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Cardiff Speakers


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: Rhiannon Jones, Director of Nursing, Powys Teaching Health Board

Rhiannon is the executive director of nursing and midwifery which is a key statutory role with responsibility for high level clinical leadership, management, direction and professional advice to the Board. She is also the professional accountable officer for nurses and midwives and the designated executive lead for patient experience, quality and safety, children, safeguarding, carers, dementia, and clinical education.

Her current role is the executive director for community, mental health & therapies, a 12 month secondment. She considers herself a passionate clinician with extensive knowledge and skills gained over 30 years in the NHS through diverse nursing experiences within acute and non-acute hospitals, the community & corporate environments.

Keynote: Michelle Grice, Nurse Team Leader, Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service

Michelle is an RMN and a nurse team leader for Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service. Michelle has worked in substance misuse for just over 5 years predominantly with heroin users accessing opiate substitute treatment. She is passionate about providing high quality of care to those who are seeking help and believes raising awareness and reducing stigma will help both service users and healthcare professionals meet their full potential within a therapeutic relationship.

Michelle is also keen about the development of knowledge and sharing of information across all areas of nursing to strengthen peer and colleague support and ensure comprehensive and holistic care is provided in the community.

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 as 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.


Robert Kempson, Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead

Awaiting speaker biography.

Kirsten Mahoney, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Wound Healing, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Kirsten started her career in community over 20 years ago where her interest for wound care developed as a high proportion of the district nursing caseload involved dealing with patients with wounds. Following this she became the Clinical lead nurse for the Community wound team in Cardiff and Vale in 2007. Kirsten is passionate about providing patients with high quality wound care within the community setting. One of her main objectives is to ensure that staffs within her remit have equal access to education programmes that facilitate best practice within the field of wound care. She has developed clinical guidelines and strategies to improve and enhance current working practice, and is also privileged to be an honorary Tutor at Cardiff University

Nikki Noble, Lead Nurse Menopause, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Nikki is an experienced Women’s Health Nurse, practising for over 18 years. Her current caseload includes running nurse-led clinics within the specialist menopause service. She also does sessional work within the abortion service. She also leads on safeguarding within the sexual and reproductive health directorate, which mainly covers child sexual exploitation but encompasses all child and adult safeguarding.

Her advanced practice includes gynaecology and early pregnancy ultrasound and independent prescribing.

She has published work on the menopause and upcoming projects include a chapter on menopause for a women’s Health Nursing Book and co-chairing a project on menopause and mental health for the Royal College of Nursing where she is a member of the Women’s Health Forum Steering Committee.

Donna Owens, Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead

Awaiting speaker biography.

Dr Sarah Whitcombe-Hayes, Senior Policy Researcher, NSPCC

Dr Sarah Witcombe-Hayes is the Senior Policy Researcher for the NSPCC in Wales. She joined NSPCC’s Policy and Public Affairs Team in 2015, after completing a Social Science PhD at Cardiff University. Sarah’s previous research expertise lies in the intersection of sexuality and gender in sibling and wider family relationships. In her current research role for the NSPCC, Sarah leads on designing, undertaking, commissioning, and reviewing research with the purpose of influencing policy production and practice in Wales, and ending child cruelty. For the past year Sarah has led on a joint research project with the National Centre for Mental Health, Mind Cymru and the Mental Health Foundation, on perinatal mental health care in Wales.