Please see below details from local Clinical Commissioning Groups about changes to speed up the Autism Assessment process:
(more information can be found on their briefing Briefing – PCAN 27 6 13)
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Kirklees have appointed Socrates Clinical Psychology to deliver additional ASC assessments over the next 12 months in a bid to reduce diagnosis waiting times.
This will see the number of assessments rise from around 4 to approximately 16 each month. The extra assessments will be available from this April. In order to manage the waiting list, priority will be given to children who have been waiting longest. South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be writing to a number of patients each month to ask if they would like to be seen by Socrates.
As well as investing in extra capacity, the CCGs are looking at how the assessment services can be improved in the longer term. We are organising an event where you can meet CCG staff and find out more about their plans for the future. This is likely to be in May.
NB Socrates Clinical Psychology is an independent sector organisation with significant expertise in ASC assessment.