Group 3

Diagnosis, Intervention & Support

Dr Jane Neil-MacLachlan (Leader) Adult Autism Coordinator NHS Lothian
Prof Aline-Wendy Dunlop Emeritus Professor University of Strathclyde
Alison Leask Chair, Autism Argyll and parent Autism Argyll
Dr David Simmons Lecturer (Psychology) University of Glasgow
Prof Tommy Mackay Consultant Psychologist Psychology Consultancy Services
Alan Best   NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Neil Hendry   Autism Mapping Scotland
Anne-Marie Gallagher Autism Services Coordinator Autism Resource Centre (GCC & NHSGG&C)
Cathy Steedman Assistant Director Scotland Autism Initiatives UK
Prof Steven Lawrie Head of the Division of Psychiatry University of Edinburgh
Dr Judith Piggott Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist NHS Tayside Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
Dr Anne-Marie McGhee Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Borders Primary Care NHS Trust, NHS Borders Scotland
Dr Ken Aitken (as contributor)   Ken Aitken Consultancy
Prof Kirsty Forsyth   Queen Margaret University
Dr Roo Philip Project Manager Taylor Ed Foundation
Trisha Hunter   Scottish Borders Council 
Linda Graham   NHS Tayside 
Dr Amy Kilbane   NHS Tayside
Dr Andrew Watson    University of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian

Remit [leadership]:

  • co-ordinate work of group
  • co-ordinate reporting to ASD Reference Group
  • contribute to annual reporting
  • act as driver of progress, supporting accountability of the group (ensuring clear leads for action plan elements)

Remit [group]


  • develop clear timed action plan:
    1. (a) link recommendations to goals
    2. (b) develop milestones (with clear timescales)
    3. (c) allocated tasks/"lead" for each part of action plan
  • identify resources required to deliver (staff time, research, project work)
  • identify gaps in work currently being undertaken to identify what needs to be done to ensure the delivery of the recommendations relevant to the sub-group
  • the sub-group will report back to each meeting of the Reference Group by completion of the sub-group template
  • ensure appropriate communication with other sub-groups, link activity as appropriate
  • Regular submission of issues to User and Carer Sub-group for views
  • Linkage to wider user groups
  • Identify gaps and challenges, and offer solutions
  • the sub-group will meet every 2 months
  • Secretariat undertaken within the group

Sub-group specific:

  • the sub-group will take account of the outcomes of funded research projects and of the forthcoming publication of ICD-11 and DSM-V

Responsibility for the delivery of Recommendations:

R10, R19, R20, R21, 22, R23, R24, R25


  • will include representation from health, education, social work and the voluntary sector, with additional members co-opted as required; other representation may be from psychiatry, paediatrics & NES


Subgroup 3 - 29 May 2012

Subgroup 3 - 10 July 2012

Subgroup 3 - 21 August 2012

Subgroup 3 - 2 October 2012

Subgroup 3 - 11 December 2012