We provide diagnosis and support for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Hampshire Autism Service
What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
ASD is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.
The Hampshire Autism Service provides our well established model of diagnosis and support for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
If you are referred for an autism assessment a specialist practitioner will review the details and, if appropriate, add you to the waiting list within two weeks.
You will be sent a letter six weeks before an appointment which will contain several self-completion tests including: AQ; EQ; SCQ; a short sensory profile, and two gathering information tools. These tests will be used by the practitioner during your appointment to make an initial assessment and to produce a diagnostic report which will be discussed with the consultant.
- AQ: This test helps to measure the extent of autistic traits in adults
- EQ: This questionnaire helps to measure empathy in adults
- SCQ: This test provides routine screening for Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
If your diagnosis is clear, an immediate referral is made to our partner, Autism Hampshire, and a copy of your diagnosis report is sent to them. They will offer a follow up appointment within 90 days to discuss your support options. If you decide not to attend this appointment a diagnostic report detailing a range of strategies will be sent to you and any onward referrals will copied to your GP.
If your diagnosis is unclear or complex a multi-disciplinary team will review your assessments and agree on a treatment path or signpost you to other services.
Autism Hampshire provides non-clinical pre and post diagnostic support including:
One-to-one individual support
Support will be based on your individual need and will be offered pre, during, and post diagnosis. It will consist of developing support plans, goal setting, and signposting.
Post diagnosis support
A post diagnosis follow-up meeting will be offered to allow you the opportunity to discuss your individual support plans. Autism Hampshire will use the diagnosis report and recommendations made by Surrey and Borders Partnership clinicians to discuss the implications of the diagnosis, and the support available.
Drop in sessions
Support, information and networking opportunities are available through regular drop in sessions.
Telephone information line
An information line is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm to offer advice, support and signposting. The number is 02380 766 162.
Hampshire ADHD Service
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that has various behavioural symptoms including inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
The Hampshire ADHD Service provides our well established model of diagnosis and support for adults with ADHD.
Once a referral has been made you will receive an appointment letter along with several tests that you will need to complete - the Adult Connors and Weiss. During your assessment you will also complete a DIVA 2.0 and QB test.
- Adult Connors: This test asks you to rate your behaviour. This helps clinicians to assess what type of behaviour you’re experiencing
- Weiss: These questions help to assess your symptoms, and to what extent your behavioural and / or emotional problems have impacted your life
- DIVA 2.0: Examples based on everyday life, including work and education; relationships and family; social contacts; free time and hobbies; and self-confidence and self-image are provided to assess whether you are experiencing the core symptoms of ADHD
- QB test: This assesses the presence of the core symptoms of ADHD, including hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity.
A specialist practitioner will carry out a face to face assessment with you which they will discuss with the consultant. Within four weeks of your assessment a follow up meeting will be arranged to explain the diagnosis and discuss your options. The available support will also be explained to you.
If your diagnosis is clear, treatment options will be agreed and a detailed diagnosis report produced. If a treatment option such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is decided, a referral to the appropriate service, such as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), will be made and the person who referred you will be informed.
If medication is prescribed, regular follow up meetings will be arranged to assess your progress and to stabilise the dosage before discharging you back to your GP.
For a complex or unclear diagnosis, discussions with the consultant will take place and further investigations will be carried out. The consultant will lead on the decisions concerning medication and other treatments.
We only accept referrals for the Hampshire ASD and ADHD Service from health and social care professionals, including community mental health teams, GPs, and adult social care teams. To be referred for an Autism or ADHD assessment please speak to your GP.
Referrals can be made by post, fax or email.
Hampshire Autism and ADHD Service
Dickson House Medical Centre
Basingstoke RG21 7AN
Tel: 01256 361 180
Once a referral is accepted you will be added to the waiting list within two weeks.
Following a referral you will receive an appintment letter along with several tests to complete before you arrive.
If a referral is not suitable reasons will be provided and suggestions for other, more appropriate, services made.
Our Hampshire ASD and ADHD Service is available in the areas served by the followng CCGs: Fareham and Gosport CCG; North Hampshire CCG; South Eastern Hampshire CCG; West Hampshire CCG; Portsmouth CCG
Download our professionals leaflet.
If you have been diagnosed with ADHD you may find these links to various support, advice and help useful.
- NHS Choices
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Contact a Family
- European Network Adult ADHD
- ADHD and You
- Life Coach Directory
Our leaflet Me, Myself and ADHD explains what ADHD is, how it is diagnosed, and strategies that might help you manage the condition.
If you have been diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder you may find these links for various support, advice and help useful.