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Acosia Nyanin Chief nursing officer, Sussex Partnership
Acosia Nyanin
Acosia Nyanin Chief nursing officer, Sussex Partnership

Mental health nurse Acosia Nyanin is currently chief nursing officer at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust but takes up a new role as chief nurse for NHS England and NHS Improvement south east region in July.

She has worked in mental health and social care for 17 years and her previous positions include regional director of quality and professional lead for acute mental health and addictions with Priory Group, and head of adult social care inspection for the Care Quality Commission.

Ms Nyanin began her nursing career at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, working across inpatient services before moving into the community.

Aisha Holloway Head of nursing studies, The University of Edinburgh
Aisha Holloway
Aisha Holloway Head of nursing studies, The University of Edinburgh

Aisha Holloway is co-director of the Edinburgh Global Nursing Initiative and programme lead for research and evidence for the global Nursing Now campaign.

Professor Holloway has a strong interest in nurse political leadership nationally and globally, and works to advise and influence health policy and the global position of nurse leadership through development of a strong evidence base.

She is adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and a trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and sits on advisory boards for Nursing Now Challenge and the Harvard Global Nurse Leadership Programme.

She has a programme of research into alcohol-related harm.

Alex McMahon Executive director for nursing, midwifery and AHP’s , NHS Lothian
Alex McMahon
Alex McMahon Executive director for nursing, midwifery and AHP’s , NHS Lothian

Alex McMahon is executive director for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals for NHS Lothian. In addition, he holds honorary professorships at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, and the University of Stirling. He chairs the Scottish Executive Nurse Directors group.

Professor McMahon has had senior positions in the Scottish Government as well as the RCN and private sector.

Before taking his current position, he was director of strategic planning, performance and information for NHS Lothian.

Alison Dinning Clinical lead (education, development and workforce), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Alison Dinning
Alison Dinning Clinical lead (education, development and workforce), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Ms Dinning has worked as an adult nurse for 32 years, specialising clinically in critical care, renal nursing and critical care outreach. She has extensive experience in interprofessional acute care education, workforce development and preceptorship.

In her current role she works collaboratively with specialist educators in the trust, wider healthcare community and higher education institutions in Nottinghamshire to develop strategies for education and development of nurses and the wider workforce. She has designed and facilitated training programmes for healthcare staff working in the integrated care system, many focusing on supporting clinicians to improve their confidence, knowledge and skills when caring for deteriorating patients.

Ms Dinning has worked as a critical care outreach nurse since the service started in 2000 and continues to work clinically as an outreach nurse each month. She was recent past chair of the National Outreach forum and in 2018 led a national working group to develop a National Competency framework for registered practitioners caring for patients in level 1 and enhanced care areas. She has been a member of the RCNi editorial board for two years and is now the newly appointed chair. Her primary interests are improving the quality and safety of patient care; improving the patient experience; teaching, supporting and developing the multiprofessional team and she is passionate about networking, sharing ideas and best practice both locally and nationally.

Amanda Croft Chief nursing officer, Scottish Government
Amanda Croft
Amanda Croft Chief nursing officer, Scottish Government

Amanda Croft became chief nursing officer for Scotland in February 2021, moving from NHS Grampian where she was first director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, before becoming the organisation’s chief executive.

Professor Croft holds a master’s in nursing from the University of Aberdeen and has attained a variety of management and leadership qualifications, most recently through a Florence Nightingale Scholarship. She qualified as a nurse in 1992 and has worked in a variety of roles across acute and primary care and is visiting professor at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Ana Waddington Trauma coordinator, after trauma care team & director of YourStance, Royal London Hospital
Ana Waddington
Ana Waddington Trauma coordinator, after trauma care team & director of YourStance, Royal London Hospital

Ana Waddington is the current RCN Nurse of the Year. Until recently, she was a senior nurse in the emergency department at the Royal London Hospital, but now works as a trauma coordinator supporting patients directly affected by trauma.

Ms Waddington’s area of interest is adolescent care and she set up her own charity, YourStance, which brings together experienced volunteer doctors and nurses to teach young people at risk of serious youth violence, basic life-support skills in non-traditional settings. She was named RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 as a result of this project.

Ms Waddington completed a postgraduate diploma in children's nursing in 2015 and before that worked in the charity and non-governmental organisation sector. She speaks five languages fluently.

Anita Astle Managing director, Wren Hall Nursing Home
Anita Astle
Anita Astle Managing director, Wren Hall Nursing Home

Anita Astle has a nursing career spanning more than 30 years supporting people living in nursing homes. She was made MBE in 2014 for services to older people.

Ms Astle has commissioned new-build homes, managed groups of homes and worked strategically with health and local authorities to represent the independent sector at local and regional level. She is a fellow of Skills for Care and a governor at a mental health trust. She says her passion is to support people to develop their full potential, and to deliver person-centred and relationship-focused care.

Anne Croudass Lead research nurse, Cancer Research UK
Anne Croudass
Anne Croudass Lead research nurse, Cancer Research UK

As lead research nurse at Cancer Research UK, Anne Croudass heads a national team of 15 senior research nurses. She works strategically and operationally to ensure the impact of research and research nursing is recognised as pivotal to high-quality patient care.

Before taking her current role, Ms Croudass was heavily involved in establishing the UK Clinical Research Facility in Southampton and the Central South Coast Cancer Research Network.

She has worked in a range of clinical and research settings and has managed research nursing teams in the fields of asthma, allergy and oncology.

Avey Bhatia Chief nurse, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Avey Bhatia
Avey Bhatia Chief nurse, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Avey Bhatia is chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and vice-president of the Florence Nightingale Foundation. She has been fulfilling the role of chief operating officer, helping to lead her trust’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Bhatia’s clinical experience spans theatres, general intensive care, coronary care and cardiothoracic nursing and she held various staff nurse and sister roles before moving into management. She holds a postgraduate diploma in health services management and a master’s in public administration.

Barry Quinn   Senior lecturer, Queen's University Belfast
Barry Quinn
Barry Quinn   Senior lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

Senior lecturer and consultant editor Barry Quinn has a nursing career spanning three decades as clinician, researcher, educator and writer. Alongside his commitments at Queen’s University Belfast, he is school academic lead for equality, diversity and inclusion.

Dr Quinn’s interests include symptom management in advanced disease, inclusion in diversity, the person behind the illness and nursing leadership. He is a frequent key-note speaker at national and international meetings and has published articles and book chapters on a range of nursing issues. Dr Quinn is the consultant editor for Nursing Management and an editorial board member for Cancer Nursing Practice, both published by RCNi.

Ben Hood Cancer research UK senior nurse , Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ben Hood
Ben Hood Cancer research UK senior nurse , Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ben Hood has extensive experience in delivering high quality research and cancer clinical trials, promoting patient and public involvement and driving innovation to support the changing nature of trial design and emerging cancer treatments.

He has undertaken research into nursing students’ understanding of the role of clinical research nurse and the impact it has on recruitment to clinical research nursing posts.

He has developed educational packages and delivered teaching sessions for universities in England and Scotland to demystify and publicise the role of a clinical research nurse in cancer services.

In 2020, Mr Hood won the Excellence in Cancer Research RCNi Nurse Award for this work in this area.

Bethan Lewis Interim assistant director of public health, Hywel Dda University Health Board
Bethan Lewis
Bethan Lewis Interim assistant director of public health, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Bethan Lewis is a nurse and interim assistant director of public health Hywel Dda University Health Board. She has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, working in numerous organisations.
Previous roles include nursing, quality and patient experience lead for transformation and head of nursing for unscheduled services.

Ms Lewis spent 15 years at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Swansea.

Bob Brown Executive director of nursing and director of primary care and older people services, Western Health and Social Care Trust
Bob Brown
Bob Brown Executive director of nursing and director of primary care and older people services, Western Health and Social Care Trust

Bob Brown has been executive director of nursing at the Western Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland since 2017. Before this, he was executive director of nursing and patient safety and subsequently director of transformation at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Brown has an interest in supporting clinical leadership, quality improvement, personal and team development through coaching and mentorship.
He is a Health Foundation Q fellow, researcher and teacher.

Brendan McCormack Head of the divisions of nursing, occupational therapy & arts therapies and associate director centre for person-centred practice research, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
Brendan McCormack
Brendan McCormack Head of the divisions of nursing, occupational therapy & arts therapies and associate director centre for person-centred practice research, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh

Brendan McCormack is head of nursing, occupational therapy and art therapies, and associate director of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
His expertise is in gerontological nursing and the adoption of person-centred practices in the care of older people.

Professor McCormack’s research has focused on person-centred practices, and he has developed models, theories, frameworks and evaluation instruments that have been adopted globally. He has led the implementation and evaluation of person-centred practices in a variety of clinical settings and in healthcare curricula. He holds adjunct professor positions at universities in Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Austria, Denmark and Australia.

 

Carol Kefford Clinical director and chief nurse, Nuffield Health
Carol Kefford
Carol Kefford Clinical director and chief nurse, Nuffield Health

Carol Kefford trained in Oxford and worked in the NHS before serving in the army for 20 years. She had postings to Hong Kong and Nepal and also worked in recruitment and training.  

She left to join healthcare charity Nuffield Health as matron of its Oxford hospital, followed by a regional governance role, and was then hospital director of its Bristol hospital.  

Ms Kefford left to sail across the Atlantic and Pacific, travelling 40,000 nautical miles or about 7,400km over a period of seven years.  She re-joined Nuffield Health as clinical director and chief nurse. In 2017 she was appointed a colonel commandant of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, a non-executive advisory role.

Carolyn Doyle Professional lead for community and end of life care , Royal College of Nursing
Carolyn Doyle
Carolyn Doyle Professional lead for community and end of life care , Royal College of Nursing

Carolyn Doyle qualified in the 1980s, initially working in gynaecology and gender reassignment before moving into community nursing. She qualified as a district nurse then specialised in palliative and end of life care, working as a clinical nurse specialist and service lead, before moving into senior management. She has led service redesign across boundaries, implementing night district nursing, end of life care services and integrated care systems across the NHS and voluntary sector.

Ms Doyle is an honorary lecturer at City, University London. A firm believer of lifelong learning, she is currently training to provide end of life care as a ‘soul midwife’.

Charlotte McArdle Chief nursing officer, Department of Health, Northern Ireland
Charlotte McArdle
Charlotte McArdle Chief nursing officer, Department of Health, Northern Ireland

Charlotte McArdle is the chief nursing officer for Northern Ireland and is responsible for the professional leadership, performance and development of the professions there, including allied health professionals.

Her office sets a strategic direction for nursing, midwifery and health visiting services, agreeing programmes of action, setting goals and targets, and ensuring that progress is monitored and evaluated.

Professor McArdle is policy lead for patient experience, personal and public involvement, co-production and nutrition. She currently leads a programme of transformational change including a new ten-year cancer strategy for Northern Ireland.

A visiting professor at Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences, she is a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She is a trustee of the RCN Foundation.

 

Christopher Dlamini Senior lecturer - learning disability nursing, Teeside University
Christopher Dlamini
Christopher Dlamini Senior lecturer - learning disability nursing, Teeside University

Chris Dlamini worked with children with learning disabilities and their parents/carers as a learning disability nurse in a range of care environments for a number of years. His career involved working within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service with children with profound and multiple disabilities, behaviours described as challenging, ADHD, emotional and behavioural issues, autism spectrum disorder and mental health problems.

He has also worked as a children's social worker with a focus on looked after children. Since joining the academic staff of Teesside University in 2015, Mr Dlamini has contributed to a range of modules in pre- and post-registration nursing, and has led field-specific as well as core nursing modules.

He is currently course leader for a learning disability nursing course and a PhD student at the university, researching the impact of nurse education on the indigenous belief systems of students of southern African origin and exploring alongside this how learning disability and mental health services demonstrate culturally competent nursing.

Claire Henry Independent consultant, Claire Henry Associates
Claire Henry
Claire Henry Independent consultant, Claire Henry Associates

Claire Henry has over 30 years’ experience working in clinical, managerial and quality improvement within the NHS and the third sector. She has led national programmes and independent reviews including the NHS End of Life Care Programme for England and the national choice offer for end of life care.

Ms Henry has been actively involved in community engagement and developments nationally including Dying Matters, run by the charity Hospice UK.

She currently works independently, supporting health and social care organisations in a variety of aspects relating to palliative and end of life care.

Corina Christos Designated nurse for looked after children for bi-borough and Hammersmith and Fulham, NHS North West London CCG
Corina Christos
Corina Christos Designated nurse for looked after children for bi-borough and Hammersmith and Fulham, NHS North West London CCG

Corina Christos is a member of the RCN steering group for Children and Young People Staying Healthy Forum and current co-chair of the RCN LAC Network, influencing practice improvement and ensuring issues related to the care of children and young people in the community setting, particularly children in care, are represented at a national level.

Ms Christos, a children’s nurse, has been practising for 17 years across acute and community settings. Having started her career as a staff nurse at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children before moving into School Nursing, she is currently designated nurse for looked after children for Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Crystal Oldman Chief executive, Queen's Nursing Institute
Crystal Oldman
Crystal Oldman Chief executive, Queen's Nursing Institute

Crystal Oldman CBE is chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), and a governing body nurse with Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Oldman spent 18 years in higher education, where her role as dean included the development of evidence-based practice in the integrated community nursing, primary and social care workforce. Her interest in leadership and management inspired her doctoral studies.

In 2017, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to community nursing and her leadership of the QNI. Dr Oldman is an honorary professor at London South Bank University.

David Williams Head of service, Salford Complex Needs Learning Disability Service
David Williams
David Williams Head of service, Salford Complex Needs Learning Disability Service

David Williams has been a member of the RCN LD professional forum since 2015. He is currently leading on the strategic development of services with an integrated care organisation that is part of the Northern Care Alliance. He is also the lead on behalf of Greater Manchester on workforce development for learning disabilities and autism.

Dawne Garrett Professional lead for older people and dementia care, Royal College of Nursing
Dawne Garrett
Dawne Garrett Professional lead for older people and dementia care, Royal College of Nursing

Dawne Garrett is RCN professional lead for older people and dementia care. She has committed her nursing career to working with older people through a variety of clinical and academic roles. Her experience has spanned acute hospital care, community nursing, integrated services and academia.

Dr Garrett completed a PhD as a Florence Nightingale Scholar, researching older people’s experiences of sexual intimacy. She has been the RCN’s UK professional lead older people and dementia care for the past five years, and maintains a clinical role and publishes widely.

Deborah Sturdy Chief nurse for adult social care, DoH Social Care England
Deborah Sturdy
Deborah Sturdy Chief nurse for adult social care, DoH Social Care England

Deborah Sturdy became England’s first chief nursing officer for adult social care in December 2020, and is director of health and well-being at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Professor Sturdy holds visiting chairs in nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Buckinghamshire New University. She has worked with older people in both health and social care throughout her career, including clinical practice, management and research.

She has published widely on issues relating to nursing older people and has made presentations at numerous national and international conferences. Professor Sturdy was made a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2018 and of the RCN in 2019.

Derek T Barron Director of care, Erskine
Derek T Barron
Derek T Barron Director of care, Erskine

Derek T Barron has been director of care at Erskine since 2016. He chaired the Independent Review into the Delivery of Forensic Mental Health Services in Scotland, and his report was presented to ministers in February 2021. Previously, he was lead nurse and associate nurse director for mental health at North Ayrshire Integrated Joint Board.

He was the interim executive director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions in NHS Orkney in 2015, and worked in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde for more than 20 years.

In 2016, Mr Barron received a Life Time Achievement Award from the Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland. In 2017 he was appointed a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland for his contribution to community nursing in Scotland.

Eileen Dillon Lead clinical research nurse and network manager, Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network
Eileen Dillon
Eileen Dillon Lead clinical research nurse and network manager, Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network

Eileen Dillon is the lead cancer clinical research nurse and network manager at Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network, where her focus is to lead, manage and develop the regional cancer clinical research nurse team.

Ms Dillon’s special interest is in cancer-related fatigue and its management, and she has been involved in various local initiatives highlighting the issue and developing local interventions. Her educational background includes a PG Diploma in Nursing at Queens University and BSc Hons Nursing with Specialist Practice at Ulster University. Ms Dillon enjoys spending her spare time with her family, and at a local running club, where she takes much pleasure in the coaching of others.

Eileen Dunlop Head of human resource, training & overseas nurse lead, Four Seasons Healthcare
Eileen Dunlop
Eileen Dunlop Head of human resource, training & overseas nurse lead, Four Seasons Healthcare

Eileen Dunlop qualified as a nurse more than 30 years ago at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. At a time when there were considered ‘too many nurses’ in mainstream hospitals, Ms Dunlop chose instead to pursue a nursing career in adult social care at Edenmore Care Home, caring for the elderly.

At Edenmore, she progressed from nurse to sister and then to home manager, until she took a role as regional manager for the Four Seasons Health Care Group.

Ms Dunlop now works in the Four Seasons Human Resources team, using her clinical skills to lead on the recruitment of overseas nurses for the company.

Gail Lusardi Consultant nurse for the prevention of healthcare associated infection, Public Health Wales
Gail Lusardi
Gail Lusardi Consultant nurse for the prevention of healthcare associated infection, Public Health Wales

Gail Lusardi, consultant nurse for the prevention of healthcare associated infection at Public Health Wales, has over 25 years’ experience in infection prevention and control and is a member of the UK IP&C cell for COVID-19 pandemic guidance.

A visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales, she is a member of the Infection Prevention Society and sits on various specialist groups. Ms Lusardi’s research interests include decontamination, UTI and uniforms, and she has authored two Cochrane clinical study reports. She received a Cavell Star Award in 2018.

Gary Mitchell Lecturer (education) - school of nursing and midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
Gary Mitchell
Gary Mitchell Lecturer (education) - school of nursing and midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Gary Mitchell is a registered nurse and lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast. Mr Mitchell has published a book, written more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in healthcare journals and presented at a range of international conferences. In his role as lecturer, he is responsible for teaching undergraduate/postgraduate nurses and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In his school, he is the academic lead for peer-mentorship. He is also a Council of Deans #150 Leaders coach and a steering committee member of the RCN’s older people’s nursing forum. He holds the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Greg Padmore Dix Executive Nurse Director, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Greg Padmore Dix
Greg Padmore Dix Executive Nurse Director, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Greg Padmore Dix began his nurse training in Cardiff in 1988. He is educated to master’s level, holding academic qualifications in nursing, teaching and law. He has a wealth of clinical, educational and senior management experience in the UK and New Zealand.

Mr Padmore Dix is in his 12th year as an executive nurse director and holds an associate and visiting professorship at the University of Plymouth and the University of South Wales, respectively. He is motivated to deliver the highest standards of care and to strivine for equal access and excellent population health outcomes.

Greta Westwood Chief executive, Florence Nightingale Foundation
Greta Westwood
Greta Westwood Chief executive, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Greta Westwood, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, is a registered nurse and midwife and an alumna of the foundation. She was appointed a professor by the University of Southampton for leading its clinical academic training programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, and holds a Master’s in health psychology and a doctorate in nursing.

A genetic counsellor for the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service for 20 years up to 2007, she established then led a research network for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

 

Hazel Powell Nursing officer for mental health and learning disability, Welsh Government
Hazel Powell
Hazel Powell Nursing officer for mental health and learning disability, Welsh Government

Hazel Powell is a mental health and learning disability nurse. Most of her career has been in Scotland and includes time spent working clinically in hospital and community services, as a lecturer and teaching Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University, as a professional adviser for Scottish Government and as a programme director at NHS Education for Scotland.

Ms Powell moved to Wales in 2016 to initially take up a nurse director post. Since March 2020 she has worked as a nursing officer for mental health and learning disability for the Welsh Government, where she provides professional advice on nursing practice and education.

Hilda Hayo Chief executive and chief admiral nurse, Dementia UK
Hilda Hayo
Hilda Hayo Chief executive and chief admiral nurse, Dementia UK

Hilda Hayo has been the chief Admiral Nurse and CEO for Dementia UK, the charity supporting families facing dementia through specialist dementia nurses, since 2013. A dual registered nurse, Dr Hayo has more than 38 years’ experience of working with people diagnosed with dementia and their families. During this time, she has held senior positions in clinical services, hospital management and higher education.

She held principal lecturer posts at London South Bank University and University of Northampton, specialising in older people’s mental health, dementia and community care.

Jacqui Reilly Director of nursing, National Services Scotland
Jacqui Reilly
Jacqui Reilly Director of nursing, National Services Scotland

Jacqui Reilly is director of nursing at NHS National Services Scotland and has a joint appointment at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she is a professor of infection prevention and research group lead for the safeguarding health through infection prevention research group. She has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and contributed extensively to national and international guidelines, including the World Health Organization (WHO) core components for infection prevention and control.

During the COVID-19 response she has chaired the chief nursing officer for Scotland’s COVID-19 nosocomial review group and the UK chief medical officer’s  independent panel on high-risk aerosol generating procedures.

Professor Reilly is also a member of the chief medical officer’s COVID- 19 advisory group and Scottish Government groups on care homes and public health threats. She is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and the Royal Society of Biology.

Jane Scattergood Director of nursing and quality, NHS Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre CCGs
Jane Scattergood
Jane Scattergood Director of nursing and quality, NHS Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre CCGs

Jane Scattergood, director of nursing and quality at Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups, is a standing member of the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee with a remit for public health. She is leading the establishment and roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Ms Scattergood is a technical adviser to the World Health Organization’s collaborating centre for public health nursing and midwifery at Public Health England. She is a Queen’s Nurse and is qualified as a nurse, midwife and specialist community public health nurse.

A community practice teacher for post-registration students and an independent non-medical prescriber, she is a registrant panel member with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for fitness to practise hearings, She is an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health.

Janyne Afseth Lecturer and programme leader, Edinburgh Napier University
Janyne Afseth
Janyne Afseth Lecturer and programme leader, Edinburgh Napier University

Janyne Afseth is a lecturer and programme leader in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. In addition to her teaching role she is undertaking research on holistic needs assessment and supportive care in cancer.

Ms Afseth 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.

 

Jen Kenward Experience of care lead, NHS England
Jen Kenward
Jen Kenward Experience of care lead, NHS England

Ms Kenward 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 healthcare assistants, fast-tracking them into registered nurse training.

Ms Kenward 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.

Ms Kenward has been a carer for 12 years.

Jennie Wilson Professor of healthcare epidemiology , Richard Wells Research Centre, the University of West London
Jennie Wilson
Jennie Wilson Professor of healthcare epidemiology , Richard Wells Research Centre, the University of West London

Jennie Wilson is a professor of healthcare epidemiology at the Richard Wells Research Centre of the University of West London and is leader of the university’s MSc infection prevention and control course.  She has worked in the field of infection prevention and control for over 30 years, both as an infection control nurse specialist in London teaching hospitals and as a consultant epidemiologist at the Health Protection Agency, now part of Public Health England.

Professor Wilson has published extensively on healthcare-associated infections and is an author of the Epic National Evidence-based Guidelines for Preventing HCAI in NHS Hospitals in England and the textbook Infection Control in Clinical Practice. Her current role involves research related to IPC, including the use of clinical gloves, urinary catheters and hydration of the frail elderly.

She is president of the Infection Prevention Society and a board member of the Journal of Infection Prevention.

Jennifer Charlewood Senior professional manager, professional and system development, regional nursing directorate ( South West), NHS England and NHS Improvement
Jennifer Charlewood
Jennifer Charlewood Senior professional manager, professional and system development, regional nursing directorate ( South West), NHS England and NHS Improvement

Jen Charlewood chairs the RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner Forum Steering Committee. A Queen’s Nurse, she has spent most of her career in general practice.

For three years Ms Charlewood represented practice nurses in the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.  Currently she works for NHS England South West, representing nurses working in general practice. A non-medical prescriber with a Master’s degree in clinical nursing, she still does locum work as an advanced nurse practitioner.

Jennifer Rodgers Deputy nurse director - corporate and community, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Jennifer Rodgers
Jennifer Rodgers Deputy nurse director - corporate and community, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Jennifer Rodgers is deputy nurse director for corporate and community services at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

In 2012 she became the first paediatric nurse to complete the Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship, and in 2013 won the Scottish Nurse of the Year Award at the Scottish Health Awards.

In 2019 she was named Scottish Woman of the Year for services to medicine. From 2015 she was chief nurse at Glasgow Children’s Hospital before broadening her remit across the board in 2020.

She is an advocate of person-centred and family-integrated care and her project asking children to draw or write ‘what matters to me’ posters has been a driving force of the Scottish Person Centred Care Collaborative and the international ‘what matters to you’ movement.

Jim Blair Clinical advisor - learning disability, Queen’s Nursing Institute
Jim Blair
Jim Blair Clinical advisor - learning disability, Queen’s Nursing Institute

Jim is currently as Clinical Advisor Learning Disability at Queen’s Nursing Institute, an Independent Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities, Associate Professor Intellectual (Learning) Disabilities at Kingston University and St Georges’ University of London, Senior Lecturer Learning Disabilities (Hon) at City University of London, Visiting Fellow Learning Disabilities at London South Bank University, Clinical Advisor Learning Disabilities NHS England, Tutor at City Lit in London, Health Advisor at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and the Learning Disability Advisor to the Sates of Guernsey.

Jim is a Patron of Dance Syndrome www.dancesyndrome.co.uk  Jim has also been Learning Disability Project Lead at the Royal College of Nursing,

2013-2018 Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities Great Ormond Street hospital 2008-2013 Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities at St.George’s Hospital in London. Jim is a past President Royal Society of Medicine’s council for the Forum on Intellectual Disability and has been Vice Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain. Jim is an Expert Advisor to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman and is on the editorial board of www.dancesyndrome.co.uk. Jim has also been a Specialist Clinical Advisor to the CQC and Clinical Lead Health Inequalities at NHS England.

Jodie Deards Carers and patient experience lead, East of England, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Jodie Deards
Jodie Deards Carers and patient experience lead, East of England, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Jodie Deards is carer and patient experience manager for the East of England region at NHS England and NHS Improvement. She started her nursing career in 1996, specialising in managing and treating long-term conditions such as renal disease, diabetes and respiratory conditions.

In 2016 Ms Deards became the carers lead at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and was named winner of the Commitment to Carers category of the 2017 RCNi Nurse Awards. She continues her efforts to raise the profile of all carers and works with the national NHSE/I Commitment to Carers team to improve carers’ experiences.

Jonathan Beebee Chair | Chief enablement officer & nurse consultant, RCN Learning Disability Forum | PBS4
Jonathan Beebee
Jonathan Beebee Chair | Chief enablement officer & nurse consultant, RCN Learning Disability Forum | PBS4

Jonathan Beebee is chair of the RCN learning disability forum and CEO/nurse consultant for PBS4, a social enterprise providing social care for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Mr Beebee has an MSc in positive behaviour support and a keen interest in supporting people with autism and forensic needs. He is also a trustee for Autism Wessex and the Loddon Foundation.

Mr Beebee qualified as a registered nurse learning disabilities in 2002 and has had a variety of roles in: community learning disability nursing, secure forensic services, setting up and managing intensive support teams and youth offending teams. He has undertaken project work for the Department of Health and was a learning disability policy manager for the Care Quality Commission. He was also chief operations officer for a national social care provider.

Jude Diggins Deputy director of nursing, Royal College of Nursing
Jude Diggins
Jude Diggins Deputy director of nursing, Royal College of Nursing

Jude Diggins, a native of Dublin, has worked in both the Irish and UK health services in a wide range of roles from ward to board. She is a dual-qualified adult and children’s nurse.

Ms Diggins has worked across almost all sectors, from paediatrics in a designated children’s hospital to senior nursing leadership roles in a district general hospital, as well as working at a senior level across the community, mental health and learning disability sectors.

She is passionate about nursing, in particular leadership and lifelong learning and education.

Ms Diggins is currently deputy director of nursing, policy and employment relations at the RCN, having previously worked as RCN regional director for London.

Julie Dixon Nursing education adviser, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Julie Dixon
Julie Dixon Nursing education adviser, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Julie Dixon is nursing education adviser at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which she joined in February 2021 to advise and support an ongoing review, development and implementation of education standards and standards of proficiency for nursing and nursing associates.

Currently she is working collaboratively on regulatory reform and a review of programme standards following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Dr Dixon started her career as a community mental health nurse and worked as a lecturer-practitioner at the University of Nottingham. She has a Master’s degree in gender theory and a doctorate in higher education, and is clinical hypnotherapist. She works part-time work as a bank nurse at a mental health trust.

Karen Bonner Chief Nurse and director of infection prevention and control, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Karen Bonner
Karen Bonner Chief Nurse and director of infection prevention and control, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Karen Bonner is chief nurse and director of infection prevention and control at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. She has worked at several large and complex NHS organisations in London, is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy and a member of the Workforce Race Equality Standard strategic advisory group.  

Ms Bonner works with Prostate Cancer UK in a voluntary capacity and is a trustee of HelpForce, an organisation that aims to optimise the impact of volunteers in healthcare. She recently joined the nurse executive council of the Beryl Institute, a global patient experience network.

Karen Kindness Nurse consultant advanced practice, NHS Grampian
Karen Kindness
Karen Kindness Nurse consultant advanced practice, NHS Grampian

Karen Kindness has extensive experience in acute healthcare in the NHS and South Africa. She collaborates with colleagues across the Scottish regional advanced practice academies to improve consistency of education, core competencies and context-specific capabilities for primary and secondary care advanced practice roles.

Ms Kindness has undertaken an RCN-accredited master’s advanced nurse practitioner programme, working initially in cardiac surgery and latterly in a remote, rural GP practice/Covid hub.  
She is a teacher and fellow of the Higher Education Academy, with an honorary clinical education position at the University of Aberdeen through which she contributes to leadership, non-medical prescribing and clinical assessment courses.  

Kerry Lyons Admiral nurse, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Kerry Lyons
Kerry Lyons Admiral nurse, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Kerry Lyons won the RCNi Commitment to Carers award in 2020, alongside being named UK dementia care practitioner of the year. She became a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse in 2019, when she established the Admiral Nursing service at Bolton Hospital and takes up a new role as consultant Admiral Nurse for acute hospital (UK) with Dementia UK in July.

Ms Lyons has been published several times, and has won multiple awards for nursing innovation. She has held a number of senior nursing roles, predominantly in acute and general medicine, having qualified in 1993.

Laura Serrant OBE, Queen’s Nurse Head of nursing and professor of community and public health nursing in the Faculty of Health Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University
Laura Serrant
Laura Serrant OBE, Queen’s Nurse Head of nursing and professor of community and public health nursing in the Faculty of Health Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Laura Serrant has extensive experience in national and international health policy development, with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety. It was her work in this area that led to her being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2018 for services to nursing and health policy. In 2017 she was listed as the eighth most influential black person in the UK by the Powerlist 2018.

Lorraine Hicking-Woodison Assistant practitioner / health care support worker training lead , Hawkinge and Elham Vallely Practice / Invicta Health CIC
Lorraine Hicking-Woodison
Lorraine Hicking-Woodison Assistant practitioner / health care support worker training lead , Hawkinge and Elham Vallely Practice / Invicta Health CIC

Lorraine Hicking-Woodison has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years and has a dual role as an assistant practitioner at Hawkinge and Elham Valley Practice and healthcare support worker training lead at Invicta Health Learning, both in Kent.

She works to raise the profile of nursing support staff and champion their interests. She has been an active member of the RCN since 2009 and is a member of the RCN south east regional board.
Lorraine Hicking-Woodison is a member of the RCNi editorial advisory board.

Mandy Edwards Cancer research UK senior research nurse for wales, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Mandy Edwards
Mandy Edwards Cancer research UK senior research nurse for wales, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Mandy Edwards is working with others on a cancer research strategy in Wales, using the lessons learned from the rapid roll out of COVID trials.

After being instrumental in setting up a research delivery team at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, south Wales, Ms Edwards became Cancer Research UK’s senior research nurse for Wales, joining a UK-wide network of 15 senior nurses and overseeing a group of co-funded nurses in Wales.

She joined the NHS in 2002 after completing a postgraduate qualification in research, beginning her research nurse career in haematology.

Mary Mumvuri Executive director of nursing & quality, Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
Mary Mumvuri
Mary Mumvuri Executive director of nursing & quality, Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust

Mary Mumvuri is executive director of nursing, allied health professions and quality at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. She has more than 26 years’ post-registration experience working in mental health trusts across England, with the past four and a half years in this executive role. She is board member with responsibility and accountability for professional regulation, all aspects of clinical quality and risk management.

Ms Mumvuri was recently appointed to the Care Quality Commission as a national professional adviser for mental health nursing, with responsibility for improving patient safety. She has a keen interest staff development and quality improvement led by front-line staff.

 

Nancy Fontaine Chief nurse & director of infection prevention & control, Norfolk & Norwich University Foundation Hospitals
Nancy Fontaine
Nancy Fontaine Chief nurse & director of infection prevention & control, Norfolk & Norwich University Foundation Hospitals

Nancy Fontaine is chief nurse and director of infection prevention and control at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She was previously chief nurse at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, and Whipps Cross University Hospital in London. She is a professor of nursing at the University of East Anglia, profiling nursing and midwifery leadership and clinical academic advancement.

Professor Fontaine has led several nationally recognised patient experience improvement programmes and promotes working with patients across all clinical and service improvements. She became one of the UK’s first consultant nurses in emergency and urgent care in 1999 and leads the development of advanced clinical practitioners, supporting practitioners to undertake Master’s and doctoral degrees and research.

 

Paul Jebb Associate chief nurse - experience and engagement, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Paul Jebb
Paul Jebb Associate chief nurse - experience and engagement, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Paul Jebb is associate chief nurse for experience and engagement at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified as a nurse in 1996 and has worked in numerous posts within nursing, operational management and a national role within NHS England.

Mr Jebb is a member of an NMC professional standards advisory panel, and has represented the RCN at local, regional, national and international levels. He is currently a member of the RCN Nurses in Leadership & Management Forum steering group and of the RCNi Editorial Advisory Board.

A passionate supporter of Cavell Nurses Trust, Mr Jebb is chair of the board of Trustees at Blackpool Carers Centre.

Peta Clark Professional lead for children and young people, Royal College of Nursing
Peta Clark
Peta Clark Professional lead for children and young people, Royal College of Nursing

Peta Clark is professional lead at the RCN, which she joined in 2008, and was formerly operational manager for the RCN Northern region. She qualified as a nurse in 1995 and worked within general surgery before moving to children’s oncology nursing at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and then Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  

Prior to joining the RCN, Ms Clark worked in pharmaceutical sales and qualified as a solicitor, working within clinical negligence.

Prodine Kubalalika Director of nursing for infection prevention & control and Deputy DIPC , Epsom & St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Prodine Kubalalika
Prodine Kubalalika Director of nursing for infection prevention & control and Deputy DIPC , Epsom & St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Prodine Kubalalika is director of nursing and deputy director for infection prevention and control (IPC) and specialist services at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and Surrey Downs and Sutton health and care partnerships. She has worked in both strategic and operational senior roles in IPC in acute NHS Trusts, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and community services.

In her previous role she was the IPC lead for a collaborative of five CCGs across north west London, where her job included providing expert clinical advice on infection control quality in CCG-commissioned providers. She has a Master’s degree in public health and health economics and a degree in IPC.

Rea Pugh Davies Health care support worker, Swansea Bay University Health Board
Rea Pugh Davies
Rea Pugh Davies Health care support worker, Swansea Bay University Health Board

For the past five years, Rea Pugh Davies has been a healthcare support worker in theatres, where she also took up the role of learning disability champion. She says her greatest achievement is winning the Nursing Support Worker category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 – made all the more special as it was the year of the nurse.

The recognition for doing a job that she loves highlighted for Ms Pugh-Davies how important healthcare support workers are and that, no matter what your band or role, you can make a difference. She says working with amazing colleagues in this role inspired her to begin nurse training, and she currently in her second year.

Richard Desir Director of nursing, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Richard Desir
Richard Desir Director of nursing, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Richard Desir is director of nursing, primary, community and intermediate care at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in Wales. He has worked in various clinical and leadership nursing roles in England and Wales, including in primary and community care settings and as project lead for the All Wales District Workforce Programme. A finalist in the RCN Wales Nurse Awards 2015, Mr Desir is passionate about increasing diversity in nursing, leading work streams with Nursing Now Cymru Wales.

He also contributed to the Welsh government’s Train, Work, Live campaign and more recently to the first minister’s COVID-19 BAME Advisory Group. Mr Desir was recently appointed as a consultant to support the Welsh government in developing its Race Equality Action Plan.

Rohit Sagoo Child nurse lecturer, University Of West London
Rohit Sagoo
Rohit Sagoo Child nurse lecturer, University Of West London

Rohit Sagoo is a children’s nursing lecturer at the University of West London. He qualified as a children’s nurse in the late 1990s and practised at hospitals based in London for ten years, before moving into teaching in further and higher education.

In 2016 he started British Sikh Nurses, a community organisation that addresses the health and well-being needs of the people in the Sikh community. This work has helped raise awareness of organ and stem cell donation and mental health issues, promote healthy lifestyle choices and support the South Asian community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of his community work, Mr Sagoo was chosen as a finalist in the RCNi Nursing Awards 2019, in the Community and General Practice Nursing category.

Rosa Ungpakorn Advanced nurse practitioner, homeless health service, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Rosa Ungpakorn
Rosa Ungpakorn Advanced nurse practitioner, homeless health service, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Rosa Ungpakorn has been a nurse since 2006 and worked in a variety of hospital and community settings before joining the Homeless Health Service at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust eight years ago. She qualified as an advanced nurse practitioner in 2019 with an MSc from London South Bank University and received the Barbara Stillwell Award for demonstrating excellence, patient advocacy and compassion in her service. Mr Ungpakorn’s main interest is in improving healthcare access and experiences for people from marginalised and excluded groups.

She developed a street outreach project in Westminster, which won her the Advanced Nursing Practice Award at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020. She has held voluntary positions as treasurer and vice-chair of the London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Group, and wrote national guidelines for health-related street outreach for people experiencing homelessness, published in January 2021.

Ruth May Chief nursing officer, NHS England
Ruth May
Ruth May Chief nursing officer, NHS England

Ruth May, the chief nursing officer for England, is passionate about nurturing the next generation of leaders in the NHS for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, encouraging professional development opportunities and putting in place the optimal cultural conditions for all NHS employees to thrive.

This includes advocating for improved mental health awareness and championing volunteer activity to support the front-line workforce.

Ms May is a vocal supporter of the workforce race equality standard (WRES) agenda and increased diversity across the NHS.

She had national appointments at NHS Improvement and the former NHS Monitor as well as regional and trust leadership roles before becoming chief nurse in January 2019.

Ruth Northway Professor of learning disability nursing, University of South Wales
Ruth Northway
Ruth Northway Professor of learning disability nursing, University of South Wales

Ruth Northway, professor of learning disability nursing at the University of South Wales, has worked in nurse education for more than 30 years. Before this, she worked in a range of residential and community settings supporting people with learning disabilities. Her current role combines teaching, research and leadership/management.

Her key areas of interest include the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities and the use of participatory research approaches. She was a member of the thought leadership group that developed the current Nursing and Midwifery Council standards for preregistration nursing programmes, and was chair of the RCN Research Society from 2011-18. In 2018 Professor Northway received the RCN Wales Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ruth Oshikanlu Independent health visitor and chief executive officer , Goal Mind
Ruth Oshikanlu
Ruth Oshikanlu Independent health visitor and chief executive officer , Goal Mind

Ruth Oshikanlu is a nationally recognised expert nurse, midwife and health visitor with more than 25 years’ experience delivering secondary and primary healthcare services in the public and voluntary sectors. She is the chief executive of Goal Mind Limited, a coaching consultancy that helps individuals improve their performance at work. Dr Oshikanlu is an author, speaker, mentor and coach; she is also a Queen’s Nurse and a fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal Society of Arts.

Dr Oshikanlu has received several national healthcare and business awards, and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 new year honours for being an ambassador for the health visiting profession and for services to community nursing, children and families. She is a regular columnist and has published articles in national nursing and healthcare journals. She is also a Churchill Fellow and was awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University in November 2019.

 

Sally Shearer Executive director of nursing and quality , Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Sally Shearer
Sally Shearer Executive director of nursing and quality , Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Sally Shearer is chief nurse at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, an integrated children and young people’s trust. She has a passion for influencing the wider determinants of children’s health and well-being in partnership with agencies across a variety of settings.

Prior to joining the board in 2015, Professor Shearer worked clinically in general medicine and surgery in Nottingham before moving to manage children and young people’s services across east London.

She is a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University and became chair of the Association of Chief Children’s Nurses in April 2019.

 

Sam Abdulla Field leader- learning disabilities nursing , Edinburgh Napier University
Sam Abdulla
Sam Abdulla Field leader- learning disabilities nursing , Edinburgh Napier University

Sam Abdulla is a lecturer and programme leader for learning disability nursing at Edinburgh Napier University. He has a background in community-based care for people with learning disabilities and children with complex physical health needs and learning disabilities.

Mr Abdullah is a founding member of WeLDnurses, an international virtual network for learning disability nurses.

 

Sharon Aldridge-Bent Director of nursing programmes - leadership, The Queen’s Nursing Institute
Sharon Aldridge-Bent
Sharon Aldridge-Bent Director of nursing programmes - leadership, The Queen’s Nursing Institute

Sharon Aldridge-Bent is director of nursing programmes at the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), which she joined in 2016. She developed and leads on the QNI’s leadership programmes. She has a clinical background in district nursing and specialist nursing, including Macmillan nursing.

Ms Aldridge-Bent spent 12 years as an academic, and was a senior lecturer in education and community nursing. She has served as a magistrate for 20 years and sits at West London Magistrates Court, where she is a chairperson.

Stephen Jones Professional lead for mental health , Royal College of Nursing
Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones Professional lead for mental health , Royal College of Nursing

Stephen Jones joined the RCN as professional lead for mental health in January 2021, having previously worked at the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP).
Mr Jones has a keen interest in mental health workforce development, in particular the areas of career pathways, leadership, teamwork and multidisciplinary person-centred collaborative working.

His priorities at RCN include driving the UK-wide parity-of-esteem programme to value mental and physical health equally, supporting the mental well-being of the nursing workforce, and developing and promoting the work of the RCN Mental Health Forum.

Suman Shrestha Professional lead for critical care , Royal College of Nursing
Suman Shrestha
Suman Shrestha Professional lead for critical care , Royal College of Nursing

Suman Shrestha is professional lead for critical care at the RCN. He also works as a consultant nurse in critical care at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Shrestha is an advanced critical care practitioner and an associate member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

Tanya Strange Assistant director of nursing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Tanya Strange
Tanya Strange Assistant director of nursing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Tanya Strange is assistant director of nursing for person-centred care at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and leads on patient experience across the health board. She worked for four years as a matron in nursing homes and is committed to improving the quality of life of older people.

Ms Strange is the project lead for Ffrind i Mi/Friend of Mine, a multi-agency approach to combatting loneliness and social isolation across communities. This initiative has led to a collective social movement across the board’s geographical area.

One of the fastest growing well-being projects is intergenerational befriending, bridging the gap between younger and older people. This has resulted in the development and publication of an intergenerational strategy.

Ms Strange has won several nursing and patient experience awards, including the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award, the RCN Wales Innovation Award, a Chief Nursing Officer Award and a lifetime achievement award.

Teresa Chinn Registed nurse and social media specialist / founder, WeNurses
Teresa Chinn
Teresa Chinn Registed nurse and social media specialist / founder, WeNurses

Teresa Chinn, a registered nurse, is a social media specialist who works with Public Health England, NHS England, the NMC and Health Education England. She founded a Twitter discussion group called @WeNurses in 2012 after feeling  isolated from the nursing profession following years of agency nursing.

WeNurses and a later Twitter group called WeCommunities now have thousands of followers all over the world. Ms Chinn appeared in a list compiled by RCNi of 70 people who helped shape the NHS in the first 70 years after it was founded in 1948.

Tolu Olaniyan Committee member - learning disability nursing forum, Royal College of Nursing
Tolu Olaniyan
Tolu Olaniyan Committee member - learning disability nursing forum, Royal College of Nursing

Tolu Olaniyan, a member of the RCN learning disability nursing forum committee, has an undergraduate degree in learning disability nursing from the University of Southampton and a Master’s degree in epilepsy from King’s College London.

She provides specialist support and leads on projects championing the needs of people with learning disabilities, autism and epilepsy, and is founder of consultancy and training service Pretola Global Health and Consulting. A registered learning disability nurse with a special interest in epilepsy, she has worked as a senior reviewer for the learning disabilities mortality review programme and as service team leader of the community learning disability team on the Isle of Wight.
 

Tom Walvin Lecturer in adult nursing, school of nursing and midwifery, University of Plymouth
Tom Walvin
Tom Walvin Lecturer in adult nursing, school of nursing and midwifery, University of Plymouth

Tom Walvin is a lecturer in adult nursing at the University of Plymouth, which he joined in 2015 from a background predominantly in emergency nursing. His teaching focuses on deteriorating patient care, pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology, clinical skills and simulation, and social media-based nursing education, engagement and networking platforms.

Mr Walvin continues to practice clinically in emergency care and is studying for a Master’s degree in advanced practice alongside his teaching and academic activity.

Yvonne Manson Care and clinical services director, Abbotsford Care
Yvonne Manson
Yvonne Manson Care and clinical services director, Abbotsford Care

Yvonne Manson, a dementia specialist improvement lead for NHS Scotland, won the nurse leadership award in the 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards and a management and leadership award in the Scottish Care National Care Home Awards the following year.

She has worked in care homes for 25 years and is a fierce advocate for both the care sector and nursing and innovation.

Ms Manson regularly shares her ideas on quality improvement, care home nursing and dementia at national events and conferences. She has a Master’s degree in dementia studies and is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on partners in care work in dementia care in care homes

 

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