Department of Health written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve the (a) diagnosis, (b) early intervention and (c) treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder (i) in general and (ii) specifically for girls.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department has asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to update its clinical guideline on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The draft guideline, which was published for consultation on 6 September, provides evidence based recommendations on the diagnosis and management of ADHD in children, young people and adults.

The draft guideline recognises that this condition is less likely to be diagnosed in girls and women or that they may be given an incorrect diagnosis as they are more likely to present with symptoms other than hyperactivity. The guideline advises practitioners to be alert in such circumstances to the possibility of ADHD.

We expect clinical commissioning groups to take account of clinical guidelines published by NICE when commissioning services for their local populations. Whilst clinical guidelines are not mandatory, adherence to them will support improvements in the quality of care and services.

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