Who we are
Our Adult ADHD Service provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for adults with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Halton and Knowsley. We can also signpost you onto other mental health services if you need any extra support.
Our team is made up of staff from a range of backgrounds, including medical, nursing and occupational therapy.
Who is our service for?
Our service is for adults with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). We also support young people with ADHD who are moving from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) into adults' services.
We accept referrals for people who have already been diagnosed with ADHD, as well as people who think they may have ADHD but have not been formally diagnosed yet.
How to access our service
If you think you would benefit from a referral to our Adult ADHD Service, make an appointment to see your GP. Try to take with you as much detail about your symptoms and how they affect your daily life as possible.
When you see your GP, they may ask you about your symptoms, when these symptoms started, where the symptoms affect you (eg at home or at work), if there have been any recent significant events in your life and if there is a history of ADHD in your family.
If they think we may be able to help, they will then be able to make a referral for you to our service.
Please note that due to very high demand for our service, there is likely to be a wait for your first assessment appointment with our team.
What will happen at your first appointment?
Your first appointment will be a screening assessment with a senior nurse practitioner. This appointment could take a couple of hours and we will ask you lots of questions about your symptoms and how they are affecting your daily life, including your work life, social life and relationships.
It can help if you bring a family member or friend who knows you well to your first appointment but it's up to you if you want to bring someone with you or not.
At the end of this appointment, we will usually be able to decide whether you have a diagnosis of ADHD or not. If we aren't able to reach a diagnosis, you may need to come back for a follow-up appointment.
Who do we work in partnership with?
As people with ADHD can often have other related mental health problems, our team works closely with other local mental health services such as our assessment teams, home treatment teams, recovery teams and the autistic spectrum disorder service. Depending on the needs of the individual, we can also signpost or refer patients to other services such as psychological therapies, substance misuse, housing and social services.
We also work closely with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to help ensure a smooth transition from children's services into adults' services.