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Yorkshire Speakers


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

Chair: Marilyn Eveleigh, Independent Nurse Consultant and Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

As the former Head of Clinical Quality & Risk and Lead Nurse at NHS Brighton & Hove, Marilyn Eveleigh was the Named Nurse for Child & Adult safeguarding and has undertaken Serious Incidents investigations and led the Health Investigation clinical team. Presently she is a member of the Nursing in Practice Advisory Board, which supports national conferences, a bi-monthly journal, a lively website and national annual Awards for primary and community nurses. She has led the development of Practice Nursing Competencies and a Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes and acts as an independent trainer, clinical incident investigator and consultant for quality, patient safety and primary care nursing.

Chair: Steph Lawrence, Deputy Director Nursing Integration and Primary Care Nursing, NHS Leeds CCG, Executive Nurse, Leeds GP Confederation

Steph Lawrence is a nurse leader with over 30 years NHS experience across a range of settings, but for the last 18 years she has been firmly based in community settings, including primary care. Steph has recently taken up a post to work on nurse integration between community and primary care nursing. She feels this is really exciting work that will make a real difference for patient care in the future and will truly deliver the right care at the right time with the right skills, along with having the potential to move more care closer to home.

She likes a challenge and is currently leading national work as the chair of the trailblazer group for the development of the district nurse apprenticeship standard.

Louise Cahill, Staff Nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust

Louise has spent the last decade working with the Red Cross both nationally and internationally. Drawn to the complexities of providing healthcare in often chaotic situations, Louise decided to train as a nurse, graduating in 2017. While working with refugees in 2011, Louise encountered a victim of modern slavery and was moved to begin campaigning with StopTheTraffik. Soon after, Louise began working with Rahab, a London-based organisation providing support to women and girls suffering sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Working alongside the Metropolitan Police during ‘welfare visits’ to brothels and massage parlours, Louise developed an understanding of the complex needs of this diverse group. In response, Louise co-authored a tool, the Modern Slavery Wheel, to support front-line staff by helping them to better identify victims. She is currently a member of the NHS England Modern Slavery Network and is working on Modern Slavery Healthscreen, to ensure that all those identified receive the appropriate care.

June James, Nurse Consultant (Diabetes), Honorary Associate Professor, University of Leicester, Co-Chair, TREND-UK

June James works as a Consultant Nurse in Diabetes for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, is an Associate Professor for the University of Leicester and is co-chair of TREND-UK. Until recently, she worked in partnership with NHS Diabetes to produce the national Safe use of insulin e-learning module and other safety modules, and was a steering group member of the Institute for Diabetes in Older People. She is co-author of the Six steps to insulin safety free e-learning module.

June promotes the ethos of integrated care through publication and by working on various multidisciplinary committees, such as TREND-UK and the Joint British Diabetes Societies. June worked for many years with Diabetes UK, serving as Vice Chair of the Council of Healthcare Professionals and chaired the 2006 Annual Professional Conference Organising Committee. She had the honour of presenting the Janet Kinson Lecture at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference in 2010 and presents regularly at National and European meetings.

Belinda Loftus, Head of Integrated Sexual Health Services, Spectrum Community Health CIC

Belinda’s sexual health career started in the British Army where she was a Clinical Nurse Specialist working in a number of locations worldwide.  Her NHS career commenced in Rotherham as a Nurse Practitioner, and then went on to, and currently manages Integrated Sexual Health Services.    She is currently oversees three clinical services; Barnsley, Wakefield and Wigan.    

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.

Helen Rainey, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, Chronic Kidney Disease, Barts Health NHS Trust

Helen Rainey is Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for chronic kidney disease at Barts Health. Her role includes working with Community Services to develop and implement an education programme aimed at increasing understanding and improving management of early kidney disease. Her previous roles have included working with people with advanced kidney disease and acute kidney injury and she has undertaken patient safety research looking at factors that influence the ability of patients and carers to speak up at times of acute illness.

Helen’s interests include patient self-management and empowerment and the ways that both processes and individuals can facilitate or inhibit this. Her current focus includes working with patients to evaluate the CKD education service.

Terry Robinson, Respiratory Nurse Consultant, Harrogate District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Terry Robinson is an experienced Respiratory Nurse. She has  worked  in a Primary Care setting as a Practice Nurse, specialising in chronic disease management including asthma and COPD, a community setting as a COPD trainer, and latterly in a secondary care setting as a Nurse Consultant, where she managed an integrated respiratory team.

Terry now runs specialist clinics for patients with difficult to manage asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis and chronic cough. She is also a lead for research, with current studies in asthma compliance and a pulmonary fibrosis genotype study, and has presented her own research internationally. Terry has also co-written and edited a text book of respiratory nursing, and is currently writing the second edition. She has a Masters and First Class Honours degree in respiratory disease management.

Donna Rowe, Service Delivery Lead and Specialist Nurse, National Osteoporosis Society

For the past three years, Donna spearheaded the initiation, development and management of a highly-successful, nationally recognised community FLS/Osteoporosis service across South Nottinghamshire.

Donna recently joined the clinical team at the National Osteoporosis Society as Service Delivery Lead/Nurse Specialist, and her new role will see her working with key stakeholders to initiate, facilitate and support the implementation of fracture liaison services across the region to ensure those affected by osteoporosis receive the best possible care and significantly improved outcomes.

Wendy Simpson, Independent Immunisation Trainer

Wendy Simpson is a registered nurse and health visitor with 25 years’ experience of health visiting, team management and child safeguarding and has delivered keynote speeches and facilitated workshops at large multi-agency conferences in the USA on three occasions.

She has worked for the Health Protection Agency as a specialist nurse on vaccine preventable disease, epidemiological studies and emergency planning.

Wendy has been a Senior Public Health Nurse within a PCT, covering immunisation advice, training and production of PGDs and retired in March from her post in Public Health England as Screening and Immunisation Manager, leading on immunisation, chairing immunisation Programme Boards, and working at a strategic level to ensure a good immunisation uptake delivered safely and to the highest standards.

She has delivered immunisation training sessions for a private provider conforming to the national standards for immunisation and has also participated in national workshops on policy and vaccine development.

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.

Matt Trerise, Training and Liaison Lead, NHS Bristol Autism Spectrum Service

Matt Trerise specialises in working with adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions. He has over 14 years of experience of supporting people with ASC in a range of care settings including, residential, supported living, community placements and low secure hospital.

Matt has worked for the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service since it was commissioned in 2009 and has taken an active role in developing the services offered by BASS, whilst also working in partnership with mainstream services to increase their confidence and accessibility for people with autism. 

Matt’s current role is Training and Liaison Lead, providing specialist training and clinical supervision to frontline staff across the care pathway.