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Birmingham Speakers



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

Chair: Marilyn Eveleigh, Independent Nurse Consultant and Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

As the former Head of Clinical Quality & Risk and Lead Nurse at NHS Brighton & Hove, Marilyn Eveleigh was the Named Nurse for Child & Adult safeguarding and has undertaken Serious Incidents investigations and led the Health Investigation clinical team. Presently she is a member of the Nursing in Practice Advisory Board, which supports national conferences, a bi-monthly journal, a lively website and national annual Awards for primary and community nurses. She has led the development of Practice Nursing Competencies and a Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes and acts as an independent trainer, clinical incident investigator and consultant for quality, patient safety and primary care nursing.

Chair: Donna Davenport, RGN, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

Donna Davenport is a Senior Lecturer on the Community Health Specialist Practitioner (General Practice Nursing) Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. With over 25 years’ experience in the NHS in both secondary and primary care she has worked as a Practice Nurse and Practice Nurse Lead at a Primary Care Trust in the North West. Donna is particularly passionate about education, training and development for health care professionals working in primary care and works tirelessly to raise the profile of Practice Nurses within the challenging workforce development agenda facing the NHS.  Donna’s specialist area is contraception and sexual health, a major priority in the current public health strategy. She has been a member of the Nursing in Practice (NIP) Advisory Panel since its launch in 2001.

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. 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.         

Chair: Dave Munday, Lead Professional Officer, Unite the Union, Health Visitor and Nurse

Dave is a registered nurse and health visitor, working for Unite the union in the Health Sector. He leads on mental health including leading support to the Mental Health Nurses Association. He also sits on the editorial board for the Mental Health Nursing journal. Before taking up this national role with Unite, he worked in the North West both in the NHS and local authority. Roles included posts in commissioning, professional leadership and on the ‘front line’.

You can follow Dave on Twitter @davidamunday and see some of his thoughts on his blog

Keynote: Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director, NHS England

Claire is the Chief Executive of CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and a registered Nurse.   Over the past 30, plus years she has held a series of positions working in community mental health, substance misuse and learning disabilities services.   Claire joined CNWL as an Executive Director in 1999.   She has a keen interest in social policy and holds a first class honours degree in this area.   In June 2016 she was appointed as National Mental Health Director at NHSE and will be working with the NHSE Mental Health Policy and Programme Team to deliver the 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Margaret Armitage (RGN), Senior Medical Affairs Specialist, ConvaTec

Margaret gained her RGN at the School of Nursing Victoria Infirmary, and RSCN at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children both Glasgow. Following 2 years staffing experience, she entered the heady world of community nursing; first working in the treatment room then following DN training, at Gorbals and then Govanhill Health Centre as a District Nurse. 17 years later she moved to the West of the City and took up the post of Vascular Liaison Nurse Specialist, with responsibility for leg ulcer management city wide. In 2013 she took early retirement from the NHS and now works with ConvaTec as part of the Medical Affairs Team covering Scotland. Generic wound care education is a focus of this post.

Karen Beale, Anticoagulation Lead Nurse Specialist, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

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Debbie Callow, Admiral Nurse, End of life partnership & Dementia UK

Debbie is passionate about helping the world to understand dementia and believes more education is key. Her particular interests are in behaviour, mental capacity, family carers and end of life care. She is a RMN by background and now works as an Admiral Nurse. Admiral Nurses are part of Dementia UK and specialise in supporting families looking after someone with dementia. Debbie now devotes her time to education and training about advanced dementia and end of life care. She loves to enable people to understand more about what it can be like to have dementia and how they can improve their approach, through that understanding, to enable the person and their families to live well with dementia and feel supported.

Juliet Cross, Community Palliative Care CNS, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Mrs Cross is a community palliative care Clinical Nurse Specialist working with patients who have a palliative care diagnosis approaching end of life. She is a registered nurse since 1989. Since qualifying she has worked in Acute trust delivering care to patients within intensive care unit, she has developed and managed Lymphoedema services within Walsall. Her passion is with Palliative Care and she has delivered care in both hospice and community settings. Mrs Cross is involved in training programmes delivering sessions to community nurses across Walsall health care trust. She is a Dementia champion working alongside colleagues in the Trust to deliver education and promoting best practice for patients diagnosed with Dementia.

Sindy Dhallu, Clinical Operations Manager – Palliative & End of Life Care, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Mrs Dhallu is Manager for Teams across both community & acute sites; managing an Integrated Specialist Palliative Care CNS & OT ; Specialist Lymphoedema & Specialist Day Hospice. She is a registered nurse since 1989, specialising within Oncology & Specialist Palliative Care since 1991. She has a wealth of experience in direct patient work and supporting holistic care model within multidisciplinary teams. Mrs Dhallu has led the work across the Walsall Health Economy in development of a patient held document ‘Your Advance Care Plan – A record of your wishes & preferences’.  This has been supported by a training programme supporting communication skills training and ‘realtime’ feedback from patients of their experiences of completion of the document and what may often be difficult conversations.   

Tracey Grinell, Clinical Nurse Manager, Fair Oaks Day Hospice

Mrs Tracey Grinell qualified as a RGN in July 1989 and worked as a general medical nurse at Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital gaining experience in both general and vascular surgery. In 2000 was appointed to work as a senior staff nurse at St Giles Hospice in Lichfield. During this time she developed specialist skills in palliative and end of life care. In 2004 she moved into specialist palliative day care, becoming the Clinical Nurse Manager of the service in 2006.In 2012 she graduated from University of Wolverhampton with a first in her BSc (Hons) Degree in Palliative and Long Term care. She remains in this post to present day providing a holistic approach to both patients and their families.

Dr Zara Haider, Consultant in sexual & reproductive health, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

Dr Haider is a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.  She graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1994. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 10 years, in the South West Thames region and spent 2 years working in Genitourinary Medicine at St. Georges Hospital and at the Haven (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) Camberwell.  She completed her Subspecialty Training in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at the Margaret Pyke Centre in London including a year as a Darzi Fellow.  She was appointed as a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at Kingston Hospital in 2012. Dr Haider is a past chair of the FSRH meetings committee and a Faculty Registered Trainer and Faculty Deanery Advisor for South West Thames.

Kath Lynch, Independent Travel Health Nurse Consultant

Kath has over 20 years experience working in a wide variety of Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases settings and is a Member of Faculty Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. Settings include Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London, FCO, BBC, Charing Cross & Royal Free Hopsitals, MASTA and 3 years as a Practice Nurse in multicultural Hackney.

Widely travelled herself, she is passionate about helping others prepare for trips worldwide. This includes teaching other heath care professionals and regularly running workshops for groups of 18-24 year olds about to volunteer abroad throughout Africa and Asia.

Kath always focuses on providing the best real time resources for practitioners to keep themselves up to date with developments in the field.

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.

Viv Marsh, Education Lead, Education for Health, Asthma Nurse Specialist, Dudley CCG

With 25 years’ experience of clinical practice in the NHS in both primary and secondary care, Viv joined Education for Health in April 2013 as the Clinical Lead for Asthma and Allergy. Viv believes that excellence in education for health care professionals is the key to improving health outcomes for people with asthma and allergy. Viv works part time in primary care reviewing and managing patients with respiratory disease and also works closely with a CCG around early and holistic interventions for children with difficult asthma. Viv has a number of additional professional interests including a role on the editorial board for a nursing journal, writing for publication and is a member of the Asthma UK Council for Health Professionals.

Tracey O’Shea, Community Dermatology Clinical Lead, Modality Partnership

Tracey qualified as a GP in 2004 and since then has worked  in the Midlands. In addition to normal GP work, she has always contrived to work in Dermatology in one form or another. From 2009, Tracey has worked in Community Dermatology and their service now provides more than 10,000 appointments a year across 3 CCG’s in central Birmingham.  They have pioneered Independent and supported Community Nursing Clinics, and hope to join forces with their Rheumatology colleagues soon to offer an ‘Inflammatology’ service to patients with chronic disease.

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.

Erica Richardson, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Erica completed her nurse training in Manchester and qualified as a RGN 1999. She has nursing experience in both acute and community nursing. She has been a full time DSN within the acute sector since 2009. She has experience in the training and education of nursing and medical staff within the secondary care sector. She is currently the lead for insulin pump therapy in Shropshire and has a master’s level qualification in continuous insulin pump therapy which she gained through Liverpool University. In 2010, she took a lead role in the implementation of the Think Glucose initiative within her current Trust and continues work to maintain this on an on-going basis. In 2013 she qualified as a non-medical prescriber. Following this, she was promoted to lead diabetes specialist nurse within the Trust (September 2014). Erica has particular interests in facilitating both patients and health care professionals to learn more about effective management of diabetes. She remains fascinated by the continuous research, developments in treatment and equipment in the care and management of diabetes.

Jane Scullion, Respiratory Nurse Consultant, University Hospitals of Leicester

A Respiratory Nurse Consultant for eighteen years’, Jane works with people with asthma, COPD and ILD. She acts as an advisor for the RCN on NICE guidance is a Trustee for Education for Health and a member of the local Clinical Senate. She is also passionate about inhalers belonging to UKIG where she leads on education and ADMIT.

Dr Pravir Sharma, Consultant Psychiatrist, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Pravir Sharma trained in both India and the UK, and has been a consultant  in Psychiatry for 16 years. His research interests are in depression, anxiety disorders and dementia. He leads a busy inner city community mental health team, and has an active interest in teaching and training.  Dr Sharma is also a college tutor and examiner of the Royal College of psychiatrists, and was awarded a Fellowship in 2015.

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.

Dr Amelia Swift, Senior Lecturer, Nursing, University of Birmingham, Non-medical Clinical Academic Lead, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Amelia is a nurse with a long standing interest in pain and research.  She has worked as a chronic pain nurse specialist and completed her PhD in 2012, exploring pain mechanisms in osteoarthritis.  She is a member of the British Pain Society special interest group for pain education and has just completed work on a core curriculum for all health professionals for pain education.  She is passionate about improving pain management by using effective education.

Amanda Sutton, Nurse Colposcopist, University Hospitals of the North Midlands

Amanda specialised in gynaecology  early on becoming an accredited Nurse Colposcopist in 1999, enjoying all the learning and developments of this rewarding role both clinically and managerially.  This has included case load management, teaching at Birmingham Cytology school, representing Colposcopy Nurses Nationally as the Nurse Representative on the British Society of Colposcopy (BSCCP) Executive Committee 2003 – 2006, over 10 years as the West Midlands Nurse Representative on the Quality Assurance Team and over 10 years on the UK Colposcopy Nurses Group Committee. Her Clinical work/Service Management has been based at three Trusts. Firstly, 15 years at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, 2.5 years at Heart of England Foundation Trust and since 2014 County Hospital in Staffordshire. Amanda’s career to date has seen many developments within the NHSCSP including Liquid Based Cytology/ HPV vaccination programme/ HPV testing referral triage and also many Colposcopy guideline developments. She feels she is constantly learning and this maintains her enthusiasm for this specialist area of Women’s Health Care.

Professor Nicola Thomas, Professor of Kidney Care, London South Bank University

Nicola Thomas, RGN, BSc (Hons), MA, PhD is a Professor of Kidney Care at London South Bank University. She has an honorary post at Barts Health NHS Trust where she is involved in the East London Community Kidney Service.

Nicola has worked within the renal speciality for all her career and has extensive clinical, teaching and research experience. Her clinical and research work has focussed on self-management of kidney disease. She has specific expertise in quality improvement and has a particular interest in patient and carer involvement in education and research. She is currently a member of the NICE Clinical Guideline Group for Renal Replacement Therapy. At London South Bank University she is responsible for the Doctorate programme in the School of Health and Social Care. Nicola is currently Deputy Vice President (Education) of the British Renal Society. She is the Editor of the Journal of Renal Care.

Matt Trerise, Training & Liaison Lead, NHS Bristol Autism Spectrum Service

Matt Trerise specialises in working with adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions. He has over 14 years of experience of supporting people with ASC in a range of care settings including, residential, supported living, community placements and low secure hospital.

Matt has worked for the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service since it was commissioned in 2009 and has taken an active role in developing the services offered by BASS, whilst also working in partnership with mainstream services to increase their confidence and accessibility for people with autism. 

Matt’s current role is Training and Liaison Lead, providing specialist training and clinical supervision to frontline staff across the care pathway.

Cath Thwaites, Lecturer/Practitioner in Rheumatology Nursing, Keele University, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Hospitals Trust

Cath has been a lecturer and practitioner for 15 years. Her role enables her to combine her enthusiasm for rheumatology by remaining clinically competent and by sharing her knowledge and skills through formal education. Her academic role involves teaching and delivering post graduate modules in rheumatology practice at both degree and Master’s level. This includes a range of topics including physical assessment, drug therapy and research methods. Her own research areas include exploring the experiences of nurses providing telephone advice and exploring what patients want from consultations with health professionals.