Autism: Research

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 25 September 2023.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Autism Strategy, whether he plans to publish the research action plan for autism.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)

The National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026 included a commitment to develop a research action plan, setting out actions we will take to improve autism research and embed a culture of autism research by 2026.

We are currently prioritising updating the Autism Act statutory guidance to support the National Health Service and local authorities to deliver improved outcomes for autistic people in line with the national strategy. Following completion of the Autism Statutory Guidance, the Department will consider next steps in relation to a research action plan for autism.

In March 2022, NHS England published a five-year NHS autism research strategy which aims to facilitate the use of the best current evidence when making decisions about autism services provided by or paid for by the NHS in England.

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