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Autism Training Day for Psychiatrists

Monday 26th October 2020

Virtual Event via Zoom

9.45am Registration/Login, 10.00am Welcome and 4.00pm, Close


***LYPFT staff please contact us directly to book this course***

Autistic people make up at least 1 in 100 people in the UK. Autism is lifelong so autistic people will present to services at all ages. About a third of autistic people will also have learning disability, and well over half will have co-occurring mental health problems. It’s therefore essential that all psychiatrists in all specialties have a good working knowledge of autism. 

LYPFT is delighted to host this nationally recognised training event - led by Dr Ian Davidson, Royal College of Psychiatrists Autism Champion – which is a fantastic opportunity to update on the latest developments in the field of autism both locally and nationally. This training day has been developed with Health Education England to cover essential knowledge for psychiatrists who are not specialists in autism to help them meet training requirements under the MHA Code of Practice and Think Autism national guidance and level 2 of the Autism Capability Framework (2019)

The day will be focused on practical information to help psychiatrists make best use of existing resources. It will cover topics including how to avoid diagnostic overshadowing, types of reasonable adjustments which can be applied in practice, addressing myths about Autism and what non-specialist psychiatrists need to know about things like Care and Treatment reviews. It will follow a strengths, needs and aspirations approach to understanding traits and sensitivities and how to take these into account in helping Autistic people with mental health conditions which need input from mental health services including psychiatrists. The core national components are delivered by Ian Davidson RCPsych Autism Champion, Rachel Moody Expert by Experience, Clair Haydon Consultant OT.

The afternoon session will include a talk from Dr Conor Davidson from Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS) about the local autism picture in Leeds, what LADS can offer you and your patients in terms of training, consultancy and support, and plans for future autism service development in the city.