NHS Education Autism Training Resources

Here you will find resources to help you decide what autism training and skills are needed in your office or organisation, which types of training will fit those needs, and a table of currently available training courses from a variety of sources, delivered in a variety of means.


NES_logoNES Autism Training Framework – Following the development of The Scottish Strategy for Autism, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) was invited to develop an Autism Training Framework detailing the knowledge and skills required at different levels within the health and social care workforce to achieve key outcomes for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families and carers. The Framework describes the knowledge and skills required across the range from those in generic services through to those working in specialist ASD services.

NES Autism Training Plan – The Training Plan outlines the training needed to fulfil the requirements of the NHS Education for Scotland Autism Training Framework by (i) identifying currently available training; (ii) identifying gaps in training provision, and, (iii) guiding the development of appropriate training.

Autism Knowledge and Skills (AKS): Self-Assessment and Training Action Plan – The (AKS) Self-Assessment and Training Action Plan has been designed to assist individual staff members or service managers to record training needs when using the NES Autism Training Framework: Optimising Outcomes and the NES Autism Training Plan.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has just published an updated web resource on autism spectrum disorders. The resource is designed for use by general and primary care practitioners. It offers information on a number of topics including screening, diagnosis, health and behaviour, and adjustments to practice.

NES worked closely with the autism community on the review and revision of the web resource’s content. Thom Kirkwood, Michael Dawson, and Kabie Brook reviewed the resource and obtained feedback from others in the broader autism community, includingARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland) and other community groups.  Thom recently thanked the autism community on social media, saying, “Us three could not have made such contributions without your help and support from across the autism community. I can advise that NES took all feedback on board to produce a vastly improved resource.” He went on to describe the process as “another example of positive strategic partnership working” and thanked the NES team.

The updated web resource can be accessed by clicking here.