Service for the diagnosis and management of ADHD in adults
This commissioning guide provides support for the local implementation of NICE clinical guidelines through commissioning, and is a resource to help healthcare professionals in England to commission, together with other relevant agencies, an effective service for the diagnosis and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults (ADHD). The guide covers the transition of young people with ADHD receiving treatment and care from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) or paediatric services to adult services.
Commissioning this service is likely to require healthcare commissioners to work closely with health and social services, education and employment services to provide a multidisciplinary response to adults and young people in transition with ADHD. In many areas there are currently no mechanisms in place for specialist tertiary mental health services to support general mental health teams in the provision of adult ADHD services. Therefore commissioners may wish to consider reviewing provision across a region, including how best to improve access to adult ADHD services and manage the transition for young people with ADHD.
This commissioning guide should be read in conjunction with the following NICE guidance:
- NICE clinical guideline CG72 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Diagnosis and management of ADHD in children, young people and adults
- NICE clinical guideline CG51 Drug misuse: psychosocial interventions
- NICE technology appraisal TA98 Methylphenidate, atomoxetine and dexamfetamine for attention defict hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents.
The NICE guidance covers clinical and cost effectiveness in detail and underpins the content of this guide. Implementation of the guidance noted above is the responsibility of local commissioners and/or providers. Commissioners and providers are reminded that it is their responsibility to implement this guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to avoid unlawful discrimination and to have regard to promoting equality of opportunity. Nothing in the guidance should be interpreted in a way which would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
- makes the case for commissioning a service for the diagnosis and management of ADHD in adults
- specifies service requirements
- helps you determine local service levels
- helps you ensure corporate and quality assurance.
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This page was last updated: 02 March 2012
- Commissioning a service for the diagnosis and management of ADHD in adults
- Specifying a service for the diagnosis and management of ADHD in adults
- Determining local service levels for the diagnosis and management of ADHD in adults
- Assumptions used in estimating a population benchmark
- The commissioning and benchmarking tool
- Ensuring corporate quality assurance