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The Tuke Centre: 3. North Yorkshire NHS Autism & ADHD Assessment Service

telephone – 01904 430370
fax – 01904 424850

Please note that the phone number for this service is 01904 426043

An NHS-funded service

The Tuke Centre has been contracted by four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across North Yorkshire to provide an Autism and ADHD Assessment Service, free at the point of delivery. The service covers the following CCG areas:

  • NHS Vale of York CCG
  • NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG
  • NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG
  • NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG

What does the North Yorkshire Autism & ADHD Assessment Service offer?

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Assessment and diagnosis of ASD

Screening for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Assessment and diagnosis of ADHD

A limited number of sessions to help you make sense of your diagnosis

How can you access the North Yorkshire Autism & ADHD Assessment Services?

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot refer yourself to the North Yorkshire Autism and ADHD Assessment Services.

  1. If you think that you or a family member has Autism or ADHD you should contact your GP. Your GP can refer you for an assessment as they have access to the correct referral form.
  1. If you are working with a Social Worker or with the local Community Mental Health Team you can contact them. They can refer you for an assessment.

If you already have a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD then you will not be able to access our NHS-funded service, which is for assessments only.

Professionals seeking to refer to the North Yorkshire Autism & ADHD Assessment Service?

  • If you are a GP, Social Worker or Community Mental Health Team member within the above four CCG areas, please contact us by phone or email to receive a referral form.Phone: 01904 426043

The Team

Dr Katja Osswald – Clinical Psychologist, Service Lead

Dr Stephanie Petty – Clinical Psychologist

Dr Fionnuala Larkin – Clinical Psychologist

Dr Thomas Elanjithara – Consultant Psychiatrist

Guy Richardson– Occupational Therapist

Angela Baines – Nurse (non-medical prescriber)

Anna Heussi – Assistant Psychologist

Rebecca Peace – Assistant Psychologist

Lucille Liebenberg – Lead Administrator

Aimee Code – Administrator

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how the individual makes sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language. Individuals across the spectrum of autism often have difficulties developing, maintaining, and understanding social situations and relationships.

The latest prevalence studies of Autism indicate that 1.1% of the population in the UK may have autism. This means that over 695,000 people in the UK are on the autistic spectrum.


What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include:

  • Inattentiveness – most people with ADHD will have a short attention span and may be easily distracted.
  • Hyperactivity – there is likely to be some restlessness, fidgeting or overactivity. This can also lead to difficulties in sleeping and increased anxiety.
  • Impulsiveness – people with ADHD may do things without thought for the consequences, without very much reflection and without having a plan.
  • Some adults will have ADHD without it being diagnosed at a younger age. Those who are diagnosed at a young age are likely to continue to experience problems, though the symptoms might reduce.