About this event

  • Date and time Mon 11 Nov 2019 from 12:30pm to 5:40pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Intellectual Disability

Join us to explore best practice in the management of physical and mental health conditions in people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the lifespan.  

High-profile speakers will address the health inequalities that people with autism spectrum disorders face, running through the treatment guidelines around these methods of protection. 

You will: 

  • Gain an overview of the extent of health inequalities that people with autism spectrum disorders experience. 
  • Be introduced to the best practice guidelines in primary healthcare to overcome some of the health inequalities discussed 
  • Appreciate the common complications during the transition from adolescence to adulthood for people with autism spectrum disorders, with the opportunity to suggest ways of addressing these problems
  • Be able to outline the best practice in the management of epilepsy and the management of psychosis.



Key speakers

Professor Patricia Howlin

Kings College, London

Speaker's biography

A pioneering researcher and founding editor of the journal Autism

Professor Gyles Glover

Consultant in Public Health

Speaker's biography

Expert on health inequalities facing people with developmental disorders

Dr Silvana Unigwe

Royal College of General Practitioners

Speaker's biography

Author of the recently published GP Toolkit for people with ASD

Dr Rohit Shankar OBE

Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

Speaker's biography

National expert on Epilepsy & SUDEP


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introductory comments

Dr Martin Bollard, President, Intellectual Disability Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

Psychosis in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis and treatment approaches

Dr Regi Tharian Alexander, Consultant Psychiatrist, Little Plumstead Hospital, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Mr Tadhgh Lane, Expert by Experience and Member- Research in Developmental Neuropsychiatry (RADiANT) Advisory Board

'The general practitioner toolkit’ - Techniques for delivering primary healthcare to the autistic population

Dr Silvana Unigwe, General Practitioner, NHS

Panel discussion with presenters
Tea and coffee break
Healthcare issues in adolescence and early adulthood

Professor Patricia Howlin, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in people with intellectual disability and/or Autism - Wilful blindness?

Dr Rohit Shankar, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Truro Cornwall and University of Exeter and Mrs Sammy Ashby, Deputy Chief Executive, SUDEP Action

Services for people with Autism- The 2018 local area self assessment

Professor Gyles Glover, Late Director of Public Health England's Learning Disabilities Observatory

Panel discussion with presenters
Closing remarks

Dr Martin Bollard, President Intellectual Disability Section, Royal Society of Medicine


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom