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Birmingham Speakers



We are pleased to announce the following speaker faculty for Nursing in Practice Birmingham 2018.

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: Donna Davenport, RGN, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

Donna Davenport is a Senior Lecturer on the Community Health Specialist Practitioner (General Practice Nursing) Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. With over 25 years’ experience in the NHS in both secondary and primary care she has worked as a Practice Nurse and Practice Nurse Lead at a Primary Care Trust in the North West. Donna is particularly passionate about education, training and development for health care professionals working in primary care and works tirelessly to raise the profile of Practice Nurses within the challenging workforce development agenda facing the NHS.  Donna’s specialist area is contraception and sexual health, a major priority in the current public health strategy. She has been a member of the Nursing in Practice (NIP) Advisory Panel since its launch in 2001.

Chair: Dave Munday, Lead Professional Officer, Unite the Union, Health Visitor and Nurse

Dave is a registered nurse and health visitor, working for Unite the union in the Health Sector. He leads on mental health including leading support to the Mental Health Nurses Association. He also sits on the editorial board for the Mental Health Nursing journal. Before taking up this national role with Unite, he worked in the North West both in the NHS and local authority. Roles included posts in commissioning, professional leadership and on the ‘front line’.

You can follow Dave on Twitter @davidamunday and see some of his thoughts on his blog

Keynote: Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director, NHS England

Claire is the Chief Executive of CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and a registered Nurse.   Over the past 30, plus years she has held a series of positions working in community mental health, substance misuse and learning disabilities services.   Claire joined CNWL as an Executive Director in 1999.   She has a keen interest in social policy and holds a first class honours degree in this area.   In June 2016 she was appointed as National Mental Health Director at NHSE and will be working with the NHSE Mental Health Policy and Programme Team to deliver the 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Karen Beale, Anticoagulation Lead Nurse Specialist, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

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Debbie Callow, Admiral Nurse, End of life partnership & Dementia UK

Debbie is passionate about helping the world to understand dementia and believes more education is key. Her particular interests are in behaviour, mental capacity, family carers and end of life care. She is a RMN by background and now works as an Admiral Nurse. Admiral Nurses are part of Dementia UK and specialise in supporting families looking after someone with dementia. Debbie now devotes her time to education and training about advanced dementia and end of life care. She loves to enable people to understand more about what it can be like to have dementia and how they can improve their approach, through that understanding, to enable the person and their families to live well with dementia and feel supported.

Juliet Cross, Community Palliative Care CNS, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Mrs Cross is a community palliative care Clinical Nurse Specialist working with patients who have a palliative care diagnosis approaching end of life. She is a registered nurse since 1989. Since qualifying she has worked in Acute trust delivering care to patients within intensive care unit, she has developed and managed Lymphoedema services within Walsall. Her passion is with Palliative Care and she has delivered care in both hospice and community settings. Mrs Cross is involved in training programmes delivering sessions to community nurses across Walsall health care trust. She is a Dementia champion working alongside colleagues in the Trust to deliver education and promoting best practice for patients diagnosed with Dementia.

Sindy Dhallu, Clinical Operations Manager – Palliative & End of Life Care, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Mrs Dhallu is Manager for Teams across both community & acute sites; managing an Integrated Specialist Palliative Care CNS & OT ; Specialist Lymphoedema & Specialist Day Hospice. She is a registered nurse since 1989, specialising within Oncology & Specialist Palliative Care since 1991. She has a wealth of experience in direct patient work and supporting holistic care model within multidisciplinary teams. Mrs Dhallu has led the work across the Walsall Health Economy in development of a patient held document ‘Your Advance Care Plan – A record of your wishes & preferences’.  This has been supported by a training programme supporting communication skills training and ‘realtime’ feedback from patients of their experiences of completion of the document and what may often be difficult conversations.   

Tracey Grinell, Clinical Nurse Manager, Fair Oaks Day Hospice

Mrs Tracey Grinell qualified as a RGN in July 1989 and worked as a general medical nurse at Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital gaining experience in both general and vascular surgery. In 2000 was appointed to work as a senior staff nurse at St Giles Hospice in Lichfield. During this time she developed specialist skills in palliative and end of life care. In 2004 she moved into specialist palliative day care, becoming the Clinical Nurse Manager of the service in 2006.In 2012 she graduated from University of Wolverhampton with a first in her BSc (Hons) Degree in Palliative and Long Term care. She remains in this post to present day providing a holistic approach to both patients and their families.

Pauline MacDonald, Independent Consultant in Infection Prevention and Control, and Immunisation

Awaiting speaker biography

Viv Marsh, Education Lead, Education for Health, Asthma Nurse Specialist, Dudley CCG

With 25 years’ experience of clinical practice in the NHS in both primary and secondary care, Viv joined Education for Health in April 2013 as the Clinical Lead for Asthma and Allergy. Viv believes that excellence in education for health care professionals is the key to improving health outcomes for people with asthma and allergy. Viv works part time in primary care reviewing and managing patients with respiratory disease and also works closely with a CCG around early and holistic interventions for children with difficult asthma. Viv has a number of additional professional interests including a role on the editorial board for a nursing journal, writing for publication and is a member of the Asthma UK Council for Health Professionals.

Tracey O’Shea, GP Lead in Dermatology

Awaiting speaker biography

Maria Poole, Senior Medical Affairs Specialist, ConvaTec

Maria Poole has been a Tissue Viability Nurse in Primary care for 15 years. She previously held a seat on the Executive Council of the National Leg Ulcer Forum, acting as Treasurer, and as trustee on the Tissue Viability Society committee, as well as acting as chair of the West Midlands Tissue Viability Nurses Association. Maria was also an honorary lecturer in Tissue Viability, Staffordshire University 2004-2008.She has a number of publications and has presented at National and International Conferences. She currently holds a post as honorary tissue viability nurse at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, and is working as Senior Medical Affairs Specialist for ConvaTec. She has also been awarded Medical Affairs Person of the year 2016.

Erica Richards, Knowsley Community Respiratory Service

Awaiting speaker biography

Erica Richardson, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Erica completed her nurse training in Manchester and qualified as a RGN 1999. She has nursing experience in both acute and community nursing. She has been a full time DSN within the acute sector since 2009. She has experience in the training and education of nursing and medical staff within the secondary care sector. She is currently the lead for insulin pump therapy in Shropshire and has a master’s level qualification in continuous insulin pump therapy which she gained through Liverpool University. In 2010, she took a lead role in the implementation of the Think Glucose initiative within her current Trust and continues work to maintain this on an on-going basis. In 2013 she qualified as a non-medical prescriber. Following this, she was promoted to lead diabetes specialist nurse within the Trust (September 2014). Erica has particular interests in facilitating both patients and health care professionals to learn more about effective management of diabetes. She remains fascinated by the continuous research, developments in treatment and equipment in the care and management of diabetes.

Jennie Smith, Engagement and Support Manager, Patient Online team at NHS England

Jennie works on the Patient Online programme, promoting GP online services to patients and supporting practices across England. She sees the digital agenda as something vital for real improvement and transformation across the NHS. Her areas of interest include engagement, communications, events and campaigning. She aims to champion the youth voice and has an interest in accessibility and equality. Previously Jennie worked on the national review of Congenital Heart Services in England and Wales with NHS England. She also led a consultation for the service transformation programme in Calderdale and Huddersfield with a focus on urgent and emergency care.

Dr Amelia Swift, Senior Lecturer, Nursing, University of Birmingham, Non-medical Clinical Academic Lead, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Amelia is a nurse with a long standing interest in pain and research.  She has worked as a chronic pain nurse specialist and completed her PhD in 2012, exploring pain mechanisms in osteoarthritis.  She is a member of the British Pain Society special interest group for pain education and has just completed work on a core curriculum for all health professionals for pain education.  She is passionate about improving pain management by using effective education.

Cath Thwaites, Lecturer/Practitioner in Rheumatology Nursing, Keele University, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Hospitals Trust

Cath has been a lecturer and practitioner for 15 years. Her role enables her to combine her enthusiasm for rheumatology by remaining clinically competent and by sharing her knowledge and skills through formal education. Her academic role involves teaching and delivering post graduate modules in rheumatology practice at both degree and Master’s level. This includes a range of topics including physical assessment, drug therapy and research methods. Her own research areas include exploring the experiences of nurses providing telephone advice and exploring what patients want from consultations with health professionals.