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Autism

Enabling health and care staff to support individuals to access and receive the best possible care and treatment from services


Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people in the UK and is often associated with learning disability as well as mood problems such as anxiety and depression.

A lifelong developmental disability, autism affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways.

Autism awareness learning resources

Autism can have a profound effect on individuals and families, but knowledge and understanding can make a huge difference in enabling us to support individuals to access and receive the best possible care and treatment from services.

We’re keen to ensure that our workforce have access to appropriate awareness raising resources to enable them to provide appropriate care to people with Autism across all healthcare settings. The following resource list draws upon training materials that have been developed by a range of organisations within the health, social care and voluntary sector, many of which were funded by the Department of Health. All of the resources aim to increase awareness and understanding of autism to enable frontline staff to better recognise and respond more effectively to the needs of adults with autism.

The resources have been reviewed and guidance is given regarding cost, access and type of education resource.

RCN Publishing autism resources

These links are available as free downloads for all healthcare professionals that may come into contact with people who have autism, highlighting key issues to consider.

The autism poster provides a useful aid-memoir for use in clinical settings and the guide provides information on autism, illustrated by case studies and introduces the reader to a range of simple assessment tools

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

MindEd

An e-learning module aimed at a universal audience and covers recognising the signs and symptoms associated with autism and related problems. Self-assessment is optional and completion can be recorded via ESR.

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

British Psychological Society

The Society has developed three e-learning modules on autism, which appeal to a range of learners by delivering knowledge and understanding from introductory to specialised levels. Two modules are freely available to both members and non-members of the BPS and the third is aimed principally at psychologists and all professionals working in this field.

Cost: Free

Registration required? Yes

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This link looks at the techniques and skills that care workers and social workers need to support people with autism and help them achieve their goals. Two 11 minute films that raise awareness on the issues of communication with people with Autism.

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This link looks at the techniques and skills that care workers and social workers need to support people with autism and help them achieve their goals. Two 11 minute films that raise awareness on the issues of communication with people with Autism.

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

University of Oxford

The Healthtalkonline website lets you share in other people’s experiences of health and illness. This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford. Healthtalkonline offers a range of films describing the experiences of individuals with Autism and their relatives.

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

Skills for Care and Skills for Health

Skills for Care and Skills for Health have developed several resources including;

  • A skills and knowledge list to guide the delivery of autism training for the mainstream health and social care workforces
  • Written and video guide for people who need to carry out any form of assessment for someone who has autism
  • Written and video guide for individual employers who have autism and their PAs
  • Additionally Skills for Care have a range of case studies from projects led by people who have autism or their families which may help the police and employers in engaging with people who have autism.

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

Royal College of GPs

The Autism in General Practice course enables you to improve the care you and your practice provide for patients with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Please note: Registration is required to use these resources. If you encounter difficulties opening these links, please contact Membership Services on 020 3188 7766 or email membership@rcgp.org.uk

Cost: Free to members of the RCGP, £55 to non-members

Registration required? Yes

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society website provides increased awareness and understanding of autism. Ask autism is a training and consultancy service which is unique due to the material and delivery coming direct from adults on the autism spectrum. It offers online modules for professional training with the added advantage of portraying the autistic voice and in-depth detailed personal experiences. Ask autism also offers face to face training direct from adults on the autism spectrum, conferences, and training products. For further information please see http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/training-consultancy.aspx

Cost: From £20 per module

Registration required? No

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists aims to engage in expanding knowledge about the psychiatry of learning disability and autism and offers a broad range of resource and information guides suitable for service users, carers and professionals. If you encounter difficulties opening this link, please contact the Royal College of Psychiatrists on 020 7235 2351.

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published two clinical guidelines on the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorders, including Aspergers syndrome. These guidelines include a range of resources that include case scenario PowerPoint slide packs, baseline assessment tools and clinical audit tools.

Children and young people: Recognition, referral and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders in children and young people.
Adults: Recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorders in adults

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

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

This 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.

Cost: Free

Registration required? No

Making Sense: Good Practice for Supporting Adults on the Spectrum

This informational and training resource illustrates the lives of a group of adults with autism and intellectual disabilities and the types of support they can benefit from. Support staff from the NHS and independent sector describe their understanding of autism, specific approaches and strategies they use, and what they feel it takes to be a good carer for adults on the autism spectrum.

Cost: £30

Registration required? To order the pack or additional copies of the booklet please contact: MakingSense@nottshc.nhs.uk.

 

Contact us

If you have any questions about these resources email hee.ldworkforce@nhs.net.

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