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Think autism: updating the 2010 adult autism strategy


Useful resources

These resources have been produced since 2010 to support implementation of the strategy.

ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING

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.

How to support people with Autism poster

Mental Health Practice

Royal College of Nursing

RCN Autism resource centre

ROYAL COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS

The Autism in General Practice course enables GPs to improve the care they and their practice provide for patients with autism. Using video clips of real patients and carers recounting their experiences, this course helps to understand the challenges that people with autism face on a daily basis.

Royal College of General Practitioners online learning environment

Royal College of General Practitioners login

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS

The Royal College of Psychiatrists aims to engage in expanding knowledge about the psychiatry of learning disability and autism.If you encounter any difficulties opening these links, please contact the Royal College of Psychiatrists on Tel: 020 7235 2351.

Royal College of psychiatrists

SKILLS FOR HEALTH & SKILLS FOR CARE

Skills for Health and Skills for Care have developed a framework to guide the delivery of autism training for the mainstream health and social care workforces.

SKILLS FOR HEALTH

Skills for Health autism page

SKILLS FOR CARE

Skills for Care autism page

SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE

This training package looks at the techniques and skills that care workers and social workers need to support people with autism and help them achieve their goals. The link will take users directly to the page with two Autism films on it.

Social Care Institute for Excellence autism videos

SCIE have also produced a guide titled ‘SCIE’s Guide 43: Improving Access to Social Care for Adults with Autism’. The link below provides access to the full guide, an at-a glance summary of it, an easy-read of the summary, and the underpinning research from the University of Sussex:

Social Care Institute for Excellence Guide 43

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. The e-learning modules are delivered via the BPS Learning Centre.The BPS has worked in partnership with psychologists with expertise in autism and an e-learning provider to produce and deliver these modules. 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.

British Psychology Society e-learning

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

The Health talk online 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.

Health Talk Online

NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY

The National Autistic Society website provides increased awareness and understanding of autism. It also details some of the examples of autism awareness training that currently exist.

The National Autistic Society

NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE

The website offers access to online tools and a wide range of information including, a skills health check which tests a range of skills, aptitudes and preferences, a CV builder, information on learning opportunities, funding for learning and Lifelong Learning Accounts (LLA) where people can save resources they have generated such as CVs and course information.

The National Careers Service

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

NICE has published 3 clinical guidelines and a quality standard on autism.

Quality Statement on Autism QS51 – NICE (January 2014)

Autism in children and young people (CG128) – NICE clinical guideline 128 (2011)

Autism – management of autism in children and young people (CG170) – NICE clinical guideline 170 (2013)

Autism in adults (CG142) – NICE clinical guideline 142 (2012)

THE GREEN LIGHT TOOLKIT 2013

Green Light Toolkit 2013: A guide to auditing and improving your mental health service so that it is effective in supporting people with autism and people with learning disabilities,produced by the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi).

AUTISM AND THE CJS

The website of the Autism and the CJS public engagement project funded by the British Psychological Society is still in the development process, and has links and lay summary literature aimed at CJS professionals.  The aim is to have it completed by October 2014.

The guidance for CJS professionals on autism (published by NAS and endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers is available to download.  There is also a lot of information on the NAS website on autism and the CJS

There is legal training on autism and the Advocate’s Gateway has developed a series of toolkits with advice for advocates when examining vulnerable witnesses and defendants, including one on autism.