Consultation: commissioning autism services

Skills for Care, National Autistic Society (NAS) and National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), are developing a guide for commissioners who work in social care, health and children's commissioning for autism services. 

The guide explores the key questions that you need to answer to make informed commissioning decisions. It explains the things that you need to measure, the things that you need to do, and who to engage, as well as links to useful guidance and information. 

For each of these things, we've split the guide up under these headings: 

  • understanding the local population
  • culture and management
  • working in partnership
  • learning and development. 

This is an initial version of the guide for consultation, debate and discussion. Between now and summer 2019, we want to know what you think about the guide, including:

  • if it's useful and if it works in this format
  • what else needs to be in it
  • what doesn't need to be in it. 

Download the draft guide here

We're still exploring how we can consult on the guide. If you have any initial feedback, or would like to get involved in future consultation activity, please email us

Understanding the local population of autistic people calculator

We're also developing a calculator to help you estimate the population of autistic people in your local area. This will be available for consultation shortly.