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Autism service updates

Autism service updates

Update from Children’s Autism Diagnostic Service

We would like to inform families we are currently catching up on a backlog in our triage of new referrals.
Once a referral has been accepted or rejected at triage, you will receive a notification letter or email informing you of this. The referrer and GP will also be copied into this.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this delay.

Children’s Autism Diagnostic Service Update, May 2022

The Children’s Autism Diagnostic Service is currently running at reduced admin capacity, and is experiencing a high volume of telephone and email enquiries.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience and difficulties caused, and to thank you for your patience. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Please be advised that we cannot answer general enquiries as to where specific children are on the waiting list.

Free Workshops supporting parents who have a child on the Autism Assessment Waiting List

Bristol Parent Carers, North Somerset Parent Carers Working Together and South Glos Parent Carers are running Free Workshops supporting parents who have a child on the Autism Assessment Waiting List. For the first time Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Parent Carer forums have teamed together and are delivering specific workshops to provide information, support and practical guidance. All workshops will be delivered by a SEND professional and an experienced SEND parent carer.

See the event flyer for more details. 

Children’s Autism Diagnostic Service Update, February 2022

We are streamlining our autism diagnostic process for children to reduce waiting times for families across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
This overview shows you what to expect during the process and summarises some of the changes which have taken place.

What to expect?

PDF iconReferral process for autism assessment.pdf

Over the past 12 months, we have received an average of 120 referrals per month for school-aged children. We are able to see approximately 60 children and their families each month and the average waiting time from referral is 2 years.

For early years children, we have received an average of 26 referrals per month in the past year. We see approximately 17 children and their families each month and the average waiting time from referral is 13 months.

We are working with families and carers to make improvements and ensure signposting to advice is available. We are also constantly reviewing our processes and recently launched an initiative to reduce our average waiting times by streamlining our assessment, while ensuring the diagnostic process remains robust.

Changes under new initiative:

  • We are developing new processes to manage triage of referrals
  • A streamlined assessment model
  • PDF iconAutism assessment pathway.pdf
  • Ensuring children have a Developmental History and are clinically prioritised before they start the assessment process in order to ensure an autism assessment is the best pathway
  • Providing schools and families with guidance on how to manage children whilst waiting for an assessment.

From the end of February, and at the end of each month thereafter, we will be sharing regular updates with you on the CCHP Website.