Local doctor has been appointed autism champion for England

27 October 2016

Dr Ian Davidson has been appointed to the role of Autism Champion by The Royal College of Psychiatrists to support the national ‘Think Autism’ programme.

‘Think Autism’ a cross-government strategy led by the Department of Health and supported by NHS England, is set to dramatically improve the lives of people living with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, who face many barriers to accessing healthcare services.

Dr Davidson, Consultant Psychiatrist for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust (CWP), is an experienced adult psychiatrist, specialising in the assessment and treatment of people of all ages with complex presentations and ASD. He has delivered assessments and care to people across a wide range of settings including primary care, learning disability services, courts, prisons and police custody.

Dr Ian Davidson says: “I am delighted and privileged to have been appointed Autism Champion. The decision by Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Department of Health to support this role and work demonstrates the commitment of both to improving the experience, health and well-being of people with autism. I am looking forward to my role and helping to achieve the programme objectives.”

Andy Styring, Director of Operations at CWP, says: “There is an urgent need to build community understanding of the everyday challenges people with autism and their families face. Ian’s appointment will help ensure that we are driving the need for mainstream services and communities to be more autism friendly and deliver improved health outcomes.”

CWP was rated ‘outstanding’ for hospital services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and ‘good’ for community services by national regulators, the Care Quality Commission, last year.

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