Occasionally, adults, children, young people, and their parents or carers request a second opinion following an assessment of a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

There is no legal right to a second opinion; the Neurodevelopmental Service will only consider a second opinion where it is suggested that NICE guidelines have not been adhered to or if the service are unable to make a clinical decision and deem a second opinion necessary. 

Second opinions are not considered solely due to an adult, parent, carer or young person disagreeing with the outcome of an assessment.

If an adult, child or young person is already on the waiting list with the Neurodevelopmental Service and they or their family choose to proceed with a private assessment, they will be discharged from the waiting list. A re-referral will only be accepted if there is clear indication as to why this is required. If a referral is accepted, then they will join the waiting list as a new referral.