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Manchester Speakers


Amanda Bath, Clinical Lead Radiographer, Advanced Practitioner, Nightingale Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital

Amanda Bath is the Clinical Lead Radiographer for the Greater Manchester NHS Breast Screening Programme based at the Nightingale Centre Breast Unit. Amanda is an experienced radiographer, with a career path inclusive of all aspects of imaging before making a move into mammography in 2000. After initially obtaining a PgCert in mammography, Amanda then progressed into a clinical training role, before completing Advanced Practice modules in breast advanced medical imaging in 2010. Since December 2015, she has jointly managed the mammography team and the NHSBSP – one of the largest programmes in the UK


Carolyne Feldman, Community Heart Failure Nurse Specialist, South Manchester, Lead CVD/HF tutor, Primary Care Training Centre

Carolyne Feldman trained at St Bartholomews’ Hospital, London and has worked in Cardiology for over 25 years. She has been a specialist nurse in cardiology and heart failure for 21 years and is lead tutor for national training centre and has presented at many national and international conferences.  


Carrie Burke, Epilepsy Specialist Nurse, Wrightonton, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Carrie Burke qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1998 and worked in community homes for people with learning disabilities. She completed her Diploma in Epilepsy and carried out the epilepsy training for all the staff.

Managing staff long term was not for her and in 2008 Carrie took up the first GP based Sapphire Nurse post. She set up the Epilepsy Service across the GP practices in Pendle, Lancashire and commenced her independent prescribing course in 2010. In 2010 she became the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. The post is funded by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust so as well as doing secondary care work within Wigan, she also works with the Tertiary Epilepsy Team at Salford.


Elaine Miller, Pelvic Physiotherapist and Comedian


Elaine Miller is a physiotherapist with a post-grad in sports medicine.  She gave up working with athletes after becoming fascinated by the wonders of the pelvic floor – which coincided with her having three babies in four years. 

In 2013 she wrote a comedy show, “Gusset Grippers” which was named the  “weirdest show of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe” which is, apparently, a compliment. 

She works in the NHS and private practice, and has spoken about continence on This Morning, blogged for Evidently Cochrane, Mumsnet and the Huffington Post and has taken her show to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.


Jacqui Jones, Sepsis Specialist Nurse, James Cook University Hospital, Chair, UK Sepsis Practitioner Forum

Jacqui Jones completed her nurse training in January 2004. She worked on maxillo facial surgery, orthopaedics, cardiology, cardiothoracic and surgical wards before gaining experience in critical care working on the Cardiothoracic High Dependency Unit and the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. It was when Jacqui was a sister back on the ward that she saw the post advertised for sepsis specialist nurse.

Jacqui has been in the role of sepsis specialist nurse for seven years and describes this as her dream job. In 2015 she became chair of the National Sepsis Nurses Forum. Jacqui has a master’s degree in advanced clinical practice.  The experience Jacqui has gained within her role has been invaluable. The support network she has built up has been infinite in the development of this new role. The continued support from the UK Sepsis Trust has been vital in supporting ongoing engagement and connecting clinicians, patients and families nationally.


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 10 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.


John Timmins, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Central Manchester University Hospitals

John Timmins qualified as a nurse in 1987, working initially on the regional Coronary Care Unit at Wythenshawe Hospital. A year later he moved into District Nursing, gaining the District Nursing Certificate in 1989. Subsequently, he obtained a Masters in Gerontology researching health in Manchester’s older Irish community. In 2000, he facilitated the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme across the three Manchester PCTs, inputting to Manchester and Liverpool Children’s Hospitals as well.

From 2003-2006 he was an assistant director on the National Falls and National Healthy Communities Collaboratives, working with community groups across the U.K. to take citizen-led approaches to improve aspects of health in areas of economic deprivation.

In 2006, he came back into clinical practice, starting up the Central Manchester Nursing Home Support Team while undertaking the Advanced Practice Health & Social Care Masters, which he successfully completed in 2009. In 2013 he joined active case management and he now works as the Advanced Practitioner for Gorton & Levenshulme hub.


Martin Fraser, Active Case Management Team Lead, Trainee Advanced Practitioner, Central Manchester University Hospitals

Martin is currently leading a team of Active Case Managers in the community, working with people who have complex, long term conditions. This involves treating acute illness, planning for self-care and hospital avoidance, and supporting people at end of life. He is also studying for an MSc in Advanced Practice at Bolton University. His previous nursing experience covers ICU, Cardiothoracics, Transplant and Renal Medicine.