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Old 03-03-08, 09:00 AM
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

There is now a new NHS adult ADHD clinic in Bristol at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. From next month (April) it will officially be running under the auspices of the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Trust. Any GP from the Bristol area can refer a patient by sending a letter with some reason for suspecting an ADHD diagnosis to the clinic. If the patient is not from the Bristol area (e.g. Weston-super-Mare, Bath, Gloucester) the process is currently a little more complicated because the relevant PCTs only fund, currently, on a case by case basis.

The clinic cannot at the moment accept patients that are currently in prison, under 18 years old (there may be some exceptions), or have active and severe addictions (again there may be exceptions to the latter). There is a waiting list, but at the moment, it's not very long.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

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There is now a new NHS adult ADHD clinic in Bristol at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. From next month (April) it will officially be running under the auspices of the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Trust. Any GP from the Bristol area can refer a patient by sending a letter with some reason for suspecting an ADHD diagnosis to the clinic. If the patient is not from the Bristol area (e.g. Weston-super-Mare, Bath, Gloucester) the process is currently a little more complicated because the relevant PCTs only fund, currently, on a case by case basis.

The clinic cannot at the moment accept patients that are currently in prison, under 18 years old (there may be some exceptions), or have active and severe addictions (again there may be exceptions to the latter). There is a waiting list, but at the moment, it's not very long.

I live in Swindon and I believe that Wiltshire and Swindon PCT are covered by this clinic too. I'm awaiting a referal there myself- I've been diagnosed by a psychiatrist in Swindon after a GP referal. The psychiatrist recomended that my ADD is treated BUT all I've been given so far is SSRIs- even though I'm not depressed!!!
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

I wonder if i'd have any chance from Gloucestershire? Certainly sounds like something to look into.

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Testing funding assistance in the UK?

re: funding

Obviously I am not in the UK, but I am wondering this aloud:

Can people get funding assistance for TESTING/ASSESSMENT via post secondary student funding programs in the UK?

(e.g. via student loans; gov't or school bursary [need-based] programs for students who are registered with campus disabilities offices?)

Just asking b/c this is how it works here...

Even going to college/university *part time* as an adult, can make one here eligible for LD/ADHD Testing funding.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

Here's the latest referral information for the Adult ADHD Clinic at Addenbrookes (note: Dr Muller has taken over from Dr Dowson):

For referrals to the Adult ADHD Clinic in Cambridge you can use either of the following two addresses:

Adult ADHD Clinic
Psychiatric Outpatients S3
Box 175
Addenbrooke's Hospital
Cambridge CB2 0QQ

OR

Dr Ulrich Müller
Department of Psychiatry
University of Cambridge
Box 189
Addenbrooke's Hospital
Cambridge CB2 2QQ

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Re: Testing funding assistance in the UK?

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re: funding

Obviously I am not in the UK, but I am wondering this aloud:

Can people get funding assistance for TESTING/ASSESSMENT via post secondary student funding programs in the UK?

(e.g. via student loans; gov't or school bursary [need-based] programs for students who are registered with campus disabilities offices?)

Just asking b/c this is how it works here...

Even going to college/university *part time* as an adult, can make one here eligible for LD/ADHD Testing funding.
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Interesting question. This is my understanding of the situation here, at least in England. Scottish rules may be different and I have no knowledge of those.

For university courses, you can usually apply for funding from something called an "Access Fund" for dyslexia assessments. Any publically funded University should have one. Funding is not guaranteed, but if you can provide good evidence for the need for an assessment they may help.

ADHD, however, is classed very differently than dyslexia. Basically, ADHD is officially a medical diagnosis and not classed as a learning difficulty (LD). Because of this, they may tell you that you have to go through your GP. A private ADHD assessment here costs significantly more than a full educational psychological assessment and that might mean they are less willing to offer help for an ADHD assessment.

Dyslexia can be diagnosed here by a qualified chartered educational psychologist or a specialist SpLD Tutor with suitable qulifications. (Specific Learning Difficulties). It is not considered a psychiatric condition.

But an educational psychologist is not allowed to diagnose ADHD here (except maybe a child clinical psychologist for children, I'm not sure). That has to be done by a psychiatrist.

I would be very interested to know if a University has ever granted access funds for the purposes of helping someone get an ADHD diagnosis. It may have happened.

The first port of call is still the local GP.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

I had to wait ages for the Maudsley.

1. Gp
2. Referral to local psych
3. He agrees assesment would be good
4. Gp applies for funding
5. Gp gets funding
6. Go on the list
7. Get assessed.
8. Wait another 3 months for result
9. Started meds this year

The whole thing took over 18 months but that is just the way it goes sometimes with the NHS! Am glad I got the ball rolling when I did though.
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Re: Testing funding assistance in the UK?

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Interesting question. This is my understanding of the situation here, at least in England. Scottish rules may be different and I have no knowledge of those.

For university courses, you can usually apply for funding from something called an "Access Fund" for dyslexia assessments. Any publically funded University should have one. Funding is not guaranteed, but if you can provide good evidence for the need for an assessment they may help.

ADHD, however, is classed very differently than dyslexia. Basically, ADHD is officially a medical diagnosis and not classed as a learning difficulty (LD). Because of this, they may tell you that you have to go through your GP. A private ADHD assessment here costs significantly more than a full educational psychological assessment and that might mean they are less willing to offer help for an ADHD assessment.

Dyslexia can be diagnosed here by a qualified chartered educational psychologist or a specialist SpLD Tutor with suitable qulifications. (Specific Learning Difficulties). It is not considered a psychiatric condition.

But an educational psychologist is not allowed to diagnose ADHD here (except maybe a child clinical psychologist for children, I'm not sure). That has to be done by a psychiatrist.

I would be very interested to know if a University has ever granted access funds for the purposes of helping someone get an ADHD diagnosis. It may have happened.

The first port of call is still the local GP.
Yeah I went GP- counsellor- Psychiatrist.

He diagnosed ADD. I now have an appointment to see an educational psychologist who is gonna assess my ADD for the DSA (disabled students allowance) for university. I'm gonna start in September (a bit late at 28!).

The DSA is a grant towards any help needed towards my studues- ie computer equipment, tutors etc.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Disabled...on/DG_10034898
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Old 06-03-08, 12:42 PM
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Yeah I went GP- counsellor- Psychiatrist.

He diagnosed ADD. I now have an appointment to see an educational psychologist who is gonna assess my ADD for the DSA (disabled students allowance) for university. I'm gonna start in September (a bit late at 28!).

The DSA is a grant towards any help needed towards my studues- ie computer equipment, tutors etc.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Disabled...on/DG_10034898

Hi

I receive DSA and have had computer equipment, an ADHD coach, and more unusually, a professional declutterer, all agreed by the assessor.

The declutterer is an unusual one, but I got it by first getting ADHD coaching, and then getting my ADHD coach to recommend a professional declutterer to help clear my study space. The decluttering has been by far the most helpful form of support I have received through the DSA. I would hope that in future, it would become normal for those whose ADHD causes them to be messy.

Let me know how you get on and if you need any help, PM me.
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I receive DSA and have had computer equipment, an ADHD coach, and more unusually, a professional declutterer, all agreed by the assessor.

The declutterer is an unusual one, but I got it by first getting ADHD coaching, and then getting my ADHD coach to recommend a professional declutterer to help clear my study space. The decluttering has been by far the most helpful form of support I have received through the DSA. I would hope that in future, it would become normal for those whose ADHD causes them to be messy.

Let me know how you get on and if you need any help, PM me.
The declutterer wouldn't be able to double as a PA?
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The declutterer wouldn't be able to double as a PA?
Well, declutterers are also known as professional organisers. Give me a few days and I will try and start another thread about this. We probably should keep one this on topic.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

I'm new to the forum and my partner was just diagnosed (2 months ago) at the Learning Assessment & Neurocare Centre in Horsham. We weren't prepared to wait for the NHS, and I must say this is the best £725 I've ever spent. He's trying out Dex & Ritalin, and it looks like our GP will prescribe on the NHS once the dosage is worked out.

They're very supportive if you need to contact them between appointments, the only thing that could be a problem for some is if you're not in driving distance as we had to go there 2 days running for the assessment. We could drive (3 hours each way) but any further and you're looking at accomodation costs too.

We got an NHS referral and my partner was assessed and prescribed for within less than 2 weeks. I would definitely recommend them-they're very nice and very efficient!
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

The Priory (private)

I know for sure that they have a doctor at their Altrincham (Manchester - they have another site in the south) site that deals with AD/HD. It used to be Dr Saroj Soni - not sure if she is still there.

x Alanna x is going there soon and might shed some light on exactly who the specialist is.
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Just had the above confirmed - ask Alanna for details
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK - West London

Dr Andy Zamar at the Priory Roehampton (the famous Priory that you see celebs going to on TV) specialises in Adult ADHD. He prescribes several off-label medications too, so you can get Adderall and Guanfacine etc. Note that Adderall works out at about £7.00 pill so if you end up on more than 30mg you are looking at over £400/month plus a 15 minute consult at £100/month. Andy is £360/hour! Anyway contact details are:

The Priory Hospital Roehampton
Priory Lane
Roehampton
SW15 5JJ
Tel. 020 8876 8261
Fax. 020 8392 2632
Email. info@priorygroup.com
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