Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can affect many aspects of a person’s life. However, diagnosis is complex and requires a specialist, usually a consultant psychiatrist to do this.  

GPs are not able to make a diagnosis of ADHD and a referral is needed to an ADHD specialist. If an ADHD diagnosis is subsequently made by the specialist, they may choose to offer medications to help manage the symptoms. These medications are potentially dangerous and therefore require careful monitoring. The specialist is responsible for prescribing the medications, making any dose adjustments and arranging a yearly review which includes a physical assessment.

Due to the long wait for ADHD assessments in Oxfordshire, the local service provided by Oxford Health Foundation Trust has temporarily suspended accepting any new referrals from 5th February 2024. 

Patients can exercise their right to choose and ask to be referred to another provider who has an existing contract to provide NHS services.

The following providers have undergone NHS quality assessment.

Should you wish to choose a different provider, please confirm that the service you have selected is CQC registered and will be in a position to prescribe any ongoing medication that is required and also carry out annual reviews.  Your GP will not be able to prescribe any medication so please check that your chosen provider can do this.

Before you can be referred, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire by your GP which will assess the potential severity of your condition to determine whether a referral to the service is suitable for you. 

You can choose to be referred to a private provider, but should you choose to follow this route and a diagnosis is made, the GP will not be in a position to prescribe ADHD medication or arrange monitoring. This must all be done through the private provide and you may need to check on the costs of ongoing treatment including prescribing and yearly reviews.