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All Age Norfolk Autism Partnership Board

Norfolk County Council, clinical commissioning groups and their partners want to listen to autistic people, their families and people with an interest in autism.

Working with autistic people, the Norfolk Autism Partnership Board (NAPB) have created a local autism strategy called My Autism, Our Lives, Our Norfolk and easy read guide.

This sets out how support and services need to develop in Norfolk.

The NAPB have also worked with public health to produce an assessment of autism needs.

About the NAPB

This decision-making board drives the work of developing our response to autism. It meets four times a year to inform the creation and implementation of an action plan to deliver the national Autism Strategy in Norfolk. The NAPB take feedback from and deliver plans to a number of different working groups. The NAPB particularly aims to influence the local authority and NHS commissioners to develop improved services for children, young people and adults who have or may have autism.

The board itself is inclusive, ensuring the active participation of a wide range of experts by experience, parents and carers.

The board constantly seeks to raise awareness of autism within the wider community and works to enable autistic people to be fully included in society.

Joining the board

If you would like to get involved by joining the board or a working group, please complete the NAP application form. The form will give us a bit of information about you and let you tell us what you'd like to be involved in. By joining the Norfolk Autism Partnership you agree to the Code of Conduct.

You don't have to join the board though - there are other ways you can be involved in the partnership.

NAPB working groups

The NAPB working groups oversee the implementation of the plans set out by the board. These groups are inclusive and involve experts by experience, parents and carers. Every member of the group has a defined role, with responsibility and ownership to explore all solutions to problems.

There are currently five working groups under the board: engagement with people, data collection, diagnosis pathways, education, and workforce development.

Working group updates

The data collection working group oversees the development of the National Autism Self-Assessment framework exercise.

It also oversees the development of a central point of information about autism that informs planning across children’s and adults' social services.

The group completed the Norfolk Autism Self-Assessment exercise in December 2018. We’ll analyse the data from this exercise and this will tell us which areas Norfolk needs to focus on and prioritise with its plans.

The diagnosis pathways working group oversees the delivery of a transparent autism diagnostic pathway that can be clearly understood and has waiting times within NICE guidelines.

The Adult Diagnosis Service was offered to Norfolk Community Health and Care to continue to deliver the contract for an additional year.

In addition, they are to put in place pre- and post-support services for those waiting for a diagnosis or who have been diagnosed with autism.

The Adult Diagnosis Service is available to people aged 18 and over without a learning disability. To find out more about the service and how to get referred visit the Autism Service Norfolk webpage.

The children’s pathways to getting an assessment for autism vary greatly between areas. For further information see our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) page.

Working with clinical commissioning groups, we commissioned RethinkPartners to review Norfolk Neurodiversity pathways that include autism.

RethinkPartners worked with professionals and people with neurodiversity issues to develop a list of recommendations.

If approved, these recommendations will lead to the development and implementation plan to improve all current pathways.

The engagement working group seeks new ways to raise awareness of autism and communicate our messages to others.

The group have drafted a plan that sets out how the NAPB will communicate with autistic people and their families/carers in the future.

It states how we will make sure we involve autistic people and their families/carers in decisions that affect them.

The plan talks about how we will talk to everyone currently involved in the NAP to identify how they would prefer to be kept up to date and involved in our work.

The workforce development working groups oversees the development of approaches to achieve autism awareness across Norfolk.

It is currently focussing on the development of learning and training programmes.

A co-produced autism elearning module is available to all Norfolk County Council staff.

The working group is look to roll out this elearning to a wider audience which could include constabulary, criminal justice, schools and GPS, among others.

The training provider Ambitious about Autism has also been commissioned to deliver coproduced specialist face to face autism training to social care staff.

The working groups next steps are to align the training to Skills for Care and explore the best way to evaluate the success of both training course and put in place a continuous improvement programme.  

Other ways to get involved

You don't have to be a board member to be involved in the partnership. We offer a few different ways of keeping in touch and making your views heard: 

  • Receive the NAP newsletter
  • Get involved in special activities run by the board
  • Attend a forum for autistic people, their families/carers and people interested in autism

To get involved, just fill out a NAP consent form. The form lets you tell us a bit about yourself, plus what you're interested in taking part in. If you join the partnership, you have to agree to follow the Norfolk Autism Partnership Code of Conduct.

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