Improving ADHD services in Scotland
In 2006, we embarked on a programme of work to look at services
for children and young people with ADHD.
We initially set out to investigate:
- how ADHD services in Scotland are configured and delivered
- how many children and young people have a diagnosis of ADHD,
- whether their care and treatment is delivered in line with the
evidence-based national SIGN Guideline 52.
During the following 6 years, children and young people with
ADHD, parents/carers, and service providers from across Scotland
have helped us to understand:
- how many children and young people in Scotland are diagnosed
- what services are in place for them
- how those services are organised and delivered
- where service development is required, and
- perhaps, most importantly, what it is like to use services, and
what might improve the experience for children and young.
We achieved this in three stages. In this section you will
find the detailed reports of our findings on all three stages and
Stage 3 – Follow-up review
(2011–2012): the implementation review exercise report
included a number of recommendations. We wanted to determine to
what extent our recommendations have been implemented, and if they
have improved services in Scotland for children and young people
with ADHD. We were also keen to learn about local innovations and
any challenges to service delivery and development.
Stage 2 – Implementation review exercise
(2007–2008): we developed a data collection tool,
based on the recommendations in SIGN Guideline 52. Each NHS board
area received a local report of the implementation review findings,
and we also published an overview report.
This stage also included work with the ADHD-project user and
parent/carer subgroup (ADHD-PUPS). It was important to find out
what service users thought about their treatment and involvement
with services. To supplement the information from the
questionnaires, we held a one-day conference in November 2007. In
2008, we published the full report of this work.
Stage 1 – Service profiling
2006–2007: we developed a service profiling
questionnaire which asked for information about how services for
children and young people with ADHD are configured and delivered.
Following the analysis of the returned information, small teams of
stakeholders met with representatives from each NHS board area. The
report of this work was published in March 2007.
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