Dr Jo Jones
MRCP FRCPCH DipPallMed
I’m a mother of three children, and know what it’s like to be concerned about their health, their behaviour and happiness.
The issues that I face are familiar to me both at work and at home, as I have had to work on many of them with my own children.
It’s easy to feel alone and unsure even where to start when you are faced with an unwell, struggling or unhappy child. I’m very easy to talk to, and I encourage parents and carers to talk about all of their concerns – your views and fears are always important.
I always aim to let you know as much as I can about what is happening, so that you walk away confident about your child’s problem area and feeling completely in control. You’ll receive a very comprehensive report from me, which you can refer back to if you need to. If there is anything you are still unsure of, please contact me and we can arrange a time to talk
My routine clinics are in Leamington Spa and Stratford–upon–Avon in Warwickshire. I cover Birmingham and the West Midlands but families frequently come from much further and I accommodate them whenever I can.
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Nurse
I qualified as a paediatric nurse in 2007 after completing my Bachelor of Children’s Nursing with honours at Manchester University.
I have worked in a number of large hospitals, including Great Ormond street and Sydney Children’s hospital. I have gained a wealth of experience caring for sick children and their families. My clinical experience has been both here and in Australia, where I lived for 8 years.
I am a mum to 9 year old twin girls who keep me very busy! As a parent, I understand the worries we all face, especially when it comes to their health. Nobody knows a child better than the parent, and I always take time to listen to any concerns there may be. The opportunity to build a rapport with the child and their family has always been my favourite part of paediatric nursing.
I was lucky enough to join the Healthcare4Kids team in November 2019 and I am thoroughly enjoying my role as Specialist Neurodevelopmental Nurse. I carry out ADHD diagnostic appointments and anxiety management as well as general and ADHD follow up appointments. The most valuable part of follow up appointments is to have a chat and see how everything is going. I discuss medications and listen to the patient to see whether the dose needs amending in any way. I discuss all the patients with Jo and we often make a plan together. I am really enjoy getting to know all the patients and their families. Dr Jo has already taught me so much, and every clinic I learn more from the wonderful patients I am lucky enough to meet.
My nursing career is extensive commencing in 1994 when I trained as a mental health nurse at All Saints Hospital in Birmingham prior to moving to London where I completed my adult nursing at The Royal Free Hospital in 1999.
Keen to work more with children and families, I then commenced a BSc Honours degree in Health Visiting, studying at Kings College London. I enjoyed this role immensely and loved learning more about child health and the factors that may impact it.
My work within general practice has given me insight into families and I really enjoyed learning more about medications and how to safely prescribe them.
Being a nurse is a privilege and something that I enjoy immensely. I am also a mother myself and have significant experience in understanding autism so I recognise the importance of ensuring that our children feel cared for and most importantly, listened to.
I pride myself in taking the time to build trusting relationships and enjoy meeting new people. It’s not always easy to talk about things but we can help you feel reassured in the knowledge that excellent care is at the heart of all we do.
I spend my days off with family and friends and in my spare time love to explore a new city. So far, New York is definitely my favourite and having family in America means that I get to visit every year or so. I also love London, especially Spitalfields Market and the surrounding areas.
Working with Jo and Ellie has offered me a tremendous opportunity to expand my practice and to not only learn new skills but to further develop what I already know. I hope to continue to contribute to the symptom control clinics, work with new patients and eventually learn more about ADHD diagnostics. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Dr Chris Morrell
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hon) AFBPsS
Chris is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in working with children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum for many years. Chris is passionate about raising autism awareness and has delivered autism awareness training and consultation to many schools, colleges and universities around the country. He has a particular interest in the assessment and diagnosis of girls with autism.
Chris recognises and understands that the children he assesses are often experiencing anxiety about meeting someone new and being in an unfamiliar environment. He prides himself on being able to engage the children he meets and his ability to help them feel relaxed and understood.