A new resource to support social care and health service providers working with people with autism has been launched.

The autism skills and knowledge list has been developed by Skills for Care, Skills for Health and the National Autistic Society after consultation with some 2,000 people including health and social care professionals, commissioners and managers, as well as 150 people who have autism and more than 800 family carers. The list is intended to increase awareness of autism and improve skills among workers in generic health and social care services.

This is part of a range of online training resources funded by the Department of Health to increase awareness and understanding of autism across all public services. Individual workers, or services and teams can use the list to work out whether they have the knowledge and skills needed to provide a good service to people who have autism. It will also be useful for people who arrange or provide training to workers.

The list will support people with no knowledge and experience of autism, as well as those with existing knowledge about autism including lived personal experience of having autism or being a family carer to a person with autism.