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As Registered Manager my Recruitment Policy is simple. I ask, "Would I want this person caring for someone I care about?" The answer is yes for everyone that works for divergence and anyone that we recommend too. We don't actively recruit and in some cases divergence staff have cared for my family. We don't use agency staff and always know the person's work first hand if we are going have them working with us.

Andrew

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Qualifications

  • MA, Public Health

  • BSc (Hons), Nursing Studies

  • RMN, SHEPS

  • Non-medical Prescribing             

  • UKAAN ADHD diagnosis and treatment

  • ADOS2 

Special Interests

  • Public Mental Heath,

  • Complex ADHD Treatment

Services 

  • Diagnose and Treat ADHD (all ages)

  • Treat Coexisting Conditions (all ages)

  • Diagnose Autism (all ages)

  • Education & Workplace Advice

  • Teaching

Andrew has been a mental health nurse since 1998 and worked in the whole range of community mental health services. He has presented at the World Congress on ADHD pharmacology and is often invited to speak about a range of issues related to ADHD around the country. He has worked extensively with adults and children who have ADHD as well as a longer career working with the common mental health problems that can accompany the journey to a diagnosis of ADHD. As a specialist he is collaborative and aims to help people to become their own specialist in being themselves. Andrew is a prescriber and health promotion specialist. He enjoys teaching and the challenge of changing minds about divergence. 

In 2020 Andrew was diagnosed with ADHD. Lots of his family have ADHD and that makes for a busy household and life alongside being a Director of the company. He knows that ADHD treatment with tablets is only the beginning of a journey which even when started well needs a guide to make sense of what happens, as well as what already happened. It was this understanding that led to him starting the company, founded on the belief that diagnosis and medications will only ever be part of the plan. It just wasn’t possible to offer the level of support he believes is best without being at the helm. 

Sara
Jay

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Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

  • Non-medical Prescribing

  • Clinical History Taking - Assessment and Diagnosis 

  • City and guilds 7306 (Teaching Adult Learners (16+)

  • Intermediate CBT Certificate 

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  • UKAAN ADHD diagnosis and treatment

  • ADOS2 and 3Di

Special Interests

  • Training,

  • Criminal Justice,

  • Substance Use,

  • Complex Needs

Services

  • Diagnose and Treat ADHD (all ages)

  • Diagnose Autism (all ages)

  • Education & Workplace Advice

  • Teaching

I am an ADHD Nurse Specialist and Non-medical Prescriber with experience of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment across the life span. I have 23 years of nursing experience working in various settings including Adult Mental Health, Addictions, Child & Young People's and Forensic services. I have both professional knowledge and experience, as well as my personal experience; I am an ADHD service user after receiving a later life diagnosis and I am a mum to two children diagnosed in their teenage years with ADHD and autism. I feel that this enhances my professional skills and allows for a robust holistic assessment with a deeper understanding of the impact symptoms and impairment has on an individual.

I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse from Northumbria University in September 2000. I qualified to teach learners aged 16 and over in 2003 and completed non-medical prescribing V300 in 2019. Over the years I have completed a number of other qualifications and courses, including UKAAN ADHD courses in assessment, diagnosis and treatment, foundation and intermediate CBT courses and recently trained in completion of the 3DI assessment for Autism Spectrum Conditions. 

I have worked in a variety of areas including Adult acute inpatient wards, Adult community within the NHS including Community Mental Health Teams, Prison Mental Health In-reach. I worked as a Criminal Justice Liaison specialist nurse providing assessment and diversion to these detained in police custody, remand courts and engaged with probation. I worked in Adult Addictions services providing assessment to clients with complex needs who may struggle to engage, and roles as a specialist practitioner in Children and Young People's Services and Adult Neurodevelopmental services, providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment for ADHD across the life span.

Michael Curtis

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Qualifications

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

  • BSc (Hons), Nursing Studies

  • RMN,

  • Non-medical Prescribing             

  • UKAAN ADHD diagnosis and treatment

Special Interests

  • ADHD in Old Age

Services 

  • Diagnose and Treat ADHD (all ages)

  • Teaching

My Name is Michael Curtis, BSc Registered Mental Health Nurse and MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner with Health Education England and Royal College of Nursing accreditation for Advanced Clinical Practice. I have 12 years’ experience within adult and older adults inpatient and community mental health services and 6 years’ experience as an independent non-medical prescriber. I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with individuals across a wide range of complex mental health conditions, specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Dementia and holding a special interest in neurodevelopmental conditions with both personal and professional experience.

I strive to care for others in a friendly and down to earth manner and my passion for care and collaborative working is demonstrated in my track record of achieving improvements in care delivery with national award-winning recognition for transforming patient care.

I’m also enthusiastic about supporting others achieve their potential and so deliver academic training in local Universities with experts by experience as well as providing mentorship and coaching around best practice and non-medical prescribing.

Outside of work I enjoy gravel and mountain biking, bikepacking, hiking with bothy stop overs, walking my chocolate labs, cooking and spending time with my Family and Friends. 

Catherine
Ellery

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Qualifications

  • awaiting results of BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (graduates 2023)

  • L3 Early Years Educator

  • Diploma in Health Sciences

  • NVQ Business Administration, CeMAP, CeSRE, CeRCH, ceRBCB


Special Interests

  • Sensory Needs


Services

  • Education Support

  • Advocacy

Completed Studying Occupational Therapy and awaiting my results, I have passion and drive for person focused services, which has developed from my appreciation of great customer service. 


I come from a neurodiverse family, and I am lucky to have two children also blessed with neurodiversity. My working career to date has been quite varied, from banking and finance to child-care and Learning Disability support, providing me with a wealth of personal circumstance and service understanding, my personal and parental journey which has driven me to study occupational therapy has given me insight into various legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures and how these are interpreted. With my passion to improve the worlds of others, developed knowledge and understanding I take on the role in providing Advocacy Services for neurodiverse superheroes and their families.

Lorraine Campbell

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Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

  • Non-medical Prescriber (supplementary and independent)

  • UKAAN ADHD diagnosis and treatment

  • 3DI-R

 
Special Interests

  • Post Diagnosis Care

Services

  • Diagnose and Treat ADHD (all ages)

  • 3DI-R Assessment

I graduated as a Mental Health Nurse from the University of Stirling in 2014. I have clinical experience working in NHS Mental Health Services within Psychiatry, in both acute and community hospital settings. I have also worked in Primary Care, within GP surgeries. I have undertaken further clinical qualifications of Non-Medical Prescribing which allows me to prescribe medication independently. I completed the ‘Gold Star’ UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) training and further Continued Professional Development in ADHD: Current Research and Practice. My qualifications allow me to diagnose and treat ADHD in Adults as well as children, as per National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2008).

I have a personal and professional interest in neurodevelopmental conditions and understand the daily challenges they have on individuals’ life.  Although I have a wealth of experience in this area, everyone is unique in how their condition and symptoms affect them. Due to this, I pride myself in ensuring I have a good understanding of each person I support, their current difficulties and life situation to ensure the care I provide is specific to the symptoms, needs and understanding of each person, which I feel promotes dignity and respect and is meaningful, patient centred and of course, evidence based.

I’m not the best in describing myself but feedback from those I have supported say I am caring, compassionate, understanding, approachable and it is often said that “they felt really listened to and understood.” 

When I am not working, I enjoy decorating, painting, and gardening. I also love walking my dog, whilst listening to podcasts, and spending time with family and friends.

Other team members coming

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Qualifications

  • Other Mental Health Nurses Coming


Special Interests

  • Tics

  • Autism


Services

  • Decluttering Therapy

  • A New Partner service offering additional supports

We also have the support of

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Bill Scott

Advisory Volunteer 

Helen Cochrane

Practice Manager

Alex Cochrane

IT support

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