The Focus ADHD National Programme is supporting clinical services to improve their ADHD assessment pathway including the implementation of QbTest.
Used alongside the traditional assessment pathway, the innovation has improved patient experience and, as patients require fewer appointments to be diagnosed (rule in/rule out), it has allowed staff to spend more time with patients and to see more patients.
It is being used in 65 trusts across 131 sites – over half of the NHS providers of ADHD assessments for this age group.
Pioneered in the East Midlands, QbTest is an approved computer-supported objective test which measures attention, motor activity and impulsivity – the core symptoms of ADHD. A typical test takes 15-20 minutes
The results are instantly analysed and presented in a report which compares a patients’ results against a normative dataset based on age and gender.
It is not a standalone test. ADHD practitioners use information from the QbTest report alongside their clinical assessment to inform their decision whether the young person has ADHD or not.
This reduces the number of appointments needed for clinical diagnosis, meaning that clinicians can see more patients. The new pathway can also generate increased clinical confidence and understanding while increasing efficiencies for the service.
There are several research and evaluation studies that demonstrate the benefits of QbTest in aiding diagnosis.
Almost 75,000 people (aged 6-18 years) have received an objective assessment for ADHD since AHSNs began to support QbTest in 2017.