BASS Autism Services for Adults

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 2nd July 2020: All face-to-face BASS services are suspended until further notice. This includes all clinic appointments, training events, groups and advice services. A telephone and email service to support autistic adults and staff working with them is available. 

In order to protect the safety of NHS staff and anyone using BASS services during the Coronavirus outbreak, all face-to-face contacts are cancelled until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience and distress this may cause. 

Diagnostic clinic –  All face-to-face assessment clinics have been suspended until further notice. Patients should not come to Petherton Resource Centre for any appointments. 

We are now offering a remote/online assessment service. This will initially be with individuals with existing referrals for assessment. We have now reopened our referral waiting list and are accepting referrals for diagnostic assessment.  We do not have any specific information about when face-to-face assessment services will be resumed.

Training – The majority of face to face training has been postponed and will be rearranged for when services fully resume. We are able to offer 1-2hr online autism awareness sessions. We are also offering full day face-to-face sessions for staff if it is deemed essential. We will consider this on a case per case basis, please contact the team to discuss any training requests.

BASS Advice services – Face-to-face advice services across all areas (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North Somerset) will be closed until further notice. 

A limited number of staff are working across Advice Services to provide advice and support. If you have an existing diagnosis of Autism and would like support from BASS you will be able to access this on an ongoing basis. All appointments will be held by phone or video call. To arrange this, please ring 01275 796204 or email awp.bass@nhs.net.

We recognise that this is a difficult time for many of the people we support. In order to help we have produced some useful resources which can be found here.

Groups – We are running a number of groups via video call including mindfulness, problem solving. If you would like information about these please contact BASS at awp.bass@nhs.net.

Support for staff working with autistic adults – Staff in BASS are available for telephone or email consultation regarding any member of staff working with an autistic adult, whether in inpatient services or in the community. Please contact BASS to request this support. 

If you have any questions about the above, or would like to speak to a member of the BASS team regarding our services please ring 01275 796204 or email awp.bass@nhs.net.

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Who we are

BASS Autism Services for Adults provide a service to adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and professionals and carers who support them.

There are allocated services for four geographical areas: Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES), North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The service has been running in Bristol since 2009, in 2013 the two spoke services in BANES and North Somerset started and in 2014 the service started in South Gloucestershire.

 

What we do

  • Assess and diagnose people who are referred to us by their GP.
  • Support colleagues in mental health services to work with individuals with ASD
  • Advice service with groups on mindfulness, stress management, social cognition and interaction, as well as an opportunity to book one to one sessions with our staff.
  • Social prescribing to help individuals with ASD to link with the community and access social opportunities.
  • Social support assessments for people accessing our post diagnostic services.
  • Post-diagnostic support - psycho-education, employment and benefits support, problem solving and signposting.
  • Training in Asperger syndrome and ASD ranging from one hour awareness sessions to a full days training.

We do not hold a caseload or care coordinate. We currently accept referrals for people within Bristol, North Somerset, BANES and South Gloucestershire. Referrals outside of these areas can be seen on a cost per case basis, subject to funding being agreed by the referring clinical commissioning group.

Contact

BASS is based at the Petherton Resource Centre in Bristol.

Telephone: 01275 796204
Email: awp.bass@nhs.net

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