Autism Pre-Assessment Service (0-18yrs)
In August 2018, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight CCG Partnership identified two providers to work alongside the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to deliver a new Autism Diagnosis service for children and young people presenting with traits of ASC (Autism Spectrum Condition).
To date, almost 100 assessments have been carried out and feedback from parents has been exceptionally positive. Commissioners are working hard with the provider to increase the number of clinics held each week to enable children and young people to be seen as quickly as possible.
For information regarding the status of a referral, families can contact the Isle of Wight Autism service on 01983 822099 ext. 5464 or email CYPASC@iow.nhs.uk
New referrals must be sent in via a GP. Please contact your local surgery for further information.
Please note, this service is currently an assessment only service. If a child receives a diagnosis of ASC, the accompanying report will only contain general recommendations. Following a diagnosis, specific recommendations can be obtained via services such as Occupational Therapy.
Commissioners and other health professionals are working to further enhance the ASC provision for children on the Isle of Wight as well as improve complimentary support services. One of the main barriers to obtaining support for families is the requirement for a diagnosis of ASC in order to access services such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Parenting courses. Commissioners are reviewing these services in partnership with the local authority and plan to introduce new, more accessible services from April 2019.
Commissioners will continue to engage with key stakeholders including health professionals, schools, parents and young people to ensure they are informed about the new arrangements and are given the opportunity to co-design sustainable future service models
The referral pathway to diagnose young people with Autism is through a screening tool used by the GP and family – for more information click here. (PDF, 336.06 KB, 1 page) .
To view the Autism Strategy for the Isle of Wight please click here (PDF, 413.91 KB, 32 pages).