Dr Carole Buckley will be answering your questions in our live online Q&A, Tuesday 1 April 2014, 12.30pm (GMT).
A GP (doctor) since 1986 and currently in partnership in Bristol, Carole has been the GP member on the NICE guideline development groups for autism in adults and the management of autism in children and young people.
At present Carole is the GP member for the NICE guideline on learning disability and challenging behaviour and sits on the children and young peoples health outcomes forum.
The Royal College of General Practitioners recently accepted the proposal that ASD be a clinical priority for GP's for a three year period beginning April 2014. This means a better awareness, and crucially, improved care and outcomes, not only for people with ASD but their families too. We are thrilled that Carole has been appointed Clinical Champion, therefore leading this very important project. Carole recently told us:
"I am delighted that the Royal College of General Practitioners has chosen Autistic Spectrum Disorders as a clinical priority for the next 3 years. Raising awareness and improving training for the primary care workforce is pivotal in improving access to health care and health outcomes for those with autism, their families and carers. I am grateful to Research Autism for all the support it continues to give me in developing this role".
Carole has a son named David who is on the autism spectrum and also has severe learning difficulties and epilepsy. Carole's personal experiences give a unique insight into the challenges posed by ASC.
Carole spoke at our Stress and Autism conference last May, and later in 2013 joined Research Autism's Scientific and Advisory Committee.
If you have a question for Carole, join us live on Tuesday 1 April. You can also email us in advance with your question: Anoushka Pattenden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply visit this page again on Tuesday 1 April 2014, 12.30-1.30pm GMT. You will see the Q&A taking place in the window below. You can choose to follow the conversation without interacting, or submit a question to Carole using the comments box (which you will see below once the event is live).
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Please note: the views expressed by Dr Carole Buckley are personal views and do not necessarily represent the views of Research Autism.