Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can now receive the targeted support they need thanks to a new service launched this week.
Delivered by Nottinghamshire Healthcare, the service was launched on Tuesday 1 September 2020 and will be the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire. It will support referrals for adults with (or suspected of having) ADHD for diagnostic assessment and the right treatment.
The newly launched ADHD service is part of exciting developments planned for 2021, and from April 2021 there will be a new integrated service for people with ADHD and ASD to form the new Neurodevelopmental Specialist Service (NeSS) hub.
The plans for NeSS recognise that neurodevelopmental disorders frequently overlap and that bringing together these specialisms will deliver a more joined-up service for patients.
The hub will allow clearer assessment and treatment pathways, bring specialist staff together, and enable more enhanced training, research and consultation opportunities.
The service has been commissioned by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bassetlaw CCG.
Jacqueline Dziewanowska, Autism Disorder Nurse Consultant at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, says: “We are delighted that we have been able to launch this new service. ADHD is a lifelong condition which can impact on all aspects of daily life. Diagnosis and treatment can make a positive impact not only on the individual, but also their families and their wider communities.
“Living with ADHD can impact on education, employment, relationships and family life. We know that a specialist service for adults with ADHD is much needed and look forward to working together with our service users and local partners to develop the service and better meet the needs of adults with ADHD.”