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.

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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’.

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Winterbourne View – Time for Change: Transforming the commissioning of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

ACEVO, November 2014

This review – also known as the Bubb Report makes recommendations on a new commissioning framework for services to people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are currently in inappropriate hospital placements. The report recommends the creation of a Charter of Rights for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families to underpin commissioning. The Charter should include the right for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families to challenge’ decisions to admit or continue keeping them in inpatient care.

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Draft revised statutory guidance to implement the strategy for adults with autism in England: consultation document

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health are seeking views on draft statutory guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations. This is to support the implementation of Think Autism which is the update to the 2010 adult autism strategy.  The updates to the existing guidance are in line with the progress made since 2010 and changes in recent legislation.

The consultation looks at:

  • staff training
  • identification and diagnosis of autism in adults
  • planning of services move from being children to adults
  • local planning and leadership
  • preventative support and safeguarding
  • reasonable adjustments
  • supporting people with complex needs
  • employment for adults with autism
  • working with the Criminal Justice system

The consultation closes on 19 December 2014.

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Good practice in the management of autism (including Asperger syndrome) in adults

Royal College of Psychiatrists, September 2014

The RCPsych have published new guidance on the management of autism.  The guidance is focused on standards of care for adults who do not have a general intellectual disability, people identified by terms such as ‘high-functioning autism’ and ‘Asperger syndrome’. It is their needs and difficulties that this report addresses and it is written primarily for psychiatrists other than those in the specialties of intellectual disability and child and adolescent psychiatry.

A number of substantial changes have been introduced with DSM-5 and these are discussed in the report.  Please note, this report replaces CR136. Psychiatric services for adolescents and adults with Asperger syndrome and other autistic-spectrum disorders (from year 2006).

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