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Rotherham Adult Autism Diagnostic Service (RAADS)

The Rotherham Adult Autism Diagnostic Service provides diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder for adults who currently live in the Rotherham area.

For individuals receiving a diagnosis of Autism, short term follow up sessions will be offered that can help with:

  • Adjustment to autism diagnosis
  • Education around diagnosis
  • Working with employers/services to make reasonable adjustments
  • Sensory Assessments
  • Signposting to services that offer further support

Team: The diagnostic service benefits from a multi-disciplinary team approach consisting of both psychologists and occupational therapists.

Service Base: The service is based in the centre of town at Centenary Clinic however clinics will be also offered at Swallownest Court, Ferham Clinic or individuals own homes. Initial assessments can be offered using remote technology.

Referrals: GPs and RDaSH professionals can make a referral to the service on behalf of their patient. A mandatory referral form will need to be completed along with an AQ10 from the patient.

Rotherham Referral form

AQ10

Referrals can be emailed to rdash.rotherham-adult-asd-service@nhs.net

Eligibility Criteria: 

A diagnostic assessment is a challenging process for anyone. Therefore, referrals will only be accepted that meet the following criteria:

  • Individual aged 18 years and above – at the time of referral
  • Person has given informed consent to the referral
  • An IQ over 70 – meaning that the patient does not have a moderate or severe learning disability. There is a separate diagnostic pathway for patients with a learning disability.
  • Stable in terms of risk to self – being sufficiently stable to keep himself/herself safe throughout assessment, i.e. is not engaging in significant self-harm or attempts on own life. If this is the case, a referral to the community mental health team may be required first.
  • The person’s substances and/or alcohol use is not at a level that may interfere with observational assessments/ability to engage in assessment process.
  • BMI above 15
  • No current diagnosis of dementia – or not going through the diagnostic process for dementia.

Please note, we do not hold a caseload or care coordinate for patients with an existing diagnosis of Autism.

Opening hours

Our team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about the service you can speak to the service by calling 01709 447752

Useful links

Our service booklets 

https://www.rdash.nhs.uk/62074/welcome-to-rotherham-adult-autism-diagnostic-service-raads/

https://www.rdash.nhs.uk/62079/rotherham-adult-autism-diagnostic-service-raads-what-to-expect-during-my-autism-assessment/

https://www.rdash.nhs.uk/62082/what-is-austism/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/autism/

https://www.autism.org.uk/