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Services for children with Autism

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Welcome to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, we recognise Autism.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them.

Children and adults with Autism have difficulties with everyday social interaction.

It is estimated that around 700,000 children and adults may have autism - or 1 in 88 people.

Improving Quality Services for Autism

The recognising Autism Management Programme (RAMP) have an improving quality services for autism multi disciplinary team. They have devised an agreed Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Autism standard to ensure that access to RMCH is better for all children/young people and their families with Autism.

This includes pathways for everyone to follow when children/young people attend RMCH in the following areas:

•             Paediatric out-patient clinic.

•             Admission to RMCH.

•             Attending paediatric emergency care.

Work is currently underway to develop a pathway for transition to adult services.

Plan of Care

To enable all healthcare professionals to plan your child's admission or visit to RMCH, please contact Play Services via the referral form and forward this to playservices@cmft.nhs.uk.  A member of the team will contact you to undertake a person centred assessment which allows reasonable adjustments to be made through consideration of communication methods, special interests and behaviours.   The use of social stories, visual timetables and hospital visits to the relevant ward or department can be utilised prior to attending RMCH.  We may also communicate with other organisations such as your child's school.

If you have any individual information, for example, an 'All about me' communication passport, please bring this along with you to all appointments and admissions to share with staff.

If you are a healthcare professional referring a child with Autism to RMCH, please see the 'referring a child' download.

Autism Champions

RMCH have developed champions on each a ward/department to help support the child/young person, their family and staff members to improve awareness.

We welcome your views

To help improve the services for children/young people with Autism at RMCH, please do not hesitate to tell us about your experience.  Please complete the service user evaluation form and send to the contact details below, to advise RMCH if we are going in the right direction in helping children/young people with Autism have a better experience at RMCH.

Contact Details:

Miss Frances Binns

Consultant Specialist Advisor for Autism

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Harrington Building

Oxford Road

M13 9WL

0161 701 5504