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  • Writer's pictureHealthwatch West Berkshire

NHSE issues guidance on care of autistic people in mental health settings

NHS England has issued guidance outlining 10 principles for the care of autistic individuals in mental health settings.


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Emphasising the increasing number of adults diagnosed with autism using mental health services, the guidance urges services to be:

  • accessible and acceptable

  • support meaningful activities

  • provide timely access to autism assessments

  • base interventions on evidence

  • manage risk proportionately

  • minimize restrictive practices

  • support smooth transitions

  • consider physical health needs

Integrated care boards are directed to

  • develop local commissioning strategies

  • maintain a well-trained workforce to ensure tailored mental health provision for autistic adults.



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