Living with ADHD
‘Living with ADHD’ is a new video in which children, families and clinicians from Sheppey talk about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the benefits of early diagnosis. As well as providing first-hand insights about living with ADHD, it also highlights the benefits of using an objective assessment tool to provide accurate diagnosis.
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ADHD is a disorder of brain development that impacts behaviour and affects around 5% of school-aged children. ADHD is a treatable disorder, but if it’s undiagnosed – and left untreated – it can have a significant impact on personal development, academic outcomes, and family interaction.
Until recently, there has been no simple test to determine whether a child has ADHD and as a result the process for diagnosing or ruling out ADHD is variable across England. It often includes multiple steps and is based on clinical judgement informed by subjective reports from parents, teachers, and observation of the patient. As a result, children in the UK often wait 18 months to obtain an accurate diagnosis, far longer than the European average of 11 months. Multiple clinic visits over this period result in significant costs to the NHS, estimated at £23 million each year.
Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN), is working with mental health trusts and community paediatric services to improve the ADHD assessment offer to children and young people by implementing an objective assessment tool known as QbTest. QbTest measures a child’s attention, impulsivity, and motor activity all at the same time. These indicators are core symptoms of ADHD and accurate measurement adds objectivity to support clinicians to make timely diagnosis.
To find out more about the Focus ADHD programme and how KSS AHSN can support implementation of QbTest, please visit the KSS AHSN website.
Becca Randell, Implementation Lead, KSS AHSN, said:
This video provided children and their families’ experiences and views about living with ADHD and the huge difference that early diagnosis can make. We are so excited to be supporting colleagues across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex to improve the ADHD diagnostic process - using QbTest where appropriate - and improve outcomes for children and their parents.