How to access a diagnostic assessment for Autism

Diagnostic Pathway

This is the NHS diagnostic pathway for adults with autism in Brighton and Hove.

If you suspect that you might have an Autism Spectrum Condition you should first go to your GP and discuss the traits and characteristics you experience that you feel may relate to the condition. If the GP feels that an Autism Spectrum Condition is possible they will make a referral to the Neurodevelopmental team at Brighton General Hospital. This referral can take between 18 months-2 years (waiting times do fluctuate, but have recently been around 2 years) In the meantime, you will receive a questionnaire to complete that asks about many different aspects of life. Take this with you to the assessment. The assessment will usually last half to a full day. Here, the Neurodevelopmental team will complete an in-depth assessment with you that will include further questionnaires and an interview, and ask that you bring a parent, career, or someone that has known you for a long time to ask them about you. They may ask you to come back for a follow up appointment. From the information gathered about you, the team will give you a detail report and their results of the assessment.

For more information about the Neurodevelopmental service, please visit:

https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/east-sussex-and-brighton-and-hove-neurodevelopmental-service-neurodevelopmental-service