Dr Caroline Shuldham OBE

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Dr Caroline Shuldham OBE

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.  

Graham Scott

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Graham Scott

Editorial Director, RCNi

Garham 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.

Joanne Bosanquet

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Joanne Bosanquet

Deputy Chief Nurse, Public Health England

Margaret Sneddon

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Margaret Sneddon

Honorary Senior Research Fellow - University of Glasgow

Margaret joined nursing and the RCN 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. 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.

Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award

Clare Lomas

Assistant editor, RCNI

Clare is a qualified nurse and assistant editor at RCNi. Clare trained 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 for four years, she was a thrombosis research nurse from 2002 to 2004. She continued doing nursing shifts while retraining as a journalist, and after working as a reporter, feature writer and clinical editor, Clare became Nursing Standard reflections editor in 2010. She now works with the commissioning editor on the features, opinion, careers and student sections of Nursing Standard. 

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Gill Coverdale

Professional Lead for Education, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Gill 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.

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Jane Denton

Director, The Multiple Births Foundation

Jane is Director of the Multiple Births Foundation (MBF), a charity based at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, London, which works with professionals to raise awareness and improve services to meet the specific and special needs of multiple birth families.  Her professional background is nursing and midwifery with a specialist interest in infertility and she led the development of the nursing team in one of the first IVF programmes in the UK. She then moved to the MBF and became Director in 1998. Jane is a former member of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, founder member of the Royal College of Nursing Fertility Nursing Forum and became an Honorary Fellow of the British Fertility Society in 2008. Jane was made a Fellow of the RCN in 2006 and is currently the Convenor for Fellows. She was awarded a CBE in 2007 for services to nursing and healthcare.

Cancer Nursing Practice Award

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Carole Farrell

Research Fellow, The Christie Patient Centred Research group (CPCR)

Carole has extensive clinical experience as an oncology nurse for almost 30 years. Previous roles include clinical nurse specialist and advanced nurse practitioner. Her recent study focussed on the impact of chemotherapy for patients >65 years and their informal caregivers 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. Her book on “Advanced nursing practice and nurse-led clinics in oncology” was published in September 2015.

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Lisa Berry

Editor of Cancer Nursing Practice, RCNi

Lisa has worked in publishing for 24 years, 20 of which have been spent in healthcare editing. She joined RCNi as assistant clinical editor of Nursing Standard in 2001, and became editor of Cancer Nursing Practice and Nursing Older People in 2009.

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Sandra Campbell

Macmillan Consultant Nurse in Cancer & Palliative Care, NHS Forth Valley

Since qualifying in 1981, Sandra has gained experience in a variety of care settings and developed a passion for cancer and palliative care with a particular interest in the value of good communication. Her current strategic role allows her to fulfil a vision of really making a difference to patient care - by working with many teams providing leadership on initiatives in cancer and palliative care at local and national level. Sandra was a UK Clinical Lead for End of Life Care on an RCN project in 2014-15, studied at Doctorate level for five years and has been a UKONS Board member since 2014.

Child Health Award

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Christine Walker

Editor of Nursing Children and Young People, RCNi

Christine is the editor of Nursing Children and Young People and has also been managing editor at Nursing Standard. She originally trained as a journalist and has worked for a variety of publications, and in health and medical communications. Christine is also a clinical editor who has specialised in nursing since 2002.

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Fiona Smith

Professional Lead in Children's and Young People’s Nursing, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Fiona provides professional support to 435,000 members, RCN 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 RCN 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.

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Joan Myers OBE

Nurse Consultant for Children and Young People, North East London Foundation Trust

Joan has over 30 years’ experience as a children’s nurse working mainly in community settings developing children’s services and in her current role as Nurse Consultant for NELFT provides advice and support to community children’s nursing, health visiting, school nursing and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. She is also a part time senior lecturer at London South Bank University.  Joan received an OBE for services to children and young people in 2013, she is a Queen’s Nurse & has an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.

Community Nursing Award

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Julie Sylvester

Managing Editor of Nurse Researcher, 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.

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Louise Gordon

National Nurse Manager, Superdrug

Louise has worked in Primary care since 1999, when she left her role at Great Ormond Street to move closer to home and start a career in Primary care. She has worked as a Practice Nurse in a variety of diverse clinics in Birmingham. Since then she has had a variety of roles including working as a Nurse Advisor on a National Diabetes education programme with Warwick University, managing nurse teams with Ashfieldhealthcare, working in partnership with pharmaceutical companies and then roles as a Project Manager, some within the homecare setting. Louise is currently working as a national nurse manager for Superdrug.

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Sonia Hall

Working Nurse Practitioner, PHC EAB

Sonia has worked in Primary care since 1991 when she was persuaded by one of the local GP’s to be his Practice Nurse. Since then she has had a variety of roles including Lead Nurse for Practice Nursing for a London CCG and a clinical manager for a national company providing NHS services, as well as helping to set up a chain of travel clinics in pharmacies across the UK. Sonia was a committee member for the RCN General Practice Nurse forum from 2004 until 2014 and is an active member of the online forum. Sonia is currently working as a Practice manager for a large teaching practice In Haringey North London.

Innovations in your Specialty

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Alison Dinning

Interprofessional Education lead for Nursing Development, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Alison is the Interprofessional Education lead for Nursing Development at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and leads the trust adult Preceptorship Team. She facilitates education programmes for newly qualified nurses, and supports them clinically in order to  improve their experience when caring for sick patients in non-critical care areas. She regularly works clinically as a Critical Care Outreach nurse. She is current chair of the National Outreach Forum Executive Board, and is a member of the RCNi Editorial board.

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Gwen Clarke

Evidence & Practice Editor - Nursing Standard, RCNi

Gwen qualified as a registered general nurse in 1986 and specialised in intensive care nursing. Having worked as a nurse for 10 years, she then embarked on a career in scientific editing at Mark Allen Publishing in south east London. She worked in various roles on the British Journal of Nursing, the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and the British Journal of Community Nursing before joining RCN Publishing (now RCNi) in 2000. Gwen is passionate about providing evidenced-based information for nurses to assist them in improving patient care.

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Venetia Wynter-Blyth

Nurse Consultant (Upper GI Cancer), Imperial College NHS Trust

Venetia has over 12 years’ experience as an Upper GI CNS and was elected to the role of CNS and Allied Health Professional (AHP) 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.

Excellence in Cancer Research Award

Anne Croudass

Lead Research Nurse, Cancer Research UK

Anne has been the lead research nurse at Cancer Research UK for 10 years. She has experience across several disease sites and all phases of clinical trials. Her role focuses on raising awareness of, and facilitating delivery to, cancer clinical trials across the UK.

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Lisa Berry

Editor of Cancer Nursing Practice, RCNi

Lisa has worked in publishing for 24 years, 20 of which have been spent in healthcare editing. She joined RCNi as assistant clinical editor of Nursing Standard in 2001, and became editor of Cancer Nursing Practice and Nursing Older People in 2009.

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Professor Daniel Kelly

President, European Oncology Nursing Society

Daniel is currently RCN Professor at Cardiff University and President of the European Oncology Nursing Society. His clinical career was spent in cancer and palliative care before entering education at the Royal Marsden Hospital. His research interests now include workforce development, understanding the experience of illness and cancer in younger age groups. He is a member of the RCN Research Society steering group, RCNi editorial advisory board and is a visiting professor in Nursing Studies at Edinburgh University.

Learning Disability Practice Award

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Ann Norman

Professional Nurse lead for Learning Disability and Justice & Forensic Healthcare, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Ann has over 35 years’ experience within the NHS and the Prison Service, with a background in community nursing. She has been keenly involved in the development of prison nursing forum status within the RCN and was chair of the Prison Nurses Forum between 1998- 2000. In 1999 Ann was seconded to the Department of Health (Prison Health Task Force) and in 2000 took up the role of Assistant Director of Nursing in a national cross-government department. Since 2004 Ann had been a professional lead at the RCN and sits on a number of national advisory groups and expert panels including Sir Jonathan Michael’s Independent Inquiry.

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Colin Parish

Editor of Learning Disability 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 magazine, Nursing Standard. He has been in his current role since 2009.

Leadership Award

Barry Quinn

Assistant Director of Nursing at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, London; Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and the University of Surrey

Barry has worked in health care for over thirty years and is currently the Assistant Director of Nursing at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, London and a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and the University of Surrey. He is the clinical lead for end of life care in his institution, leads on professional practice and multi-professional research. Barry has been a member of a number of editorial boards for many years and continues to review articles for international journals. He currently chairs a number of expert groups including the European Oral Care in Cancer Group (EOCC) and the Managing Advanced Cancer Pain Together (MACPT).

Mental Health Practice Award

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Clair Carson

Assistant Director of Operations Mental Health, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Clair is an experienced, current PhD student, master’s degree educated, senior nurse and manager. Qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1987 she went on to complete her RMN in 1992. Her current Doctorate studies are focussed on the management of the high risk service user in a crisis. Clair has had a wide ranging career to date and is widely respected for the work undertaken in the development of mental health services, especially within the acute service line, acute adult wards, A and E liaison as well as HTT teams and Crisis Services such as RAID.

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Colin Parish

Editor of Learning Disability 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 magazine, Nursing Standard. He has been in his current role since 2009.

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Ian Hulatt

Professional Lead for Mental Health, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Ian has many years’ experience in the mental health nursing sector, becoming a Nursing Officer by the age of 27, before then entering the world of nurse education and taking up his current role at the RCN in 2004. He has trained as a Counsellor, Thorn Nurse at the Institute of Psychiatry and is currently undertaking a Masters in Mindfulness at Bangor University.

Nursing Older People Award

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Dawne Garrett

Professional Lead- Older People and Dementia Care, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Dawne has working 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 is a Florence Nightingale Scholar. She maintains a clinical role and publishes widely.

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Lisa Berry

Editor of Cancer Nursing Practice, RCNi

Lisa has worked in publishing for 24 years, 20 of which have been spent in healthcare editing. She joined RCNi as assistant clinical editor of Nursing Standard in 2001, and became editor of Cancer Nursing Practice and Nursing Older People in 2009.

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Nicky Hayes

Consultant Nurse for Older People, King’s College Hospital, London

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.

Patient's Choice Award

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Kathryn Yates

Chief Executive, Patients Association

Kathryn is a nurse, health visitor and nurse teacher and has worked across London in a variety of roles within health, education and social care. Kathryn qualified as a registered nurse in 1991 and worked at Kingston Hospital and Atkinson Morley’s Hospital in the intensive care unit for seven years before becoming a health visitor and later a designated nurse for looked after children and young people. She became a senior lecturer in public health, community and primary care. Kathryn has specialist interests and lectures in clinical supervision, domestic abuse and pre-post-natal depression. She has been the senior lecturer lead for practice learning within the School of Nursing within Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston and St George’s University of London and is an honorary lecturer. Kathryn is currently the Governing Body Nurse member for Kingston CCG and is also a board member for Kingston CEPN.

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Louise Wilson

Assistant Science Manager, Yakult

Louise is a Registered Dietitian and the Assistant Science Manager at Yakult UK.  Prior to joining the team at Yakult, Louise completed 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. Louise has a broad range of nutritional expertise and is passionate about evidence-based science communication. 

RCN Healthcare Assistant Award

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Lorraine Hicking-Woodison

RCNi Editorial Advisory Board

Lorraine has been a Healthcare Support Worker in a GP Practice for twelve years beginning as a Health Care Assistant and for the last seven years as an Assistant Practitioner. She has been a member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 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.

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Ruth Burey

Professional Facilitator of Learning and Development, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Ruth has worked at the RCN for over six years. Her role includes delivering on the RCN’s strategic priorities for professional nursing through engagement with the nursing workforce and other stakeholders in partnership, regionally and nationally. Ruth is an experienced senior nurse with a background in nurse management and leadership, neurosurgical critical care, nurse education and learning and development.

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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. She also had a stint as editor of RCNi’s Cancer Nursing Practice and Nursing Older People.

Commitment to Carers Award

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Amanda Cheesley

Professional Lead for Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Amanda trained in the Army, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1981. She also has qualifications in District Nursing, End of Life Care and Management. She has worked extensively in the NHS and in the Social Care sector over the last 35 years in various capacities. As the professional lead on Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care she represents nursing and the RCN on numerous National groups relating to End of Life and Long Term Conditions including the latest End of Life care Audit and previously on the Leadership Alliance, the National Choice Offer and Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care.

Bank Nurse Award

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Anna Crossley

Professional Lead for Acute, Emergency and Critical Care, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Anna qualified as an Adult Nurse in 2003 from King’s College London and has worked in acute, pre-hospital and emergency care. As a qualified Emergency nurse, Anna has worked in NHS, independent, and military sectors with postgraduate courses in expedition medicine, Emergency Nursing, a Diploma in Tropical Nursing and an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  A Captain in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Anna has been deployed to Afghanistan for two operational tours of duty as a nurse and translator.  

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