Opportunity to help improve care services for adults
A consultation to help improve care services and healthcare outcomes for adults with autism in England has been launched by Care Services Minister Paul Burstow.
This is the next step to help adults with autism live full and independent lives as equal and included citizens and follows the publication of the strategy for adults with autism: Fulfilling and rewarding lives.
The strategy sets a clear framework for all mainstream public sector services to support adults with autism and is backed up by the Autism Act 2009, the first ever condition specific legislation.
The 12-week consultation process seeks views from those with autism, their families, carers, representative organisations and all sectors of society on a number of important issues such as:
* diagnosis of autism
* increasing awareness of autism amongst frontline staff
* provision of training and specialist training for frontline staff
* appropriate assessment of needs for those with autism
* provision of relevant services for young people and adults with autism
* local leadership for NHS and social care in relation to the provision of services for adults with autism
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said:
â€œI hope people will take part in this opportunity to influence the direction and progress of our autism programme.
â€œIt is unacceptable when adults with autism do not get the right care and support they need from health and social care services.
â€œThe Government wants the consultation to reach as many people as possible, in line with our goal of giving people more say in the decisions that affect their lives. These views will help shape our priorities as we seek to help adults with autism live fulfilling and rewarding lives.â€
Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said:
â€œThis is the vital next step people with autism and their families have been waiting for. During the passage of the Autism Act, Parliament described this statutory guidance as the 'teeth' of the Act, so it is vital that it secures real and lasting change at ground level.
â€œNow, Iâ€™d like to urge as many adults with autism, their parents and carers to take part in the consultation to make sure it is robust and can be used to hold their local services to account. The right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to peoplesâ€™ lives.â€
The statutory guidance for health and social care will be published by December 2010. The strategy will be reviewed in 2013.
Source National Care Forum