Aspergers Service

Overview of service

The Aspergers Service is provided across the South of Essex for individuals above the age of 18 years. Diagnostic Assessment is a key part of the service using the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO – Wing and Gould) or using this framework, we also use the ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised). The service also provides support and intervention around for example access to work, managing anxiety and low mood , social skills, accessing the community and daily living skills. This support is offered through 1-1 and group work.

Where service is based
The service is based in the Basildon Community Resource Centre but covers all of South Essex and appointments including home visits are offered in other areas across South Essex.

Hours of operation
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

How to contact the service
Telephone number 01268-243500
Or in writing to the Aspergers Service, Basildon Community Resource Centre, Basildon Mental Health Unit, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex

How to refer into the service & who can refer
Referral to the service come through Psychiatry and their colleagues in the First Response Team (FRT) as well as the Recovery and Wellbeing Team (RWB). The Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service (EWMHS) can also refer through their Child and Adolescent Psychiatry team.

Referral criteria
Individuals who are aged 18 and over where there is a query around an Autism Spectrum Disorder/Autism Spectrum Condition (ASD/ASC) which is impacting on day to day functioning. Individuals aged 18-30 who have an existing diagnosis who require further specific support.

Additional information to support referral criteria
Evidence of a longstanding history of difficulties in social communication and social interaction as well as information highlighting a pattern of behaviours usually seen in an Autism Spectrum Disorder/Autism Spectrum Condition for example a literal level of understanding, intense areas of interest or focus, difficulties in establishing and maintaining peer relationships.

Exclusions from service
The service will not see individuals who may have a learning disability or who have a confirmed learning disability. These individuals will be most appropriately referred to the Adult Learning Disability Services.

What response times to expect
This is difficult to provide as the current waiting time for Diagnostic Assessment is over 2 years but this should be reducing over the next 6-9 months due to additional resources being provided for the service. The waiting time for those individuals with an existing diagnosis waiting to be seen is significantly lower. Once a referral is received we will either contact individuals directly to gain further information to ensure ours is the most appropriate service or write directly to say their name has been placed on the waiting list to be seen.

EPUT management responsible for service
Sharon Allison
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Head of the Aspergers Service
Tel: 01268-243500

(Sharon reports to:- Dr. Greg Wood, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Chief Psychologist)

Sue Waterhouse
Director of Mental Health