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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

Andrew
Jay

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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

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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 an advanced 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 at Universities and other professional settings 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. 

Andrew is a regular on the "TalkADHD" podcast and is working to develop practice based solutions to the challenges that the team face in delivering the best possible care. He is driven to use information technology to reduce the time staff take to deliver results, freeing staff up to do what they do best - care.

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 

  • 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

Sara is an advanced ADHD Nurse Specialist and Non-medical Prescriber with experience of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment across the life span. She has 24 years of nursing experience working in various settings including Adult Mental Health, Addictions, Child & Young People's and Forensic Services. Sara has both professional knowledge and experience, as well as my personal experience; Sara is an ADHD service user after receiving a later life diagnosis and a mum to two children diagnosed in their teenage years with ADHD and Autism. This enhances her professional skills and allows for a robust, holistic assessment with a deeper understanding of the impact symptoms and the impairment has on an individual.

Sara qualified to teach learners aged 16 and over in 2003 and completed non-medical prescribing V300 in 2019. Sara has worked in a variety of areas including adult acute inpatient wards and adult community within the NHS including Community Mental Health Teams and Prison Mental Health In-Reach. She worked as a Criminal Justice Liaison Specialist Nurse providing assessment and diversion to these detained in police custody, remand courts and engaged with probation. She 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.

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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

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Michael is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner with Health Education England and Royal College of Nursing accreditation for Advanced Clinical Practice. He has 13 years’ experience within adult and older adults inpatient and community mental health services and 6 years’ experience as an independent non-medical prescriber. Michael has 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.

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

Michael is enthusiastic about supporting others achieve their potential and so delivers 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 he enjoys gravel and mountain biking, bikepacking, hiking with bothy stop overs, walking his chocolate labs, cooking and spending time with his family and friends. 

Catherine
Ellery

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Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 

  • L3 Early Years Educator

  • Diploma in Health Sciences

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


Special Interests

  • Sensory Needs


Services

  • Education Support

  • Advocacy

Catherine has passion and drive for person focused services, which has developed from her appreciation of great customer service. 


Catherine comes from a neurodivergent family, and has two children. Catherine's career to date has been quite varied, from banking and finance to child-care and Learning Disability support, providing a wealth of personal circumstance and service understanding. Catherine's personal and parental journey inspired her to study Occupational Therapy and has given insight into various legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures and how these are interpreted. With her passion to improve the worlds of others, developed knowledge and understanding I take on the role in providing Advocacy Services for neurodiverse people and their families and contribute to the clinical team.

Catherine has begun to study a Masters degree in Sensory Integration

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

Lorraine graduated as a Mental Health Nurse from the University of Stirling in 2014. She has clinical experience working in NHS Mental Health Services within Psychiatry, in both acute and community hospital settings. Lorraine has also worked in Primary Care, within GP surgeries.

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

Feedback from those Lorraine has supported is that she is caring, compassionate, understanding, approachable and it is often said that people "felt really listened to and understood.” 

When not working Lorraine enjoys decorating, painting, and gardening. She loves walking her dog, whilst listening to podcasts, and spending time with family and friends.

Caroline Gibson

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In her role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Caroline honed skills in non-medical prescribing and navigating treatment pathways. Caroline also developed expertise in comprehensive assessment and diagnostic formulation for patients with neurodevelopmental conditions.

Caroline successfully completed a postgraduate non-medical prescribing course, which has allowed me to work autonomously, manage complex cases, and deliver and manage titration clinics. 

Caroline's career has been driven by a passion for providing the best possible care for patients and their families, and has developed strong leadership skills and the ability to drive change.

Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

  • Non-medical Prescriber (supplementary and independent)

  • UKAAN ADHD diagnosis and treatment

 

Services

  • Diagnose and Treat ADHD (adults)

Emma
Davies

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Qualifications

  • Nursing Studies (Mental Health) PG Dip

  • Non Medical Prescriber 

  • EMDR therapist 

  • UKAAN ADHD diagnosis and treatment

  • ACIA 

 

Special interest

  • Trauma informed care

 

Services

  • Diagnosis and treatment of ADHD

  • Advising on co existing conditions

Emma has been a Registered Mental Health Nurse since 2011. Most of her clinical experience has been working within Community Mental Health Teams, Talking Therapies services and communities accessing GP surgeries. This has led her to explore ways to understand someone's needs holistically. Throughout the last few years she has supported people in both personal and professional life to understand neurodevelopmental conditions.

 

Emma is passionate about trauma informed care and is a trained EMDR therapist. She wants to help people to understand their symptoms and how to manage them in daily life. Most importantly, she wants to empower people to live well.

 

Emma has also been a Non Medical Prescriber since 2021, adding to the skills to support people with their recovery

We also have the support of

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Helen Cochrane

Practice Manager

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Michael Scott

Clinical Manager

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Alex Cochrane

IT support

Nichola Beck

Administrator 

Bill Scott

Advisory Volunteer 

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