• Run by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Initiative to be piloted with 50 children from the Integrated Children’s Services attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) team at Greenwich Specialist Children’s Services.
  • Aiming to improve quality of care and self-management of children and young people with ADHD and their families.
  • A self-management and collaborative care digital platform will be developed.
  • This project will run from January 2017 to April 2018.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition. It is one of the most common disorders in childhood and leads to difficulties in social, emotional and academic functioning. ADHD tends to persist into adulthood and so it is important that children, young people and their families find ways to self-manage the condition.

There are currently insufficient resources to manage the demand for assessment and diagnosis of ADHD. There is a large population of children with ADHD in Greenwich and health services therefore need to explore alternative models of service delivery in order to manage this demand.  

This project by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust will look to address needs which are currently unmet in these children and their families, improve access to resources that support self-management, and improve communication and collaboration between families, schools and GPs.

By delivering evidence based behavioural interventions digitally, this project will enable a larger number of children, young people and families to access support. The platform will use ‘HeadScape’, a website developed by the Trust, as a portal through which children, young people and their families can access modules and online resources to self-manage ADHD on a daily basis.

GPs and schools will also be able to access this shared care record, allowing them to follow a child’s progress. GPs and schools will be able to communicate with young people and families via messaging/chat and videos.

Initially the project will be piloted with 50 children already known to the Trust’s ADHD team. Measures will be developed to evaluate educational outcomes, patient experience, child and family outcomes and service level activity.