Service quality

Autism: recognition, referral and diagnosis in children and young people on the autism spectrum

This guideline published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) covers the recognition, referral and diagnosis of autism in children and young people from birth up to 19 years. Read more »

Autism: recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults on the autism spectrum

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This guideline published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clearly identifies the most common, recognisable characteristics that could suggest an individual is autistic and provides a full clinical pathway of care for those with the condition. Read more »

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission aims to make sure that care provided by hospitals, dentists, ambulances, care homes and services in people’s own homes and elsewhere meets government standards of quality and safety. Read more »

Children and young people’s health and wellbeing in changing times

This report aims to support implementation of the health reforms to improve children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Read more »

Getting on? Growing older with autism

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This report sets out the challenges facing people with autism in older age – as related by them and the people who support them. It also makes recommendations on how central and local government can help to meet these challenges to make sure all older adults with autism can live the life they choose. Read more »

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

NICE produces evidence-based guidance and other products help resolve uncertainty about which medicines, treatments, procedures and devices represent the best quality care and which offer the best value for money for the NHS. Read more »

NICE Clinical Guideline CG170: management of autism in children and young people

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This clinical guideline offers best practice advice on the care of children and young people with autism. Read more »

NICE Quality Standard QS39: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 3 years and older, young people and adults. Read more »

NICE Quality Standard QS42: Headaches in young people and adults

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This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of the most common primary headache disorders (tension-type headache, migraine and cluster headache) and medication overuse headache in adults and young people aged 12 years and older. Read more »

Research Autism

This is one of the most scientifically reliable websites in the world for information about autism, the issues facing individuals with autism, and the interventions used to help them. Read more »

Schools Report 2012

Ambitious about Autism has brought together a range of key statistics that illustrate how schools are performing for children and young people with autism in 2012. Read more »

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. Read more »

Somerset County Council safeguarding adults programme

Somerset County Council working in partnership with other health and social care providers and the police in order to protect and safeguard vulnerable adults. Read more »

Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board

The Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is made up of senior people from key organisations that work with children and their families. Read more »

The cost-benefits of early investment

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This presentation by Sarah Lambert, Head of Policy, The National Autistic Society outlines the cost-benefits of preventative support for people with autism. Read more »

The Registered Care Providers Association Ltd

RCPA Ltd is a member’s organisation whose role is to assist proprietors, managers and employees of all care provider organisations within Somerset 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 »

Winterbourne View: transforming care one year on

This report published by the Department of Health provides a review of progress in improving the quality of care for vulnerable people, following abuse of residents at Winterbourne View hospital. Read more »