Autistic Spectrum Disorder

The RCGP has identified Autistic Spectrum Disorder as a Clinical Priority. It aims to develop and implement a strategy for primary care. Through the work of the Clinical Champion, the College will work with partners in promoting models of best practice and pathways of care and will develop learning and educational resources.

RCGP Autistic Spectrum Disorder Position Statement

The College has published an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) position statement, which aims to present a set of recommendations about how primary care can be supported to increase awareness of possible presentations and diagnoses of ASD, allow equitable access to healthcare for those on the autistic spectrum, and recognise that different consultations skills for those with autism are required.

  • RCGP position statement on Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Autistic Spectrum Disorders toolkit

GPs need to be aware of certain adaptations required when engaging with a patient who has autism so they can have the best health outcomes. the College has produced an Autistic Spectrum Disorders toolkit: a 'one stop shop', user-friendly guide to autism for primary care professionals, people affected by autism, clinical commissioning groups, as well as interested members of the general public.


We are currently seeking to improve the way we communicate to GP surgeries about Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Please take our two minute survey to inform us of your thoughts.

Autism Awareness Workshop Cascade Training

In May 2016, RCGP faculties hosted a series of autism awareness workshops. The below presentations were used at the events, and are intended to be used by GPs and practice staff in their own surgeries.

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