Coronavirus - changes to this service

We are now able to offer face-to-face appointments and we have implemented systems to keep you and our staff safe. You must not attend your appointment if you or any of your household have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been asked to isolate.

In order to ensure safe spacing in our rooms we can only allow one person to attend your appointment with you. Please do not arrive early for your appointment as we cannot currently use our waiting area.

We are still able to offer telephone or video appointments if these are appropriate. We use an online tool 'Attend Anywhere' to do this. If you have arranged an appointment on Attend Anywhere, you need to click here and wait for your clinician to connect.

Face-to-face appointment checklist

If you have a face-to-face appointment booked here are a list of things you need to consider before you attend:

  • Do you plan to bring someone with you? (we can only allow one per client)
  • Does the person who is coming with you live in the same house or 'bubble’? (will they need to social distance from you?)
  • There is no inside waiting area so please do not arrive in advance of your appointment
  • On arrival you can use the door buzzer or phone reception if you do not want to touch the buzzer
  • Your clinician will then come and meet you and ask you some questions about your health
  • There is a PPE station at the entrance with hand gel, masks, gloves and disposable chair covers
  • You must sanitize your hands but you do not have to wear a mask if this is difficult for you.
  • Your clinician will be wearing a mask as will any other staff you see in the building
  • You will be asked not to touch any door handles
  • The room will be well ventilated and cleaned between each appointment
  • A toilet is available and is equipped with cleaning materials
  • There will not be any refreshments available.

If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of COVID-19 on the morning of your appointment do not attend. Contact the service to cancel and we will make alternative arrangements for you. 

Who we are

The Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service (SAANS) is a specialist service consisting of a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team responsible for the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) previously known as Dyspraxia.

Our service also provides post-diagnostic support for those with new or pre-existing diagnoses of these conditions.

We are an adult service and can accept referrals for clients over the age of 16.

Unfortunately, we do not provide diagnostic assessments for dyslexia.

What we do

We offer a diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) previously known as Dyspraxia. These assessments can help clients to better understand their needs and abilities, as well as being the first step in enabling them to reach their full potential with a diagnosis.

After your diagnostic assessment you will be offered a follow-up appointment to discuss the outcome and further support options. If for whatever reason your circumstances change, or you are new to the service but have a pre-existing diagnosis, we can offer an appointment to review your current support needs.

We also provide time limited post-diagnostic support which can include:

  • Speech and language therapy to support you with your communication
  • Occupational therapy which can offer support with things like employment, education and day-to-day activities
  • Psychological support
  • Advice on medication
  • Group support
  • Counselling

At your appointment you may meet a variety of people in the team including psychologists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapist and administration staff. 

How do I get a referral to the service?

If you think you would benefit from a referral to our service you need to speak to your GP or health professional who is supporting you.

If they agree that an assessment would be appropriate they need to complete a referral form.

To make a referral for an Autistic Spectrum Disorder assessment complete this form. If you are making a referral for a Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder assessment complete this form.

Once you have completed your referral form you need to email it to SAANS@shsc.nhs.uk or send in the post to Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service, Michael Carlisle Centre, 75 Osborne Road, Sheffield, S11 9BF.

When we receive a referral we will assess it and if appropriate you will be put on our waiting list. We will send out a letter to confirm this and we will provide you with resources to help and support you while you wait for your assessment. 

Unfortunately we cannot accept self-referrals.  

If you are a health professional making a referral to our service you can take a look at our guidance for referrers and eligibility and selection criteria by clicking here

Please note that we cannot accept referrals for anyone who has been diagnosed with a learning disability. 

Waiting for your first appointment

When you reach the top of our waiting list we will send you a letter with a questionnaire for you to complete. You should complete the questionnaire with a partner or parent if possible. 

You need to send the completed questionnaire back to us. Once we have received it we will contact you to arrange an appointment. 

Assessments can be carried out in person at our clinic or via a live video call depending on your needs and preferences. 

Useful videos about autism

You may find the videos below useful for managing your condition while you are waiting for your assessment or after your diagnosis.

To watch a video just click on the title.

Advice line

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your autism diagnosis or assessment you can call our advice line. 

The advice line will be available on the last Friday of every month between 10.30am and 1.30pm. 

You can book a slot in advance by texting us or leaving a voicemail.

To call the advice line call 07890636396.

Please note calls outside of these times will not be answered. 

Your first appointment

We know that for some people coming to your first appointment can be a daunting experience, and it’s okay to feel nervous. 

Below is some useful information to help you find the building easily and talk through practical things like transport and where to find our reception. 

How to find us

The Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service is based at the Michael Carlisle Centre in Nether Edge just outside the city centre.

If you’re travelling to your appointment by car you can make use of our free car park on site. There is limited parking but if you can’t find a space there is on-road parking available. 

Our building is on the Lyndhurst Road side of the Michael Carlisle Centre and the way to the entrance is signposted in the car park, so all you need to do is follow the signs. 

If you get lost on the way, don’t worry, just ask a member of staff who will be able to point you in the right direction. 

If you’re travelling by bus you can get on the number 56 bus to reach us. If you get off at the stop on Union Road we’re just a short walk away.

You can find out more about public transport in Sheffield by visiting www.travelsouthyorkshire.com 

Entering the building

When you get to the entrance of the building you will need to press the buzzer on the front door to speak to reception.

All you need to do is give them your name and they will let you in.

You can then speak to the receptionist and then take a seat in the waiting area where refreshments are available. 

What to expect from at your assessment

When you are first offered an appointment you will be sent out a questionnaire for you to fill in. 

The questionnaire will ask you about your early experiences and you may find it helpful to fill this in with a family member or someone who is close to you.

Please bring the questionnaire with you to your first appointment or return it to us prior to your assessment. 

Your assessment will be split up into two appointments which are usually between one and a half to two hours long. The first will focus on your early experiences, from childhood to adulthood, where we’ll go through the answers you have given on your questionnaire. 

Your second appointment will focus more on providing you with a diagnosis. We will share our thoughts about your assessment towards the end of your assessment and support you to understand the next steps we need to take. 

You might find it helpful to bring a family member or a loved one with you to help you through these appointments. 

If you have previously had any assessments carried out please bring along any reports that you’ve been given to your appointment. 

You can take a look at a guide to what expect from your appointment by clicking here.

Support to people living outside of Sheffield

Anyone living outside of Sheffield can be referred to our service subject to a funding agreement from their local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. They can also refer you for counselling subject to funding.

Dyspraxia assessment

If you have been referred for a Dyspraxia assessment please make sure you wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes that are suitable for moving around in and doing gentle exercise. 

Trousers or leggings, with trainers, would be ideal. 

If you wear glasses or use a hearing aid please bring these to your appointment too. 

Sharing your feedback on Care Opinion

Care Opinion is an independent organisation that gives you the chance share your experience of using our services, to help us make changes that benefit everyone. 

We want you to share honest feedback about our services. Good or bad we want to hear what you think. 

You can choose how much detail you want to go into about your personal story, but if there’s anything we could improve on we want to know. 

You can give feedback by filling in the form below.