Autism

Health written question – answered on 25th November 2013.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether awareness of autism has improved among health and social care professionals since the publication of the Adult Autism Strategy.

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

The current review of the 2010 Adult Autism Strategy for England “Fulfilling and rewarding lives” includes looking at whether awareness of autism has improved among health and social care professionals.

“Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities and NHS organisations to support implementation of the Autism Strategy”, issued in December 2010, made clear to local authorities, NHS bodies and NHS foundation trusts that they should seek ways to make autism awareness training available to all staff working in health and social care.

We will issue shortly a report which summarises the listening stage of the review.

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