Funding for a new young people’s autism service in Suffolk has been given the go ahead by GPs at the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the NHS West Suffolk CCG.
The two year pilot project will deliver autistic assessment and diagnosis for young adults aged 11–17, and will complement the adult pilot autism service which was commissioned by local GPs earlier this year.
Autism is a lifelong development disability which affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people.
It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
Dr John Hague, a local GP and mental health lead for the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG said: “Our CCG is committed to offering every young person the very best start in life and this new service will improve access to services for children and young people who suffer autistic disorders.
“We are working in partnership with Suffolk County Council to make sure the service delivers expert assessment and diagnosis of autistic conditions and provide seamless signposting to the right services that can help.”
Dr Rakesh Raja, children and young person’s lead for the NHS West Suffolk CCG said: “Currently the needs of autistic children and young people in Suffolk are not fully met, leading to insufficient support for young patients and their families.
“This pilot project will ensure that the right level of sensory, communication and emotional adjustment can be made by each patient and the needs of the patient and family are met.”
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