My name is Sam Smith, I trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse at St. George’s Hospital Medical & Nursing School in Southwest London, qualifying in 1998. I consolidated my Nurse Training with 2.5 years of In-patient work with Adult Psychiatry (open and locked wards), before specialising in Addictive Behaviours. 

I have worked in the Regional NHS Inpatient Detoxification/Inpatient rehabilitation and Day programmes, and High Support Community Team, supporting people whose lives have been significantly impacted by the use of alcohol and other illicit substances.

In 2001, I moved to the Dorset area to take up a position in a Community Addictions Service. During my time in this service, I studied for and gained a BSc in Therapeutic Interventions for Addictive Behaviours. I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Psychopharmacology and the Therapeutic of Mental Illness, which was the precursor to me undertaking a qualification in Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing.

I have been a Registered Non-Medical Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Council since 2006, maintaining my competency to prescribe by undertaking continued professional development to enable me to remain active as a Non-Medical Prescriber.

Since 2013, I have been working within local NHS CAMHS services providing assessment and ongoing support to 7-18 year olds in the Dorset area. I transitioned to the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner in 2015, with my main responsibilities being to develop a Non-Medical Prescribing service that provides safe, effective and evidenced based care to the young people in the Dorset area.

My role in the NHS included assessment, diagnosis and post diagnosis support of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Tourette's Syndrome and helping with the formulation of Autism Spectrum Condition; Assessment and monitoring of young people’s mental and emotional well-being as well as liaison with families, school and other agencies.

At Wimborne Psychology, my primary role will be to screen children and young people for ADHD and provide a Holistic and Comprehensive Assessment of ADHD which might lead to diagnoses. I will offer a complete report of this assessment for use in other settings. This Assessment will be done in accordance with NICE Guidelines.  I will also be able to provide advice and guidance on the use of medication as a treatment options for ADHD as well as offer psycho-social post diagnostic support to the young person and their family.


Registered Mental Health Nurse (NMC)

V300 – Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber 

BSc (2:1)Therapeutic Interventions for Addictive Behaviours.

Diploma – Psychopharmacology and the Therapeutics of mental Illness 


Royal College of Nursing 

Nursing & midwifery Council (NMC)

Age Range: 

Children, Adolescents and Adults. 

My current experience and qualifications enable me to support clients from the age of 7-60 years of age.