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Sunday 19 August 2018
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Specialist behaviour and ADHD nurses

Child with mother doing homework

The specialist behaviour and ADHD nurses work closely with the community paediatrician service to provide a complementary service to children and young people living in Derby and South Derbyshire who have a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or pending diagnosis and their families. The nurses also provide ADHD specific parent training courses to support parents and carers to feel confident in managing the child’s behaviours.

The team provide ‘what is ADHD’ training to professionals and schools. The nurses help paediatricians to make observations of children and young people pending examination to aid with a speedy diagnosis. They offer support to the parents and carers with the diagnosis and treatment options.

Specialist behaviour and ADHD nurses also meet with children and their families periodically in clinic to review their prescribed medication and consult, when necessary, with a paediatrician.

Referral criteria

Children and young people aged between 5-16 years pending diagnosis at the point of referral or post diagnosis. 

There is an ADHD referral pathway. 

Must be open to a paediatrician, and meet the ADHD criteria set in the pathway.

Referral mechanism

All referrals should be made to the community paediatricians service.