New team to enhance services for autistic adults 

A new service has been launched by Devon Partnership NHS Trust that will work with partners across health and social care to provide enhanced support for autistic adults in Devon. 

The Devon Adult Autism Intervention Team (DAAIT) has been commissioned to work across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, linking with colleagues from existing health, social care and support networks to:

  • Prevent unnecessary hospital admission and reduce length of stay
  • Prevent placement or accommodation breakdown, including within the family home
  • Support the individual and their supporters to better understand where autism is impacting on the person’s stability and to understand the barriers to treatment options and solutions, where autism is the key or contributing factor to a person’s needs.

Rachel Webb, DPT’s Operational and Strategic Lead for Neurodiversity, said: “This is an exciting development and we always welcome additional support for individuals in Devon with neurodiversity needs and their families and supporters.

“At the moment, this is a relatively small team and it includes clinical psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and psychiatry. Where the referral criteria are met, the team will be offering interventions through a tiered approach, from signposting and advice to consultation and guidance and, where appropriate, assessment and provision of time-limited interventions relating to autism. It’s important to note that the DAAIT service will not be providing a care coordination function, an emergency or crisis response or treatment that can be provided by mainstream services with reasonable adjustments.”

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