Working with Private Providers for ADHD Treatment

By choosing to work with a private provider—whether initiated by you or via a referral from the practice—you acknowledge the practice’s limitations in overseeing the quality of external services.

In most situations, we will prescribe medication and perform necessary monitoring checks, relying on the specialist’s expertise for your ADHD management.

We cannot however initiate ADHD medication, nor can we continue existing prescriptions without a shared care agreement. While the process of reaching a shared care agreement is occurring, it will be your responsibility to obtain (and pay for) your prescriptions privately from your specialist.

Choosing a Private Provider

  1. Initial Consultation: During your initial face-to-face consultation, if you express a preference for a private provider for ADHD diagnosis and treatment, we’ll discuss this option. Please be aware that while you’re free to choose a private provider, we cannot endorse or vouch for the quality of care they provide.
  2. Referral: If you decide to proceed with a private provider, we’ll make the referral. However, we must inform you that the practice can’t comment on the quality or effectiveness of services provided by these specialists.

If You’ve Already Consulted a Private Provider Without a GP Referral

  1. Contacting the GP: If you’ve initiated your ADHD diagnosis and treatment with a private provider without a prior GP referral, please contact the practice for a face-to-face consultation.
  2. Face-to-Face Checks: During this appointment, cardiovascular checks and discussions about potential other health concerns will be conducted, just as they would if you’d started your treatment journey with us.

Shared Care Agreement with Private Providers

  1. Disclaimer Signing: Before initiating a shared care agreement, you’ll be asked to sign a disclaimer. This document highlights that we cannot guarantee the quality of the advice provided by private healthcare providers.
  2. Pre-Shared Care Checklist: Upon receiving a shared care request from a private provider, our pharmacy team will first confirm what initial checks and assessments have been completed. This helps us ensure that all necessary steps in ADHD diagnosis and treatment have been followed.
  3. Information Verification: If there are gaps in the pre-shared care checklist, we’ll get in touch with the private provider to gather the missing information. Until this is resolved, the shared care agreement will not proceed.
  4. Review by GP: All the relevant documentation, including the pre-shared care checklist and the signed disclaimer, will be reviewed by a GP in our practice. Only when the GP is satisfied with all the provided information, will the shared care agreement be finalised.

Ongoing Care and Monitoring

  1. Face-to-Face Checks: Regardless of whether the care is initiated via the practice or a private provider, you’ll still need to see your GP for cardiovascular checks and to discuss any other potential health concerns.
  2. Quality of Care Concerns: If at any point there are concerns about the quality of care you’re receiving from a private provider, it may necessitate revisiting the shared care agreement and possibly suspending it until those concerns are addressed.

If you have more questions or concerns about how we work with private providers for ADHD treatment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Last modified: October 12, 2023