Autism Partnership Board (APB): Yes

Chair of APB: Currently vacant - Interim Chair: Fiona Gordon, Commissioning Officer, Plymouth City Council

Contact details of APB: Fiona Gordon - fiona.gordon@plymouth.gov.uk or Lisa May (Administrator) - lisa.may1@nhs.net

How often are APB meetings held: Bi-monthly

Commissioning Lead(s) for autism: Vacant - NHS Devon; Fiona Gordon – Commissioning Officer, Adult Social Care, Plymouth City Council

Autism Strategy published: Joint adult and child strategy currently in draft, published for public access by summer 2013

Involvement of people with autism: several people regularly attend APB; wider population involved in specific consultation exercises coordinated by APB

Local autism assessment and diagnosis service: Local diagnosis is available, no specific autism diagnostic service

Referral route for assessment for diagnosis: Via GP referral

Autism training available: Free multi-level training is available to all health and social care professionals, delivered through specially commissioned autism training project. For more information email Sarah Harris sarah.harris@nas.org.uk

Current autism priorities: a) Development of local autism assessment and diagnostic pathway b) Data collection and collation c) Identification of lead health commissioner

Good practice examples: Autism training project and training needs analysis; local, free autism befriending and mentoring project; joint-working between child and adult services to form common goals