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Establishing an ASD Partnership Board in Gloucestershire. Rachel Pike, NAS Southwest Regional Coordinator rachel.pike@nas.org.uk. What is the Glos. ASD Partnership Board?. Multi-agency group of professionals, individuals with AS and their family carers

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establishing an asd partnership board in gloucestershire

Establishing an ASD Partnership Board in Gloucestershire

Rachel Pike, NAS Southwest Regional Coordinator

rachel.pike@nas.org.uk

what is the glos asd partnership board
What is the Glos. ASD Partnership Board?
  • Multi-agency group of professionals, individuals with AS and their family carers
  • Goal - to improve services (health, social care, employment, education, housing) and support for people with Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism across Gloucestershire
background
Work began in 2006

Arose through:

Concerns of professionals

Concerns of parents of adults with AS/HFA

Concern of individuals

Strategy event

Responsibility given to key individual in Council

Joint working with NAS, professionals, individuals and parents/carers

Background
taking things forward
Taking things forward
  • Action framework drawn up to define goals
  • Coordinator appointed in 2008
  • Quarterly meetings of 15 – 20 people
  • Agenda set by Chair (Head of Lifelong Learning) and ASD Coordinator
  • All members encouraged to contribute to discussion and agreed actions
  • Coordinator takes work forward
  • Inclusion of individuals with AS/HFA, parents/carers, family member
working together
Working together
  • Joint funded post means joint responsibility but ensures independence is maintained
  • Someone who has specific responsibility to move things forward
  • Good mix of people on Board- key professionals, lead commissioners, voluntary sector representatives, individuals, family members
  • Opportunities to feed in through other means- e.g. social group, consultation exercises, attendance at vol. sector meetings
outline of the framework
Outline of the framework
  • Training
  • Commissioning arrangements
  • Develop information network
  • Identify ASD ‘champions’
  • Develop membership of the board
  • Care pathway
  • Consultation
  • Transition and work with Children and Young People’s services
  • Employer awareness
  • Resource centre
  • Exit strategy and long term sustainability
ongoing challenges
Ongoing challenges
  • The right training for different professionals
  • Ensuring current plans for new ASD services go forward and meet people’s needs
  • Need for direct support
  • Involving more individuals with AS, more meaningfully (and achieving enough to keep them with us)
  • What happens when the funding finally ends?
achievements
Achievements
  • Training for professionals -

☼ Over 200 attended Awareness sessions

☼ Level 2 and 3 training

☼ Inclusion in SW induction training

  • Resource Centre opened in summer 2008

Information/advice/meeting place/local knowledge

  • Focus groups consultation:

Adults with AS/HFA and their family carers

Results to local service planners and providers

 Lead ASD commissioner identified

 Initial stages of development of AS specific service