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Health written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he, (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence or (c) the National Commissioning Board will monitor progress towards implementation of the autism clinical guideline.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published its clinical guideline to the national health service on diagnosis and management of autistic spectrum conditions in adults in June 2012. This is a huge step forward to help embed the needs of adults with autism into the health and social care system.

Departmental officials will promote these guidelines as part of the work programme associated with Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives, the strategy for adults with autism in England, and will work with the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health to develop a best practice guide for autism to support implementation of the statutory and NICE guidance.

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