The AHSN Network is helping to transform Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) services across England with the rollout of technology that can provide an objective assessment and help families to receive a diagnosis more quickly.

New figures released during ADHD Awareness Month (October) show that, since the start of the first ‘demonstrator’ site in the East Midlands in 2017, 52,000 children across England have had an objective assessment for ADHD using the QbTest technology.

The QbTest has a strong evidence base that shows direct benefits for the patient, their family as well as the wider healthcare system.

Following the real-world demonstrator project commissioned by East Midlands AHSN in 2017, the team is leading the national Focus ADHD programme across all 15 AHSNs to roll the test out across the country.

Despite Covid restrictions, nearly 10,000 children benefited from undertaking a QbTest in 2020/21. A further 9,500 tests have been completed by the end of September 2021 at 51 trusts across 100 sites.

Visit the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network website to find out more about their work on Focus ADHD.

Find out more about the AHSN Network Focus ADHD programme.

  • Collaborating to improve access and equity of care for sickle cell sufferers

    Harriet Smith is the Health Innovation Network's MTFM National Lead for Spectra Optia. In this blog, she outlines the collaborative efforts to improve the support available to people with sickle cell disease, and tackle long standing inequalities. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a serious and lifelong health condition. People with SCD produce unusually shaped red [...]

  • Until tackling health inequalities becomes business as usual, innovation is our best chance of equity

    Dr Stuart Monk, National Programme Director for the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) Programmes at the Health Innovation Network, talks about the pivotal role of innovation tackling healthcare inequalities in the NHS. At the Royal Society of Medicine’s Tackling Inequalities conference it was clear from the passion in the room that great progress has been made [...]

  • Where health innovation is concerned, 15 approaches are better than one

    Dr Phil Jennings, Vice Chair of the Health Innovation Network and Chief Executive of Health Innovation North West Coast, discusses why the Network’s collective relicensing gives innovation a better chance of success. In any one day in England, 1.2 million people attend a GP appointment, over a quarter of a million people have an outpatient [...]