What are the aims of UKAP?
The UK ADHD Partnership (UKAP) was established in January 2013 by mental health and allied professionals who share an interest in improving outcomes and securing better futures for children and young people affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), together with their carers and families. The Partnership brings together practitioners with a wealth of experience from a range of services who are committed to raising awareness and understanding about ADHD and fostering positive outcomes.
UKAP recognises ADHD as a complex but treatable condition, which can have a profound impact on individuals, families and society as a whole. ADHD is a condition that crosses all cultural and socioeconomic boundaries and UKAP is committed to reaching this multi-cultural and diverse population.
ADHD is now recognised as a condition that may cross the lifespan and there are multi-modal interventions for ADHD that can be delivered at every age. However, UKAP is strongly committed to a strategy of early identification and intervention in order to foster a preventative focus and thereby to improve the long term outcomes for children, young people and their families. With this in mind, a principal aim of UKAP is to educate and promote awareness of ADHD to allied professionals and decision-makers, and influence policy initiatives at national and local level.
Specifically UKAP aims to:
- Raise the profile of ADHD, comorbid and associated problems to build better futures for children and adults with the condition and their families.
- Drive better access to diagnosis, support and treatment using evidence-based methodologies and interventions
- Establish and disseminate valid protocols for the screening of ADHD for use by individuals who are not healthcare providers such as those working in education and criminal justice services
- Improve long term educational, occupational and social outcomes for children and young people with ADHD
- Develop and disseminate psychoeducational materials and/or guidance for use by a broad range of services
- Provide a supportive forum for a membership of healthcare and allied professionals