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Newham Autism Diagnostic Service

Newham is developing a local autism diagnostic service to meet the needs of adults. We are currently recruiting to the service which we anticipate will be operational by late 2022.

This initiative will be in line with the aspirations within the national Autism Act (2009) and the National Strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults (2021), which sets out a national vision that all adults with Autism will be able to live meaningful and rewarding lives within a community that accepts and values them.

The overarching aims for the service are to:
•    Develop a clear and consistent pathway for Autism diagnosis
•    Undertake Autism Diagnostic Assessments
•    Brief individualised post diagnostic interventions including highlighting local support services

The Autism Diagnostic Service will be provided by a multi-disciplinary team as part of the health team for Adults with Learning Disabilities. The team will develop protocols and care-pathways, working closely with mental health and social care to deliver joined-up services.


29 Romford Road
E15 4LY
United Kingdom

Email address
Telephone number
0207 059 6600

The Autism Diagnostic Service will work directly with people over the age of 18 who: 
•    Are registered with a GP in Newham 
•    Consent to the referral

Exclusion Criteria: We cannot see individuals with an existing Autism Diagnosis, including formerly used diagnostic terminology, e.g. (Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Atypical Autism) 

Referrals to the service may be made by a specific range of agencies: 
•    Newham GP’s
•    NHS Consultants
•    Liaison and Diversion Services

New referrals will be screened to identify levels of risk and urgency and the need for further triage or assessment. People who are not eligible will be signposted to a more appropriate service. 

A number of tools can be used to diagnose people who might be autistic, usually relying on two main sources of information: descriptions of the person’s development and behaviour collected via an interview and direct observation of that behaviour.

The service will open at the end of 2022. To be referred to this service and be added to the waiting list, please contact your GP.