2018 Judges

2018 Judges

RCNi Nurse Awards 2018 - Judges

Ann-Marie Osuebi

Ann-Marie Osuebi

Clinical nurse manager, Superdrug

Ann-Marie Osuebi is a clinical nurse manager at Superdrug, managing a team of nurses across London and South East England and running a successful clinic in Oxfordshire.  She qualified as an adult nurse in 2011 through Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Anne-Marie’s background is mainly general practice, working as a practice nurse in both Scotland and England.  She is very passionate about health promotion, education and disease prevention and has specialised in travel health for the last five years.

Agnes Fanning

Agnes Fanning

Queen’s Nurse, The Queen's Nursing Institute

Agnes is a district nurse and Queen’s nurse who has been working in higher education for many years. She is responsible for promoting innovation in community practice and for the development and delivery of high quality specialist community public health nursing, specialist practice qualification district nursing and community children’s nursing programmes. Agnes is experienced in working strategically with community healthcare trusts across London and the South East, providing a highly qualified SPQ workforce to meet the demographics of each area. Her professional doctorate focussed on innovative practice in community health which highlighted the importance of working more creatively and cost effectively whilst still being able to maintain quality of care for patients in the community.

Alison Dinning

Alison Dinning

Editorial advisory board, RCNi

Alison is the institute clinical lead for education and development at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). As part of her role, she leads the trust Adult Preceptorship Team. She has been a critical care outreach nurse since 2000 and continues to work clinically as a CCOT nurse each month to support her education role. Her primary interests are improving the quality and safety of patient care; improving the patient experience; teaching, supporting and developing the multi-professional ward team. Alison was part of the original team who instigated the National Outreach Forum and is the immediate past chair of the National Outreach Forum and the interim NOrF Secretary. She is pleased to be a member of the RCNi Editorial Board.

Ann Norman

Ann Norman

Professional lead for learning disabilities and criminal justice nursing, Royal College of Nursing

Ann has 35+ years’ experience in nursing, with a background in community nursing before joining the Prison Service in 1992. Ann received a Nursing Standard award in 1998 for recognition of developing services to female prisoners and in 1999 was awarded a further Prison Service award for her work at HMP Winchester. Ann co-edited the 2002 book ‘Prison Nursing’ (Blackwell publishing) and more recently completed her book ‘Criminal Justice Nursing’ (M & K Publishing, October 2014). In 1999 she was seconded to the Department of Health (Prison Health Task Force) and in 2004 she took up a U.K professional lead post at the Royal College of Nursing. Ann currently supports nursing development of policy and practice, support nursing members locally and nationally across the 4 UK countries.

Anna Croudass

Anne Croudass

Lead research nurse, Cancer Research UK

Since qualifying, Anne has worked in a variety of clinical and research settings. After qualifying she worked in the field of general medicine, progressing to the role of ward manager of a 32-bedded respiratory and diabetes specialist ward. She has managed research nurses in asthma, allergy and oncology and was involved in establishing the UKCRF in Southampton and the Central South Coast Cancer Research Network. Since 2006, she has been the lead research nurse at Cancer Research UK, where she heads up a national team of 15 senior research nurses. In this role, she is able to work both strategically and operationally to ensure that the impact of research and research nursing are recognised as key to quality patient care.

Anne Corrin

Anne Corrin

Head of learning and professional development, Royal College of Nursing

Anne is committed to improving the education and training of all nurses and student nurses. She was delighted to be appointed as the head of learning and professional development at the Royal College of Nursing in 2017.  Anne is also responsible for the leadership development programmes currently delivered by the Royal College of Nursing.  Prior to this Anne worked as an adult nurse, health visitor and latterly as a senior lecturer at the University of Essex, where she was a member of the School of Health and Human Sciences Senior Management Team.  Anne completed her doctoral thesis in 2016, which explored the practice placement learning experiences of adult student nurses.

Barry Quinn

Barry Quinn

Assistant director of nursing, Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Barry has worked for more than 30 years in healthcare, in hospitals and hospices and in the community sector in England and Ireland. He is currently a visiting senior lecturer at King’s College London and the University of Surrey. He is the chair of two European expert groups: Managing Advanced Cancer Pain Together and the European Oral Care in Cancer Group. He is also the consultant editor for the RCNi journal Nursing Management.

Carole Farrell

Carolle Farrell

Research fellow, Christie School of Oncology

Carole has extensive clinical experience as an oncology nurse for 30 years. Previous roles include clinical nurse specialist and advanced nurse practitioner. Her current study focusses on developing patient reported recent experience measures for people with secondary breast cancer. She leads a theme of research on older people with cancer, and studies include researching patients and carers’ experiences of dementia and cancer. She is interested in nurses’ roles in oncology, and her PhD was an ethnographic study of nurse-led chemotherapy clinics. Carole is also a teaching fellow / honorary lecturer at The University of Manchester and consultant editor of Cancer Nursing Practice.

Catherine Gamble

Catherine Gamble

Professional lead for mental health care, Royal College of Nursing

Catherine leads the nursing development team at South West London and St Georges Meant Health NHS Trust and is responsible for driving service innovation and evaluating workforce development initiatives.  Catherine is an Eileen Skellern laureate and Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Nurse of the Year award holder and Royal College of Psychiatrists Team winner. Her clinical expertise lies in working with families and those with psychosis; she has held various NHS roles in acute and community psychiatric services, has published extensively and is an elected member of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network board. Catherine has recently been appointed as the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) professional lead for mental health.

Christine Mckenzie

Christine Mckenzie

Professional lead for executive nurse network & leadership & management forum, Royal College of Nursing

As a senior nurse working with the RCN London Regional Team, Christine remains passionate about nursing and working with others to improve the experience of those who use and work within Health and Social care settings. Christine draws on her work as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and NLP master practitioner in designing and implementing tailored engagement and consultation activities.  Her achievements include collaboration with the NHS Leadership Academy and leading on the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme.  Christine divides her time between England Centre for Practice Development and the Royal College of Nursing where she is the professional lead for the executive network and professional learning and development facilitator for the London Region and is currently undertaking a MA at the Tavistock exploring Leading and Consulting in Organisations.

Christine Walker

Christine Walker

Editor of Learning Disability Practice and Nursing Children and Young People, RCNi

Christine Walker originally trained as a journalist and has worked for a variety of publications, and in health and medical communications. Christine is a clinical editor who has specialised in nursing since 2002.

Clare Jacobs

Clare Jacobs

RCN National Officer for social care and the independent sector

Clare has worked as a nurse across a variety of NHS and independent acute and community settings, although, her passion is for great care of older people. Working for the Royal College of Nursing since 1992, latterly she represents Royal College of Nursing members nationally in independent health and social care provision, advising on improvements to working conditions and standards of care. Clare was part of the Department of Health taskforce and has given evidence to parliamentary committees on nursing in social care. She works with independent employers including care homes and care agencies, care associations, regulators and Skills for Care in the representing nursing, care staff and support to improvements in care.

 

Clare Lomas

Clare Lomas

Assistant editor, RCNi

Clare Lomas is assistant editor at RCNi, working with the commissioning editor on the features, opinion, careers and student sections of Nursing Standard. Clare graduated from the University of Bradford in 1994 with a degree in sociology and social psychology, then went on to train as a nurse at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London, qualifying in 1998. After working as a cardiac nurse at King’s College Hospital, she was a thrombosis research nurse at King’s from 2002-2004 before retraining as a journalist. She continued doing shifts as an agency nurse until 2007, working in a variety of roles including renal and hepatology nursing, running an endoscopy clinic and working as a school nurse in a preparatory school in London. Clare became Nursing Standard reflections editor in 2010 and has been in her current role since 2015.

Colin Parish

Colin Parish

Editor of Mental Health Practice, RCNi

Colin started his nursing career in 1977 when he trained as a general nurse in Greenwich, south London, and as a mental health nurse in Bexley, Kent.  He worked in various community nursing roles in London throughout the 1980s before becoming a lecturer and later a senior lecturer in nursing at Middlesex University, where he worked for ten years, specialising in teaching communication skills. In 1999 he moved into publishing, working in various roles on the RCNi weekly Nursing Standard magazine. He has been in his current role since 2009.

David Williams

David Williams

Clinical nurse specialist, NHS England

 

Dawne Garrett

Dawne Garrett

Professional lead for older people & dementia care, Royal College of Nursing

Dawne has worked with older people through a variety of clinical, academic and entrepreneurial roles. Her experience has spanned acute care, community nursing and integrated services. A former consultant nurse and lecturer practitioner Dawne has just completed her doctorate. She maintains a clinical role and publishes widely.

Dr Caroline Shuldham OBE

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RCNi Editorial Advisory Board

Caroline is an independent consultant, a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and a trustee of the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS). She is engaged in research and teaching, and chairs the RCNi Editorial Advisory Board. She is a Non-Executive Director at CSH Surrey, acts as a Specialist Clinical Advisor for CQC inspections of hospitals and is advisor on care matters to the trustees of a care home. Caroline was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to nursing and healthcare. 

Fiona Smith

Fiona Smith

Professional lead, children's & young people’s nursing, Royal College of Nursing

Fiona provides professional support to 435,000 members, Royal College of Nursing staff and a range of forums and communities in the field of children's and young people's nursing. Fiona is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a member of the RCPCH Council. Prior to taking up the position in the Royal College of Nursing Fiona was associate director of nursing/named nurse for child protection and paediatric adviser across Leicestershire. More recently Fiona was one of the independent panel members for the Child Sexual Exploitation Inquiry in Northern Ireland and was the chairperson for NHSE Infant, Children and Young People’s patient safety expert group. She is the co-ordinator of the Paediatric Nursing Associations of Europe Network and has been instrumental in the development of standards across Europe, working with organisations such as the Council of Europe.

Gill Coverdale

Gill Coverdale

Professional lead for education standards & professional development, Royal College of Nursing

Gill is the Royal College of Nursing professional lead for education. She is passionate about nursing and has a background in community nursing and has been Senior Lecturer and programme lead for pre and post registration nursing programmes. She has worked in regulation in the UK and has worked with both national and international governments to develop nursing practice and education standards.

Graham Scott

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Editorial Director, RCNi

Graham has been editor of Nursing Standard, the UK's largest selling professional magazine for nurses, since 2009. He has risen through the ranks, starting as a reporter, serving as news editor for 11 years and acting as deputy editor along the way. Since March 2015 he has also been editorial director of RCNi, formerly RCN Publishing, which is wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal College of Nursing. Graham also oversees the annual RCNi Nurse Awards, the most prestigious and high-profile such accolades in nursing.

Ian Hulatt

Ian Hulatt

Independent mental health nurse

Prior to his recent retirement Ian, for 13 years, was professional lead for mental health at the Royal College of Nursing. He led on mental health nursing policy and practice across the UK. He now continues his studies at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and teaches Mindfulness locally for South Wales Police and has a small counselling practice at the Well Therapy Centre in Bridgend. He publishes regularly and is consultant editor to the journal Mental Health Practice. He also works as a mental health nurse and provides sessions for Bridgend College at its wellbeing service.

Janyne Afseth

Janyne Afseth

Programme leader, School of Health & Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University

Janyne is a lecturer and programme leader in the Cancer Collaborative at Edinburgh Napier University. She has over 15 years experience working in oncology as a nurse and manager with her most recent NHS post as lead Cancer Research UK nurse for Edinburgh and Cancer Research Network Manager for the South East of Scotland.  In 2011 she moved to Napier and as well her teaching role she is undertaking research in the area of holistic needs assessment and supportive care in cancer and is on the Royal College of Nursing steering forum for Cancer and Breast Care.

Jennifer Kenward

Jennifer Kenward

Experience of Care Lead (Community, Primary and Integrated Care), NHS England

Jennifer qualified as a registered general nurse. Her background includes practice across a wide range of medical and surgical specialties, establishing nurse-led services and having a key role in the development of integrated care services. She has established educational programmes in London, working across three trusts and in partnership with Middlesex University and the Open University to provide a development programme for health care assistants which fast tracks them into registered nurse training. She moved from clinical practice and education into operational management, first as a lead for equality and diversity, before leading patient experience in a large acute trust.  She joined the patient experience team at NHS England in July 2013 and has specific responsibility for supporting work to improve experience in relation to end of life care, long-term conditions and unpaid carers.  Jennifer is the national lead for NHS England’s Commitment to Carers Programme and has been a carer for 13 years.

Jennifer Sprinks

Jennifer Sprinks

Editor of Cancer Nursing Practice, RCNi

Jennifer has worked as a journalist for more than 13 years for a range of national and trade titles, including The Independent, The Guardian and the Local Government Chronicle. She joined RCNi six years ago as a news reporter for Nursing Standard magazine. She previously worked as a freelance journalist and communications consultant. She was also the media manager for the think tank, the Local Government Information Unit. Jennifer has a wealth of experience in news and feature writing, editing, conducting research for PR agencies and creating communications strategies. She has a bachelor of science degree in European Union studies from Cardiff University and a master of science degree in development studies from London South Bank University, as well as a London School of Communications postgraduate qualification in periodical journalism.

Joan Myers OBE

Joan Myers OBE

Associate director for health services, Achieving for Children

Joan has over 30 years’ experience as a children’s nurse and nurse consultant working mainly in community settings  across London developing children’s nursing services. Joan is an associate director for health services and chief nurse at Achieving for Children in Kingston and Richmond. She is strategic lead and manager for integrated services for children with disabilities. Joan received an OBE for services to children and nursing in the Queens’ Birthday honours list in 2013, she is a Queen’s nurse & has a honorary doctorate from Middlesex University. Joan is a 2016 Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar.

Joanne Bosanquet

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Deputy chief nurse, Public Health England

Joanne was appointed as deputy chief nurse at Public Health England in 2013. Joanne leads on health protection and workforce regulation and development. Joanne brings knowledge and experience from a range of roles in public health, nursing and from her work with the Royal College of Nursing, as a Queen’s Nurse and as a visiting professor at the University of Surrey. Joanne is currently undertaking a leadership scholarship which is focusing on the future nurse. Joanne was awarded an MBE for services to nursing and healthcare in June 2013, a Fellowship of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Greenwich in October 2017.

Julie Sylvester

Julie Sylvester

Editor of Primary Health Care, RCNi

Julie has been a journalist for more than 30 years, many of which have been spent in nursing journalism as a reporter, writer and editor. As the editor of Primary Health Care, she has overseen the growth and development of the journal in championing the work of nurses across all community and primary care settings. She is also the managing editor of Nurse Researcher, the RCNi’s bi-monthly international research methodology journal.

Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Chief of Nursing, Macmillan Cancer Support

Karen joined Macmillan Cancer Support in May 2017 from Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust where she was Assistant Director of Quality and Head of Nursing Research. Previously a Macmillan Nurse Consultant in gynaecological oncology and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in palliative care, Karen has extensive and varied clinical, managerial, and research experience. Karen also graduated in cognitive behavioural therapy in 2009, and ran clinics for women experiencing complex psychological, physical and sexual health difficulties after cancer treatment. She is also an experienced mindfulness-based cognitive therapy teacher, having developed and ran a bespoke 8 week programme for cancer patients.

In her new role at Macmillan, Karen works alongside the Chief Medical Officers and provides leadership and clinical expertise to the charity. A key part of her role is to represent the perspective of nurses and AHPs in all of the charity’s work, as well as engaging with frontline health professionals across the UK. Karen also plays a key role in the charity’s work in contributing to the national work around nursing and AHP workforce, skill mix and new roles in cancer care. 

Lisa Berry

Lisa Berry

Editor of Nursing Older People, RCNi

Lisa is the editor of the journal Nursing Older People. Lisa has worked in publishing for more than 20 years, most of which have been in healthcare editing. She joined RCNi as assistant clinical editor of Nursing Standard, its flagship journal in 2001, and became editor of Nursing Older People in 2009.

Lorraine Hicking-Woodison

Lorraine Hicking-Woodison

Health care support worker training lead, Invicta Health

Lorraine has been a healthcare support worker in a GP practice for twelve years, beginning as a healthcare assistant and for the last seven years as an assistant practitioner. She has been a member of the Royal College of Nursing Health Practitioner Committee, representing the South East, since 2009. In 2014 Lorraine was appointed HCSW Advisor for GP Practices in Kent and Medway and joined the GP staff training team as a tutor delivering the Knowledge and Skills in Primary Care Course (KaSPaC) and The Care Certificate. Lorraine’s goal is to make certain that the role of HCAs and APs are recognised and valued, and that they are well supported to ensure they can deliver high quality, safe and effective care.

Louise Gordon

Louise Gordon

National nurse manager, Superdrug

 

Louise Wilson

Louise Wilson

Assistant science manager, Yakult

Louise qualified as a registered dietitian in 2011, and then went on to complete her PhD in nutritional sciences at the University of Surrey where her research focused on strategies for improving vitamin D status across the UK population, particularly among ethnic minority groups. In 2016 she joined Yakult UK as assistant science manager. Louise is passionate about evidence-based and clear science communication, particularly when talking to patients about conditions and treatment strategies, and is delighted to be part of the judging panel for the Patient’s Choice Award. 

Margaret Sneddon

Margaret Sneddon

Honorary senior research fellow, University of Glasgow

Margaret joined nursing and the Royal College of Nursing in 1974. Her clinical background is oncology and palliative care, subsequently specialising in lymphoedema. She is an educator who initiated and led various palliative care and lymphoedema programmes in the University of Glasgow, taking on leadership of the Nursing & Health Care School for 9 years. Her contribution was recognised by the University in the award of a Teaching Excellence Award in 2007 and an Outstanding Contribution to Lymphoedema Education from the International Lymphoedema Framework in 2009. In 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Lymphology Society.  Following retirement in 2016, her contribution to nursing nationally and internationally continues in her roles of honorary lymphoedema clinical specialist in NHS Forth Valley, honorary senior research fellow in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing in the University of Glasgow, chair of the British Lymphology Society and a trustee of the International Lymphoedema Framework.

Marie Boles

Marie Boles

Deputy chief nurse, NHS England

Marie is a mental health nurse who qualified 33 years ago. Marie has undertaken a number of senior roles in mental health trusts including being the Named Nurse for safeguarding. Marie is deputy chief nurse for the North Region at NHS England, where she is also the clinical lead for the Transforming Care Programme.

Melanie Davies

Melanie Davis

Ward sister, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Melanie qualified as a nurse 20 years ago and has been a band 6 ward sister for the last 14 years. Her background is adult nursing, with varied experience of surgical nursing. Melanie currently works on an extremely busy 25-bed general surgical ward specialising in pancreatic complaints. For the past 7 years Melanie has also been addressing equality for learning disability patients, helping to ensure that their care and patient experience when admitted into hospital is equal to that of other patients. This work won Melanie the RCNi Nurse of the Year Award in 2017, for which she is extremely proud.

Nichola Ashby

Nichola Ashby

Professional lead for emergency, acute & critical care, Royal College of Nursing

Nichola is the professional lead for emergency, acute and critical care for the Royal College of Nursing and an associate professor at the University of Nottingham in adult nursing.  Following a clinical career within critical, acute and trauma care she now leads under / postgraduate courses and research within these areas.  She works collaboratively with other Royal Colleges and health care agencies to represent nurses within emergency, acute and critical care on the development of guidelines and policies. She greatly values her role as a professional support and representative for nurses throughout the United Kingdom.

Nick Lipley

Nick Lipley

Editor of Nursing Management, RCNi

Nick has worked as a journalist specialising in the field of healthcare for more than 20 years. He joined what is now RCNi in 1998, as a member of the news team for Nursing Standard. He became editor of Nursing Management journal in 2002. Nick was until recently also editor of Emergency Nurse, but has now taken on the new role of commissioning editor for all the RCNi specialist titles.

Nicky Hayes

Nicky Hayes

Consultant nurse for older people, King's College Hospital

Nicky is consultant nurse for older people at King's College Hospital, London, clinical lead for the older people's fellowship, King's College London, and consultant editor, Nursing Older People (RCNi). Nicky trained as a registered nurse at Southampton, and has specialised in the care of older people throughout her career.

Paul Jebb

Paul Jebb

Assistant chief nurse (corporate), University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay

Paul qualified as a nurse in 1996 and worked in numerous posts within nursing, as well as a period in operational management, and a national role within NHS England. In December 2016 Paul returned to an NHS Trust and is now assistant chief nurse (corporate) at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT.
 
Paul has been involved and led on numerous quality improvement initiatives throughout his career, and has gained several awards and accolades. Paul is also a member of an NMC Professional Standards advisory panel, and part of the strategic group to refresh the NMC Education Standards. He has represented the Royal College of Nursing at local, regional, national and international levels, and he is a member of RCNi Editorial Advisory Board.

Philip Parker

Philip Parker

Philip is the son of long-time Royal College of Nursing activist and advocate for student nurse education Andrew Parker. He is a former diplomat and publisher and now works as a historical writer and consultant. He has published a wide range of books, including the Sunday Times best-selling The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World.

Rachel Power

Rachel Power

Chief executive, Patients Association

Rachel joins the Patients Association with over 20 years’ experience of working in health and social care within the voluntary sector. She is hugely excited to be joining the Patients Association at such a critical time for everyone who needs, or will need, health and social care. Rachel looks forward to continuing the Association’s strong history of a willingness to speak up on behalf of patients and service users when necessary. Rachel has a deep passion for empowering others, which will become her focus in her new role, alongside my core values of inclusion, compassion and justice.

Ruth Burey

Ruth Burey

Facilitator of professional learning & development, Royal College of Nursing

Ruth is a facilitator of professional learning and development within the Nursing, Policy and Practice Directorate at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). She has worked at the RCN for over seven years, is a registered nurse and a registered practice educator. Ruth’s RCN work includes collaboration with the Department of Health, other Royal Colleges and agencies, the NHS, independent and voluntary sectors and charities. She is an experienced senior nurse with a background in neurosurgical critical care, nurse management, education and learning and development. She has extensive clinical experience as a senior ward leader and also led and managed a multidisciplinary education team in an acute NHS Trust in West London. When time allows, Ruth continues to work in clinical nursing practice around her full time RCN commitments.

Ruth Oshikanlu

Ruth Oshikanlu

Chief executive, Goal Mind

Ruth is a nurse entrepreneur and independent health care consultant. She is currently the chief executive of Goal Mind with a career in nursing, midwifery and health visiting spanning 24 years.  A parenting expert, Ruth is the author of Tune In To Your Baby: Because babies don’t come with an instruction manual.  Ruth is a Queen’s Nurse and Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting.  She was awarded a Fellowship of The Royal College of Nursing in May 2017.  Ruth is a recipient of several national healthcare and business awards.  She is a regular columnist and has published several feature articles in numerous national nursing and healthcare journals.

Sarah Lydall

Sarah Lydall

Deputy editor of Nursing Standard, RCNi

Sarah oversees the content of the Nursing Standard journal and its social media output. Sarah began her career at a local paper in Pendle, Lancashire before moving to Cambridge to work at the Cambridge Evening News. It was while working at London’s Ham&High newspaper that her interest began in health reporting. She has worked at Nursing Standard since 2002 working her way up from reporter to news editor, and now deputy editor. She also had a stint as editor of RCNi’s Cancer Nursing Practice and Nursing Older People.

Sophie Blakemore

Sophie Blakemore

Editor of Emergency Nurse, RCNi

Sophie started out as a journalist 20 years ago working at the Birmingham Post and Mail while completing her postgraduate journalism training with the Trinity Mirror group. Sophie has a passion for covering health topics and while working as a general reporter on the Birmingham Post an opportunity to become health correspondent arose, which she seized with both hands! Sophie has since worked as a freelance travel writer in Sydney, Australia before becoming political reporter and then political news editor at Medical Observer, a national weekly journal for GPs. She returned to the UK in 2008, working as a freelance health journalist before moving to the role of assistant editor on RCNi’s specialist journals, working across titles including Primary Health Care, Mental Health Practice, Emergency Nurse and Nursing Children and Young People. In 2016 Sophie was appointed editor of Emergency Nurse within RCNi.

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

Chief executive, Neurological Commissioning Support

With a clinical background in nursing, Sue has held leading national roles since 1991. This has included 18 years as national policy and practice adviser for long term conditions at the Royal College of Nursing. Following this, Sue set up a unique commissioning support organisation for the voluntary sector where she obtained NHS England niche provider status for commissioning support in 2014. Sue has been an expert advisor to numerous Department of Health work streams and NICE, as well as giving evidence to many national strategic reviews including All Party Parliamentary Groups, the Public Accounts Committee and the Royal College of Physicians. She has led a range of service transformation projects in both primary and secondary care as well as providing commissioning mentorship to voluntary sector organisations including the British Lung Foundation and MacMillan Cancer Care. A Florence Nightingale Scholar and Winston Churchill fellow Sue is currently chief executive with a commissioning support organisation.

Susanne Cruickshank

Susanne Cruickshank

Associate professor, cancer nursing, University of Stirling

Susanne is an associate professor in cancer nursing at the University of Stirling, Scotland, chair of Royal College of Nursing Cancer and Breast Care Forum, a member of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Cares’ Corporate and Philanthropic Committee and on the editorial board for the RCNi Cancer Nursing Practice Journal.  With over 25 years’ experience working in oncology and haematology, she started her clinical career caring for people undergoing surgery for head and neck cancer then moved into haematology and transplantation, breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy services before joining the University. 

Thelma Agnew

Thelma Agnew

Commissioning editor, RCNi

Thelma is commissioning editor at Nursing Standard, responsible for the features, opinion, careers and student sections. She has been with RCNi, in a variety of roles, for ten years and before that was a freelance journalist, specialising in health. She has written for a wide range of specialist and national publications, ranging from the Health Service Journal to Vogue. She is a former columnist for the Observer. Thelma started her career in journalism at the feminist magazine Spare Rib. She grew up in Northern Ireland but has spent most of her adult life in London.

Tricia Scott

Tricia Scott

Principal lecturer and emergency care research lead, University of Hertfordshire

Tricia is a principal lecturer and programme director, doctorate in health research at the University of Hertfordshire. Tricia is an experienced mental health nurse, emergency nurse, teacher and researcher with an international reputation in emergency care. She currently collaborates with colleagues across sub-Saharan Africa to develop infrastructure, curriculum and mentorship initiatives to support emergency nurses in low-resource countries. In 2003 Tricia was awarded a Ph.D. Social Research by Durham University for her research into sudden death work by emergency personnel and has published widely. Tricia is consultant editor of the RCNi Emergency Nurse Journal.

Venetia Wynter-Blyth

Venetia Winter-Blythe

Lead upper gastrointestinal clinical nurse specialist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Venetia has over 12 years’ experience as an upper gastrointestinal clinical nurse specialist and was elected to the role of clinical nurse specialist and allied health professional representative on the Council of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS) between 2013-16. She currently sits on the NICE OG clinical guideline committee and established the patient engagement and peri-operative self-management programme, PREPARE, for which she awarded the RCNi Nurse of the Year Award in 2016. Also in 2016 Venetia was awarded a CLAHRC NWL Quality Improvement Fellowship.

Yvonne Coghill OBE

Yvonne Coghill OBE

Director of WRES implementation, NHS England

Yvonne qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 2004, she worked at the Department of Health as private secretary to the chief executive of the NHS, before moving to several strategic posts, including programme director for the Cleaner Hospitals Programme and external relations nursing officer to the chief nursing officer of England. Yvonne is currently the director of WRES Implementation in NHS England. She is a member of the equality and diversity council at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States where she has helped develop their inclusion strategy. In 2012 Yvonne was appointed a magistrate to the North London bench. She has been voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers and in December 2017 she was included in the HSJ top 100 influential leaders list. Yvonne was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010.

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