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Autism: Diagnosis

Question for Department of Health

UIN 37620, tabled on 19 May 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken for autism diagnosis was by age and gender at time of diagnosis for each year from 2013.

Answered on

24 May 2016

We do not centrally collect data from the National Health Service on waiting times for an assessment of autism.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guideline on autism diagnosis states that a diagnostic assessment should start within 12 weeks of referral.

NHS England and the Association of Directors of Social Services have undertaken a series of visits to clinical commissioning groups to identify best practice on diagnosis and support.

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