Response to autism report, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Summary of report content

This report contains the service provider response to Healthwatch Cheshire East’s ‘Living with autism report’, published October 2015. Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust responded to each of the 5 key points highlighted in the initial findings report. The initial Healthwatch Cheshire East report found that there were differing waiting times for diagnosis assessments for children and young people in Cheshire East CCG and South Cheshire/ Vale Royal CCGs. The provider suggested that the waiting times for both localities have decreased since the year prior to the report and has reviewed the assessment pathways. The provider acknowledged the findings that there is a lack of post-diagnostic support and suggested that, while this support does not fall into their remit, that the local CCGs and CAMHS were investigating providing support. The finding that the high number of appointments attended by children and young people with comorbidities was acknowledged but suggested that this cannot be avoided for numerous reasons. The lack of adult services was said to be addressed by the local CCGs. The provider disagreed that there is a lack of information provided to patients, stating that an information pack and parenting group are offered. This service provider report did not include recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
Response to autism report, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Cheshire East
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 18 November, 2015
Type of report 
Impact or progress
Key themes 
Information providing
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Mental health services 
Learning disability service

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Learning or understanding or concentrating
Long term condition

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
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 
Service manager
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? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

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.