Dear member,

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

Yours sincerely,
Campbell Main

Latest news

  • NICE guidance on autism in adults
    Today the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishes clinical guidance (CG142) on the recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults on the autism spectrum. Continue reading
  • Autism Somerset progress update
    A brief update on progress with the Autism Somerset website, e-bulletin and membership of our community network. Continue reading
  • Messages of support to local leaders
    Details of recent changes to the leadership of some local services. We hope you will join us in offering messages of support to all who are retiring and to those who succeed them. Continue reading
  • Online autism conference
    Catch up with the discussion from Professor Gary Mesibov's all-day online autism conference which took place at on June 25 2012. Continue reading
  • SPICE Newsletter
    The June edition of the Somerset Partnership: Improving Clinical and social care Effectiveness (SPICE) newsletter provides information about new guidance, audits and quality improvement plans. Continue reading
  • Help for local people with a learning disability to get into work
    Information about Somerset County Council events to help for local people with a learning disability to get into work. Continue reading
  • Experiences of families in Somerset sought
    Peter Bates of The National Development Team for Inclusion is investigating the experiences of people with autism and their families in using mental health services. We are encouraging families in Somerset to share their experiences. Continue reading
  • New Paper: Redesigning the front end of social care
    ‘Redesigning the front end of social care’, published by In Control, urges the government to use the forthcoming White Paper as an opportunity to redesign the social care system at the point of need. Continue reading
  • Survey reveals the diagnosis challenge
    A new survey undertaken by the National Autistic Society reveals that despite increased awareness of autism, accessing a diagnosis remains a challenge for many people, leaving many families in uncertainty. Continue reading

Forthcoming events

  • Autism and challenging behaviour - it doesn’t have to be like this - 27 June 2012
    Ambassadors Hotel, London, Kensington, London, W1 - Read more »
  • A practical guide to measuring and monitoring service user experience in mental health - 27 June 2012
    Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB - Read more »
  • Sensory Issues and Autism Spectrum: Research and reality - 30 June 2012
    Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES - Read more »
  • Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions - 4 July 2012
    ICO Conference Centre, 22 Berners Street, London, W1T 3DD - Read more »
  • Autism Today 10th national conference - 5 July 2012
    Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London, W1G 9DT - Read more »
  • Somerset teaching and learning support assistant consultation - 5 July 2012
    Taunton Academy South Site, Lyngford Road, Priorswood, Taunton, TA2 7EF - Read more »
  • Help for local people with a learning disability to get into work - 10 July 2012
    - Read more »
  • Patient Experience: Quality Standard and Beyond - 17 September 2012
    Hallam Conference Centre, London, W1W 6JJ - Read more »
  • Delivering a 7 Day Service in Health and Social Care - 15 October 2012
    Hallam Conference Centre, London, W1W 6JJ - Read more »

If you have information that you would like to appear in a future bulletin or on the Autism Somerset website then please send it in to