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Autism training resources

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Department has funded a series of on-line training resources and booklets to increase awareness, and understanding of autism across all …

The Department has funded a series of on-line training resources and booklets to increase awareness, and understanding of autism across all public services.  Working with the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, the British Psychological Society, the Royal College of General Practitioners, Health Talk Online, Skills for Health and Skills for Care and the National Autistic Society, these organisations have produced a range of quality materials to enable frontline staff to better recognise and respond more effectively to the needs of adults with autism.

Royal College of Nursing

The Royal college of nursing has resources and links to professional forums for members and publications.

Royal College of General Practitioners

The Autism in General Practice course (login required) enables you to improve the care medical practice’s provide for patients with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Using video clips of real patients and carers recounting their experiences, this course helps people to understand the challenges that people with ASC face on a daily basis.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists aims to engage in expanding knowledge about the psychiatry of learning disability and autism.

Skills for Health and Skills for Care

Skills for Health and Skills for Care have developed a framework to guide the delivery of autism training for the mainstream health and social care workforces.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

These two videos look at the techniques and skills that care workers and social workers need to support people with autism and help them achieve their goals.

SCIE’s Guide: Improving Access to Social Care for Adults with Autism looks at how social care services can improve access to adults with autism.

British Psychological Society

The Society has developed three e-learning modules on autism, which appeal to a range of learners by delivering knowledge and understanding from introductory to specialised levels. The e-learning modules are delivered via the BPS Learning Centre. The BPS have worked in partnership with psychologists with expertise in autism and an e-learning provider to produce and deliver theses modules. Two modules are freely available to both members and non-members of the BPS and the third is aimed principally at psychologists and all professionals working in this field.

University of Oxford

Health talk online lets you share in other people’s experiences of health and illness. This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford.

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society website provides increased awareness and understanding of autism. It also details some of the examples of autism awareness training that currently exist.