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

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: George Coxon, Chair, Mental Health Nursing Association (MHNA), Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

George Coxon trained in mental health nursing in the north east of England during the 80s before moving to the south west and then spent many years working as a CPN, team manager, counsellor, therapist, training and service manager before becoming primary care mental health advisor at Avon Health Authority, Bristol. George has retained a very hands on role in dealing with MH issues in his role as Director of a care provider company running care homes in Devon and also has a commissioning background working with NHS Devon across all aspect of health care most recently as end of life care programme lead where is continues to do much work.   He is the Chair of the Mental Health Nursing Association and regional lead for Wales and has recently returned from developing links between mental health nurses in China and is becoming involved in work with the DH in the Partners in Health initiative.

Keynote: Jane Scullion, Respiratory Nurse Consultant, University Hospitals of Leicester

A Respiratory Nurse Consultant for eighteen years’, Jane works with people with asthma, COPD and ILD. She acts as an advisor for the RCN on NICE guidance is a Trustee for Education for Health and a member of the local Clinical Senate. She is also passionate about inhalers belonging to UKIG where she leads on education and ADMIT.

Francesca Bell, Palliative Care CNS, Cynthia Spencer Hospice

Francesca has 12 years’ experience in specialist nursing within palliative and end of life care. Prior to this, she spent 10 years in specialist nursing within Pain Management. She also has experience working in both primary care and hospital settings. Finally, Francesca is involved in local End of Life Care Strategy development.

Kate Brawn, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tissue Viability, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Following nurse training, Kate became a Dermatology Nurse at Kettering General Hospital from 1992 until 2006. During this time she developed a passion for wound care and completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Tissue Viability. In 2006, she moved into community care and achieved her dream role when she became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tissue Viability.

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.

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.

Rose Gallagher MBE, Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, Royal College of Nursing

Rose is The Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control (RCN) at the Royal College of Nursing.  Based in the Nursing Dept, she provides strategic leadership and specialist professional advice to the Royal College, its members and key stakeholders across the UK on Infection Prevention and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the implications for Nurses and Nursing.  She represents the Royal College at local, Regional, National and International events on both infection prevention and professional nursing issues.  Rose is currently a scientific advisor to the European Public health Alliance (EPHA) on AMR.

Rose was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthdays Honours list for services to Nursing,  Infection Prevention and Control.

Dr Allan Perry, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Director of Clinical Services, PJ Care

Allan began working in healthcare in 1991, working in brain injury rehabilitation before completing his first degree. He spent three years as a part time Senior Residential Social Worker for Social Services in a community mental health centre and worked at St Andrews Hospital across all specialisms.  After graduating with Honours in Psychology, he worked as an Assistant Psychologist in community Neuropsychology and CAMHS services before starting doctoral training. He was Director of Neuropsychological Services for the Transitional Rehabilitation Unit in Haydock and has also maintained a private practice for the last 15 years.  He began providing consultancy services to PJ Care in Summer of 2014.  He joined the company full time from 1st February 2018 as Director of Clinical Services.

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.

Dr Simon Rowland, Medical Affairs Lead, Natural Cycles

Dr Simon Rowland MBBS BSc.(Hons) MRCS (Eng.) DCH is a specialist in the development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the early stages of development right through to the clinic. He is trained at Imperial College London as a medical doctor and subsequently completed a postgraduate clinical academic training programme at Imperial College Healthcare Trust. He is an author of a more than 25 peer reviewed publications in leading medical journals. He now works in digital health as the Medical Affairs Lead for Europe at Natural Cycles AB, supporting the development of the first mobile app to be certified as a medical device for contraception.  

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.

Lisa Whelan, Community Palliative Care CNS, Cynthia Spencer Hospice

Lisa has 25 years’ experience in specialist nursing within palliative care, oncology and haematology. She is working with generalist partners in primary care, and is involved with writing policy, standard operating procedures and preparing evidence for external awarding bodies. Also, Lisa plans and delivers educational sessions and study days.