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Valerie Anderson, Dermatology Specialist Nurse, Sirona Care & Health

Valerie Anderson is the Dermatology Specialist Nurse for Sirona Care and Health in South Gloucestershire primary care. Val’s role involves supporting patients with chronic inflammatory skin conditions (mainly psoriasis and eczema) in managing their condition via holistic assessment, treatment planning, liaison with other health care professionals and psychosocial interventions.

Val has worked within the dermatology speciality for over 20 years with previous jobs including Sister in dermatology outpatients at the RUH in Bath, where she gained experience in delivery of phototherapy, patch testing, topical treatments and minor dermatological surgery.  Val has obtained many specialist qualifications in dermatology including the N52 advanced dermatology nursing course at Southampton University.

Val is currently undertaking the MSc Dermatology Skills and Treatment course at the University of Hertfordshire and is a member of British Dermatological Nursing Group. 


Amanda Pegden, Acute Medicine Consultant and Sepsis Lead, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Amanda Pegden qualified from Westminster Medical School in London in 1982.

After several years working in South Africa and Portugal, Amanda came back to the UK to work in 2009, first as an Acute Medicine Consultant in the Gloucestershire NHS foundation trust and then in November 2011 she took up her present post as an Acute Medicine Consultant in the Great Western NHS Foundation Trust Swindon. Recently she has become a fellow of the RCP.

Amanda is passionate about identifying, quickly treating and managing sepsis. She is clinical lead for sepsis where she works. She has been innovative in helping to develop regional sepsis working. She has now launched a new team – The “ASK” team – Acute Sepsis and Kidney Injury- which pre-emptively picks up patients with these pathologies and puts in care bundles.


Jen Nash, Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society, Editorial Board Member, Journal of Diabetes Nursing

Dr. Jen Nash is a Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She specialises in diabetes and obesity and is the author of Diabetes and Wellbeing’ (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and ‘Why the F Are We So F-A-T? (It’s Not Just ‘Food-And-Treadmills’. It’s ‘Feelings-And-Thoughts’), a 30 Day Experiment revealing the ‘non-hunger’ reasons why we eat. Jen is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Diabetes Nursing. She was named an ‘Outstanding Educator’ Finalist in the Quality in Care Awards 2014 and was awarded the honour of a ‘World Diabetes Day Hero‘ in 2012 by the International Diabetes Federation. Jen has been living with type 1 diabetes since childhood and is the founder of ‘Positive Diabetes’ and ‘The Eating Blueprint’ – online educational services for people with type 1 and type 2 and health care professionals. If you would like to receive free resources, please visit and


Sue Romain, Heart Failure Specialist Nurse, Bristol Community Health


Sue Romain has been nursing in Cardiology since 1987 working at the Brompton and Papworth.  Sue also gained experience working in California.

She was involved in the set up and development of the Community Heart Failure service in Bristol in 2004, where she currently works as one of the senior heart failure nurses in Bristol Community Health.

She leads on clinical audit in the team, she has recently had a paper published in the Primary Health Care Journal on sick day rules outlining patient guidance around Heart Failure medications and kidney protection in the sick patient.


Dr Dominique Thompson, Director of Service, Student’s Health Service, University of Bristol

Dr Dominique Thompson has been a GP for 15 years, and joined Bristol Students’ Health Service (SHS) in 2002, after working as a forensic medical officer, expedition doctor, and for BPAS. She was appointed Director in 2010, and has since led an innovative drive to develop new services, particularly to support mental health. The Bristol Uni First Step primary care Eating Disorders service was successful enough to be rolled out to the whole city.

In 2013 SHS was nominated GP Practice of the Year and Innovators of the Year. In 2014 the practice topped the UK’s Sexual Health Services for 50 university practices surveyed. Our social media/blog received a special mention for their high quality. Dr Thompson is currently campaigning to reduce the risk of self-harm by asking the BMA to lead a change in prescribing legislation, to allow instalment prescribing for antidepressants. She has recently been appointed to the new NICE Eating Disorders Guidelines Development Group. She was named as one of five GP heroes, in a national survey of GPs, by Pulse magazine, in September 2014.