Supporting Employees with ADHD during the National Medication Shortage

| February 29, 2024

There is currently an ongoing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication shortage in the UK, which is having significant impacts on individuals with ADHD. The Department for Health and Social Care attributes the shortage to increased global demand and manufacturing issues.

As awareness of ADHD grows and more people seek diagnosis and treatment, the demand for medication has surged.  According to the UK media, a failure to stress-test the supply chain has also exacerbated the situation, resulting in increasing difficulty for individuals in their ability to access their prescribed medication to help manage their ADHD presentation.

In the meantime, individuals with ADHD may be resorting to rationing their medication to make it last as long as possible, seeking out alternative solutions to medication whether in the short or long term, or going without.

The ongoing national medication shortage in the UK has significantly impacted individuals with ADHD. Employers have a crucial role to play in supporting colleagues during this challenging time.

Here are practical steps employers can take to assist employees with ADHD.

Patience, flexibility and understanding

Reasonable Adjustments

Employers are required to make reasonable adjustments for employees who are disabled under the Equality Act 2010. Have a discussion where possible with employees to talk about what can be done to support them during this time.

Their input is essential for tailoring solutions to their unique situation, but could include the following:

Wellbeing and support

Managing ADHD and neurodiversity can be both physically and psychologically challenging for employees.

As employers, our role extends beyond business operations. By supporting colleagues with ADHD during the national medication shortage, you can contribute to a positive workplace culture and foster loyalty among team members.