Dr Bozhena Zoritch
Dr Bozhena Zoritch is a Consultant Paediatrician at Ashford and St.Peter’s Hospitals, Chertsey, Surrey. She is lead clinician for the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service. This multidisciplinary service has been extremely successful and currently caters for over 2,500 patients, most of whom have a diagnosis of ADHD. Dr Zoritch has Masters degrees both in Science (Community Paediatrics) and Arts (Medical Humanities) which has enabled her to give a truly holistic service to her patients, drawing on her knowledge of Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology and Psychosocial elements intertwined in managing complex patients with ADHD.
Dr Zoritch is able to draw on her skills in Evidence Based Medicine for her practice and has published in the Cochrane Library on the topic of developmental intervention. Her practice is very up to date and continually improving, using audit process, guidelines and research. Her opinion on management of ADHD is respected county-wide and she is adviser to Surrey Commissioners and the Surrey Area Prescribing Committee. She has also created a widely used ADHD related website (www.addmire.org.uk), initially intended for the local population but now used County wide.
Dr Zoritch works closely with local CAMHS colleagues and agencies who have an important role in addressing the needs of children with ADHD, such as Primary Care, Youth Support Service, Voluntary Sector and Education. In her 32 years as a paediatrician in the UK, she has been a staunch advocate of the psychosocial aspects of chronic disorders, not only publishing on the subject but also educating many generations of doctors working with her in paediatric departments. She has found that no other condition has been as intriguing and rewarding in this context, as ADHD.
Amanda is a Clinical Nurse Specialist working within the Adult ADHD Service at the Maudsley Hospital. She joined the team February 2015 to continue pursuing her specialist interests in neurodevelopmental disorders and broaden her experiences by working with adults. Prior to this, she worked in Paediatrics, as a Sister of an acute 40-bedded general unit. She has a BSc Honours in Professional Nursing Practice and through this she developed a special interest in working with adolescents. Subsequently she obtained dual-qualification as a registered Mental Health Nurse and for the next 11 years worked as an ADHD Nurse Specialist within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). It was this role led her to achieving a Non-Medical Prescriber qualification in 2008 and running a nurse led ADHD Clinic. Additionally, Amanda has undertaken a foundation course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and also has a qualification in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and has delivered both these interventions in her past role.