Dr Srinivas (Sri) Gada has practised in the NHS in the UK, for nearly 25 years (Since 1995). He has been practising as a Consultant Paediatrician in Child Neurodevelopmental Disorders for 14 years.
Dr Sri specialises in the assessment and management of children with Autism/ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay, Learning Disability, Emotional & Behavioural Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, children with school/educational difficulties and syndromic disorders such as Down Syndrome.
Dr Sri graduated in India in 1992, coming First in the 2nd Year and Final Year of Medicine, at his University. While working at Leicester Royal Infirmary, he gained DCH and MRCP qualifications (1996-99). Sri then worked at Queen's Hospital in Essex and The Royal London Hospital, training to be an Intensivist (1999-2000). During this specialist training, his daughter was diagnosed with a disability.
This personal experience stimulated his interest in pursuing Child Neurodisability as a career. Subsequently, he went on to receive training in Child Neuro-Developmental Disorders at The Royal Free Hospital in London (2001-05). He undertook Diploma Studies in Paediatric Neurodisability from Sheffield (2004-05).
Dr Sri then worked as Consultant Community Paediatrician with an interest in Neurodisability at Oxford University
Hospitals NHS FT, for over 13 years (2005-2019). He continues to act as a Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics at the University of Oxford, since 2007. Sri has served in NHS in various roles such as Consultant Appraiser, Clinical Governance
Lead, Educational Supervisor, Clinical Supervisor, and RCPCH AAC Rep.
Dr Sri takes an active interest in teaching and training of undergraduates and postgraduates. He has been a Course Director for Child Development Courses in Oxford, London and Abroad. Sri is the Editor of Oxford Specialist Handbook in Community Paediatrics, published by Oxford University Press. This handbook, with emphasis on Child Neurodevelopment and Neurodisability, is widely used by doctors in the UK, Europe and is sold worldwide.
His consultation only fees are £300 for new patients and £250 for follow-up. Please ask his secretary regarding the costs of carrying out detailed neurodevelopmental assessments for ASD, ADHD etc. The assessment costs vary from £900-£1300, depending on the complexity of the case, the presence of co-morbidities, location of practice, overheads, etc. Neurodevelopmental assessments are in-depth and comprehensive exercises that involve 4-6 hours of work for each child. This includes at up to 2 hours of face-to-face assessment, head-to-toe examination, full physical examination including neurology, growth assessment, report writing, post, and admin.
Dear Ms Lima, Many thanks for taking the time to give your detailed feedback. I apologise for any unforeseen inconvenience caused. I’m sorry that you did not know the type of appointment booked for you, which was done as per the instructions and authorisation by your insurer. I can see that this was all confusing for you. Your insurer had only authorised a ‘consultation only appointment’. Kindly visit my website www.drsrigada.co.uk to find out more about how consultation-only appointments are different from an appointment for a full Neurodevelopmental Assessment (NDA). Hence, in your case, time was allocated only to carry out a consultation and not a full assessment, as a full NDA assessment takes at least 2 hours to carry out and unlike a general paediatric appointment, an NDA cannot be carried out in an hour or in the consultation-only appointment. Doing so would be clinically unsafe and most probability an incomplete one. Therefore all my NDA assessments are at least 2-hour long appointment. Moreover, we have to oblige with what the insurers have authorised us to carry out. Nevertheless, I completely understand your situation and empathise with your worry about your son’s development. I and my team have been actively working with your insurer to clear the backlog of pre-agreed pending payments that have accumulated over the past 3 months with your insurer. And we have continued to work with your insurer since your appointment, to resolve this unsatisfactory situation at the earliest. I could absolutely understand that you were upset in the clinic. Hence, we arranged to send a clinic letter to you within 24 hours of our meeting. I also welcomed your positive email the following day about our appointment. I can assure you that I do my utmost to help and support every child and their parent I see. And I shall continue to do so. I wish you all the absolute best. Kindest regards & sincere thanks, Dr Gada