ADHD assessment and diagnosis pathway for adults

We take the diagnosis of any condition very seriously and the below pathway reflects a comprehensive approach to this in keeping with the NICE clinical guidelines, Royal College of Psychiatry recommendations and regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Before your assessment

You will be sent digital questionnaires and requests for information such as school reports or any collateral information regarding how you were as a child (this is because symptoms of ADHD will have started at a young age). Do not worry if you cannot find these they are useful to have but do not in any way preclude you from the assessment process. 

We will book in a first appointment with a psychiatrist, this will be confirmed by email and at this review, the remaining appointments will be scheduled. 

Some people report feeling nervous before these reviews but it is important to remember that you cannot fail this or get this wrong. The assessment process is simply about trying to capture an accurate account of the symptoms and challenges you face.

Initial review

At the first appointment we complete a comprehensive clinical review over 60 minutes and covering the following topics: 

  • Current symptoms and impact
  • Childhood development and schooling
  • Psychiatric history
  • Family History
  • Past medical history
  • Regular medication 
  • Physical health
  • Occupational history
  • Lifestyle 

ADHD diagnostic interview

Following this review a formal ADHD diagnostic questionnaire known as the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults will be completed. This is a structured interview that is used by healthcare professionals to evaluate symptoms and impairments related to ADHD in adults. It involves a series of questions about the symptoms of ADHD, as well as how these symptoms affect your daily life, such as your work and relationships. The assessment typically takes about 60 minutes.

Initial review

DIVA interview

Collateral history gathered

Case discussion

Outcome meeting to be arranged

Report and resource pack sent to patient and GP

Collateral history

During the initial review your clinician will ask your permission to contact a relative or partner to arrange a short interview to gather collateral information regarding their experience of your symptoms of ADHD and the impact they have observed them having on your life. They will also have been asked to comment on their perspective of your ADHD symptoms when answering a Conner's digital questionnaire.

Case discussion

Following this assessment, the MOAI clinical team will review your case alongside additional evidence provided in the pre-assessment questionnaire pack (for example, your school report and other screening tests). 

Outcome meeting

The results of our assessment pathway will be relayed back to you in a 30-minute virtual outcome meeting. This will include a comprehensive, if necessary, treatment plan. This may include recommendations for medication, psychology or lifestyle changes depending on need.

Written report

All our assessments include a formal written report, personalised resource pack and feedback to your General Practitioner. 

Follow up

Depending on the outcome of the assessment follow up reviews for medication titration or psychological work will be arranged. 


Important to know:

  • Adult ADHD pathway appointments are available face-to-face or online.
  • ADHD assessments are divided into 2-3 separate appointments.
  • Prior to assessment a Conner's questionnaires will be sent to your family or partner.

Complete ADHD assessment

Assessments are run by consultant psychiatrists with support and aftercare from our broader clinical team of psychologists and occupational therapists.

A complete assessment includes:

  • 2 hour assessment face-to-face or online,
  • Psychiatric history,
  • ADHD structured interview (DIVA5),
  • Collateral information from a partner or family.

Following this meeting your clinician completes:

  • Multi-disciplinary discussion (at least two consultants discuss every case)
  • Comprehensive report with diagnosis and outcome/treatment options such as medication or psychotherapy
  • Employer report

ADHD assessment
(120 mins) Online


ADHD assessment
(120 mins) In-person


Optional or additional services

ADHD aftercare consultation