Shaping Autism Services in Southern Staffordshire

Healthwatch Staffordshire have been asked by the Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups to distribute information about a survey and listening events about Shaping Autism Services and are asking people with experience of these Autism Services to take part.  Please pass this information on to any of your contacts that may have experience of the services.

The current contract for Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) services in South Staffordshire is due to come to an end.  In order to comply with Government Regulations around NHS contracts and Procurement, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs -the NHS Organisations responsible for designing services) in this area must award a new contract to provide the service using a tendering process and invite potential providers to apply.

The CCGs in Cannock Chase CCG, East Staffordshire CCG, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG want to engage with patients, parents and carers that access ASC services to ensure they have the opportunity to play an active role in shaping what the future service might look like. They want to make sure that patients and their families/ carers are receiving the right, high-quality services that they need.

Your feedback on what is important to you and what support would help you and your child to live well with autism is essential and will make a difference to the future service provided in South Staffordshire.

An online survey has been developed and you can give your feedback anonymously using the link: https://nhs.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=155792473434

They are also holding a series of listening events to hear from users of existing services and to make sure you have your say on the future of autism services in South Staffordshire.   They have a number of dates already arranged but would really like to expand this to further groups who want to play a part in making sure that the service meets the needs of those that use it.

Therefore, they are asking that, if you feel that you would like them to attend your group, please contact the CCG with the date, time and venue and a very brief description of your group on 01785 854482.