Katie's Diary

Autism training

9th January 2015

THE Royal College of GPs is set to launch a three-year training programme to raise awareness and better educate its 50,000 members on autism.

The scheme is designed to improve diagnosis and the quality of support given to those both with autism and affected by it.

ubu welcomes the latest announcement, but the system in general must change and must improve in the way it diagnoses people with autism and supports them.

Autism affects more than 600,000 people in the UK, yet it is often overlooked by those who don’t understand the condition. In addition to that, there are nearly half a million adults in the UK with undiagnosed autism, according to the most recent research.

Too many families have said that they feel let down by the system and that there is not enough being done to help them.

As a leading care provider that has been at the forefront in supporting vulnerable people for three decades, ubu believe that it is important that the health sector must invest more resources in providing families and individuals affected by autism with a better level of support. This means more resources and education for GPs and health professionals so that they can diagnose the condition much earlier and more efficiently.

ubu has worked tirelessly to support those with autism to live independently whilst also supporting their respective families. For uStep to continue to support those with autism, there must also be a better understanding from those at the top of the health sector.

So whilst this new training programme is a positive step forward in improving education and awareness surrounding autism, it is vital that more is done to improve diagnosis and long term support for individuals living with it. 

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