Liverpool 2018 Speakers
Speakers at Nursing in Practice Liverpool 2018 include:
Michelle Falconer, Immunisation Nurse Specialist, Public Health England
Michelle Falconer is an immunisation nurse specialist working with the immunisation team at Public Health England. Previous to this she was employed as an immunisation coordinator in Merseyside and as lead nurse for immunisation whilst working with the Health Protection Agency. Michelle also completed an eighteen month secondment with the Department of Health as Associate delivery Manager with the Vaccination and Immunisation National Support Team.
Claire Cohen, Head of Health Information and Engagement, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Claire Cohen oversees Health Information and Engagement at national charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. She is responsible for the development of the charity’s health information as well as building outreach programmes to the general public to increase awareness of cervical cancer and ways to prevent the disease.
Over the last two years her work has focused on targeted resources to help create informed choice and reduce health inequalities. She is passionate about engaging clinicians, patients and charities in conversation and working with them to develop new information and service provisions. She has a special interest in health literacy, communication of health information, cancer patient experience, long term consequences of cancer treatment and patient access to clear, easy to read information.
Rhoda Cowell, Lead Dermatology Nurse, Virgincare, North and North-East Lincolnshire
Rhoda Cowell has worked in the Community setting for the last twenty six years. Having starting as a staff nurse and becoming a District Nursing Sister, she spent a couple of years developing Dermatology and Minor Skin Surgery Clinics in Sunderland.
She became a Dermatology Specialist Nurse ten years ago and has gradually improved her skills to include providing nurse led minor surgery clinics and dermatology clinics.
She recently left working directly with the NHS and now works with Virgincare providing a wider range of services to patients in the community such as phototherapy and patch testing.
Viv Culleton, Director of Care and Operations Services and Registered Manager, Halton Haven Hospice
Viv Culleton has been a nurse for 34 years, diversifying from being a hands-on nurse to a nurse manager approximately ten years ago. The main reason for this was that in order to change cultural thoughts and behaviours she needed to hold a position that enabled her to influence change. She has been a nurse manager for over ten years, holding her current position for nearly five years.
She spends a lot of her spare time plotting, planning and scheming as to how to be innovative in care provision, improve services, support the community and inspire others.
Helen Eftekhari, Arrhythmia Nurse, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
Helen Eftekhari qualified with a Registered General Nursing qualification in 1993 and completed an honours degree in nursing in 1997. She has 20 years of experience in specialist nursing roles in cardiology.
She has worked in cardiac rehabilitation, community heart failure and was the first Arrhythmia nurse at her trust appointed in 2009.During this time Helen completed a masters in advancing nursing practice in 2014 and is a non-medical prescriber. Helen set up a nurse led transient loss of consciousness clinic which was short-listed for the BMJ awards 2015.
Helen has presented at a number of national and regional forums, contributing to national and regional patient information booklets and is a regular contributor and peer-reviewer for the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. Helen is the junior secretary for the British Association of Nursing in Cardiovascular Care. Helen is currently on a part-time National Institute Health Research MRES programme at Coventry University.
Jill Hill, Co-Chair, TREND-UK
Jill Hill qualified in 1978 in London and has worked in a variety of settings including intensive care, neurosurgery, nursing home, BUPA health screening and also for the pharmaceutical industry. Her first experience of diabetes nursing was in 1975. She has worked as a diabetes nurse since 1992, firstly in mid-Staffordshire, then a manager of the diabetes nursing services at Birmingham Heartlands hospital, followed by ten years as the nurse consultant in the community in Birmingham. She has published numerous articles and co-authored Prescribing in Diabetes.
Jill lives in Wales and has recently retired from working part-time as a diabetes specialist nurse in Shropshire for several years. She continues to work on a number of projects as co-chair of TREND (Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes) UK.
Jacinta Yates, Clinical Nurse Activity Champion, Public Health England, Practice Nurse, Great Lever One Health Centre
Jacinta Yates started her nursing career in critical care and now works in primary care as a practice nurse. She has a keen interest in the benefits of physical activity for patients and has recently put this into practice doing a couch to 5 K with her patients. The course was run at the Bolton Parkrun and had some very positive physical and mental outcomes for the patients and staff that participated. She knows the difficulties Practice Nurses face in trying to motivate patients to be more active.