Complex disorders clinic

The clinic provides specialist assessments and treatment plans for children with possible neurodevelopmental or neuropsychiatric disorders. These include autism and autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and more complex presentations of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

We accept a small number of referrals for second opinion assessments. To request these referrals, please discuss this with your current service provider and/or GP.

When a referral for the clinic is received, a letter is sent to the family asking them to confirm that they would like an assessment appointment to be arranged. They are also asked for permission to contact relevant agencies for further information before assessment.

Assessments are conducted by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, consultant clinical psychologist and child and adolescent psychotherapist. There are usually other members of the team also present.  

Follow-up assessment appointments are often required. These may include:

  • Observation of the child/young person in a different setting, eg school
  • Cognitive or neuropsychological assessment
  • Specialist diagnostic assessment eg autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS)

Following the assessment, some children/young people are followed up in the clinic, others are seen within our general CAMHS service for the recommended interventions. Some children/young people are referred to local or other CAMHS services if more appropriate.