Autism survey report

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Summary of report content

Following routine engagement with a number of support groups of parents of children with Autism, Asperger’s and similar conditions, it became clear that a number of issues were recurring amongst these groups. This particularly included issues around access to paediatricians and Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), especially for children and young people with autism. Healthwatch Lincolnshire had also received prior intelligence about a shortage of paediatricians. A brief study was carried out in partnership with some of the groups so we could gather peoples’ views of these services and, in particular, waiting times to access services. Due to the limited number of responses to the survey it is difficult to come up with any conclusive recommendations. However, some suggestions have been drawn out from the responses received.

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General details

Report title 
Autism survey report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Lincolnshire
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
Type of report 
Key themes 
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Not known
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.