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Yorkshire trust to pilot pioneering ADHD diagnosis tool


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”

Marios Adamou

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.”


Readers' comments (2)

  • A link to something about the actual tool might be nice...

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  • So here's one if anyone's interested:

    Looks like a reasonable screening tool, but it still isn't going to change the NICE guidelines for full assessment and diagnosis, which are, rightly, time consuming.

    On a related note, the lack of services nationally for adults with ADHD is appalling: for years my CAMH team had to either discharge people at 18 knowing there was no follow up available as our local adult services wouldn't see adults with ADHD, or else try to hang on to people into the '20s so they got some sort of service.

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