Autism Navigation Support across Essex, Southend and Thurrock – supporting adults and families through the diagnostic process from the beginning and beyond

Published on: June 27, 2023

SUMMIT have been awarded the Essex-wide (inc Thurrock and Southend) Autism Navigation Service contract to July 2026.

This service provides diagnosis pathway support (for adults who identify as ASD -no Learning Disabilities, or ADHD only) and advocacy support for Essex adults who identify (or diagnosed) with ASD (leaflet attached).

For more information email or telephone 01255 429778

Engagement for an All Age Autism Outreach Service

EC health Commissioners are looking to get lived experience feedback to help shape a new Autism Outreach Service for autistic children, young people and adults who may be at risk of requiring support from a mental health hospital.

At the bottom of this page is a questionnaire (for groups) and a link to an online questionnaire here: Engagement for an All Age Autism Outreach Service

We are writing from the Southend, Essex & Thurrock Transforming Care Partnership (TCP). We are developing a new service. Autism Outreach is part of the NHS Long Term Plan and National Strategy for autistic children, young people, and adults.

Throughout the country, many autistic people experience periods of poor mental health. Some have or will require support in a secure unit to support their mental health. This tells us that at times, the mental health needs of some autistic people may not be understood in the local community. Support can also be difficult to find and access in the local community.

Autism Outreach aims to help autistic people who are at risk of requiring support from a mental health hospital. The service will work to support them to live safely.

We want to hear the views of autistic children and young people, adults and their families/carers, who have experienced admission to hospital or received community support for their mental health, about the service, and have a list of questions we would like you to answer below.

Your views will help us to design and improve the service. We will let you know what happens. Any views or comments that fall outside the scope of this project will be acknowledged and feedback will be provided to you.

Ability B4 Disability (AB4D) – Carers Questionnaire

Ability B4 Disability (AB4D) have developed the Carers questionnaire (in word and easy read format). The questionnaire provides Carers with an opportunity to share their thoughts on the impact of Cost Of Living, Social isolation and access to GPs for carers (paid and unpaid). Please note the closing date for submission is 30 June 2023.

For more information regarding the questionnaire please contact or

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CEDC Forum Topic Questions – Carers – July 23

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