Neurodevelopmental Service (Adult)

  • Providing an assessment and diagnostic service for people with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

  • Base: Paybody Building
  • Directorate: Learning Disability and Autism
  • Address: Paybody Building , Coventry, CV1 4FS

About this Service

Telephone number: 024 7696 1355
Email:  AdultNeurodevelopmental.Team@covwarkpt.nhs.uk
Referral Criteria: GP referral only

The Adult Neurodevelopmental Service is an assessment and diagnostic service for people with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

  • ASD - A lifelong condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. People with ASD may wonder why they are 'different' and feel their social differences mean people don't understand them. 
  • ADHD - A neurodevelopmental condition that leads to difficulties such as hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. ADHD can impact on a person's ability to function in different areas of life such as relationships and work. It can also lead to low self-esteem and other problems. 

Going through the assessment process can give you, your family and friends a better understanding of your style and abilities.  A diagnosis can help you identify your unique strengths and abilities, rather than seeing your differences as difficulties. It will also help you access support so you can manage the difficulties you experience. Following a diagnosis we offer group and/or individual support and signposting beyond the service.

Eligibility

You would be eligible for our service if you are registered with a GP in Coventry or Warwickshire, are over 17 years of age, have no known learning disability and are not currently under the care of Acute or Community Mental Health Services. You would not be eligible for an ASD assessment with our service if you previously have a diagnosis of ASD. You would not be eligible for an ADHD assessment with our service if you have previously had a diagnosis of ADHD.

Referrals

Please speak to your GP who can refer you to us. Your GP will ask you to complete a brief questionnaire which will give us more information about your difficulties.  After we have received your GP's referral letter we will contact you to confirm that you are on our waiting list.

Click on the image below to link to the booklet

Information and support booklet for neurodiverse people and their families

Who We Are

We are a multidisciplinary team consisting of a Service Manager, an Administrator, a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists and an Assistant Psychologist.

 

Karen Scorer

Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Karen Scorer

 

Gemma Cartwright

Manager of Neurodevelopmental Services

Advanced Occupational Therapist

Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner

Gemma Cartwright

 

Sarah Leddy

Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Sarah Leddy

 

Lynn Ward

Admin Support

Lynn Ward

 

Lisa Whitley

Team Lead and Occupational Therapist

Lisa Whitley

 

Kat Stretton

Occupational Therapist

 

Bally Nijjar

Clinical co-ordinator

Bally Nijjar

 


How to find us

City of Coventry Health Centre  The exterior of a large hospital. Different blocks. Car park. Cars. Roads. Parking. Approach.

Paybody Building
2 Stoney Stanton Road
Coventry
CV1 4FS
Main reception: 024 76961226
How to find us: Report to the reception desk on the ground floor or the reception desk on the 2nd floor as directed on your appointment letter.

 

Your Assessment

To help you understand your unique style and establish if a diagnosis is appropriate for you, we complete a comprehensive assessment.

This assessment typically involves completing some questionnaires and meeting one of our team on several occasions. They will ask you about your difficulties now and the way these problems have developed over time. The clinician may also ask if they can speak to someone who knows you well to gain more information about your difficulties.

At the end of the assessment, the outcome will be discussed with you and the appropriate advice and support will be offered.

Please see the information leaflets below for a more detailed description of the assessment process.

Neurodevelopmental Flow Chart.pdf

Investment in local Autism services in Coventry and Warwickshire - May 2022.pdf [pdf] 124KB

Post Assessment Support

Receiving a diagnosis can be an emotional time and, as a result, you will be offered support to understand and adapt to your diagnosis.
 

Group Support

We currently offer the following post-diagnosis group sessions:

Adult Neurodevelopmental Service - Post Diagnosis group sessions - Information booklet

 

Specialist Support

If appropriate, you will also be offered specialist interventions by our Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapists or Assistant Psychologist.

If you have a diagnosis of ADHD, the possibility of medication will be discussed with you at an appointment with a Psychiatrist.

Support from Occupational Therapy.pdf [pdf] 375KB

Support from Speech and Language Therapy.pdf [pdf] 407KB

 

Additional Information and help

AADD-UK  - Site run by and for adults with ADHD. It includes advice and an online discussion forum.

ADDISS - Website with information and advice for people with ADHD, families and health professionals.

ADDitude - Webpage and magazine that provides advice, resources and support for people with ADHD.

National Autistic Society - Information, support and services for people with autism, or those seeking a diagnosis.

Autism Portal  - A hub of information provided by Warwickshire County Council.

Autism West Midlands - Autism West Midlands provides an information helpline and information sheets containing practical advice and strategies.

Autism Connect - A free social network for people with autism and their relatives.

Coventry and Warwickshire MIND - A mental health charity that also offers support for carers.

Carers’ Trust Heart of England - Information, advice and support. There is a Carers' Centre located in Coventry Central Library. 

Citizens Advice - They can provide advice and support on your rights and responsibilities on topics such as benefits, work, debt, money, consumer rights, problems in relationships, housing, law & rights, discrimination, tax, healthcare and education.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) - A range of therapies for people who are feeling, stressed, anxious, low in mood or depressed.

Samaritans - 24-hour confidential emotional support.