Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People Consultation – June 2019

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Summary of report content

The Core Capabilities Framework is an excellent piece of work providing an extremely comprehensive and detailed outline of competencies across three tiers. There is clear potential for improving the lives of people with autism/learning disabilities both diagnosed and undiagnosed, and their carers. The framework is considered very ambitious, which isn’t a criticism but an observation in terms of the extent to which it can be implemented.

From the perspective of the voluntary and community sector, there may be scope for implementation of all three tiers across a diverse range of provision, from commissioned health and well-being services to community groups, social and leisure activities. It is important therefore, to recognise how the ever-changing landscape of the voluntary and community sector impacts on the lives of autistic people and to ensure opportunities exist for the sector to develop in line with the framework specifications.

The sector is also unique in being able to develop close relationships as a foundation for better communication, open and honest conversations, based on lived experiences. It is these case studies and stories that have the greatest effect on wider communities to change attitudes and perspectives and cut through deep-seated beliefs to embrace positive change.

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General details

Report title 
Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People Consultation – June 2019
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Redcar & Cleveland
Date of publication 
Monday, 3 June, 2019
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 3 February, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 3 February, 2020
Type of report 
Consultation response
Key themes 
Quality of care
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 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Social care services 
Adult social care

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Learning or understanding or concentrating

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? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

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.