Diploma of Higher Education Nursing (Distinction) Mental Health
Thorn Programme BA Hons Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis
MSc Advanced Nursing Practice
Advanced ADHD Practitioner
CPD Certified - ADHD 360 Academy
I’m a Mental Health Nurse who specialises in ADHD and Autism. With over 20 years of experience in mental health care.
Throughout my career, I have primarily worked in crisis assessment, where I have encountered a high number of patients with ADHD and autism.
Witnessing firsthand the impact of undiagnosed or untreated ADHD on patients' mental health and wellbeing has motivated me to advocate for greater awareness and understanding of neurodivergent individuals within mental health services.
One of my career highlights includes contributing to an article in the national press, specifically The Guardian, and being interviewed on a podcast called Squarepeg Community.
Through these opportunities, I aim to raise awareness and challenge stereotypes surrounding ADHD and autism, as well as advocate for improved support and understanding.
I regularly participate in updates and training sessions provided by ADHD 360. I also receive regular supervision of my skills from a medical director and associated medical specialist. I am also a member of RCN (Royal College of Nurses) and regulated and governed by the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council).
The best part of my job is the feeling that I am helping people to be "seen" and understood. There is a significant amount of misinformation surrounding neurodivergence within healthcare, and the impact that ADHD can have on mental health is often underestimated. Through my work, I aim to address these gaps in knowledge and understanding.
Recently, I worked with Edgehill University to commission and deliver training on the intersection of neurodivergence, trauma, and mental health for approximately 100 acute care mental health staff.
Outside of my professional life, I cherish spending time with my partner, two kids, and our two dogs.
As someone personally diagnosed with ADHD and autism and with two neurodivergent children, I am highly motivated to improve services and support for neurodivergent individuals and their families.