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.
I need urgent help now
If you are having suicidal thoughts or extreme mental health difficulties and need to talk to someone now, you can contact our mental health support team by calling 0300 365 1234.
Support from CAMHS
If you are currently receiving help from CAMHS and things have become very difficult for you, and you need some extra help, you can telephone the CAMHS duty worker during the day Mon-Fri (09.00-17.00). They will be able to talk to you and if it’s helpful, organise some extra support for you, but this may take a little time to arrange.
The number for your duty worker will have been given to you following agreement of your initial treatment plan but if you can’t find it, call us on 0300 365 1234.
For urgent help for your mental health, use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you are unable to get help online.
If you’ve injured yourself, taken an overdose or are in an emergency and believe that your life is at risk, please dial 999.
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).
About the ADHD Team
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 is made up of consultant psychiatrists, staff grade psychiatrists, clinical nurse specialists, non-medical prescribers and assistant psychologists.
See our Berkshire Healthcare website for information on Adult ADHD Assessments.
The work of our team continues although we have made changes to how we work in order to keep your child, you and our staff safe.
Most new assessment or review appointments will be online or telephone appointments. Some children and young people will be invited in to attend appointments, mainly for height/weight/blood pressure and pulse checks when these are needed and cannot be taken at home.
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.
ADHD is characterised by several symptoms. These can be experienced by many young people but those who receive a diagnosis of ADHD experience these to a greater extent, duration and level of impairment.
These can include:
- Inattentiveness: not being unable to concentrate for very long or finish a task, being disorganised, often losing things, being easily distracted and forgetful and unable to listen when people are talking
- Hyperactivity: being fidgety, overactive, unable to sit still, talking constantly and having difficulty doing quiet activities
- Impulsivity: speaking without thinking about the consequences, interrupting others and being unable to wait or take turns
You may be referred to the ADHD team after having an initial assessment with a clinician from our CYPF Hub, or another one of our CAMHS teams. You may also be referred by someone you already know in CAMHS.
Initially, questionnaires for you and your school teacher are sent out, to help us see which areas of your life you are having difficulties with. You may be invited to one of our clinics to complete a computer-based test called a QB test, as part of the assessment.
You and your parent/carer will be invited to an appointment with our team to help us get to know you better and discuss some of the difficulties you’ve been experiencing. A school observation or interview with your teacher may also be carried out.
Some young people with similar symptoms to ADHD may have other underlying difficulties, and after the initial appointment a referral to another team in CAMHS or a more appropriate local service may be made.
We will discuss the outcome of the assessment with both you and your parent/carer. You may receive individual support to help you manage difficult feelings or behaviours. It may be that your parent/carer finds behavioural support in the form of parenting interventions helpful. This may vary according to your local authority.
If it is felt appropriate you may be offered a trial of medication. This may help young people with severe ADHD concentrate, focus, and think about things before doing them. There are different types of medication, with different effects and strengths. We will discuss these with you and your parent/carer to make sure they are the best fit for you. Once we have found a helpful routine of medication, a clinician from our team will check how you are getting on every six months.
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. Visit Parenting Special Children for information on workshops available locally for parents and carers.
- Consideration of medication to manage symptoms in the most severe cases
- Medication reviews.
You can also find out what is available from your Local Authority by looking at the Local Offer for your area.
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 ADHD referral criteria carefully before you complete our referral form.
To speak to a member of the ADHD team:
0118 207 0930 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Please ask to speak to the ADHD administrator)
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Parenting Special Children