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North East Speakers

Conference speakers

Carolyn Driver, Independent Immunisation and Travel Health Specialist

Carolyn has more than 30 years’ experience in primary care originally as a Health Visitor then as a Practice Nurse and now specialises in travel health and immunisation.  She regularly runs study days on all aspects of travel health and immunisation (including HPA Core Curriculum) and is also involved in developing travel health and immunisation related educational projects in addition to writing for professional journals. She also works with the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) as an adviser on their telephone helpline and previously as an Associate Yellow Fever Centre Trainer.   

In addition to advising travellers in general practice for many years Carolyn also worked in the travel clinic at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine for 8 years.


Dr Helen Bourne, Consultant Immunologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary

Dr Helen Bourne is a Consultant Clinical Immunologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne.  She completed her training in Manchester, Oxford, Sydney and Newcastle upon Tyne before being appointed as a consultant in Newcastle in 2007.  She is also a lecturer for Newcastle University delivering immunology and allergy teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students.




Susan Evison, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Susan Evison is the lead respiratory nurse for County Durham and Darlington foundation trust. She has been a respiratory nurse for the past 25 years, having initially trained as a nurse in Nottingham then moving north and settling in Darlington. She has done a Master’s in respiratory medicine and is passionate about improving the lives of her patients with respiratory conditions, working to understand more how she can best support these patients and improve the services they receive.