New children’s ADHD service to begin on the Isle of Wight

A new Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) service for children and young people on the Isle of Wight is due to start this week.

Psicon will be providing the service on the Island and the transfer of service from Isle of Wight NHS Trust to them begins on 17 September, 2021.

Psicon, who have been providing children’s autism services on the Island since 2018, is a specialist in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD.

The Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have commissioned the specialist service.

Alison Smith, Managing Director of the CCG, said: “We are pleased to announce Psicon will be delivering children and young peoples’ ADHD services.

“Our priority is always to ensure any service we set up is as safe and effective as possible, and that families continue to have access to vital care and support they need, here on the Island.

“We want to reassure families that if they have an existing appointment with the service to please continue to attend this at St Mary’s Hospital.

“We are working closely with the Trust and Psicon to ensure there is a safe and efficient transfer with no gaps in service for families.”

The CCG has been working with the Trust for a number of months to review ADHD services for children and young people on the Island. This included assessing the current and projected demand on the service and demand on St Mary’s Hospital post COVID-19.

To ensure a high-quality service remains in place, it was agreed to commission a new healthcare provider to take over from the Trust.

Families have been advised that if they already have a confirmed appointment date then they should attend this as planned in the paediatric outpatient department at St Mary’s Hospital, unless contacted to reschedule this.

Children and young people under the care of the Trust’s ADHD service, including those on a waiting list will be transferred to Psicon and the NHS has written to families directly.