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The need for ADHD Direct

There is much public debate about health services, for example, infertility treatment, only being available in certain areas of the country. ADHD service provision is in a similar position, affects 4-5% of the population, yet is afforded little recognition. Subsequently, thousands of people suffer in silence and are expected to get on with lives. If the person with ADHD goes through life without the appropriate support then they are at far greater risk of developing other mental health problems, including, anxiety, depression and addictions.

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown, owner of ADHD Direct Limited is a Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) who has worked in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) since 1992, during which time he has acquired a wealth of experience working with young people and their families. Gordon has gained this experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings. Since 1992, he has gained the qualifications of BSc (Hons) Nursing, Specialist Practitioner Qualification and Independent Nurse Prescribing. Over the last 10 years in Falkirk, Scotland, he has progressed his career by helping CAMHS develop and evolve through some of his contributions, such as developing:

  • A dedicated ADHD clinic – The Active Behaviour Clinic (ABC)
  • The Changing Lanes Service – The first nurse-led ADHD service in the UK
  • Parents INC – The first ADHD specific parent training programme in Scotland
  • Teachers COUNT – An ADHD specific teacher training programme 
  • The DistractABLEs – A 6 week programme for teenagers affected by ADHD
  • STILL ME – A 6 week programme for adults affected by ADHD
  • UK ADHD Nurse Network (UKANN) – Founder committee member

Recent Years

In recent years Gordon has enjoyed being involved with Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS), auditing how services across the country adhered to SIGN 52 (ADHD) and in 2009 I contributed to the ADHD SIGN update: 112.   He recognises the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the role of CAMHS in supporting and educating partner services.  To this end, Gordon developed the first online ADHD degree module in the UK for which I received the accolade of the Lilly ADHD Champion 2010.  Throughout the course of the year, he regularly present at national and international conferences on the subject of ADHD.   Further to his Registered Mental Nurse qualification, Gordon is also qualified in the following:

  • (1995) Professional Studies II in CAMHS (ENB equivalent) at Napier University
  • (1999) 0-12 Group Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme), University of Queensland, Australia
  • (2001) Teen Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) University of Queensland, Australia Stirling(2002)
  • (2002) Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I. A treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • (2003) BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child & Adolescent Mental Health) with Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ), Napier University
  • (2004) Independent & Supplementary Nurse- Prescriber, University of Stirling


Brown, G (2003) Assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  MacMillan Publishing Ltd  Nursing Times  Volume: 99, Issue: 25, Page Number: 34  2003

Brown, G and Bruce, K (2004) A Nurse-led ADHD service for children and adolescents.   MacMillan Publishing Ltd  Nursing Times  Volume: 100, Issue: 40, Page Number: 36  2004

Forbes, F; Barber, P; Brown, G; Coghill D; Hoare P et al (2007) ADHD – Services Over Scotland, Report of the service profiling exercise.  Quality Improvement Scotland  March 2007

Forbes, F; Barber, P; Brown, G; Coghill D; Hoare P et al (2008) ADHD – Services Over Scotland, Report of the service review exercise.  Quality Improvement Scotland  April 2008

Follan, M; Minnis, H; Brown, G et al, (2010) Discrimination between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and reactive attachment disorder in school aged children.   Research in Developmental Disabilities (2011), doi:10.1016/ j.ridd.2010.12.031

Brown, G; Murray, I (2010) An online degree module to increase awareness and understanding of ADHD.  ADHD In Practice (2010), Volume 3, Number 1

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