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Help shape national guidelines on autism diagnosis for children and young people


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are looking for lay members to join the autism in under 19s: recognition, referral and diagnosis committee. The committee looks at the NICE guideline which covers recognising and diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in children and young people from birth up to 19 years. It also covers referral. It aims to improve the experience of children, young people and those who care for them.

They seek people with an understanding of the issues important to children, young people and families/carers about the referral and diagnosis of autism, including children and young people with other conditions like ADHD or learning disabilities.

Closing date: 8am, 19 June 2017.

 Time commitment:  Up to 12 months.

If you have questions please contact the Public Involvement Programme recruitment team on PIPrecruitment@nice.org.uk or call 0161 870 3020.

A role description and application pack is available on the NICE website at: https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/join-a-committee/lay-member-autism-in-under-19s-recognition-referral-and-diagnosis

The current NICE guideline in this area includes recommendations on:

  • local pathway for recognition, referral and diagnostic assessment of possible autism
  • recognising children and young people with possible autism
  • referring children and young people to the autism team
  • autism diagnostic assessment for children and young people
  • medical investigations
  • communicating the results from the autism diagnostic assessment
  • information and support for families and carers

NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services by:

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services.
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.


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