Mark is the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Adult ADHD Service outpatient clinic based at the Maudsley Hospital, which is one of a number of national specialist services offered by the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The service has specialised in the assessment and treatment of adults with ADHD since the 1990s, and was one of the first such clinics in the UK. The team also provide a local combined ADHD/autism service in which Mark is involved.
Mark’s role is predominantly focused on providing follow-up reviews to monitor ADHD patients’ responses to medication, advising patients and their local clinicians on titration to the optimum medication dosage, and acting as a non-medical prescriber. In addition he carries out structured clinical interviews as part of diagnostic assessments for both ADHD and autism, and leading on assessments of ADHD patients transitioning from child and adolescent services.
Mark has undergraduate degrees in psychology and learning disability nursing and an MSc in Mental Health Studies, and worked for 5 years in a national low-secure service for people with a mild/borderline learning disability at the Bethlem Royal Hospital prior to taking up his current position in 2005. His clinical interests are in the assessment of ADHD in adults, pharmacological treatment and follow-up, and the development of adult ADHD services.
Mark is also a Module Lead on the MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, part of King's College London.
Declaration of Interest
- Mark Pitts has been paid to attend Shire advisory board meetings