East Berkshire wide GEMS service now live

NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group has commissioned local provider Solutions 4 Health to deliver an early intervention and support programme for people who are diagnosed with, or who may have, autism and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), their families, parents and carers.

The East Berkshire wide GEMS service went live on Thursday, 1 October 2020 and provides support for residents of Slough, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Bracknell Forest.

In addition, Bracknell Forest Council is working with Solutions for Health to develop a service which supports adults with autism. This community-based programme will focus on the development of life skills and well-being. It will also help parents/carers to support their young person as they transition to adulthood and will be available from December 2020.

In 2019, NHS East Berkshire CCG commissioned Attain to carry out an independent review of ADHD and autism services (all ages) across East Berkshire. In response to identified gaps, stakeholders were involved in the design, procurement and ongoing feedback and development of this new service.

The GEMS service offers a new website and telephone helpdesk for information and advice, as well as signposting and onward referrals if needed. A programme of evidence-based workshops and social activities available weekdays, evenings and weekends, can also be booked through our helpdesk. Currently delivered online, we will hold our workshops and programmes at local venues across East Berkshire once it is safe to do so.

Information, advice and support can be accessed by visiting https://www.gems4health.com/ or calling the helpline on 01753 373244 / 0800 999 1342, Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00pm.

Leena Sankla, Director of Public Health & Lifestyle Services at Solutions 4 Health said: “We are pleased to be the new provider of this innovative autism and ADHD support service and are keen to give residents across East Berkshire the best possible chance of access to information, advice and support”.

Janette Fullwood, Head of Children, Young People and Families at NHS East Berkshire CCG said “With integration and co-production as a guiding principle, GEMS will provide a coordinated and accessible support service to families and individuals.

The service offers support with or without a diagnosis”. Councillor Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Health & Housing on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council said: “We are excited to bring this service to Bracknell Forest. It will bring much needed additional support to adults with autism in our borough. These residents have a lot to offer given the right support and we are looking forward to hearing about how this service has helped local people.”

Contacts

  • https://www.gems4health.com/
  • 01753 373244 / 0800 999 1342 to book a course or access support
  • eFax: + 441753251139
  • Twitter: @Gems4Health
  • Facebook: @Gems4Health
Contact:
Head of Public Health Delivery – East Berkshire: Debbie Rowe
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