Stephen Simpson is senior autism nurse practitioner (RNLD) at South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust
The Department of Health and Social Care has recently announced a consultation for health professionals about mandatory training on learning disability and autism.
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Whether you work in a clinic, GP practice or hospital setting, the environment will have an effect on both patients and the staff who support them.
The recent controversy stoked by the student union of the University of Manchester, which asked people not to clap, caused all sorts of debate about social inclusion.
The prevalence rate for autism spectrum disorders is now thought to be between 1% and 1.5% and even more people will be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.