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Norfolk research into ADHD to be presented at major psychiatric conference

Research into young people's mental health and ADHD in Norfolk is being presented at a major national psychiatry conference next month.

Dr Santvana Pandey, a registrar with the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, was the lead investigator in the first multi-centre audit/service evaluation of adult ADHD across youth teams in UK to evaluate assessment and management of adult ADHD procedures. 

The research took place across the Norwich, Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth Youth teams of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust between September 2013 and May 2014. The Trust is unusual in the UK for having an integrated youth service that runs through to age 25.

The audit found good compliance with NICE standards for diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of ADHD in adults but also showed a lot of variability existed in terms of the assessment tools being used in the three sites.

The audit and resulting abstract have been accepted for presentation at the Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference 2014 'Reshaping Medicine', 16 - 17 October 2014, in Brighton.

The research and poster has already won a prize, second best poster presentation by psychiatry trainee (out of 26 posters) at the Eastern Division Spring Academic Meeting and AGM, Madingley Hall, Cambridge earlier this year.

Dr Pandey said: "Having integrated youth teams has facilitated ease of transition for young people particularly with ADHD and maintained continuity of care but our review also shows there needs to be standardisation of procedures across youth teams and attention is needed in delivering comprehensive treatment programmes addressing psychological, behavioural, educational and occupational needs."

Co-researchers in the study were Santvana Pandey (ST6 Registrar, NSFT), Nuru Nurulamin (F2 Doctor, NSFT), Soni Moorthy (CT3 SHO, NSFT), Jyoti Pyakurel (CT1 SHO, NSFT), Ashish Pandey (Locum Consultant, NSFT), Ulrich Muller (Consultant Psychiatrist, CPFT), Jonathan Wilson (Consultant Psychiatrist NSFT).