How you've made a difference to ADHD services
'The highlight of attending ADHD group sessions was hearing from others who were also ADHD. Hearing about their struggles, hopes, and problems and how they found creative solutions to cope and manage the condition was extremely therapeutic and useful for me.’
An example of the feedback shared with commissioners of ADHD services for adults
In August 2017 seven local residents responded to an invitation from Healthwatch Islington to come and meet with commissioners to discuss how to improve support for adults with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). A report based on those conversations was published last October.
The suggestions put forward by these service users, based on their own experiences, were perceptive and insightful. Commissioners told Healthwatch that the experience was invaluable, and really helped to shape plans for a new look ADHD service.
- Service users said it would be helpful to have access to support and advice whilst waiting for a clinical assessment.
- It has now been formally agreed that the ADHD service will make more support available to people before they have been clinically assessed.
- In particular, a psychosocial group at the point of referral is now available.
Emma Whitby, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Islington said,
'Just a few people shared their experiences, but it has led to changes that everyone who gets an ADHD referral stands to benefit from. There's a great demand for the service and it can take up to three years to get an assessment after being referred. Being able to access support during that time is going to make a huge difference.'
#ItStartsWithYou is a campaign to encourage people to speak up and help to make services better for their communities. If you've got a view to share about health or care services, however big or small the issue, then share it with Healthwatch. If it's important to you, it's very likely that it affects other people too.