Services for young people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder transitioning from child to adult mental health services: a national survey of mental health trusts in England.

Hall, Charlotte L. and Newell, Karen and Taylor, John and Sayal, Kapil and Hollis, Chris (2015) Services for young people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder transitioning from child to adult mental health services: a national survey of mental health trusts in England. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 29 (1). pp. 39-42. ISSN 1461-7285

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Abstract

Transition from child to adult mental health services is considered to be a difficult process, particularly for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This article presents results from a national survey of 36 mental health National Health Service (NHS) trusts across England, the findings indicate a lack of accurate data on the number of young people with ADHD transitioning to, and being seen by, adult services. Less than half of the trusts had a specialist adult ADHD service and in only a third of the trusts were there specific commissioning arrangements for adult ADHD. Half of the trusts reported that young people with ADHD were prematurely discharged from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) because there were no suitable adult services. There was also a lack of written transition protocols, care pathways, commissioned services for adults with ADHD and inadequate information sharing between services. The findings advocate the need to provide a better transition service underpinned by clear, structured guidelines and protocols, routine data collection and information sharing across child and adult services. An increase in the commission of specialist adult ADHD clinics is needed to ensure individuals have access to appropriate support and care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2015 by British Association for Psychopharmacology
Keywords: Survey, Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Transition, Adult services
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
Identification Number: 10.1177/0269881114550353
Depositing User: Hall, Charlotte
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 13:55
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 17:58
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40551

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