S38 Getting it right for autistic people

Date: Wednesday 12 July
Time: 5.05pm - 6.20pm
Stream: Quality improvement

This joint symposium between the Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists will enlighten you on the experience of autistic people using health services and how psychiatrists can support them. Dr Kate Lovett will chair the joint symposium. Dr Davidson is the Lead for Autism in the Royal College and will describe the role of psychiatrists in autism diagnosis and post-diagnostic support. Prof Jaydeokar is a parent-carer of an autistic child. He is the Director of the Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities (CANDDID) in Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust. He will illuminate you on the direct experience and challenges of caring for a child with autism and the joys associated with being a parent. Dr Courtenay is the National Professional Advisor for Intellectual Disability and Autism in the Care Quality Commission that regulates health and social care services in England. Patient experience is an important factor for CQC in its regulation of services. Dr Courtenay will highlight how services can enhance quality of care through coproduction in services by understanding the experiences of autistic people who use services.


This session aims to: 

  • Highlight and understand the experiences of autistic people and their carers who use mental health services
  • Inform you of the important role in supporting autistic people through diagnosis and thereafter
  • Provide you with a better understanding of the direct experiences of people with autsim in the care pathways they use in mental health services

Chair: Kate Lovett, United Kingdom

Psychiatrists and autistic people: making a difference

Conor Davidson, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds, United Kingdom

Caring and living with autism: the professional and the personal

Sujeet Jaydeokar, University of Chester, Chester, United Kingdom

Autistic people and their experiences of health services

Ken Courtenay, Care Quality Commission, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Please email congress@rcpsych.ac.uk or call 020 8618 4120 with any enquiries.