Referral Guidance

Guidance notes for making a referral

Who can refer?

  •          There is a G.P referral form on the Somerset Partnership website
  •          There is an internal referral form for Somerset Partnership staff
  •          Please don’t hesitate to contact us beforehand if you would like to discuss your referral first

Inclusion criteria

  • Aged 18 years or above
  • No diagnosis of learning disability
  • Symptoms indicative of an autism spectrum condition
  • Evidence of a clinically significant impairment in functioning
  • Registered to a G.P in Somerset
  • No existing diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Referral and Acceptance Criteria

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder share differences and/or difficulties relating to two core areas:

  •          Social communication and social interaction
  •          Restricted, repetitive patterns of interests, activities or behaviour

When deciding whether someone is appropriate for our service we will be assessing the referral information in accordance with DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The team has a weekly referral meeting, following which the referrer will be contacted regarding the outcome of their referral.

In some cases, we may contact the referrer to request further information, before a decision is reached.  

Waiting list

There is currently a long waiting list for assessment (6-12 months). In certain cases we may be able to prioritise referrals if there is a strong clinical reason to do so. We would advise referrers to contact us if a person’s circumstances change and they believe that the referral needs to be prioritised.  

Advice Service

Our advice service offers support to health and social care staff who are working with someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This might include:

  •          Discussing ways of adapting therapeutic work
  •          Discussing ideas about accessing support
  •          Contributing to social care assessments for people that we’ve diagnosed