Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Service

Page updated: March 2024

Referrals are welcome from:

  • People seeking a diagnosis through a health care professional such as a GP.
  • People seeking treatment where a diagnosis has been made elsewhere.
  • People who are stabilised on treatment and require annual review (annual reviews are required for all people who are prescribed medication for ADHD).

Health care professionals

Please complete the following steps:

Complete this referrer form.

Ask the person you are referring to complete this service user form.

Both the referrer and service user completed parts must be sent together via email to:

Note for those completing the service user form if you have difficulties with reading and writing and are struggling to complete the form, then please discuss with the professional referring you.

We will NOT accept referrals:

From members of the public (self-referrals). Referrals can only be accepted from professionals such as GPs.

For people below the age of 18: professionals are advised to refer service users under the age of 18 to the Leeds Child and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS) run by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

For people who are NOT registered with a GP in Leeds. Information about eligible practices can be found on the Leeds Health and Care Partnership website.

From people who did not experience symptoms of ADHD during childhood: referrals into the service will be declined if there is insufficient evidence provided that demonstrates symptoms of ADHD during childhood.

Where there is an incomplete referral pack: All referrals need to include a referral form completed by the professional making the referral AND a service user completed form.

Can I access assessment and treatment from an alternative provider?

Yes. If you are based in England under the NHS you have a legal right to choose your mental healthcare provider and your choice of mental healthcare team.

We suggest you discuss this option with your General Practitioner. You may be able to access NHS funded treatment from an alternative provider if they have an NHS contract. You may also prefer to obtain private care, but please ensure you clarify the details with your General Practitioner, as you may be expected to continue to pay for your medication rather than this being prescribed by your local practice.

Using an alternative provider may offer you more timely access to assessment and treatment. That said, many alternative providers limit their treatment options to medication and do not offer psychosocial interventions. The term psychosocial refers to the psychological and social factors that influence mental health. It is worth clarifying with the provider what they provide before getting a referral to avoid disappointment.

Please also note that standards for assessment and treatment may vary between providers. In circumstances where people have obtained a diagnosis from an alternative provider, we will need to check that this meets minimum standards before starting or continuing treatment.

We suggest that you provide a copy of our locally agreed standards to your provider so that they can ensure their diagnostic assessment meets the minimum standards for our service. These standards are being reviewed by the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board so they may be subject to some change.

ADHD UK has some useful information about Right to Choose on their website.


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