Service description

The Specialist Autism Team (SAT) was launched on 19 April 2021. The multi-disciplinary team is committed to improving the quality and care for people who are autistic.

The team will focus on early intervention and work to put in place the right package of respectful care and support to prevent admissions to psychiatric hospitals, wherever possible. The team will also work closely with partner organisations such as education providers and social services to provide holistic care and more support where it is needed.

First assessments may be done initially by Attend Anywhere – virtual video conference.

The service also provides the ChatAutism text messaging service, whereby anyone over the age of 14 who has an autism diagnosis – as well as their family or carers – can access free, safe and confidential advice and support from a qualified health professional.

Referral criteria

The SAT supports patients who are 14-years-old upwards, who have a diagnosis of autism.
The service is for patients who have behaviours that create a risk to themselves or others – and that are impacting on their ability to engage within the community, employment or educations. The service is currently only accepting referrals for people at risk of admission into hospital. Phased launch from 19th April.

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