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Jan Farrell, Nurse Consultant Urology, Rotherham Hospital NHS Trust, Education Lead, British Association of Urology  

Jan Farrell began her nursing training in Sheffield and qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1979. She moved to Rotherham Hospital in 1985. Jan has had a continuous nursing career within the NHS, working in Cardiology, Intensive Care, Accident and Emergency, School Nursing, Coronary Care and Urology.

Jan has been within Urology since 1994 and she is involved in management and service development. She has developed various nurse-led clinics within urology, has a special interest in Andrology, Benign urology and Uro-oncology and is a Non-Medical Prescriber and cystoscopist.

In 1999, Jan was awarded the NMC Higher Level of Practice – MCGI, following completion of her MA in Health Care Practice. Jan is also the Education Lead for the British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN)


Elaine McFarlane, Hepatology Nurse Specialist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Elaine McFarlane M.Med.Sci, Independent Non-medical Prescriber, is a Hepatology Nurse Specialist at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has been in post for the past 18 years. Prior to this she was a Ward Manager on the Gastroenterology and Liver Unit at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

This post involves caring for patients with all kinds of Liver disease.  She has a specialist interest in viral hepatitis, Autoimmune Liver disease and Haemochromatosis.

She has been actively involved in the BASL Nurses forum and has been on the committee for the past 7 years. She has presented nationally at both the BASL nurses forum annual meeting and the BSG on Autoimmune Hepatitis, Acute liver failure, Alcoholic Hepatitis and gastrointestinal bleeding.

As part of her role she has been involved in research studies and has been listed in numerous publications mainly relating to Autoimmune Hepatitis. Her own research as part of her Master’s degree involved a quality of life study in Autoimmune Hepatitis.


Joanne Percival, Specialist Addiction Nurse, Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust

Joanne Percival is a registered Mental Health Nurse for 7 year, 4 of which is in the field of addiction. She has a 2:1 degree with honours in Addiction Studies and is also a qualified non-medical prescriber (V300).

Since Leeds Addiction Unit combined with a number of other services to create Forward Leeds in 2015 she has been co-running a primary care alcohol clinic delivering psychological and pharmacological, evidence based treatments. The role involves assessment, identification, care planning, risk assessing and delivering a combination of the following interventions; Motivational Interviewing (MI) based 1:1 work around a Social Behaviour and Network Therapy (SBNT) framework. This can also include pharmacological interventions such as community based alcohol detoxifications and prescribing of relapse prevention therapy alongside relapse prevention and risk management 1:1 work. 


Patsy Pope, Dementia Specialist, All About Dementia

Patsy Pope is a nationally recognised dementia specialist, working with people with dementia, their families, care givers and professional staff. Patsy began her career in 1980 as a psychiatric nurse, before emigrating to the United States. In the U.S Patsy studied Recreational Therapy, Environmental Design and eventually Geriatric Psychology. Her work stateside saw her run care homes, serve as Ombudsman on behalf of the Federal Government.

In 2004, Patsy returned to England and now co-owns a UK wide consultancy and training company; All About Dementia, which offers services to councils, housing providers, care homes, day centres and businesses, plus she has a long list of private clients. Patsy is known for her unique style of delivering practical information and her problem solving skills. 


Clair Priestley, Tissue Viability Nurse Lead, North Manchester

 After working in District Nursing in Calderdale for 13 years, Clair Priestley began working as a Tissue Viability in the acute setting in Bradford before moving to her current position as Tissue Viability Nurse Lead in North Manchester Community Services, Pennine Acute NHS Trust. She is passionate about improving leg ulcer management and is currently working closely with the District Nursing teams in the local area to ensure all patients are receiving optimal treatment.





Nicola Smith, Team Leader – Epilepsy Specialist Nurses, Department of Neurology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital

 Nicola Smith qualified as an RNLD in 2002 and worked for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in an inpatient unit for people with complex needs and challenging behaviours.  In 2010 she was involved in the campus reprovision project, moving the patients out of long stay NHS beds into supporting living and became the Community Support Manager for three properties with 1-1 or 2-1 support for patients with challenging behaviour.

In 2012 she became an Epilepsy Specialist Nurse for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and in 2016 was promoted to Team Leader. The Epilepsy Nursing team consists of 11 nurses, from diverse professional backgrounds. They offer support to patients in the Sheffield, Chesterfield and Rotherham area.



Judith Williams, Specialist Addiction Nurse, Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust

Judith Williams is a registered mental health nurse and non-medical prescriber specialising in alcohol misuse. She has worked in the field for 10 years and is trained in therapies including motivational interviewing, social behaviour and network therapy and cognitive behaviour coping skills. Currently she co-runs a community clinic that supports patients with alcohol problems. The treatment programmes include comprehensive assessment, pharmacological treatments (including detoxification & relapse prevention medications) and one to one talking therapies. The patient works with the same worker throughout their treatment and it is that person’s job to build a therapeutic relationship, support the client to establish a treatment goal and work with them to achieving this.