During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.
Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.
Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.
You can read some general NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB
If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis
For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111
Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.
The Neurodevelopmental Specialist Service (NeSS) brings together the old adult autism service and the old adult ADHD service into one combined service.
We do not offer support for other mental health issues that can often go alongside autism and ADHD. These referrals should be made to mental health services.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition impacting on two key areas of life:
Many autistic people also experience sensory differences and can feel over (hyper) and under (hypo) stimulated within their environment. This can relate to stimuli such as light, sound, taste, smell, touch, and balance, and can significantly impact on the person’s functioning and wellbeing. Around 1% of the UK population is on the autism spectrum, that’s around 700,000. Autism cuts across all ages, ability levels, race, sex and gender, and none of these should be a barrier to accessing diagnostic assessment or support.
ADHD - Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that includes symptoms such as:
Most people can have these sorts of difficulties at times, but for individuals with ADHD, the symptoms are there most of the time and can seriously affect their everyday life.
Around 2.5% of the UK adult population have ADHD.
The impact of living with ADHD can include:
Symptoms similar to ADHD can be very common and can overlap with other difficulties. To meet diagnostic criteria for ADHD, the person:
GPs and any health professional from within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can refer to our service.
We are unable to accept self referrals, referrals from third sector organisations or referrals for residents outside of Nottinghamshire.
Those who may be eligible to use our service include:
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
Neurodevelopmental Specialist Service
The Pines, Highbury Hospital
GPs can refer using our referral form available within all practices across the county.
Notts Healthcare staff, please refer to the staff intranet where you can find the full referral criteria and referral form.
All referrals will be reviewed by our clinical team. Once accepted referrals will be acknowledged in writing to the referrer and client. The client will then be sent opt-in pre-screening questionnaires to complete and return. If these are not returned the referral will not be processed. Opt-in questionnaires will be reviewed to consider suitability for assessment. If so, the client will then be offered a screening assessment with a clinician. Following screening a decision will then be made with the client about further assessment and / or support within the service.