Autism

Welcome to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, we recognise Autism. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. Children and adults with Autism have difficulties with everyday social interaction. It is estimated that around 700,000 children and adults may have autism - or 1 in 88 people.

Improving Quality Services for Autism

The recognising Autism and Learning Disabilities Management Programme (RALMP) have an improving quality services for autism multi disciplinary team. They have devised an agreed Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Autism standard to ensure that access to RMCH is better for all children/young people and their families with Autism.

This includes pathways for everyone to follow when children/young people attend RMCH in the following areas:

•             Paediatric out-patient clinic.
•             Admission to RMCH.
•             Attending paediatric emergency care.

Work is currently underway to develop a pathway for transition to adult services.

Please contact RMCHRALMP@mft.nhs.uk   if you are:

  • A professional requiring advice about caring for a patient with  Autism or  learning disability
  • A patient with Autism or learning disability
  • Parent / Carer of a patient with Autism  or  learning disability

For further information click here

Plan of Care

To enable all healthcare professionals to plan your child’s admission or visit to RMCH, please contact Play Services via the referral form and forward this to playservices@mft.nhs.uk.  A member of the team will contact you to undertake a person centred assessment which allows reasonable adjustments to be made through consideration of communication methods, special interests and behaviours.   The use of social stories, visual timetables and hospital visits to the relevant ward or department can be utilised prior to attending RMCH.  We may also communicate with other organisations such as your child’s school.

If you have any individual information, for example, an ‘All about me’ communication passport, please bring this along with you to all appointments and admissions to share with staff.

If you are a healthcare professional referring a child with Autism to RMCH, please see the ‘referring a child’ download.

Reasonable Adjustment Checklist

Autism Champions

RMCH have developed champions on each a ward/department to help support the child/young person, their family and staff members to improve awareness.

We welcome your views

To help improve the services for children/young people with Autism at RMCH, please do tell us about your experience.  Please complete the Your views  and send to RMCHRALMP@mft.co.uk.

Patient Stories

Contact Details:

RMCHRALMP@mft.nhs.uk

Miss Frances Binns, Consultant Specialist Advisor, Autism and Learning Disabilites, RMCH

Ms Anna Ostmeier-Brill, Autism & Learning Disabilities Liaison Practitioner

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Harrington Building
Oxford Road
M13 9WL

Email: RMCHRALMP@mft.nhs.uk
Telephone: 0161 701 5504