for autistic people

Westminster Commission on Autism, July 2016

Following a seven-month inquiry and a consultation of over 900 people, the Westminster Commission on Autism launches its inquiry report and calls for improved access to healthcare for all autistic people. It calls for greater training of health professionals to increase awareness of the health care needs of autistic people; the implementation of annual health checks for autistic people; and also that CQC should establish autism-specific inspection questions into their inspection framework.

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Time for Change – the Challenge Ahead

ACEVO, February 2016

May 2016 will mark the 5th anniversary of the Panorama programme which exposed abuse and neglect at Winterbourne View Hospital, a private assessment and treatment unit (ATU) for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. This report looks at the actions taken so far and calling on partners, including CQC, to demonstrate how they are helping to reduce the reliance on hospital-based settings for people with learning disabilities.

 

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Government response to No voice unheard, no right ignored

Department of Health, November 2015

This response sets out proposals to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health conditions and their families. Significantly the government has announced people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health conditions who are at risk of hospital admission will get a named social worker to challenge decisions about their care.

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Learning resources for social work with adults who have autism

Department of Health, October 2015

The guidance documents are designed to be used by social workers at all levels, from front line practitioners to senior social workers, social work supervisors and managers, to support them to deliver the best outcomes for the people with whom they work.

Click here to download the resources.

Care and treatment reviews to become ‘business as usual’

NHS England, August 2015

NHS England has set out how it intends that reviews of care and treatment arrangements for people with learning disabilities are to be embedded across the health and care system.

Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) were developed as part of NHS England’s commitment to improving the care of people with learning disabilities or autism. They aim to reduce unnecessary admissions and lengthy stays in specialist hospitals, and have been rolling out since October 2014; over 1,400 people had their care reviewed up to March this year, with hundreds more since.

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Care and Treatment Review: Policy and Guidance

NHS England, August 2015

This guidance has been produced by building on the learning from the Care and Treatment reviews which have taken place so far, including extensive engagement with people with learning disabilities, their representatives and their families.

The document will help local Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England commissioners implement the recommendation from this learning that CTRs should become ‘business as usual’.

Click here to view the full text guidance.