Project Update #14: 24 March 2016

Dear colleagues,    

Today's video blog features Dr Ashley Liew, our Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychiatrist , who talks about the neurodevelopmental clinical pathway and the conditions it incorporates.

"The neurodevelopmental care pathway incorporates the following conditions: autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities). These are life-long conditions that impact on a child, young person, or young adult’s mental health as well as other areas of their life, education, home life and social relationships. 

People with these conditions are usually highly vulnerable and may experience difficulties across a wide range of settings and situations. 

Within the Forward Thinking Birmingham model, we have brought together specialists and experts who have skills in a range of assessment and treatment methods specific to these conditions. 

We have harnessed the latest evidence from research as well as learned from good practice in neurodevelopmental services, both nationally and internationally. As a result, we have designed pathways where the focus is on providing a good journey for children, young people and young adults, as well as their carers and families, through our innovative service. 

Besides high quality assessments, we will ensure access to treatment packages like talking therapies or medication. We have developed good links and partnerships with organisations that are critical to children, young people and young adults with neurodevelopmental conditions, achieving their full potential – these include education, social care and organisations from the voluntary and community sector." 

I hope you found Ashley’s blog informative and it’s given you an insight into the neurodevelopmental clinical pathway. If you require further information please email: Ashley.Liew@bch.nhs.uk   

Best wishes,

Denise McLellan
Managing Director