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National recognition for ADHD specialist nurse

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Kathryn Currah from Stanhope in County Durham has been recognised nationally for her work with children and young people.

Ms Currah, a clinical nurse specialist working for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded the bronze Shire Bursary Nursing Award for Innovation in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 

The award was presented for developing services, raising awareness and sharing good practice, along with the prize bursary of £500. 

It recognises her successful bid to commissioners to employ more psychology and advisory teaching staff. Her initiative plans to develop teacher training, school liaison, parent support groups and a more modern assessment process for patients living in Derwentside.

Alongside this, she has also developed new ideas of integrating children and young people socially by working alongside an associate practitioner to accompany them to social situations. Together they have set up fishing groups and plan to develop allotments.

Ms Currah said: “I’m delighted to have been presented with the bronze Shire Bursary Nursing Award and the £500 prize will help me to further my work in this area for the people of Derwentside and North Durham. 

“This adds to my silver award which I received in 2011 again in recognition of my work with children and young people who have ADHD.”

Shire Pharmaceuticals set up the annual Shire Bursary Nursing Awards for Innovation in ADHD programme to recognise and support nurses working the area of ADHD in the UK, who demonstrate outstanding development and commitment in their field.

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  • Florence

    How I wish we had a nurse like Kathyrn Currah in our area. My son now nearly nine has a speech and language disorder.He is in mainstream education and has a statement of need . Part of his condition, more so when he was younger , meant he had some traits associated with ADHD and Autism.
    At one point we had thought the primary diagnosis was ADHD. We were all supported by a fantastic team of Nurses and Doctors and the education system has enabled Kyle to develop in so many ways.
    However at that time late 2007 to early 2008 I did find it hard to locate a professional with special interest and knowledge of ADHD. I went back to college myself and did a course for parents.
    And I would do the same thing again. As Kyle has got older the Autstic traits and those associated with ADHD have almost gone as the Speech condition is being addressed.
    As Kyles Mum and an experienced Nurse I knew something was wrong.
    However it was a Community Nurse who identified that Kyle had difficulties and supported us through the assessment process and beyond. I can never thank her enough.
    However most professionals, including myself , would admit that we need access to a Nurse with specialist knowledge in this area.
    My cousins' two boys, similar age to Kyle, have recently been diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. She is finding it difficult to locate a specialist nurse too.
    Nurses are usually the first point of contact in these situations. While we cannot realistically have a specialist nurse covering small teams. Increased education for the community nurses caring for children and the knowledge of where a specialist nurse could be located would be a step forward in the right direction.

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