NAIT Adult Neurodevelopmental Pathways report

In 2021, there was a recognised need to improve experiences and outcomes for autistic adults, adults with ADHD and those with co-occurring neurodevelopmental conditions in Scotland. This report details innovative and new ways of working towards these goals, including future recommendations.


Thank you to neurodivergent people and third sector colleagues who have taken part and worked alongside us to inform professional thinking nationally and locally, often sharing challenging personal experiences. Through your involvement at every step, we hope that new ways of using resources will better meet the needs of everyone in our neurodiverse society.

Thank you to the four pathfinder sites

  • NHS Borders
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Lanarkshire

Multi-disciplinary teams in each area have shown a high level of commitment and provided leadership at all levels to this work. The effects of the Covid pandemic have made this a difficult context in which to introduce new thinking and practice but local teams have persisted with a determination to understand solutions and to make the changes needed.

Thank you also to NHS Education for Scotland and the members of the NAIT Adult Neurodevelopmental Pathways Professional Network from across Scotland, who continue to share practice, data and learning.

This report can be cited as

Rutherford, M., Boilson M., Johnston L., MacIver D., Curnow E., and Utley, I. Adult Neurodevelopmental Pathways: Report on Actions, Outcomes and Recommendations from Pathfinder Sites in Scotland, National Autism Implementation Team, March 2023



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