Clinical Services

The Autism Research Centre (ARC) does not provide clinical services since it exists solely to undertake scientific research.

If you are seeking help please contact your GP/family physician or your local or national autism association. In the UK this is the National Autistic Society.

The ARC works closely with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) who run the following clinic for adults in this region seeking a diagnosis of high functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome:

Cambridge Lifespan Autism Spectrum Service (CLASS)

This is a clinical service for adults with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). It was created in 1999 to fill a gap in clinical services both locally and nationally, for adults (18 years old+) who are seeking a diagnosis of an ASC because they were born before this diagnosis was recognized, or because their difficulties were overlooked as an undiagnosed ASC in their childhood and adolescence.

CLASS was funded by the Three Guineas Trust charitably for over 10 years, and then by the Baily Thomas Foundation (again charitably), before being taken over by the NHS (CPFT) in 2012. In 2013 it moved from its former premises in the Brookside Clinic adjacent to the ARC, to a new dedicated building in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire (just 15 minutes from the ARC), into a building called the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre. This was following a generous donation by the N. Sethia Foundation, in memory of Chitra Sethia.

It is still the case that there are very few clinics in the UK specializing in the very late diagnosis of adults with an ASC. The CLASS clinic primarily offers a diagnostic opinion. A GP/Health Professional referral is required.

Patients are seen by one of several consultant psychologists or consultant psychiatrists:

  • Dr. Alexandra Lewis
  • Dr. Janine Robinson
  • Dr Andrea Woods

The CLASS clinic accepts referrals of adult patients from G.P.’s in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Region, and there is no charge for assessments.

Alternatively, patients can contact the National Autistic Society to locate similar clinics in their area.

CLASS can be contacted:
by email: [email protected]
by phone: 01223 219673

Download the CLASS leaflet for more details.

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