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Belfast Speakers

Belfast 2018 Speakers

Speakers at Nursing in Practice Belfast 2018 include:

Chair: Marilyn Eveleigh,  Independent Nurse Consultant and Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

As the former Head of Clinical Quality & Risk and Lead Nurse at NHS Brighton & Hove, Marilyn Eveleigh was the Named Nurse for Child & Adult safeguarding and has undertaken Serious Incidents investigations and led the Health Investigation clinical team. Presently she is a member of the Nursing in Practice Advisory Board, which supports national conferences, a bi-monthly journal, a lively website and national annual awards for primary and community nurses. She has led the development of Practice Nursing Competencies and a Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes and acts as an independent trainer, clinical incident investigator and consultant for quality, patient safety and primary care nursing.

Chair: Heather Finlay, Nursing Officer, Department of Health

Heather Finlay is a Nursing Officer at the Department of Health with responsibility for nursing and midwifery workforce, education and health facility planning.  Heather has held a range of clinical, managerial and leadership posts throughout her career. She trained as a nurse in the late eighties at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, and qualified as a midwife a few years later. She then moved to community nursing as a staff nurse in 1994 and became a District Nursing Sister in 1996.

Following a decade in community clinical practice, Heather moved into management in 2004 where she held Nurse Manager and Primary Services Manager positions in Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust.  In 2007 she was promoted to Locality Manager for community nursing and older people’s services in South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. Before moving to the Department of Health in 2015, she gained further experience as a Project Manager for a Community Turnaround Team in the Ulster Hospital. Heather has undertaken a range of leadership programmes throughout her career and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Services Management and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Charlie Ataliotis, Heart Failure Nurse Specialist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

Charlie Ataliotis is currently a Heart Failure Nurse Specialist based at Downe Hospital, providing care for patients with heart failure both in hospital and community settings. He has over 25 years experience in Cardiology Nursing, mostly in London and for the last 11 years in rural County Down. 

Sara Carse, National Care Advisor, Diabetes UK

Sara Carse has worked within the area of diabetes for the past 27 years across a range of settings including Primary Care and Acute Services. Sara completed her BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice Degree and is an Independent and supplementary prescriber. During her experience working as a DSN she forged links with primary care, setting up Specialist clinics in local GP practices providing an opportunity to educate both people living with Diabetes and the healthcare professionals. Sara has worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Ulster University and has an array of experience in both professional and patient education. She is a DAFNE Educator and was the lead for insulin pump services within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and finished her time working there as Clinical Services Lead for Diabetes. Sara is a member of the Northern Ireland Diabetes Nurses Study Group and has in the past served as Secretary of this group. 

For the last 2 years she has been employed as a National Care Advisor at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland where she supports people living with diabetes, health care professionals and the implementation of the Diabetes Strategic Framework.

Joanne Henderson, Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse, Foyle Hospice

Joanne Henderson is currently employed as a Palliative Care Community Specialist Nurse at the Foyle Hospice in Derry. She is part of a team of six specialist nurses who work alongside the primary care team to deliver specialist palliative care to patients in their own homes.

She qualified as a nurse in 1995 from the University of Ulster and has worked in both inpatient and community palliative care since then. She completed postgraduate studies in the Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care at Keele University and the Marie Curie Centre, Liverpool.

She has a particular interest in supporting and mentoring pre-registration nursing students during their clinical placements and acting as facilitator for registered nurses undertaking the Princess Alice European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care.

Michael Jackson, Lead Pharmacist for Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Services, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Michael Jackson has been qualified as a clinical pharmacist for over 24 years, spending the last 22 years working within the Belfast Trust. His role is constantly changing in line with developments in the delivery of healthcare. Like many of you, he works at the coal-face, delivering a high level of care in what is a stretched health service. Over the last 8 years he has been fortunate to work alongside excellent nursing colleagues as a non-medical prescribing pharmacist in pulmonary hypertension and anticoagulation. These are very rewarding roles and provided the impetus to further his own learning towards research and a doctorate qualification.

Keynote: Claire MacLaine, Speech and Language Therapist, Communication Confidence

Claire MacLaine is an adult speech and language therapist, neuro-linguistic practitioner, and healthcare educator and trainer who has lived and worked in Scotland, England and New Zealand.

Claire coaches individual clients and professional groups to improve all aspects of communication skills. These skills are consolidated into everyday conversations to create effective interpersonal connections.

She also facilitates improvised comedy workshops to teach people spontaneity and creativity in conversation which increases their confidence communicating.

She is currently studying for her Masters in Speech Pathology researching how right-sided brain damage impedes linguistic inference and how that affects social problem solving.

Dr Vincent McGovern, Sessional GP in Bangor specialising in respiratory medicine

Dr Vincent McGovern is a sessional general practitioner in Belfast, with a particular interest in respiratory medicine. He holds three part-time clinical assistantships, one in adult chest medicine at Belfast City Hospital, one in paediatric asthma at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and one in accident and emergency medicine at the Ulster Hospital Dundonald.

He is a member of both the Primary Care Respiratory Society and the British Thoracic Society and previously sat on the joint BTS/SIGN guideline panel reviewing the asthma guidelines.

Dr. McGovern is a part-time lecturer at the University of Ulster and lectures widely on respiratory medicine. His research has concentrated mostly on asthma, prescribing trends and the impact of guidelines in particular. In 2009 he was appointed as a General Practitioner with a Special Interest (GPwSI) in COPD by the Belfast Trust.

Michele McGrath, Lead Nurse for Contraceptive Services, NHSCT

Michele has held the position of Lead Nurse for Contraceptive Services for 12 years. Prior to that her background was in school nursing and coronary care. Following the RQIA report in 2014, they began the process of integration of contraceptive and sexual health services (GUM) and with the lead nurse in GUM, have developed integrated nurse led clinics, specifically student services in northern regional colleges and University of Ulster, along with progressing the dual training of both medical and nursing staff. She is a level one accredited BASHH sexual health nurse and holds both a management and a clinical role within her current post.

Angela Patterson, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist – Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction, South Eastern Trust

Angela Patterson is proud to lead a team of specialist nurses who have won eight local and national awards for innovation in practice. 

Angela has 17 years’ experience within the continence and urodynamic field, the last 14 as the lead for the service. She has studied extensively within her speciality, and recently achieved her Master’s degree in Urological Nursing.

Angela regularly presents at conferences and has a busy schedule of training at MDT level within the South Eastern Trust, and at QUB, CEC, RCN.

Dr Kevin Pollock, Lead Healthcare Scientist (Immunisation), Health Protection Scotland

Dr Pollock is the lead healthcare scientist for Immunisation within Health Protection Scotland. He is an Honorary Lecturer in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow and a Trustee of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Gareth Thomas, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Larne

Gareth Thomas works as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Independent Nurse Prescriber in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. He has also helped set up services in both the
Southern and South Eastern Trusts in Northern Ireland during which he has worked as the community lead nurse in insulin pump services and lead in all of Northern Ireland’s prisons.
He has also worked for three years solely with very complex patients in North and West Belfast.
Gareth graduated with a BSc (Honours) degree from Queen’s University Belfast in Diabetes Specialist Nursing and during a varied nursing career has also worked as a Resuscitation
Officer and Night Charge Nurse (nurse in charge of Whiteabbey Hospital).
Gareth has co-authored recognition sheets for carers involved with diabetes patients in the community, now used extensively and successfully in both the Northern and Belfast Trusts.
Gareth has also served as Head of Medical Services for Diabetes UK on Northern Ireland adolescent camps.
Gareth has carried out his own research into alternative ways to educate and empower patients which is now incorporated into his clinical practice and has a particular interest in developing services for Type 2 diabetes patients.

Geraldine Wilson, Substance Misuse Nurse, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Geraldine Wilson trained in Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast and has been a registered nurse for over 40 years, working in various critical care areas throughout her career.

While working in the Emergency Receiving unit in the BCH she carried out a research piece for QUB called ‘Alcohol misuse in an acute care setting’, which led to an alcohol screening tool being introduced into the ERU admission pack. She was a ward sister prior to taking up this post as substance misuse nurse thirteen years ago. She is based within the general hospital, covering E.D., wards and pre-op assessment departments.

Geraldine has always had a strong interest in this subject and has completed modules such as dual diagnosis, counselling, motivational interviewing, brief intervention and harm reduction. She has also completed a level three accreditation in substance misuse and various other courses within the addiction field.