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 guidance to support the commissioning workforce in health and social care to improve the way they commission services and support for autistic people.

The guide explores the key questions that need answering to make informed commissioning decisions, and explains the things that need measuring, the things that need to be done, and who to engage, as well as links to useful guidance and resources.

We’ve developed a draft guidance document and want to get feedback from people and organisations that work in health and social care commissioning, as well as autistic people, family , friends and carers.

Download the draft guide here

It’s intended to be clear and simple and give an overview of the information available. You can then click on the links if you want to get more detailed information, support and resources.

Please complete this short survey to provide us with your feedback by Friday 6 September 2019.

If you’d prefer to give feedback over the phone, please email to arrange a time.

The questions we’re asking are:

  • Is the guide set out in a way that makes sense. i.e. things to measure, things to do, who to engage, sources of support?
  • Are there any gaps in the guide, from your point of view? 
  • How do you think the guide would be used?
  • Are there any additional resources or links that you think could be included in the guide?
  • What would encourage you or the people you work with to use the guide when making decisions?

We’re also looking for opportunities to speak to people and organisations about the guidance. If you have any meetings or events coming up, please email   


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.