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Newcastle Speakers


We are pleased to announce the following speaker faculty for Nursing in Practice Newcastle 2019.

Chair: Helen Crowther, Clinical Nurse Advisor, Primary Care Digital Transformation, NHS England

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Melissa Canavan, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Respiratory Care Solutions 

Melissa has been a nurse since 2008, she initially worked in A&E and then as a practice nurse.  After attending a PCRS respiratory leaders event in 2013 Melissa co- founded Leeds Respiratory Network with a colleague. This led to the development of a new social enterprise called Respiratory Care Solutions (RCS) of which she is now a company director.  September 2016 Melissa left her job as PN to work back at the hospital as a RNS on a 12 month contract.  The end of 2017 RCS obtained a contract with a collaboration of GP’s to standardise respiratory care and reduce variation between 8 GP practices. So Melissa now works full time as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist for the social enterprise.

Ruth Devlin, Let’s Talk Menopause 

Ruth set up and runs Let’s Talk Menopause, presents workshops, speaks at events and contributes to radio. She is from a nursing background with her main aims being to raise awareness about the menopause, provide accurate and evidence based information and to help women achieve an overall healthier lifestyle whilst managing their menopause.

Helen Glenn, Service Delivery Lead (Northern England), The Royal Osteoporosis Society

Helen Glenn is a Service Delivery Lead at the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS). Helen has a ten-year clinical background in physiotherapy, after which she worked for a Clinical Commissioning Group for four years. Helen has been with the Service Delivery Team at the ROS since April, 2014. The Service Delivery Team support in the commissioning and service improvement of Fracture Liaison Services, ensuring that the national standards of care are delivered. The ROS have developed a large number of tools to support both clinicians and people wanting more information to maintain good both health; whether they have osteoporosis or not. For clinicians these support tools include clinical guidelines, e-learning courses and clinical network groups.

Dr Martin Hadley-Brown, CGCM Tutor & Director of Preclinical Studies, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

Having trained in General Medicine in London and General Practice in Dorset, Martin Hadley-Brown has been a GP partner in Norfolk from 1989 until stepping down as Senior Partner in February 2019. The School Lane Practice in Thetford includes approximately 850 people with Diabetes. His particular clinical interest in diabetes and cardiovascular disease led to his co-founding the Primary Care Diabetes Society, working with NICE on Clinical Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes, and he continues to work nationally and internationally to foster optimal management of these conditions within Primary Care. He is an experienced medical teacher and currently Director of Preclinical Studies and Clinical Tutor at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Jeanette Milne, Clinical Lead – Tissue Viability, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Awaiting speaker biography.

Judith Robson, Heart Failure Nurse Specialist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Awaiting speaker biography.

Jennie Smith, National Stakeholder and Nursing Networks Manager, Primary Care Digital Transformation team, NHS England

Jennie Smith works for the Primary Care Digital Transformation (PCDT) team at NHS England. Her background is in teaching and education but since working in the NHS she specialises in engagement, communications and events. Jennie is also responsible for the Nursing Engagement strategy for PCDT and has enjoyed setting up a Digital Nurse Network to engage and inform our nursing staff on the digital agenda. Jennie holds a personal interest in health technology, the use of data to provide better care and digital services as an enabler for patient empowerment.

Peter Toolan, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Parent-Infant Psychotherapist (Clinical Lead), Newcastle Parent-Infant Partnership NEWPIP (Children North East)

Peter Toolan pioneered music & art therapies in the north east and later trained at the Tavistock Clinic as an NHS Child Psychotherapist specialising in Infant Mental Health within CAMHS services. He was Head Child Psychotherapist at the Maudsley Hospital and Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, before becoming Clinical Lead for NEWPIP, Newcastle. He is Chair of  AIMH UK North East & Cumbria.