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Scotland Speakers



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

Chair: Rhona Aikman, Practice Nurse, Gourock Medical Practice and Nursing in Practice Advisory Board

Rhona Aikman is a practice nurse in Gourock on the west coast of Scotland. Her main areas of interest are diabetes and travel health, and she loves the variety of work in general practice. Rhona managed to combine her nursing skills with travel while volunteering in Namibia and Peru. When she retires she would like to work for a year or so with VSO. In her free time, she is involved with the Simon Community, a charity working with homeless people in Glasgow.

Chair:  Joanne Anderson, Co-Chair, Scottish Practice Nurses Association

Awaiting biography.

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: Andrew ‘Bernie’ Bernard, Director, Innovative Enterprise and National Careers Week

Andrew ‘Bernie’ Bernard is a TEDx, International and Motivational Speaker who is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association.

After a 17-year career in manufacturing, property and Universities, Bernie set up Innovative Enterprise in 2006 and has since worked with more than 140,000 people to help them ‘Bring the Future to Life’ – to this end Bernie and his colleagues work with global brands to support them in helping young people.

He speaks passionately about enterprise, surviving cancer, domestic violence and the importance of managing your attitude.

Lorna Carroll, Advanced Dietetic Practitioner (Adult Mental Health/Eating Disorders), NHS Highland

Lorna graduated in 1987, BSc in Dietetics from Queen’s College, Glasgow (now Caledonian University), and then went on to work in Glasgow Teaching Hospitals for 10 years. Following a spell living in Sweden, and starting a family, she returned to work in Adult Mental Health Services in Highland in 2000. Lorna has carried out Eating Disorders Training to MCN audiences; Scottish Dietitians Eating Disorders Clinical Forum; NHS Highland Community Dietetic Teams, amongst others.  In 2015 she gained the EEATs (Eating Disorder Education and Training Scotland) qualification. Lorna and her colleague have recently set up a Guided Self Help Group for sufferers of Bulimic or Binge Eating type illness.

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.

Caroline Ferguson, CKD Nurse Specialist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Caroline has worked in Renal Nursing for over 25 years. She worked in Haemodialysis, Peritoneal dialysis and the acute ward setting, at Stobhill Hospital, before moving on to work as a Research Sister at the GRI Renal Unit for almost 8 years. In 2008 she moved to the QEUH to work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. In 2012 her and her colleague set up a conservative management program for patients opting not to have renal replacement therapy.  This has been gaining momentum over the years and now they have around 80 patients opting for this treatment, most of who are managed in the community.

Nick Fuller, Lecturer in Nursing, University of the West of Scotland, University of Stirling

Nick is a nurse, counsellor and nurse educator, with specialist research interest in problem substance use and addiction.

Nick’s early nursing experience encompassed critical care, endoscopy, and medical nursing settings. He then specialised in problem substance use and addictions, gaining experience in harm reduction, drug treatment, alcohol treatment and alcohol liaison. He also coordinated Alcohol Brief Intervention Training in NHS Tayside.

Nick is currently nearing completion of his PhD at the University of Stirling, where he is researching the spiritual dimensions of problem substance use recovery, with particular focus on the experiences of men living in Scotland.

He previously worked as Associate Lecturer at the University of Dundee and recently joined the University of the West of Scotland as a Lecturer in Nursing.

Cameron Lawson,Community Learning Disability Nurse, Learning Disability Service, NHS Lanarkshire

Cameron has worked in the field of learning disability since 1989. Initially on a Riding for the Disabled project and then as a Nursing Assistant in Royal Scottish National Hospital. He qualified as a Registered Nurse for Learning Disability in 1998 and has a B.A. in Nursing Studies. Since qualifying Cameron has worked in Merchiston Hospital and Kirklands Hospital. He has been working as part of NHS Lanarkshire’s Community Learning Disability Service  since 2003. Cameron is a Behavioural Family Therapist and also has a special interest in autism and epilepsy.

Fiona Longmuir, Choose Life Co-ordinator, Charge Nurse in Primary Care Mental Health, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Fiona has worked in mental health nursing for almost 25 years, with the last 16 being in primary care or community based. For the past 2 years Fiona has worked part time in a shared role for Choose Life – Suicide Prevention, and advocates for mental health promotion and increasing the awareness of suicide.

Dr Donald Macgregor, Consultant Paediatrician, Senior Lecturer in child health

Dr Donald Macgregor achieved his BSc from St Andrews University in 1978 and MBChB from University of Manchester MBChB three years later. He was House Officer and then Senior House Officer at the then Alder Hey Childrens Hospital in Liverpool before moving to Stirling Royal as Medical Registrar. In 1985 he was appointed Paediatric Registrar at Tayside.

In 1986 Dr Macgregor moved culture and continent to take up a post as Senior Paediatrician for Highland Provinces in Papua New Guinea followed by a Research Fellow position at BC Children’s Hospital Vancouver two years later.

He returned to Scotland in 1990  as Senior Registrar and Lecturer at the RHSC Edinburgh and then Consultant Paediatrician, Lancaster & Kendal Hospitals.

Since 1996 Dr Macgregor has been a Consultant Paediatrician/Senior Lecturer at Ninewells Medical School NHS Tayside and Honorary Lecturer University of Lancaster. His current roles include:

  • Clinical Lead North of Scotland  Paediatric Unscheduled Care
  • (using Telehealth for sick children in rural locations Orkney, Shetland, Caithness, Hebrides, Skye etc
  • General Paediatrics with special interests Respiratory & Allergy, Child Protection
  • Senior Examiner, Royal Medical Colleges
  • Member SIGN Council, Advisor to Scottish Public Service Ombudsman and Central Legal Office
  • Immediate Past-President, Scottish Paediatric Society

Jill Maciver, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Education Lead, Diabetes Education Scotland

Awaiting speaker biography.

Shirley Marshall, Senior Nurse Travel and International Health Team, Health Protection Scotland

Shirley Marshall is the Senior Nurse in the Travel and International Health Team (TIH) at HPS. She contributes to all aspects of the TIH team work including development and maintenance of TRAVAX and fitfortravel website content and is the Lead for the Yellow Fever Vaccination Programme in Scotland.

Shirley qualified as an RGN in 1988, and has worked in secondary care in Glasgow and Lanarkshire. She became interested in travel medicine in 2012 and worked her way through RCPSG Travel Medicine Courses and is now a Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at RCPSG.

Lesley Maxwell,Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Sandyford Sexual Health Service

Lesley has been a psychiatric and general nurse for over 30 years, and has worked with prisoners, drug users, homeless people and women involved in prostitution.  She has over 12 years experience in sexual health, with four as an ANP.  Although she works within both the GUM and SRH specialties at Sandyford, Leslet has a special interest in sexual health needs of men who have sex with men.  She has just completed MSc in Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice. 

Jo McEwen, Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Antimicrobial Stewardship, NHS Tayside, Honorary Senior Clinical Teacher, University of Dundee

Jo was appointed as Scotlands first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Since taking up this post, Jo has been involved in leading and working with nursing and midwifery teams across NHS Tayside and further afield to promote the nursing/midwifery role in antimicrobial stewardship. Jo has worked with NHS Education Scotland and the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group to develop the first interactive programme on Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nurses & Midwives which was launched in April 2015.  She is also responsible for introducing antimicrobial stewardship to both undergraduate and post-graduate nursing programmes, with the University of Dundee being the first in the UK to offer this to nursing students.

Jo has authored several publications around the nursing role in antimicrobial stewardship.

Lynn Welsh, Programme Leader in Non Medical Prescribing, University of the West of Scotland

Lynn Welsh is a former Tissue Viability, Community Vascular Specialist Nurse and District Nurse in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She is a member of the National Association of Tissue Viability Nurses Scotland (NATVNS) and the Tissue Viability Society (TVS). Lynn is also a doctoral candidate undertaking a qualitative study on nurses’ knowledge and use of evidence in wound management.

Johnann Wilson, Senior Charge Nurse, Learning Disability Service, NHS Lanarkshire

Johnann has worked within the field of learning disabilities nursing for 31 years. She originally trained as a psychiatric nurse in Hartwood Hospital in Lanarkshire and after registering in 1987, started work as a staff nurse in Birkwood Hospital, which was one of the 3 learning disability hospitals in Lanarkshire at that time. Johnann attained the post of community learning disability nurse in 2001 after commencing the conversion to Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities. She gained her BSc in Community Learning Disabilities Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University and registered as a Specialist Practitioner in 2003 at which time she was promoted to Senior Charge Nurse. Johnann has an interest in practice development, epilepsy and dementia.

Jennie Young, Principal Educator for Trauma, Trauma Therapist, NHS Education Scotland, NHS Forth Valley

Jennie Young works within NHS Forth Valley, Trauma Clinic. As a psychological therapist, Jennie provides trauma focused treatment, education, training, supervision and consultations across sectors. Recently she has taken up post with NHS Education for Scotland as Principle Educator for Trauma and has a core role in the implementation of the Transforming Psychological Trauma Knowledge and Skills Framework.

She recently completed a long term association with the University of Stirling Faculty of Health Science and Sport in developing the UK’s first undergraduate nursing programme with a core awareness and understanding of the impact of trauma and adversity on health and wellbeing across the lifespan. In 2018 she was winner of Educator of the Year award from Student Nursing Times.