Adult autism

Our Community Adult Autism Service (CAAS) is a service that offers diagnosis to adults who are in primary care. The service offers signposting to people with a diagnosis of autism.

We work with people over the age of 18 who don’t have a learning disability, providing a range of person-centred care and support. This can include:

  • diagnostic assessment including second opinions
  • OT interventions for people who are diagnosed through the service
  • consultation to other professionals about how to best support the needs of people with a diagnosis
  • advice and signposting to other relevant agencies, services and groups
  • advice on seeking an assessment of social care needs, where appropriate
  • support to professionals in other teams and agencies to improve their understanding of the autism.    

Our experienced team includes clinical psychologists, consultant psychiatrists, occupational therapists, nurse specialists, specialist diagnosticians, assistant psychologists and team assistants.

If you, or a loved one, need to access this service, please contact your GP. If you, or your loved one, are already under the care of a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), a diagnosis will be made by a professional in that team. However, a second opinion may be sought through the CAAS by the relevant CMHT.


Advice and support for relatives/carers is provided by a range of organisations. For details, contact:

Accessing the service

Access to the service for diagnostic assessment is via GP (or other service) referral only. We do not accept self-referrals.


Please only complete the screening forms if a referral has been made on your behalf via a GP or other service and you have been invited to fill them in by the CAAS.


Community Adult Autism Service (Poole - Delphwood)

Ashdown Close,
Canford Heath,
BH17 8WG

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00
Bank holidays and week-ends closed

Mental Health and learning disabilities