Local health groups in North Yorkshire and York are to recommission the services currently available to adults with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Vale of York CCG, NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG and NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG want to redesign a service that better meets the needs of patients.
Led by NHS Vale of York CCG as lead commissioner, the CCGs are beginning to engage with local communities to gather insight which will be used to ensure there are improved pathways for diagnosis of autism and ADHD in adulthood.
Another aim of the engagement work is to increase awareness and understanding of autism and ADHD among frontline health professionals.
Scarborough Medical Group GP and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG Associate Chairman, Dr Peter Billingsley, said: “We know the resources we currently have available don’t always meet the needs of adults with suspected autism or ADHD and it’s something that across York and North Yorkshire we’re eager to address.
“We want to take the opportunity to ask service users and carers how they feel about our current service and look at ways to improve the quality of the service for adult ADHD and autism diagnostics to ensure it meets the needs of the local population.
“For example, we’re aware that some people are waiting far too long for appointments and we want to improve that.”
As part of the wider North Yorkshire engagement work, there will be a public event in Harrogate Library on Tuesday 21 August from 10.30am to 12.30pm at which people can contribute to discussions about what a new autism and ADHD assessment service for adults could look like.
Locally, each of the North Yorkshire and York CCGs will be gathering feedback from people with ADHD and autism, their families and their carers.
A survey for Scarborough and Ryedale patients is also being circulated and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AautismADHD
You can find an easy read version of the survey here.