This is not a good sign. The NHS is already nowhere near able to deliver a little finger’s worth of the recommendations within the NICE guidelines for children. And with Adults having to already jump through a number of hoops to get a diagnosis, including being referred by a GP to a regular NHS psychiatrist for a couple of sessions, before being referred to a specialist ADHD nurse and psychiatrist – it already takes years for a diagnosis to be made.
And now this. Let’s just hope it’s a blip, and not an indication of how ADHD is not taken seriously within mental health.
From 1 April 2016, the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) service delivered in Wiltshire by AWP will be decommissioned. AWP have informed patients affected by this decision, and the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have informed all their GPs.Please note that this change affects the Wiltshire ADHD service only. It does NOT affect the Wiltshire Autism Disgnostic Service (WADS), the rest of AWP’s ADHD service, or any other service provided by AWP.AWP has provided an ADHD service for adults living in Wiltshire, on behalf of Wiltshire CCG, since 2014. Over the last year, Wiltshire CCG and AWP have been reviewing the current ADHD service. AWP proposed a number of new clinical service models that complied with NICE guidelines, however at this time a decision has been taken not to extend the contract beyond 31 March.Anyone who has concerns about how this change will affect them can speak to the Wiltshire PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) . Contact details for Wiltshire PALS is available from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS TrustAs a reminder to those who make commissioning decisions under the Equality Act 2010, the definition of a disability is a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities.