A message from Lead Commissioner for the Integrated Health and Care Commissioning Team On behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, East and North Herts CCG and Herts Valleys CCG:
In 2019, based on feedback from autistic adults and their carers and in collaboration with the Hertfordshire All-Age Autism Co-production Board, Commissioners started a review of services and support for autistic adults in Hertfordshire.
The review and design of the new service was co-produced with people with lived experience, carers and professionals and we heard the views of hundreds of people across the County.
One of the key findings of the review was that we needed a service in Hertfordshire that would deliver support, advice and guidance to adults with autism and their carers. In 2021 the Integrated Health and Care Commissioning Team commissioned Autism Bedfordshire, an experienced, specialist autism charity to deliver a new community support service in the County. Known locally as Autism Hertfordshire, this new service will offer support to adults both pre-and post-diagnosis through a range of interventions including group work, skills training and development and 1:1 support, in recognition that getting the right support at the right time is crucial to achieving better outcomes in the longer term.
Our vision is that Hertfordshire is recognised as an autism friendly county, in which people with autism can live fulfilling and meaningful lives within communities that are understanding and supportive. This new service forms part of that vision, designed by people with lived experience and their carers, to make a real impact to people’s lives and we look forward to working with Autism Hertfordshire over the coming years to realise this vision”.