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Bristol Speakers



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

Chair: Helen Lewis, Independent Specialist Nurse and Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

Helen has been a member of the Nursing in Practice Advisory Board since 2006 and more recently has become one of the Judges for Nurse of the Year and Innovator of the Year within the Nursing in Practice family. As well as being a qualified midwife, she has a long history of community based nursing since qualifying in 2003 from the University of Glamorgan. Gaining experience within the General Practice setting since 2005 and successfully completing her BSc in Community Studies in 2007 Helen became self-employed in 2009.  

Helen now works as a Nurse Practitioner, specialising in minor illness in General practice in the South Wales Valleys and is currently studying for her MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner qualification in the University of South Wales. Her enthusiasm for both the Nursing Profession and the community setting is without boundary and she has successfully mentored several community based nurses through their own educational endeavours within the Community Practice BSc.         

Tom Aplin, Psychological Triage Professional, St Peters Hospice

Tom has been at St. Peter’s for the last five years working within the Patient and Family Support team. Much of his work is around the psychological health and experience of those coming to the end of their lives as well as their family and loved ones.

Cathy Freeman, Community Nurse Specialist, St Peters Hospice

Cathy started her nursing journey after a French degree and a “false start” in market research. She began aged 28 as a HCA in a hospice. Since then, she has completed both a BSc Hons in Adult Nursing and Msc in Palliative Care Global Perspectives at Oxford Brookes University. She has worked as a qualified nurse in hospices for 9 years of which 4 have been as a community CNS for St Peter’s.

Sarah Gardner, Clinical Lead, Tissue Viability Service, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

 Sarah has spent 28 years working clinically in the community, initially as a District nurse, then working as a community practice teacher (CPT) and a clinical development lead before moving into the specialist area of tissue viability in 2010. Sarah gained an MSc in Skin Integrity, Skills and Treatment at the University of Hertfordshire in 2011. Sarah currently works for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as clinical lead, leading a specialist community tissue viability team which supports a wide range of clinicians in both the prevention and management of complex wounds in order to improve patient related outcomes. She is passionate about education and sees the support and development of ‘ground roots’ clinical leaders as key to quality improvement and safer care. She has published in several journals and has presented at both regional and international conferences. Sarah is a Trustee of the Tissue Viability Society and a member of the Legs Matter campaign steering group.

Gaynor Harrison, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Cwm Taf University Health Board

Gaynor Harrison has been a qualified nurse since 1986. She trained in East Glamorgan Hospital, South Wales and has worked in a variety of areas including general surgery, coronary care, general practice and medicine. She has worked within the diabetes specialism for nearly 20 years across both primary and secondary care and as an independent practitioner. She is currently the team leader for diabetes in Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Gaynor is also the genetic diabetes nurse for South East Wales seconded to the Royal Devon & Exeter foundation trust. She is a founder member of WAND (Welsh Academy for Nursing in Diabetes) and sits on a variety of planning committees for education days and courses in diabetes.

Debra Holloway, Gynaecology Nurse Consultant, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Debby Holloway is a Nurse Consultant in gynaecology. Her current clinical caseload is one-stop outpatient procedure clinics, mainly outpatient hysteroscopy, other clinics include menopause, and a joint clinic in the haemophilia centre for women with bleeding disorders and gynaecology problems. Debby is the deputy module lead for the gynaecology nursing course at KCL. She has published both books and articles in aboutwomen’s health. Her background is in gynaecology nursing, where she has held a number of posts from staff nurse to Clinical Nurse Manager, before returning to this clinical role. Debby is currently the chair of the RCN women’s health forum In 2016 Debby received an honorary fellowship to the RCOG, the first nurse to receive this and in 2017 received a fellowship of the RCN.

Pauline MacDonald, Independent Consultant Nurse & Managing Director, Infection Matters Limited

Pauline is an Independent Consultant Nurse specialising in Immunisation and Infection Prevention, a field she has worked in for over 20 years. She has had her own business, Infection Matters Limited, since 2008. Pauline provides education, training and support to numerous public sector, private healthcare and pharmaceutical industry clients on infection prevention and immunisation issues.

She served in the Army for 25 years finishing as deputy to the Consultant in Communicable Disease in the Surgeon General’s Office at the Ministry of Defence. She then worked in a NHS Primary Care Trust for 10 years followed by 18 months in Public Health in a Local Authority. In 2014 she was employed by Public Health England (seconded to NHS England) as Programme Director for the national influenza, pneumococcal and shingles immunisation programmes. Pauline left this post at the end of March 2017.

For seven years Pauline was Nurse Member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent advisory committee that advises Ministers on matters relating to the provision of vaccination and immunisation services. Pauline has experience of immunisation strategy, policy, implementation and delivery from national JCVI level down to local immunisation delivery in primary care, domiciliary and community based settings.

Dr Adam Paxton, Digital Clinical Champion, Patient Online team at NHS England

Dr Adam Paxton retired in 2016 after 30 years in General Practice in Lincolnshire. For 14 years he has been involved in digital transformation and how adopting new technologies and new ways of working can improve primary care. Dr Paxton currently works for the Patient Online programme at NHS England in an advisory role as Digital Clinical Champion, offering advice and guidance on implementation of digital programmes in primary care settings and acting as a peer to peer contact for GPs across the country

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.