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Jennifer Winnard

Hello, my name is Jennifer Winnard, I qualified as an Adult Mental Health Nurse in 1999 from the University of Central Lancashire. 

During the last 20 years of nursing I have predominantly worked within the area of Adult Psychiatry, in both the acute in-patient and community settings. I have also worked within Substance Misuse Services and up until a few years ago held a Professional Lead Nurse role for a large NHS Mental Health Network.

In 2015 I was successful in qualifying as an Independent Nurse Prescriber from Edge Hill University, this led me to follow a keen interest I have for Neurodevelopmental conditions into a role as an Adult ADHD Specialist Nurse and Prescriber within the NHS and also within the Private Sector working alongside Psychiatry UK.

I am hugely passionate about nursing and ADHD and pride myself on providing high quality, compassionate person centred care for all.

Within Psychiatry UK, I lead the Adult ADHD Titration Service and a highly skilled team of nurse prescribers who support the Consultant Psychiatrists during the initiation and stabilisation of ADHD treatment. We work closely with the patient and the Doctors during this time offering weekly support and guidance based on NICE Guidance with the aim of stabilising the patients ADHD symptoms. 

Jenny

Kate Bevan

Hi I’m Kate! I have been a UK registered mental health nurse since 2000 and qualified as a nurse prescriber in 2014. I have worked in a variety of NHS adult, children and young people’s mental health settings through the years. I have continued my professional development throughout my career in children and young people’s mental health, ADHD and practice education and I have specialised in ADHD services since 2013. I am currently working in an adult ADHD service in the NHS alongside my work with Psychiatry-UK.

I love having the privilege of working with people across all age ranges in my specialist field and I always aim to help people feel at ease, understand their symptoms and daily challenges in the context of their ADHD. I hope to help people feel able to live their lives to the fullest. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, comedy, music and crossfit!

Kate

Carol Shue

I started my journey as a mental health nurse after completing my nursing training in the UK in 2004. I have worked in acute inpatient and community settings. I have helped pioneer the start of an NHS Adult Service in 2011 and ran a nurse led NHS assessment and treatment service for adults with ADHD.

I continue to work with Adults with ADHD and my role with Psychiatry-UK is to provide titration services to those diagnosed with ADHD.

Carol

Jenni Unsworth

I qualified as a Paediatric Nurse in 2007 from the University of Central Lancashire. Since qualifying I have worked within Child and Adolescent Mental Health. My current NHS role is Clinical Lead for Lancashire Care within the children’s ADHD Nurse Led Service where I diagnose ADHD, initiate medication, titrate and stabilise, supporting the whole family through their journey. 

I qualified as an Independent Nurse Prescriber in 2011, from Cumbria University. Whilst working within CAMHS I have had the opportunity to complete my Child and Adolescent Mental Health degree through the University of Central Lancashire which I found extremely interesting.

I am also currently working with Psychiatry-UK providing support to the Consultant Psychiatrists during the treatment titration and stabilisation process for Children and Adults with ADHD.

Jenni

Anthony Adams

My name is Anthony Adams. I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse and an Independent prescriber.

My Mental Health career started in 1995 and I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1998, with further qualification as a V300 prescriber in 2007.

I have experience in prescribing in most mental health settings and have worked as a Nurse Specialist in Older Persons Mental Health, Learning Disability and Adult ADHD.

I have a special interest and extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Adult ADHD and related Emotional Dysregulation as well as other co-existing conditions.

I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in NHS Leadership and have worked in a Senior Management Position within the NHS.

I currently am working for the NHS as an ADHD Nurse Specialist and Clinical Lead and also work privately.

Tony

Adeola Banjo

Adeola Banjo is a registered clinical nurse, specialised in Adult ADHD, working with one of the National Health Service (NHS) in London, for almost 20yrs.  She is a member of Royal College of Nursing, graduated from university of Greenwich with a degree in psychiatry nursing and later at London South Bank University with a graduate certificate in Independent Nurse Prescribing.

Her background is psychiatry nursing with excellent experience in working with multi-disciplinary colleagues within the adult in-patient psychiatry units and the community psychiatry team.  She has a very good knowledge of mental state assessment and clinical management of care, tailored to individual specific needs, by acknowledging the possibility of comorbidity of other diagnosis, which could be physical, mental or psychological.

As an independent nurse prescriber, she has good clinical experience of working in collaboration with consultant psychiatrists, by monitoring the titration of medication and provides clinical support to service users to aid compliance and adherence to their prescribed treatment in order to achieve the therapeutic effectiveness.

Adeola Banjo

Hannah Woodmansey

I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2011 from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). In 2016 I successfully qualified as an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber (NMP) from the University of Cumbria and have since been prescribing independently in the field of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

During my time as an NHS employee, I have undertaken a variety of roles within various clinical settings these have included Adult and Older Adult inpatient’s, Children and Young People’s Community Services and Custodial settings.

At the present time I am employed as a Specialist ADHD Clinical Lead Nurse and Independent Non-Medical Prescriber within an NHS community-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). I am also a Director of my own ADHD Company, currently accepting referrals from Psychiatry-UK, my role is to prescribe ADHD treatment during the titration and stabilisation period.   

I am passionate about understanding and supporting the daily challenges that people with a diagnosis of ADHD must manage. I have both professional and personal experience of supporting individuals with ADHD and pride myself on being approachable, compassionate, understanding and person centred.

When I am not working, I enjoy going to the gym, running, riding my motorbike, walking my dog, travelling, and spending time with my friends and family.

hannah-woodmansey

Claire Meadows

My name is Claire Meadows and I am a qualified mental health nurse and independant Nurse prescriber.

I qualified as a registered Nurse in 2008 and completed My V300 non medical prescriber qualification in 2017.

During my career I have worked in a variety of settings including adult forensic mental health services and rehabilitation were I supported adults struggling with a wide range of severe mental health difficulties. Within this role I helped service users to manage and understand their diagnosis and symptoms effectively promoting positive health and well being.

In 2015 my career took a turn for the better when I became an ADHD specialist Nurse within the child and adolescent community mental health service and it is here where my interest and passion in ADHD has bloomed.

Within my NHS role I work very closely with young people and their families who are struggling with ADHD, I carry out holistic assessments, offer diagnostic clinics and support the families with their diagnosis and treatment in a caring and compassionate way.

I am very passionate about my work and always aim to help the patient feel empowered in their treatment, supporting them to speak openly and honestly about any worries they may have and working through these worries together.

Claire-Meadows

Vikki Connell

I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2006 from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). I have worked in both adult and child mental health services, with this being in the area of neurodiversity for the last 7 years, I have both a personal and professional interest in this.

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 2015 with an MA in Autism. I am trained in ADOS and ADI to be part of the diagnostic process. I gained my V300 Independent Prescribing qualification from UCLAN in 2018, following this I worked as clinical lead for ADHD in a CAMHS service.

I am passionate about supporting people with neurodiverse conditions and have vast personal and professional experience in this field. I pride myself on providing empathetic and person centred support in a friendly and approachable manner.

Andrew Jay

Andrew has worked in mental health care for 28 years. Qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1998 in London, moving to Manchester in 2000 and returning to his native North East England in 2002 working in a range of community mental health services, both in the NHS and independent sector. Andrew has contributed to improvements in physical health care of people with mental health problems advocating for key improvements to this aspect of mental health care.

In 2005 Andrew completed MA Public Health at Sheffield Hallam University which broadened his practice and understanding of the wider determinants of health and how these impact on mental wellbeing. Andrew is a health promotion specialist and uses these skills to maximise his interventions and how the services he works in deliver these services improve people’s health. He has a keen interest in developing services that are responsive and effective. Andrew has a track record for contributing to the development and evaluation of innovative service provision.

Andrew began working with ADHD in 2013. He contributed to the development of adult ADHD service provision in the North East of England and embedded nonmedical prescribing in the service. Andrew has also worked clinically in children and young people’s services and has a good understanding of how ADHD impacts upon the formative years of life. Andrew has taught doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, teachers and families about ADHD, its treatment with medicines, strategies for supporting people with ADHD and making their care personally meaningful. Andrew has a broard understanding of mental health problems and neurodevelopmental difference. He currently works in the NHS developing nonmedical prescribing across all community mental health services alongside private clinical work.

Andrew is an experienced nonmedical prescriber with extensive experience of treating a wide range of mental health problems having qualified to prescribe in 2006. He enjoys working collaboratively with people to find solutions to the difficulties they face, be that pharmacological or otherwise. He has a compassionate and knowledgeable approach which people find reassuring.

Menaz Kermali

Menaz Kermali is a pharmacist prescriber, specialised in treatment of mental health conditions, working with the NHS in a mental health trust for over 10 years.

She is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, graduated from University of London, School of Pharmacy, with further qualification in psychiatric therapeutics from Aston University.

Menaz has extensive experience in mental health, she has worked in acute inpatient and community settings gaining experience in treatment of depression and anxiety, bipolar illness, schizophrenia and ADHD.

Dr Dan Berkeley BMBS Hons, BMedSci Hons, MRCGP, Adv Dip PCMH

GMC Number: 6162291

Dan Berkeley is an NHS GP with a special interest in mental health. He has a particular interest in the treatment and assessment of mental health disorders – especially where physical health problems are also occurring or co-existing with a mental health problem.

Dan lives in Cumbria near the Lake District and when he is not working he enjoys road and off-road cycling, weight lifting, playing drums, listening to extreme metal music, brewing beer and playing strategic board games.

Dan started his training with a five year degree at The University of Nottingham where he graduated from in 2007 with an honours degree. Having practiced as a junior doctor for a few years he couldn’t decide whether to become a GP or a psychiatrist. In the end he trained for and became a GP in 2013, which means he has expertise in the diagnosis and management of physical health conditions as well as common mental health problems. But has always kept a special interest in psychiatry and done significant extra training and study in this field. He holds the advanced diploma in primary care mental health which he achieved with honours and continues to be approved as a clinician under section 12 of the mental health act.

Dan is interested in all areas of psychiatry and always seeks to listen to and understand the stories and problems of others.

Emma Taylor, Nurse Practitioner, Dip HE Mental Health Nursing/Prescriber

NMC Number: 09H1519E

My name is Emma Taylor. I successfully completed my Nursing qualification in 2009 graduating from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). In 2020, I successfully qualified as an Independent / Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber (NMP) from the University of Bolton and have since been employed as a Non-Medical Prescriber working in the North West of England.

Currently, I am employed within an NHS community-based Mental Health service. I have experience of working in a variety roles including Substance Misuse, Health & Justice & Custodial Settings predominantly working with adults aged between 18-65 years.

I have both professional & personal experience of supporting individuals with ADHD & pride myself on being approachable, empathetic, & understanding. I am passionate about understanding & supporting individuals with a diagnosis of ADHD.

When I am not working, I enjoy time away in my motorhome, walking my dogs, reading and cooking for friends and family.

Dannie Firth, Post Graduate Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing

NMC Number: 15F2628E

Qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing: University of the West of England.
  • Working towards Advanced Nurse Practitioner Qualification.

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing at Plymouth University –graduated September 2015 with an upper second class honours degree. Placement experience included; CMHT, RIL team, older adults with functional and organic illnesses, Drug and Alcohol services, Learning Dis.

I love to travel and in April 2013 I trekked to Everest Base camp, I was able to experience a vast array of Nepalese culture and truly challenge myself, whilst raising money for the charity Thrive Africa; with whom I spent a month volunteering in Ghana. I was involved with library building projects, an orphan welfare agenda project based within Kumasi, as well as farming to provide orphan care givers with a sustainable food source.

I previously spent a month in Bolivia, volunteering in a school for disabled children. This was a life changing experience and I learnt to communicate effectively despite language barriers and created friendships amongst the family I stayed with as well as other locals.

I enjoy sailing and achieved my competent crew sailing certificate sailing across the Gibraltar straits to Morocco. I updated this with Tall Ships Youth Trust and I am also a youth mentor for Tall Ships; supporting young offenders and young adults with learning disabilities.

Kathrine Armstrong, Mental Health Nurse and Independent Nurse Prescriber

NMC Number: 95D0344E

Hello, my name is Kath and I am a qualified mental health nurse and independent Nurse Prescriber. I qualified as a registered Nurse in 1998 University of Central Lancashire and gained my V300 non-medical prescriber qualification in 2007 at St Martins College.

I started my nursing career supporting adults in inpatient Psychiatric intensive care and acute settings, and after 5 years moved into community mental health and substance misuse rehabilitation services.

In 2004 I became an ADHD specialist Nurse within Child and Adolescent mental health during this time I spent 3 years as a primary mental health worker role providing training and raising awareness of mental health in education settings.

I returned to ADHD in 2011 and currently work within the NHS as a clinical lead in a Nurse-led ADHD service providing assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management support through the life span of ADHD in children and young adults also work privately providing treatment for ADHD in adults.

I am passionate about ADHD and its associated challenges and dedicated to providing a positive experience aimed at improving outcomes for all.

Kouser Jan Shaik

GMC Number: 6078834

Having done under graduation in India, I went on to do Post graduation in Psychiatry from a reputed, tertiary institution In India.

I since did further training in UK and obtained Membership of the royal College of Psychiatrists, and a Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from Leeds University.

I completed my higher training in 2 specialities and hold a dual CCT in both General adult and Old age psychiatry.

I am currently working as a General Adult Psychiatry Consultant in the Community, for the past 10 years.

I have been heavily involved in medical education and training and continue with those roles.

I am avid reader of books of fiction and enjoy gardening, music and long walks.

Terrie Smith, Mental Health Independent Prescriber

NMC Number: 06B0968E

Terrie Smith qualified as a mental health nurse in 2004 and went on to become an independent nurse prescriber in 2015, after studying at St George’s University London. Terrie’s academic background started within the field of sociology, after studying for a degree and Master’s degree at Goldsmiths University in SE London. She has taken her knowledge of sociology across to the field of psychiatry, which has assisted in her understanding of how social life and society can impact on human behaviour and mental health.

Terrie’s nursing background started within the field of child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) and then proceeded into adult psychiatry and she is therefore well equipped to understand mental health across the lifespan. Terrie has an interest in neurodevelopmental conditions, especially ADHD and she has worked within the NHS and her own private practice, both in the UK and abroad.

Terrie is currently working on the Isle of Wight, within a Paediatric ADHD Service and she has recently set up a specialist fast track referral and assessment pathway for young people coming into contact with the Police and Youth Offending Services.

Terrie is very aware of the challenges and negative impact that ADHD can have on the day to day life of her patients and their families and she understands that ADHD often co-exists alongside other mental health conditions. Terrie is very passionate about the work she does and she feels that it is a privilege to be able to offer support and work collaboratively with her patients.

Terrie’s clinical practice includes supporting her patients to increase their confidence and resilience, allowing them to see their positive talents and the plus side of having an ADHD diagnosis. These positive traits, often include, heightened imagination and creativity, sense of humour, problems solving skills, perseverance, ability to multi-task, endless bags of energy, entrepreneurial skills and the ability to hypo focus.

Outside of her work, Terrie is an avid reader and enjoys painting, film and music as well as spending time with her friends and family.

Tony Walker, Independent Prescriber, Mental Health Nurse

NMC Number: 07B4172E

Tony Walker qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2007 after a varied career in other fields.

He has worked as a CPN and crisis practitioner in both adult and children’s mental health crisis teams, as an Approved Mental Health Professional working within the Mental Health Act, a Best Interests Assessor with the Mental Capacity Act. He has worked in psychiatric liaison and as adult safeguarding lead for an NHS Trust.

He is also qualified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. He continues to work a non-medical prescriber working in primary care with a GP surgery.

Lorraine Forsythe, Mental Health Nurse, Independent Prescriber

NMC Number: 13l0518E

Hi, my name is Lorraine Forsythe, I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2013 and I was also successful in qualifying as an Independent Nurse Prescriber in 2019 from The University of Chester. I have continued my professional development and I am currently studying for my Masters in adult nursing.

Since qualifying I have predominantly worked in Adult Psychiatry, in both the acute in-patient setting and community settings. In 2019 I was able to pursue my specialist interest in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions and successfully gained a role as an Adult ADHD Specialist Nurse Prescriber within the NHS trust. I am also working with Psychiatry-UK providing support to the Consultant Psychiatrists during the treatment titration and stabilisation process for the management of ADHD symptoms.

I am passionate about nursing and the treatment of ADHD symptoms to improve the severity of symptoms to enable a greater quality of life.

Salma Ali

Hello I’m Salma!

I’m a pharmacist and I have been on the register with the General Pharmaceutical Council for 15 years now.

I studied at the School of Pharmacy, University of London and graduated in 2005. I registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2006 and I have gone on to gain my Independent Prescribing qualification from Robert Gordon University in 2016 as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy Practice in 2017.

I started my career as a pharmacist travelling all over the South East of England as a locum working in a range of different settings, from Methadone clinics to Nursing homes, and more community pharmacies that I can count!

I have worked in a London mental health hospital for over five years now where I manage a busy pharmacy. I have gained vast experience with patients in an inpatient and out patient mental health setting.

I have a keen interest in the psychopharmacology of mental health conditions, especially ADHD and I enjoy being a small part of a patient’s journey when undergoing treatment for the first time.

When I’m not surrounded by drugs I enjoy baking and clay pigeon shooting.

Olufunso Kolawole

GPHC Number: 2085869

Hello my name is Oluwafunso Kolawole. I am a pharmacist prescriber with special interest in mental health. I am registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and obtained a further qualification in psychiatric therapeutics. Having worked within the NHS for over 6years in both secondary and primary care, I have become intrigued by the impact of mental health on different demographics and hence I have enrolled on a research course to study global mental health. I believe I will gain insight into various intervention methods that can be developed to suit various population settings with mental illnesses.

Maruf Mustapha MB CHB

GMC Number: 7481257

Dr Maruf Mustapha qualified as a Medical doctor in 2008, from the renowned Obafemi Awolowo University. After brief periods of medical service and part volunteering in various specialties and resource limited areas across Nigeria, he settled in to a residency specialty training program in Psychiatry by the National postgraduate medical college of Nigeria, working both as a Junior registrar and a senior Registrar at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba Lagos.

Maruf has worked and gained experience in various sub-specialties of Psychiatry, including addiction management and substance use psychiatry. He currently works in a child and adolescent mental health services unit in Leyland, where his work involves diagnosing and treating/managing a large number of young persons with ADHD.

He is passionate about use of social ‘prescriptions in improving the quality of interactions and quality of life of service users. He likes to speak about relevant music, books and shared experiences. Maruf prides himself in his empathic, non-judgmental approach to interactions with service users, and a high quality, compassionate person-centred care for all.

Maruf has recently joined Psychiatry-UK to provide support to the Consultant Psychiatrists as part of our team approach to managing the Adult ADHD Service. He will guide you through your treatment titration and stabilisation under the direction and supervision from your P-UK consultant.

Denise Bromilow

NMC Number: 0012540E
Qualifications: Diploma MH Nursing/V300 Independent Prescribing

Denise has been a qualified mental health nurse for 18 years and an independent prescribing nurse for 7 years. She has vast experience having worked across NHS trusts delivering evidence based, compassionate care in the areas of substance misuse, adult mental health and for almost 4 years she has specialised in the area of Adult ADHD.

She is currently employed as the Lead clinical nurse specialist for a busy Adult ADHD NHS service, undertaking diagnostic assessments and treatment titrations for persons aged 16 and over.

Denise has a sound understanding of how untreated ADHD can have a major impact upon an individual’s wellbeing. She is passionate about raising the profile of Adult ADHD to promote early identification and intervention. She has trained GPs and other professionals and remains focused on improving pathways to ensure that adult ADHD assessment and treatment is more accessible.

Clare Dhillon

NMC Number: 09J0596E 
Qualifications: Advanced Nursing Diploma ( 2009), Post Graduate Diploma in Child Forensic Studies (2003), BSC Specialist Community Health Nursing ( 2013), Nurse Independent prescriber ( 2018) 

I qualified as a paediatric nurse in 2010 from Sheffield Hallam University and since qualifying I have gained much experience working as an ADHD nurse working with children and adolescents. I assist in diagnosis, I also initiate and titrate ADHD medication. I feel it is crucial to work with my patients at all times, recognising and respecting their thoughts and feelings through the process of diagnosis and treatment thereafter.

I have lots of experience working in this field and feel that I am well qualified to support people through this journey.   I also work as a non medical prescriber in order to fully address the needs of my patients, who I feel privileged to work with and for.

I am currently working for the NHS as an ADHD Nurse Specialist and I am also working with Psychiatry UK providing support within their titration team.

Ruth Craggs

NMC Number: 10F1635E
Qualifications: Diploma in Nursing Studies (Teesside University), Non-Medical Prescribing (University of Northampton) (V300)

Hello, my name is Ruth Craggs, and I am a qualified registered nurse in learning disabilities and independent non-medical prescriber.

I started my healthcare career in 2004 as a nursing assistant and was then seconded by my trust to complete my nursing diploma which I gained from the University of Teesside in 2010.

Over the last 10 years I have worked with both adults and children with a Learning Disability and other comorbid conditions both in inpatient settings and in the community.

I qualified as an independent non-medical prescriber in July 2016 at the University of Northampton. This led me to my current role of Neurodevelopmental Lead Nurse within a CAMHS Learning Disability team within the NHS. In this role I assess, diagnose, and treat ADHD and sleep issues and support parents and deliver psychodynamic education.

I have also recently completed my ADOS training which allows me to be part of the process for assessing Autism.

Julie Jackson

NMC Number: 96J0017N
Qualifications: Registered Nurse (Senior Practitioner)

Hello, my name is Julie Jackson. I qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse in 1999 from Queens University Belfast. Following on I have continued my nurse education by the completion of Paediatric Nursing (2003), Specialist Practice in Community Nursing (2007) and Non-Medical Prescribing (2017) for which I specialised in psychopharmacology and ADHD medications.

I have worked within the field of ADHD throughout my 20 years carer in nursing. This has been both within the hospital and community sectors.

Currently I am employed as a Specialist ADHD Nurse and Independent Non-Medical Prescriber within a busy and demanding NHS Neurodevelopmental Service. My role consists of assessing, diagnosing & prescribing treatment plans for children and young people with ADHD. As a neurodevelopmental team senior practitioner I also assess and diagnosis Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I am both enthusiastic and passionate about ADHD and strive to support individuals and their families to embrace their ADHD to enable them to live their lives to their full potential. By maintaining my continuing professional development I ensure that I am a competent and safe practitioner, keeping abreast of best practice guidelines and developments in relation to ADHD both nationally and internationally.

Within Psychiatry UK, I support the Consultant Psychiatrists during the initiation and stabilisation of ADHD treatment. I work closely with the patient and the Doctors during this time offering weekly support and guidance based on NICE Guidance.

Paul Cavanagh

NMC Number: 96D0340E
Qualifications: Education in Mental Health Studies and Nurse Independent Prescriber

Hi I am Paul Cavanagh and I have been a registered mental health nurse since 1999 and qualified as a nurse prescriber in 2014. I have a diverse background, having previously worked in multiple acute mental health settings with adults with complex mental health needs, before specialising in Adult ADHD services within the NHS and Psychiatry UK.

I maintain best practice with continuous professional development to achieve positive outcomes and improve quality of life for those who struggle with debilitating and complex traits of ADHD and subsequent mental health problems. I feel that I am a people person and really enjoy my role in enabling others to overcome their difficulties through effective communication, a professional attitude and an empathic approach to nursing care.

Away from work, I love to keep active and spend my spare time running, cycling and swimming and I also love spending time with my family.