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Old 01-09-19, 12:07 AM
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Private QB Test?

Hi, I'm new hoping to get some much needed help as every other avenue I try draws blanks!

A bit of a back story -

I was diagnosed with ADHD over 20 years ago at the age of 4. I've been on multiple medications since and finally settled on Equasym. I did struggle with concentration through school and took my medication through school, college and University. I don't feel the need to so much now as I personally don't notice a difference without it.

I applied for a job and declared my ADHD, as you do. I never thought it would be an issue as for all other employment nobody has batted an eyelid. Unfortunately this time is different. I was referred by occupational health to a specialist consultant who said he would advise I take a QB Test - the test where they make you press a button when a shape appears like a performing monkey with a webcam on your head. I'm in my 20s!

He said I'd need to apply for funding through the NHS as he can't do it privately in his position as an NHS consultant however my GP has advised that the chances of getting funding are 0. I've contacted every ADHD Clinic/Service that google has provided me and they either don't offer it or haven't even heard of the test. I've contacted the consultant I was under as a child, they don't offer it. The consultant as an adolescent, no idea what it is and the same for my consultant now. I'm so frustrated and lost as to where to go next. I've managed to get a fast tracked appointment with my consultant referred by my GP so my next option is to suggest the QBcheck.com test whereby you pay 99 to create an account and then get 3 tests but this can only be obtained by a registered professional so I'm hoping my consultant will do that to help but I'd like to have options.

Can anybody help - has anybody had a QB test privately? Can you recommend where? I live in Lincolnshire so I know I'll have to travel. I've contacted the ADHD Centre in Manchester - I'm just awaiting a response from them and that's probably the closest I've found. I know it's going to put me massively out of pocket but I don't really have a choice.

Any help is greatly appreciate!

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Re: Private QB Test?

What is a QB test?



Never, ever tell an employer that you have ADHD. Once in a while it's helpful when your job is on the line and you need to tell to keep from getting fired. Read the Career/Job Impact subforum for awhile and you'll see what I mean.
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Re: Private QB Test?

The specialist who suggested the test should inform you where to have it done.
Otherwise he or she has no business suggesting this test.
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Re: Private QB Test?

THere's something odd going on here.... I've never heard of a organisation referring for confirmation of a formal diagnosis before. It sounds like an a** covering exercise.

There are instances where a job (eg parts of civil service) have a medical as part of the hiring process but this is for specific roles requiring physical fitness or responsibility for live & significant (injury/death) H&S risk.

I am also concerned at the use of the QB Test. There is no single test for ADHD or associated impairments and to refer indicates a lack of understanding of ADHD on the part of the Occupational Therapist and calls into question their competence.

If this is being made a condition of acceptance for the job then it becomes discriminatory as there is no scientific evidence around the efficacy of such a test and therefore it's appropriateness for assessing suitability for work is non-existent.

You therefore have a decision to make.....
a) Find and take the test with no guarantee that the results will be sufficient to get you the job
b) Politely request the Company/OT provides the scientific evidence that the QB Test has relevance for the post.
c) Explore going to a tribunal for discrimination, which now involves paying a fee to begin the action. This latter option is unlikely to help you, but does help those who follow behind you.

As others have said I would strongly advise AGAINST disclosure of ADHD during the hiring process, unless the role had significant safety issues, one is on medication and there is a drug testing policy in place (eg offshore work in the oil industry).

ADHD has such a variable presentation depending on the nature of the job and the work environment, making any hiring decision on such a diffuse label is absurd. This is where the interview process needs to be 2 way..... is the company ND aware, does it have an ND friendly environment, are it's HR and management policies flexible and non-discriminatory. what has happened would be a red flag for me as to whether the company waas somewhere I'd want to work long term.

Quick questions and observations around the composition of the interview panel and location of the interview go a long way to assessing this..... is the panel gender balanced, have you seen an appropriate diversity of ages, ethnic background in the company, is the interview/assessment room disabled accessible. These are all things I am assessing on the way into an interview, during the interview and on the way out.
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