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Private ADHD assessments and treatment for children and young people


Dr Doerry and Dr Deepak both provide ADHD Assessment at MUMS Clinic for children aged 5-17yrs.

ADHD Assessment - Dr Ursula Doerry £950
ADHD Assessment - Dr Deepak Parasuraman £950
ADHD Starting Medication Consultations £230
ADHD Second Opinion and Review £550
ADHD Additional Letter Fee £25
ADHD Shared Care Form £50
QB Check £225


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

MUMS Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist – Dr Ursula Doerry and MUMS Consultant Paediatrician – Dr Deepak Parasuraman offer assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD to patients aged 5-17yrs.

MUMS – has been an established, reliable, and trusted private healthcare provider in the Midlands for over two decades. Our Consultants offer discretion and compassion and a truly holistic and comprehensive ADHD assessment, diagnosis and treatment service including follow up and shared care where needed.

ADHD is a common childhood disorder, that can cause significant impairment of functioning. Unfortunately, it is frequently missed, especially in girls. Having the diagnosis can lead to better understanding of the young person and opens the possibility of treatment.

Both Dr Doerry and Dr Deepak have a particular interest in neuro-developmental disorders like autism (ASD) and ADHD.

Assessments are comprehensive and holistic.

Please note that a diagnosis of ADHD does not automatically guarantee any additional support for your child at school.

To make a diagnosis, symptoms need to be present in 2 settings, usually home and school. We therefore ask you to complete some questionnaires and return them at least 1 week before the appointment. This information will be reviewed prior to the appointment and is an essential part of the diagnostic process.

The initial assessment appointment usually lasts about 90 minutes and both the parent(s) and child need to be present. You will be seen together, but usually the young person is also seen on their own. At the end of this initial appointment, it is usually possible to conclude whether a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate. In addition, a formulation of wider factors that influence the way the young person presents, will be discussed. Following the appointment, a detailed assessment letter will be sent to the family and copied to the GP. If a diagnosis is made and the family request this, information about medication options will be sent to the family. This can be then discussed in detail in a follow up appointment, where medication can be initiated if appropriate.


ADHD is a condition that affects the ability to concentrate and focus, as well as leading to restlessness and impulsivity. It is usually a lifelong condition and symptoms should be noticeable before the age of 12. However, it is frequently missed especially if hyperactivity symptoms are not prominent. In this case it is called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). ADD is more common in girls.

Children and young people with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate for longer periods of time and will often need 1:1 help to complete tasks. They get distracted easily and will often go from one activity to another without completing them. They may need prompting as they are forgetful in daily activities. They avoid tasks that need concentration, for example homework, more than their peers.

Hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms include fidgeting, running around and finding it difficult to stay in a seat, getting into dangerous situations without considering the consequences, finding it difficult to wait and talking a lot.

ADHD is associated with other neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and specific learning problems like dyslexia.

ADHD can also be a contributing factor to other behavioural problems like oppositional defiant disorder. Children and young people with ADHD often struggle at school socially and academically. Self-esteem is often low and mental health problems like anxiety and depression can develop consequently.


MUMS comprehensive guide below outlines everything you need to know about getting assessed for ADHD, including what to expect at each step of the assessment process.


Process and fees For ADHD assessment and treatment:

ADHD Clinical Assessments £950

A £450 deposit is required to secure the assessment.

After the deposit of £450 is paid you will be sent the questionnaires. We require the questionnaires to be returned at least one week before the ADHD Initial Assessment for Dr Doerry or Dr Deepak to be able to complete the assessment.

If you cancel after the forms have been reviewed by the consultant and give MUMS at least 24 hours’ notice of the time of your appointment, you will receive £250 of your deposit back.

If you cancel before the forms have been reviewed and with at least a week’s notice a full refund is given. 

The balance is payable on arrival for the Assessment.

ADHD Starting Medication Consultations £230.00

ADHD treatment:
If a diagnosis of ADHD is made you may want to consider medication treatment. This can also be arranged at MUMS – please click this link for further details.  

QB check

This uses computerised tasks to assess concentration, movement and impulsivity using age- and gender-matched comparisons. A QB check test is increasingly used by NHS Trusts to aid with the assessment of ADHD. It is not required to make a diagnosis, but we offer it at MUMS to increase the robustness of the diagnosis. We may also recommend it as an additional tool if there is clinical uncertainty. You can book it prior to the ADHD assessment if you wish. 

Children need to be aged 6 years or older to have a QB Check.

ADHD – Second Opinions and Reviews

We offer a comprehensive review of a diagnosis made elsewhere – other than MUMS Solihull and supportive management, advice plan and treatment tailored to your child's needs. 

The assessment will be as per DSM-V Criteria and treatment advice/plans adhere to NICE guidance.

This option is for you if your child has received an ADHD diagnosis from another provider in the past and you are now seeking to manage the condition with medications. This option is for your child if their behaviour profile has changed or is more evidently affecting their function, since a previous assessment. 

This would include:

  • A review of behaviours and features from both home and school environment.
  • A review of the previous assessment report
  • A 1-hour unrushed appointment to review the diagnosis, core symptoms, physical review of the child and discuss treatment options

If after review, if the core symptoms are found to be affecting their functioning, then medication can be prescribed at this first appointment.

In the first instance we request the report from the previous assessor and any forms completed by teachers and parents.

Dr Deepak will review the information sent – this costs £100 

If Dr Deepak feels that a 2nd opinion is appropriate, we will organise this. The cost of a 2nd opinion is £550 including prescribing.

It might be necessary to seek further information either by way of a school observation or a QB check. These would bear additional costs as below:

  • Cost of QB Check £225
  • Cost of School Observation £200

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Does MUMS offer urgent mental health services?

Please note that MUMS do not provide emergency or crisis care.

If you need urgent help, please call 111.

If you feel there is an immediate risk to your child or others, please call 999.

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Miss Hema Patel – Child Psychotherapist and Child Counsellor compliments Dr Doerry’s and Dr Deepak’s ADHD Assessment and Treatment Service

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You will be seen by highly qualified and experienced professionals (Consultant Child Psychiatrist or Consultant Developmental Paediatrician) who have worked in the NHS for many years. The assessment process is robust and follows NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines.

    At MUMS assessments take place face to face. The doctor will be able to observe your child in clinic, which leads to a higher quality assessment. Prices at MUMS are competitive and the ongoing cost for treatment is low. Please see How much is the cost of private ADHD assessment and treatment for factors to consider.

  • Prior to the appointment you will be sent free text and ADHD screening questionnaires that should be filled in by parents and school. Information from an educational setting is important as symptoms of ADHD need to be present at home and at school to make a diagnosis. These questionnaires will be reviewed prior to the appointment and the doctor may contact you before the appointment if there are any questions.
    The appointment needs to be attended by the child and at least one parent. For younger children or those who struggle to sit still for long it is best if you bring a second adult, who can look after the child while the parent talks to the doctor undisturbed. Sometimes parents are also seen without the child for part of the assessment to discuss concerns that they do not wish to talk about in the presence of their child.
    During the appointment you will be asked about ADHD symptoms. You will also talk about your child’s development, overall functioning, and the family. The aim is to do a holistic assessment of your child’s difficulties, decide whether a diagnosis is appropriate and identify contributing factors. The doctor also screens for other developmental disorders (like autism) and may make recommendations for further assessments if required.

  • The symptoms of ADHD in children and teenagers are usually noticeable before the age of 6 and need to be present before the age of 12. They are pervasive and need to be apparent in more than one setting, such as at home and at school. Children may have symptoms of both inattentiveness and hyperactivity and impulsiveness, or just be inattentive. Pure hyperactivity is very rare.


    • having a short attention span, for example when reading or watching a film
    • making careless mistakes – for example, in schoolwork
    • daydreaming and not listening in conversations
    • struggling to follow instructions, especially if they have several steps
    • having difficulty organising tasks, for example packing schoolbags
    • avoiding tasks that need concentration like homework
    • losing things
    • getting distracted easily
    • appearing forgetful

    Hyperactivity and impulsiveness

    • being unable to sit still, getting up when supposed to sit down
    • constantly fidgeting
    • excessive physical movement
    • excessive talking
    • being generally quite loud
    • being unable to wait their turn
    • acting without thinking
    • interrupting conversations
    • little or no sense of danger
  • Many children and teenagers with ADHD also have signs of other problems or conditions, for example:

    • anxiety, children may worry as they know they struggle with daily demands.
    • oppositional behaviour at home and at school
    • anti-social behaviour and drug use, mainly in older teenagers
    • low mood, depression, and problems with emotional regulation
    • sleep problems
    • autistic spectrum disorders
    • dyspraxia, co-ordination difficulties
    • tic disorders • learning difficulties, for example dyslexia
  • The cost of an ADHD service varies significantly between providers. It is important that you check not only the price of the initial assessment but also how much is charged for medication initiation, titration, and monitoring. In addition the cost of repeat prescriptions varies widely (you will need one every month). Some providers will also offer shared care with your GP (this means the GP takes over prescribing while the specialist does the monitoring of the medication). However not all GPs are happy to enter into shared care with private providers.

    At MUMS treatment costs are comparatively low and we offer shared care if there is agreement from your GP.

  • ADHD symptoms frequently continue from childhood through teenage years and into adulthood, with around 50-65% of children with ADHD experiencing symptoms as adults. This can affect academic achievement, work performance, relationships, substance abuse risk, and mental health.

    Adults with untreated ADHD are more likely to experience problems such as unemployment, lower socioeconomic status, legal issues, traffic accidents, difficulties maintaining relationships, and mood or anxiety disorders.

    Seeking diagnosis and following treatment plans can help mitigate these potential long-term consequences.

  • Effective treatments for ADHD include psycho-education and medication. Parent training  and counselling or coaching can also be useful. Combining multiple approaches is often most beneficial. It is important that all adults looking after a child with ADHD have a good understanding of the condition and can support the child appropriately. Children and teenagers with ADHD need a lot of support.

    Medications such as stimulants can help relieve core ADHD symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity and also improve associated difficulties like oppositional behaviours, emotional regulation problems and anxiety. Medication effects and dosage need to be monitored and adjusted over time.

  • Sleep disorders occur more frequently with ADHD. Children and adults often struggle to fall asleep as their mind is always busy. They may also wake frequently at night. Some children with ADHD also get up very early and do not seem to need much sleep. Others are tired in the day. Teenagers frequently struggle to get up in the morning.

  • Some GPs will agree to take over prescribing of the medication once your child is on a stable dose. This saves you the cost for prescriptions and the cost for the medication. You will still need to attend appointments at MUMS at least every 6 months. How to arrange shared care:

    1. MUMS will send you the shared care protocol.
    2. You need to take the protocol and all the letters that you have received from MUMS to your GP and discuss whether they are willing to prescribe medication under this protocol.
    3. Once your GP has agreed you need to send us your GPs email address and your child’s NHS number. We need to be able to communicate directly with your GP.
    4. MUMS will send your GP an up-to-date clinic letter, the shared care protocol, and the signed shared care form for your child. This process has a fee (please see information on pricing)
    5. Your GP returns the signed form to MUMS and starts prescribing.