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New specialist advisor for autism appointed

28th October 2008

The head of the North East Autism Consortium has been appointed as the Department of Health’s new specialist advisor for autism, the Department of Health has announced.

Elaine Hill, whose role at the consortium involved the commission and delivery of services for those with disorders on the autistic spectrum, will work four days a week in her new position to advise on needs in policy work and social care.

According to the department, Ms Hill will also communicate with key stakeholders and aim to build sustainable frameworks with them.

Care services minister Phil Hope said she was an “ideal candidate” for the role, given her previous experience.

Ms Hill added: “I hope to be able to develop a key national strategy for people with autism that will help to realise personalised support services and ensure prompt access to that support.”

Meanwhile, last week saw Mr Hope announce that a £60 million scheme has so far benefitted almost 100,000 older people by keeping them at home instead of in hospitals or residential care facilities.

The Partnerships for Older People Projects assist the elderly with everyday tasks such as shopping and collecting prescriptions.

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