Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Search

Suffolk families suffer ‘unnecessary distress’ due to ADHD care delays

PUBLISHED: 15:51 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:52 22 March 2018

Children are struggling to access ADHD support. Picture: GETTYIMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Children are struggling to access ADHD support. Picture: GETTYIMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

monkeybusinessimages

Suffolk children are facing delays longer than six months for mental health support due to NHS staff shortages, it has been revealed.

Anne Humphrys, co-chairwoman of Suffolk Parent and Carer Network. Picture: LUCY TAYLORAnne Humphrys, co-chairwoman of Suffolk Parent and Carer Network. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Campaigners say families are suffering “unnecessary distress” over problems accessing the county’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) service.

Latest figures from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) show almost 100 patients in Suffolk have waited longer than 18 weeks for ADHD care.

Of these cases, more than 75 faced delays exceeding 26 weeks.

The data is published in trust documents, which state: “A backlog remains due to previous difficulties in recruiting appropriately skilled clinicians in the children and youth pathways.”

Peter Devlin, operations director of mental health and learning disabilities in Suffolk. Picture: NSFTPeter Devlin, operations director of mental health and learning disabilities in Suffolk. Picture: NSFT

Anne Humphrys, co-chairwoman of Suffolk Parent and Carer Network (SPCN), said: “Many families have told us about the issues they have faced trying to access the ADHD service for their children and young people.

“This has resulted in long waits and unnecessary distress.

“SPCN approached NSFT to ask if we could work together to find a solution and as a result NSFT were able to identify a way to tackle the waiting list which started in December.

“However some families are still waiting and we are continuing to work with NSFT to address the issues.”

ADHD is a common behavioural disorder in children.

Symptoms include restlessness, lack of concentration and impulsiveness, and patients may benefit from medication or counselling.

Peter Devlin, NSFT operations director for mental health and learning disabilities in Suffolk, said: “The challenges that we have experienced in recruiting staff with the right, specialist skills and expertise has resulted in delays in children and young people receiving assessments. This is not ideal and we have written to each of the families waiting for an assessment to apologise for the delay and to offer them contact details of our ADHD deputy service manager should they wish to discuss their individual circumstances.

“Now the team is almost fully established with staff, we are actively working through the waiting lists and making contact with families. These cases are a priority for our team and we will be working through them as soon as possible.”

The harrowing consequences of poor driving have been laid bare by a police chief who says he is sick of seeing the carnage it causes.

People are being warned of rail delays after police attended to an incident involving ‘disruptive passengers’ on a Greater Anglia service.

Most Conservative MPs from this region continue to support the Prime Minister in the face of the Brexit storm – but accept that the Parliamentary numbers make it difficult to see how the deal announced on Wednesday can get through.

Firefighters now believe a blaze above a high street shop in Ipswich was started deliberately.

Police have closed an armed robbery case after failing to identify a suspect.

As the country pulls together for Children in Need, one Ipswich business is raising funds by encouraging employees to bring a few cuddly friends to work.

An alcoholic accused of murdering a homeless man whose badly beaten body was found in the stairwell of a Colchester car park has told a court that the victim was still alive when he and his two co-defendants left him.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24