National policy

Factsheet on Children and Families Act and The Care Act


This factsheet identifies the key elements in forthcoming policy changes that relate to the lives of young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and preparing for adulthood. Read more »

Think Autism – adult autism strategy


The new autism strategy ‘Think Autism’ sets out a clear programme that government departments will be taking to improve the lives of people with autism, primarily through taking actions that will support local authorities, the NHS, other public services and their partners with their local implementation work. Read more »

Closing the Gap: priorities for essential change in mental health


This document sets out 25 priorities for improving the planning and delivery of local mental health services and thereby improve the lives of people with mental health problems in the next 2 or 3 years. Read more »

Transforming care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital

This report sets out a programme of action to transform services so that vulnerable people no longer live inappropriately in hospitals and are cared for properly. Read more »

Continuing healthcare framework updated

The national framework which sets out the principles and processes for determining eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare has been revised to reflect the new NHS framework and structures, effective from 1 April 2013. Read more »

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2013-14

The Department of Health has published the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2013-14 to complement the NHS Outcomes Framework and the Public Health Outcomes Framework. Read more »

Public Health Outcomes Framework updated

The technical detail of the Public Health Outcomes Framework has been refreshed in line with the recent publication of the NHS Outcomes Framework and the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework. Read more »

NHS Mandate

A mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board has been published setting out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years. Read more »

NHS Outcomes Framework 2013-14

The NHS Outcomes Framework 2013-14 sets out the outcomes and corresponding indicators that will be used to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account for improvements in health outcomes, as part of the government’s mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board. Read more »

Progress in implementing the Autism Strategy


This report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) reviews progress against the national commitments made as part of the autism strategy, ‘Fulfilling and rewarding lives’. Read more »

Implementing fulfilling and rewarding lives

This guidance aims to support health and social care agencies to implement the national strategy ‘Fulfilling and rewarding lives’ and deliver improved services for adults with autism. Read more »

Fulfilling and rewarding lives: the strategy for adults with autism in England


This national autism strategy provides real opportunities for adults with autism to live fulfilling and rewarding lives. Read more »

Autism Act 2009

This Act makes provision about meeting the needs of adults with autistic spectrum conditions; and for connected purposes. Read more »

Supporting people with autism through adulthood


This report examines the effectiveness of support services to adults with autism and their carers in England, including health and social care, education, benefits and employment support. Read more »

Services for adults with autistic spectrum condition


This good practice advice is for commissioners of services for adults with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC). It brings existing information and good practice to the attention of commissioners so that they may enable, empower and promote independence and meaningful choices for adults with ASC. Read more »

Better Services for people with an autistic spectrum disorder

This document clarifies the nature and intent of existing government policy in relation to adults with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is intended to encourage people in the social care and health field to develop local agendas for action. Read more »