"Well Done the NHS for initiating private-sector ASD healthcare - with excellent results!"
About: South Staffordshire PCT / Primary care mental health service South Staffordshire PCT Primary care mental health service
Posted by eileenpatricia (as ),
South Staffs NHS commissioned a private-sector company "Midlands Psychology" to tackle the huge waiting list for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) assessments/diagnosis (which was 18 months-2 years!) and to work with service users to develop locally delivered ASD services.
Since MP started in Oct 2010, we have had brilliant customer-focussed service development and the waiting list was cleared. For the first time ever, both ASD children and their parents have had specialist support before, during and after diagnosis!
With ASD specialist counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy over the past 2 years, they have helped my 17 yr old son pull out of depression/suicide and enabled him to once again access his education and engage more with the outside world.
However, it could have been an even better experience if MP had been allowed to access my son's mental health medical records - as initially a lot of time was wasted on us having to go over old ground before he could get started properly with his interventions - which was a negative experience for him.