Kathryn Currah

Mrs Kathryn Currah

Children and Young People's Mental Health Nurse Advisor, NHSEI

My initial nurse training from 1993-1996 was as a paediatric nurse, and I worked on a paediatric department in many roles, for 8 years before completing my public health degree in school nursing and working as a school nursing sister. Following this I became an ADHD specialist nurse which then led to me becoming a CAMHS clinician. I moved into CYPS Mental Health in 2009 and worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, the team manager and more recently since 2016 an Associate Nurse Consultant. This was the first ever post in the trust in CYPS.
I became a Non-Medical Prescriber in 2008 and lead at trust level in the supervision and development of NMPs in CYPS. I have worked as an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University on the NMP course.
I recently completed my Masters in Practice Development and have an article published in the Mental Health Practice Journal that promotes nurse development at Consultant level in CYPS.
I am currently working as a Children and Young People’s Mental Health Nurse Advisor for the National NHSEI nursing directorate and working on many workstreams including leading the Paediatric Professional Nurse Advocates, developing a national framework for paediatric staff to support children and young people with mental health distress in acute and emergency settings and development of a health care assistant training portfolio.