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London Speakers 2018


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

Chair: Una Adderley, Lecturer in Community Nursing, University of Leeds

Una Adderley has a clinical background in district nursing and specialist tissue viability nursing and a research background in wound care, clinical judgement and decision making.  She currently works as a lecturer at the University of Leeds where she teaches undergraduate and post-graduate nurses, and undertakes research.  She is particularly keen on demystifying research so as to help nurses deliver evidence based care, especially in the field of tissue viability.

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: Dr Jonathan Webster, Director of Nursing (London region), NHS England

Jonathan qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1990 and has worked in both secondary and primary care in the UK and Australia. His area of clinical practice is older people’s nursing having held two Consultant Nurse for Older People posts. He moved into his first commissioning role in 2009, subsequently becoming the PCT Cluster Director of Nursing and Quality for North West London. Jonathan was appointed to the CWHHE CCGs Commissioning Collaborative in 2012 as Director of Quality and Nursing and has been on secondment as one of the Directors of Nursing for NHS England (London Region) since July 2017.

Jonathan has been involved in different pieces of national work related to older persons’ care, practice development, quality improvement and assurance. He has written for publications in a variety of professional journals and books along with presenting at both national and international conferences. His professional interests lie in developing clinical leadership and person-centered ways of working that enable those involved in commissioning and care delivery to work in partnership with service users and their supporters through practice development and action research.

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: 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 and 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. 

Keynote: Dr Kate Nambiar, Clinical research fellow, Speciality Doctor in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Awaiting speaker biography.

Nneka Agbasi, Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Nneka began her nursing career in 2007 at the Middlesex University where she obtained a Bsc in Adult Nursing in 2010.  She completed her post nursing qualification in Nurse Mentorship and Diabetes Care. Her background includes Orthopaedics (Surgical) and District Nursing.

In 2012, she started her diabetes career through a secondment opportunity with the community diabetes team, which she did for a year. She worked two days in the district nursing service and three days with the Enfield Diabetes team. Over that year, she managed the caseload for house-bound patients and Hard to reach patients (palliative care, learning disabilities and PEG feed patients who are bed-bound) living with diabetes. Her role also involved managing patients living with diabetes in Residential Care and Nursing Homes. This secondment strengthened the link between the diabetes team and other healthcare professionals in the community.

Following the successful completion of the secondment, she gained a full-time post as Diabetes Specialist Nurse. She has since been promoted to a Band 7 role. Her main interest in diabetes care is Health promotion and self-management. She enjoys teaching and Facilitating patients, their family members, community nurses and other health care professionals to gain confidence in the provision of diabetes care.

Her recent achievement, with the support of her DSN colleagues, includes the creation of diabetes link nurses within Enfield district nursing service.  She also created a step-by-step assessment guide that enables these link nurses to successfully assess patients living with type 2 diabetes in the community. She has further developed the Health Care Assistant Insulin Administration Programme which has been successfully implemented to train residential Home Carers. She has designed a Primary Care Diabetes Course tailored to meet the needs of Community Nursing staff. She also developed the existing Mentoring/ Induction programme for Diabetes Specialist Nursing at Band 6 level.

Diabetes nursing remains fascinating for her. She feels humbled to be part of the team that makes a real difference to the quality of diabetes care.

Rosie Allison, Research Assistant, Primary Care Unit, Public Health England

Rosie is a TARGET Research Assistant with a background in Biology and Public Health. Rosie has previously been involved in qualitative research studies and her current work involves liaising with medicines management teams to collect data on local implementation of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives via a national questionnaire.

Lucille Balcombe, Lead Nurse CAMHS, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Lucille is a registered Mental Health Nurse who has specialised in child and adolescent mental health (camhs) for 30 years years. She has a strong track record in successful outcomes with children, young people and their parents through her direct clinical work, and is seen as an expert in parenting and family group work.

In her senior role within a multi-disciplinary CAMHS  acting in both a teaching and advisory role. She is also accountable for the assessment and direct treatment of care to children and young people .

She was asked by Young Minds to join them with City University in developing an MSc in Inter-Professional practice (CAMHS), seeing it through the process of validation and completion herself. She has also published the following papers: Engagement with young people who self-harm.  Mental Health Practice (2011).

Adrian Brown, Alcohol and Drugs Nurse Specialist, Northwick Park Hospital, London North West University Trust

Adrian has worked in this role for over 20 years. At St Mary’s Hospital he provided alcohol and drug liaison input and brief interventions (Paddington Alcohol Test). From 2010 at St George’s Hospital, they established an alcohol care team, with an alcohol CQUIN and close working with local assertive outreach team to help frequent attendees.

Since February 2014, Adrian has worked within the psychiatric liaison team at Northwick Park Hospital. This role has been at the hub of an alcohol care team with psychiatry, acute medicine and emergency colleagues, plus links with community recovery services. They have recently carried out a quality improvement project, for better management of alcohol withdrawals. Adrian also chairs Public Health England’s London Alcohol Care Team Forum.

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.

Farhat Hamid, Head of Nutrition & Dietetic Services Brent, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Farhat is a highly accomplished senior manager with extensive experience gained in the NHS at national, regional and local level.  She has a track record of success in building dynamic nutritional services throughout 32 years in leadership roles.

She created the original Intensive Lifestyle Intervention for Pre-diabetes – ‘Move Away from Pre-diabetes’ – which has been recognised at a national level by NHS England as an “exemplar innovation that improves patient outcomes whilst saving significant money and resources.”   Farhat went on to receive the ‘Innovator of the Year’ Award from her Trust for this work. Farhat is an AHPs4PH public health advocate, and has also worked extensively on childhood obesity programmes (achieving 2017 national award).

Teresa Jennings, Senior Nurse Practitioner and Independent Prescriber, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Teresa has worked in CAMHS Services since 1997 covering both In Patient Settings and Community CAMHS services. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and currently works as an Independent Prescriber in a busy Community CAMHS setting working with young people between the ages of 5 and 18 years, completing ADHD assessments and providing treatment to young people with complex difficulties.

Bronwen Lafferty, Medical Affairs Specialist, ConvaTec

Bronwen is presently Medical Affairs Specialist for ConvaTec covering South London, Surrey Sussex and Kent. Her responsibility is delivering clinical education to both hospital and community staff, supporting clinicians with conference poster and free paper presentation and evaluating of new products.

Bronwen trained at Kingston University, becoming a Community Staff Nurse on qualifying in Kingston PCT. She did her district nursing degree at the University of Sussex in 2004 and then became a District Nurse Team Lead / Joint Leg Ulcer Clinic Lead for Hammersmith and Fulham PCT. In 2009, Bronwen became a Tissue Viability Nurse for Croydon Health Services in the community where she worked until her present role.

Ellen Nicholson, Senior Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Homerton University

Awaiting speaker biography.

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.

Dr Phil Rice, Consultant Virologist, Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Phil Rice is a Consultant Clinical Virologist. He graduated and was trained at St Thomas’ Hospital and has a wide ranging interest, publishing articles on congenital infections, hepatitis and imported viruses. Over the last 8 years his passion has been studying and thinking about varicella-zoster virus. This is because he has discovered why chickenpox is less infectious in the tropics and how one climatic factor has driven the evolution of the virus when man left Africa 100,000 years ago. Ultimately, these virus adaptations are likely to have implications for how the virus reactivates as zoster. When he is not thinking about VZV, he is to be found looking through a telescope at the beautiful, dark skies in Norfolk.

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.

Luke Sullivan, Men’s Minds Matter

Awaiting speaker biography.

Dr Johanna Theron, Specialist Doctor and Clinical Lead, Chronic Pain, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Johanna is a specialist doctor in chronic pain and clinical lead for the community chronic pain service of the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust. She was a General Practitioner for many years in South Africa, the Middle East and the UK,   before she trained as a GP with Special Interest in Chronic Pain. Since 2010, she has worked in chronic pain management. She is also a medical acupuncturist and accredited medical educator. She was a founder member of the Primary and Community Care SIG of the British Pain Society. Her areas of special interest include appropriate prescribing, education and medical professional development, and interprofessional working.

Dr Louise Warburton, GPwSI in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine, NHS Telford and Wrekin

Dr Warburton graduated from Manchester University in 1985, and has worked as a GP ever since. She obtained the Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine in 2009, and is currently a GPwSI in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine for NHS Telford and Wrekin, along with being the Medical Lead for the Telford MKS service, seeing a wide variety of patients with MSK and Rheumatology problems. Louise is an Associate Medical Director for Shropshire Community NHS Trust, and is involved in research at Keele University, as one of their GP champions working in Primary Care MSK research and dissemination.

Louise is also past President of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society, and was a trustee of ARMA. She was one of the Clinical Guidelines Group who prepared the NICE Guidelines for the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults which was released in 2009, and is now involved in the Guidelines for Spondyloarthropathy, along with reviewing the Rheumatoid Arthritis NICE guidelines.

Louise has also edited a textbook of musculoskeletal disorders for Primary Care for the Royal College of GPs; which is now part of their curriculum series. Finally, she is a member of the British Society for Rheumatology Education and Training Committee.