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Manchester Speakers



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

Chair: Michelle Falconer, Immunisation Nurse Specialist, Public Health England

Michelle Falconer is an immunisation nurse specialist working with the immunisation team at Public Health England. Previous to this she was employed as an immunisation coordinator in Merseyside and as lead nurse for immunisation whilst working with the Health Protection Agency. Michelle also completed an eighteen month secondment with the Department of Health as Associate delivery Manager with the Vaccination and Immunisation National Support Team.

Chair: Joanne McDonnell, Senior Nurse for Mental Health, NHS England

A published writer and book reviewer with a Masters in Research in Health Sciences, Joanne is Senior Nurse for Mental Health in the Nursing and Midwifery Team at NHS England. She has won several national awards including Health Writer of the Year and Dementia Care Manager of the Year. She has starred in numerous promotional nursing films and has been a regular contributor to various national media such as Radio 4.

A CQC Expert Advisor, Royal College of Psychiatrists AIMS programme reviewer and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for RCN Mental Health Practice, Joanne has extensive experience of presenting at local, national and international conferences. Current work includes Mental Health Independent Investigations and the Chief Nursing Officers Leading Change, Adding Value Framework. She is currently undertaking a second Masters degree in Healthcare Leadership.

Keynote: Olivia Field, Policy and Engagement Manager, The Loneliness Action Group – British Red Cross

Olivia Field works for the British Red Cross and Co-operative loneliness partnership as the Policy and Engagement Manager for Loneliness and Social Isolation.

She has been carrying out policy and advocacy work relevant to loneliness at the Red Cross for six years: from refugee family reunion policy to health and social care prevention. She helped to shape the Care Act 2014’s prevention duty and has authored several relevant reports, including Prevention in Action 2017 that looks at how prevention, including interventions that tackle loneliness and social isolation are being implemented and prioritised locally. She also co-authored British Red Cross’s recent report, In and Out of Hospital, that recommends several interventions to help prevent people’s deterioration on leaving hospital.

Having sat on the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness last year, she is now carrying on its legacy, leading several initiatives, including convening a new Loneliness Action Group and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness and working with Government to develop policy and practice solutions to tackling loneliness and social isolation across the UK.

Keynote: Dr Binita Kane, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Manchester Foundation Trust, Health Innovation Manchester

Dr Binita Kane is a Consultant Chest Physician at with an interest in airways disease. She is currently the clinical lead for Integrated Respiratory Care in Manchester. She has recently taken on a role with Health Innovation Manchester as clinical lead for the Greater Manchester COPD Programme, an ambitious project working with all ten localities across GM to improve population Respiratory Health. She is strategic lead for the North West Severe Asthma Network and co-chair of the Operational Delivery Network Board, a collaboration of 9 Trusts providing specialised severe asthma services across the NW region. National roles include; Royal College of Physicians QI Faculty, PCRS Service Development Committee and Board member for the National Audit for COPD and Asthma. 

Julie Annakin, Independent Nurse Trainer

Julie has over 37 years experience in the NHS. She is a registered nurse and holds a Certificate of Education and the Diploma in Travel Medicine from the Royal College Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. Prior to becoming independent, Julie was an immunisation manager in Greater Manchester, with a proven track record in facilitating increases in the local immunisation uptake rates. Julie has developed and delivered training packages for immunisation that were subsequently shared regionally and nationally. Based in Cheshire, she now works as an independent nurse consultant, delivering Immunisation and travel health training.

Dr Carol Cornmell, SRH registered trainer and General Practitioner, Torrington Medical Practice

Carol has been a GP partner at Tottington Medical Practice since 1987 and has a special interest in sexual and reproductive healthcare. In addition, she carries out a weekly session at the Royal Bolton Centre for Sexual Health and is a trainer for the DFSRH.

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.

David Nelson, Medical Affairs Specialist, ConvaTec

Prior to being a medical affairs specialist, David was a Tissue Viability Nurse in a community and an acute setting. David has been a medical affairs specialist for 4 years covering the North West. During his career David has had multiple publications and worked with award winning scientists on wound care development projects.

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.

Jane Rowles, Clinical Nurse Manager, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Jane Rowles is the Clinical Nurse Manager at Well Travelled Clinic, a company of Liverpool School Tropical Medicine. She joined the company as a trainee Travel Health Advisor in 2006 after having previously worked in Emergency Care at North Cheshire Hospitals Trust.  After completing the foundation course in Travel Medicine, at The Royal College of Physicians Glasgow in 2007, over the past 12 years she has helped train nurses, doctors and pharmacists in the practicing of travel medicine and on the School of Tropical Medicines travel health course and helped in the development of online modules. For the past 5 years Jane has been responsible for leading the nursing team and setting clinical standards for quality and safety in the clinics. 

Dr Iain Small, GPSI in Peterhead and member of the PCRS-UK Executive Committee

Dr Iain Small is a General Practitioner in Peterhead Aberdeenshire. He has a career long interest in Respiratory Medicine, which has seen him publish and present across a wide range of topics, from Children’s Asthma to palliative care in COPD.

He is a former Chair of the Primary Care Respiratory Society, and edits the society’s journal-Primary Care Respiratory Update. He is the clinical lead for NHS Grampian’s Respiratory Network and an Honourary Lecturer in the Department of Primary Care Aberdeen University.

Dr Small has, in the past, served as a Trustee of Asthma UK, an Associate Editor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, has Chaired the National Advisory Group (Respiratory) to the Scottish Government, as is the Curriculum Guardian (Respiratory) for the RCGP.

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.

Lucy Webb, Associate Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University

Lucy is a mental health nurse and has specialised in substance use and addictive behaviour for nearly 20 years. She conducts research with communities into treatment access, and how people start on the road to recovery.  She also teaches pre-registration and post-registration nurses including community and district nurses.