Signposting - Health & wellbeing - Virgin Care Autism Diagnostic Pathway – A Pilot Project


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Virgin Care Autism Diagnostic Pathway – A Pilot Project

Virgin Care Wiltshire Community Services are developing an Autism diagnostic pathway as part of their transformation plan. The pathway will offer families a single named clinician to guide them through the process of being assessed for, and possibly being diagnosed with Autism. They are introducing the new pathway which will reduce waiting times for assessment and diagnosis.

The new pathway has been developed by Virgin Care’s clinicians and will be a new model of working where the Autism Specialist will be the key professional involved. The pathway will provide one coordinated service for the diagnosis of autism. It is an assessment only pathway with advice provided to families to help them access the support needed to meet the needs of their child.

Until January 2019 they will be trialling the new pathway and at the end of this period the pathway will be rolled out across Wiltshire. Children and young people seeking an Autism assessment should continue to be referred to the Community Paediatrician team through the SPA (Single Point of Access – details below).

Information will be gathered from a number of sources and parents / carers will be asked for consent for the Autism team to share the child’s information relating to the assessment for Autism. This could include seeking information from colleagues outside of Virgin Care such as Education (School staff / Local Authority services), CAMHS, Social Care. It may also include the child being discussed at multi agency meetings including staff from these groups in order to ensure that they coordinate services appropriately.

Any queries can be directed to Claire Galloway, Professional Lead for Children with Developmental Disorders using the SPA contact details below.

SPA Team
Virgin Care
Wilshire Community Services
First Floor Technology House
Unit 10
Highpost Business Park

telephone: 0300 2470090 email: website:

Click here to take a look at the Pilot ASD Pathway Flow Chart.