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Northampton Speakers



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

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 and more recently has become one of the Judges for Nurse of the Year and Innovator of the Year within the Nursing in Practice family. 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: Angela Dempsey, Joint Registered Nurse, NHS Corby CCG

Angela is a passionate and committed advocate for patients with significant experience at operating at senior levels within the NHS. Angela has direct experience of delivering and/or overseeing acute, community and primary care including operating as a nurse advisor on the Governing Body of a CCG. In addition, Angela has held national roles with nurse development remit and has been an active member of a social enterprise which supports patient engagement and experience activities and ensures that the patient voice is heard.  She led on the development of the Edward Jenner Program and the national Clinical Leadership Fellowship. She holds a BSC Hons in Health and Social Welfare, MSc in Advanced Inter-professional and Interagency Working and a MBA.  She is also a Trustee of the Lyndsey Leg Foundation who support leg clubs throughout England to improve the patient experience of patients who have or have had leg ulcers.  The model promotes reducing social isolation and self help prevention. 

Sally Coles, Prescribing Nurse, GenderGP

Sally is a registered adult and paediatric nurse and non medical prescriber, with 25 years experience in the NHS as a qualified nurse. Her most recent NHS post was at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as a specialist pain nurse, caring for children and adolescence with acute and chronic pain.

Sally has a Son and a Daughter. Her Daughter is 12 years old and is transgender. Since November 2018, Sally has worked for Gender GP as a practice nurse/patient advocate.

Kirsty Edwards, Advanced Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Kirsty qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1992. Her rheumatology interest and knowledge was honed working on the Highfield Rheumatology Ward at Worcester Royal Hospital and she became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2004. Kirsty is an independent prescriber and she graduated from Keele University in 2013 with an MSc in Rheumatology Nursing. Her special interests include Early Inflammatory Arthritis Management and Biologic Therapies.

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.

Richard Ma, GPwSI Sexual Health

Dr Richard Ma is a GP principal in London and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He has a research interest in Public Health, particularly Sexual and Reproductive Health. His research currently focuses on equity and access of contraceptive provision in general practice.

He has been a member of RCGP’s Sex Drugs and Blood Borne Virus Group, National Chlamydia Screening Advisory Group, expert member on NICE Guidelines on Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections and under-18 conceptions and more recently expert member for NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee on Contraception. He frequently writes and lectures on all matters related to sexual health.

Dr Jacqueline Parkes, Professor of Mental Health and Dementia research, University of Northampton

Jacqueline Parkes is the Professor of Applied Mental Health in the Faculty of Health & Society at the University of Northampton.

Jackie is an experienced mental health nurse, and has worked in a broad range of mental health and learning disability settings prior to moving into Higher Education. She is the Director of the Northamptonshire Dementia Research & Innovation Centre at UoN, Chair of the Dementia-friendly Community of Practice, and lead for Public and Patient Involvement.  Her subject specialisms are nursing and mental health research, with a particular focus on developing and implementing person-centred care pathways.  She works extensively with local organisations to evaluate their provision of health and social care services, including community-based interventions for people living with dementia. This year, she has become the Chair of the Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance and is a member of the Leicestershire Dementia Action Alliance.

Jackie has also established four community-based social groups for people with dementia; the Forget-me-nots Social YOD Group, Qualified by Experience (QBE) for former carers, and the Post-diagnostic Support UnityDEM Centre  in Northamptonshire and the Lutterworth Share & Care Group for people with dementia and their carers in South Leicestershire. She has a particular interest in young onset dementia; and is currently the Deputy Chair of Research at Young Dementia Network. She is also a member of the pan European Group InterDEM.

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.

Kathryn Weaver, Specialist Nurse Practitioner – Eating Disorders

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