Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Service

The specialist ADHD nurse service provides support to families and children with ADHD, a common behavioural disorder.

The service works alongside the paediatrician in diagnosing ADHD. After diagnosis, we provide support and information and can signpost families and children to relevant services.

How we can help

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a common behavioural disorder in children and young people. It usually starts in early childhood with the core behaviours of ADHD typically present from before the age of 7 years and symptoms sometimes persisting into adulthood.

The ADHD nurse service works in partnership with a range of other professionals to achieve the right outcomes for the children, young people and families who require this service.

The ADHD nurse:

  • Supports the assessment process for ADHD
  • Provides one to one support after diagnosis
  • Provides a 5 week ADHD parenting programme that is moved throughout the year to all areas of the West Essex locality
  • Provides training to schools to help support children with ADHD in school
  • Signposts families, children and schools to local support services

Find more information and advice on ADHD on our ADHD Help Page >

ADHD Parenting Workshop

We run a five week workshop for parents of children who have received a diagnosis of ADHD.

The aim of the workshop is to provide information about some of the core features of ADHD and how best to support them.  The information provided will be relevant for parents of children aged 4-18.

We will cover the following topics, which will be explained in detail:

  • What is ADHD, and what is it like for the child and family
  • Sleep/need to move
  • School/education
  • Parenting strategies
  • Medication

There will be time to discuss ideas and share strategies with other parents. You will not have to talk about your own child with the group, unless you wish to.

Who else will be there?

This workshop will be attended by a small group of parents / other family members of children or adolescents who have recently received a diagnosis of ADHD.

Speak to the ADHD nurse for more information.

Information for Referrers

To access the service, families must be referred by their paediatrician only.