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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 is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability 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.

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.

Should you require additional and ongoing support beyond the scope of the NHS-funded Assessment Service we can support you and your GP to apply for funding from your local CCG. However, there is no guarantee that you will be entitled to additional funding for our extended services. We may also be able to offer ongoing support beyond the scope of NHS funding, but this would be on a chargeable, private basis.

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

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept a self-referral and we cannot accept a referral from another professional without the formal referral form being completed.

  1. In the first instance, if you think that you or a family member has Autism or ADHD you should contact your GP or if you are working with a social worker or with the local Community Mental Health Team contact them.
  2. If between you it is decided that a referral to our service is required then your GP, Social Worker or CMHT worker should have access to our referral form – if they do not then ask them to phone or email us and we can provide them with the referral form.

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 and diagnoses only. The Tuke Centre can offer additional support, but it will incur a cost. For further details about our non-NHS Autism and ADHD services please call 01904 426043 or follow this link.

The Team

Dr Victoria Hughes – Clinical Lead

Dr Katja Osswald – Clinical Psychologist

Dr Thomas Elanjithara – Consultant Psychiatrist

Lucille Liebenberg – Lead Administrator

Louise Beilby – Service Administrator

Catherine Hurley – Occupational Therapist

Dr Fionnuala Larkin – Clinical Psychologist

Anna Heussi – Assistant Psychologist

Dr Huarda Valdes-Laribi