Non-pharmacological interventions for ADHD delivered in school settings

The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions delivered in school settings for pupils with, or at risk of, ADHD and to explore the factors that may enhance, or limit, their delivery.

54 studies that evaluated school interventions were found. Overall, these interventions appeared to reduce hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness, and improve some measures of problem behaviours, school skills and achievement. Short-term interventions seemed to be more beneficial than longer-term ones, and strategies targeting social skills did not seem particularly helpful.

Full reference: Richardson, M et al.  Non-pharmacological interventions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: systematic reviews of quantitative and qualitative research. Health Technology Assessment Volume: 19 Issue: 45

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CAMHS Strategic Modelling Tool

A new CAMHS Modelling Tool (hosted on the South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit website) is now available as a beta version. This practical tool aims to help NHS commissioners and local authority partners to plan and improve child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in their area, enabling them to devise and test plans to improve services. It is designed to work across all service areas including health, education, local authority and the third sector.

NHS England launches first stage of new programme to improve young people’s mental health services

NHS England has distributed £30m of funding to improve eating disorder services aiming to achieve 95 per cent of patients being seen within four weeks or one week for urgent cases by 2020.

The funding is the first stage of a new programme to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and will be used to improve community based eating disorder (ED) services so patients are helped earlier and fewer need in-patient care.

The funding will be recurrent for five years as part of the Autumn statement announcement in 2014, and in addition to the £1.25bn pledged in the March 2015 budget for CAMHS which is also over the next five years.

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