Autism Somerset e-bulletin February 2014

Dear colleague,

Please find below a digest of selected news headlines and forthcoming events from the Autism Somerset website at

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Latest news

  • Promoting personalised services in Somerset
    Virginia McCririck, Strategic Commissioning Manager at Somerset County Council, is leading a push to promote personalised services in Somerset through the uptake of personal budgets. Read more »
  • Introducing Andy Heron
    Andy Heron who has joined Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as its first Chief Operating Officer, took time out from his first week to introduce himself and speak about his new job. Read more »
  • Future of children’s centres in Somerset
    Peter Lewis, Interim Director of Children’s Services at Somerset County Council, has published an open letter regarding Somerset County Councils position on Children’s Centre Services. Read more »
  • Consultation on 5 Year Commissioning Strategy
    NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is seeking views and comments from patients and the public on their five Year Commissioning Strategy. Read more »
  • Setting 5-year ambitions for improving outcomes
    This how-to guide aims to support local commissioners to develop 5-year strategic plans for delivering the outcomes and ambitions set out in the Everyone Counts planning guidance. Read more »
  • Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2014/15 to 2018/19
    This planning guidance published by NHS England outlines a framework within which commissioners will need to work with providers and partners in local government to develop strong, robust and ambitious five year plans to secure the continuity of sustainable high quality care for all. Read more »
  • Parity of esteem: transformative ideas for commissioners
    This discussion paper, published by NHS England, outlines how Clinical Commissioning Groups can achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health by allocating their resources differently. Read more »
  • Ruled Out
    This report published by Ambitious About Autism provides findings of a survey into autistic children's access to education. Read more »
  • Autism: how anxiety affects everything
    In this presentation, originally given at the Autism and Education Conference, 12th December 2013, Sarah Hendrickx discusses Autism and how anxiety affects everything. Read more »
  • Autism Professional Awards 2014 shortlist
    Congratulations to the 27 shortlisted entrants for this year's Autism Professional Awards 2014, organised by the National Autistic Society (NAS) to recognise and reward cross-discipline professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice. Read more »
  • Review to strengthen redress for new SEN system
    The Government recently announced a review into the redress and complaints arrangements for Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans, part of the sweeping reforms to the English Special Educational Needs (SEN) system being introduced by the Children and Families Bill. Read more »
  • BASS North Somerset
    BASS is a monthly advice service for adults with autism spectrum conditions which takes place in Weston-super-Mare every second Wednesday of the month, from 12.30-4.30pm. Read more »
  • Bath and North East Somerset Advice Service
    The Advice Service, for adults with autism spectrum conditions and Aspergers and their family or carers living in Bath and North East Somerset, will take place every Wednesday at the Percy Community Centre in Bath from 1pm-5pm. Read more »
  • Autistic Eye
    20 year old Josh Curd, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has recently started a not-for-profit social enterprise called Autistic Eye to value, advertise and sell the work of artists with Autism.  Autistic Eye are looking for more artists to get involved… Read more »
  • SINePost e-bulletin, February 2014
    This month's e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on Free School Meal take-up, Childhood Obesity and the Active People Survey. Read more »
  • Physical Health Check e-learning package
    This free and easy to use training package, published by Rethink Mental Illness, aims to give health professionals the confidence to address the physical health of people affected by mental illness. Read more »

Forthcoming LOCAL EVENTS

  • Cricket coaching for people with physical or learning disabilities
    1/15 March, 5/12 April 2014
    Centre of Excellence, Taunton Cricket Ground, Saint James Street, Taunton, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • LSCB Accredited Safeguarding Training
    5 March 2014
    In The Mix Project, The Base Youth Centre, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2NE
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Big bounce for autism 2014
    9 March 2014
    The Redwood Hotel & Country Club, Beggar Bush Lane, Failand, Bristol, BS8 3TG
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Local Account for Adult Social Care in Somerset
    11 March 2014
    The Williams Hall, Dark Lane, Stoke St Gregory, TA3 6EG
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Somerset Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
    13 March 2014
    The Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory, TA3 6EU
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Our Voice Counts! Open Meeting
    14 March 2014
    Winter Gardens, Royal Parade, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1AJ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Taunton Deane Forum for Mental Health
    19 March 2014
    Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, TA1 4EP
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Changes to the Statement of Educational Needs system
    20 March 2014
    Emersons Green Village Hall, Emersons Way, Emersons Green, BS16 7AP
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Managing Difficult Situations - A Workshop for Carers
    2 April 2014
    Holly Court, Summerlands Hospital, Preston Rd, Yeovil, Somerset,BA20 2BX
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Sensory Processing Challenges in Everyday Life
    9 April 2014
    Glanville House, Church St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AT
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Inclusive Communication Environments (ICE) Induction
    13 May 2014
    Glanville House, Church St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AT
    Read more » | Map of venue


  • National Autistic Society Professional Conference 2014
    4 March 2014
    Harrogate International Centre, King's Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LA
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism in Women and Girls: reassessing the landscape
    6 March 2014
    Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Social Care 2014: Care for All
    19 March 2014
    The Brewery conference centre, 52 Chiswell St, London, EC1Y 4SD ‎
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • The 13th international conference on offenders with intellectual and developmental disability
    10 April 2014
    Northumbria University, Newcastle City Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Attwood and Garnett on Asperger’s and Autism
    24 April 2014
    Thames Hall, The Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • The Autism Expo
    24 April 2014
    Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Improving autism care and delivering the revised national strategy
    15 July 2014
    Central London
    Read more » | Map of venue

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