South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has become the first NHS organisation in the country to pilot a new tool that helps diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults.
The QbTest is a computer based assessment tool that examines whether an individual is showing symptoms of ADHD.
“The speed of the tool is a real asset and will allow us to more efficiently screen patients”
It combines a series of computer-based tasks with a motion tracking camera that monitors a patient’s response to tasks and then provides instant feedback to professionals.
Dr Marios Adamou, consultant psychiatrist at the trust, said: “The speed of the tool is a real asset and will allow us to more efficiently screen patients, see more people and ultimately shorten waiting lists.
“The tool also allows people to see how far they have come once they have started receiving treatment which is a real boost to their self-esteem,” he added.
The pilot is being run by the trust in partnership with NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group.
Dr Clive Harries, mental health lead for NHS Wakefield CCG, said: “We hope that this test will make a real difference to the lives of adults – and if it is successful we could also make it available for children in school who may have ADHD.”