Autism care tool launched by DoH

The DoH has launched a self-assessment tool aimed at improving care for patients with autism.

Paul Burstow: 'These new tools will help local authorities offer personalised services for adults with autism'
Paul Burstow: 'These new tools will help local authorities offer personalised services for adults with autism'

The tool sets out what local authorities should do to implement the adult autism strategy, and will allow those with autism and their families to monitor progress in improving care in their local area.

Users will be able to monitor improvements in access to services, how many people with autism have been allocated personal budgets, involvement of patients and families in service planning and satisfaction rates with services, among other factors.

Online training resources have also been made available.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: 'We are committed to improving health outcomes for those with autism so that they can lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

'These new tools will help local authorities to drive change and create locally led, personalised services for adults with autism.

'We hope to see changes starting to take shape across the country shortly and an improvement in services and patient experience.'

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