Changes to our services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are concerned you may have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the Government advice published on NHS Choices. Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
You should only call NHS111 if you have a physical health concern. They will be able to direct you to the most appropriate service.
Only in a medical emergency should you contact 999 or attend the local A&E department.
We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).
We’re an experienced multi-disciplinary team who assess and provide treatment for young people between the ages of 6 and 18 who are suspected of having, or who have been diagnosed with, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The team comprises consultant psychiatrists, staff grade psychiatrists, clinical nurse specialists, non-medical prescribers and assistant psychologists.
Wherever possible, the work of our team will continue although, in some cases, not in the way you may be used to.
We are not currently offering new assessments.
Until further notice, we’re stopping all face to face appointments. All review appointments have been rebooked as telephone appointments and soon we will also offer online video consultation.
In order to help us, if you have a Blood Pressure Monitor, have access to scales and are able to take your child’s height we would be grateful if this could be done prior to the booked telephone/video review. Please see this guidance on how to do this. You may also find this video on taking a blood pressure reading helpful.
Begin by following the referral process (details below in 'Accessing our service') If the questionnaires submitted show a possibility of your child having symptoms of ADHD, they will be invited in for a quantitative behaviour (Qb) test.
The Qb test is a computerised test during which your child is asked to perform a series of simple tasks, and their movement, attention and any impulsive responses are recorded. Their activity during the test will be measured with infrared motion tracking.
Once the Qb test is completed, your child will be invited back for a second appointment to discuss the results with a clinician, and to take more detailed information about their developmental history, school, home life and behaviour. The clinician will also make further observations of your child’s behaviour.
Interventions depend on the findings of the assessment and level of impact on the child or young persons life.
They will usually include:
- Recommendations for behavioural strategies at home and at school
- Signposting to targeted ADHD parenting programs and parenting support in the community
- Consideration of medication to manage symptoms in the most severe cases
- Medication reviews.
Referrals should be made by a professional, such as a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or an educational psychologist, who has been able to observe your child.
Please read the referral criteria carefully before you complete our referral form.