Vice Chair: Dr Lance Watkins
Our faculty is here to help members improve their knowledge of psychiatry of intellectual disability.
We also develop policy to promote the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities.
An Assembly Member Bill, introduced by Paul Davies AM. Paul Davies AM was successful in a legislative ballot on 28 March 2017 and given leave to proceed with his Bill (PDF) by the Assembly on 14 June 2017.
The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.
The overall purpose of the Bill is to ensure the needs of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Wales are met, and to protect and promote their rights. The Bill delivers this purpose by seeking to:
- Introduce a strategy for meeting the needs of children and adults in Wales with ASD conditions which will:
- Promote best practice in diagnosing ASD, and assessing and planning for meeting care needs;
- Ensure a clear and consistent pathway to diagnosis of ASD in local areas;
- Ensure that local authorities and NHS bodies take necessary action so that children and adults with ASD receive the timely diagnosis and support they need across a range of services;
- Strengthen support for families and carers and ensure their wishes, and those of people with ASD, are taken into account;
- Promote research, innovation and improvement in ASD Services;
- Establish practices to enable the collection of reliable and relevant data on the numbers and needs of children and adults with ASD, so that the Welsh Ministers, and local and NHS bodies can plan accordingly;
- Ensure key staff working with people with ASD are provided with appropriate ASD training; and
- Regularly review the strategy and guidance to ensure progress.
- Require the Welsh Ministers to issue guidance to the relevant bodies on implementing the strategy.
- Require the Welsh Ministers to collect suitable data to facilitate the implementation of the Bill.
- Require the Welsh Ministers to undertake a campaign to raise awareness and understanding of ASD.
Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum (PDF).