Local autism strategy groups should be set up, NICE recommends

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 29 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6263
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Local teams of doctors, social workers, and teachers are needed to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says in new guidance.

Gillian Baird, a consultant paediatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, who chaired the group that developed the guideline, said that although it was the job of the medical profession to diagnose autism, all services that support the wellbeing of children could help by recognising the possible signs and symptoms.

“The NHS led multi agency strategy groups recommended in the NICE guideline will hopefully lead to more joined up working between these key services through …

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