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Clare Cable Chief executive and nurse director, Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland
Clare Cable
Clare Cable Chief executive and nurse director, Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland

Clare Cable joined QNIS in 2014, bringing her experience as a nursing leader in healthcare improvement and policy. A children’s nurse by background, she was appointed director of the RCN’s UK Quality Improvement Programme in 2003. She moved to Edinburgh in 2007, honing her influencing skills in community nursing as a policy adviser. In 2016, Clare was awarded an honorary professorship in nursing at Queen Margaret University and a Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership scholarship. Her vision is to unleash the creativity of nurses to be catalysts for positive change in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Clare Lomas Career development editor, Nursing Standard, RCNi
Clare Lomas
Clare Lomas Career development editor, Nursing Standard, RCNi

Clare Lomas is the career development editor at Nursing Standard. She joined RCNi in 2011 as Nursing Standard opinion editor and now heads up the careers and student sections. She also hosts the panel talks at the RCNi Nursing Careers and Jobs Fairs. Ms Lomas trained as a nurse at King’s College London, qualifying in 1998. She specialised in cardiology and thrombosis research, and also has a degree in sociology and social psychology from the University of Bradford.

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.

Debbie Creaser Team manager/Listening into Action clinical facilitator, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Debbie Creaser
Debbie Creaser Team manager/Listening into Action clinical facilitator, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Debbie Creaser qualified as a mental health nurse in Sheffield in 2002. She has dedicated her career primarily to rehabilitation services and was key to reducing the number of out-of-city hospital placements, before setting up and managing the community enhancing recovery team in 2014. After winning Team of the Year at the RCNi Awards in 2019, the team went on to win in the Specialist category at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards.

Emma Williamson General practice nurse manager, Angel Hill Surgery, West Suffolk
Emma Williamson
Emma Williamson General practice nurse manager, Angel Hill Surgery, West Suffolk

Emma Williamson trained as an adult nurse and specialised in respiratory and wound care. She is currently studying towards an MSc in advanced clinical practice. As practice nurse manager she has transformed the healing rates and management of leg ulcers at her surgery and won the RCNi 2019 Wound Prevention and Treatment Award. Since then she has worked with the West Suffolk Clinical Ccmmissioning Groug to help create the Leg Ulcer Management Care Pathway along with helping to implement the preventative wound clinic across the WSCCG area. She is also a Stakeholder Forum member for the National Wound Care Strategy Programme.

Flavia Munn Editor of Nursing Standard, RCNi
Flavia Munn
Flavia Munn Editor of Nursing Standard, RCNi

Flavia Munn is responsible for overseeing all the editorial content published daily on the Nursing Standard website and app, and its curation into the monthly print journal.

She has more than 15 years' experience as a health journalist, writing for newspapers and specialist publications aimed at patients, nurses and doctors. An award-winning journalist, Ms Munn was also twice a judge on the Women in the City awards (healthcare category).

She is Nursing Standard’s media spokesperson and has appeared in a variety of press and on broadcast channels. She is leading RCNi’s editorial content for the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Gary Bell Editorial director , RCNi
Gary Bell
Gary Bell Editorial director , RCNi

Gary Bell has been a journalist for 30 years, working on newspapers in Australia and the UK.
He joined RCNi in 2004 and held a number of different posts within the company, before being appointed to his current role in June 2019.

Ged Jennings Acute learning disabilities liaison nurse , Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital
Ged Jennings
Ged Jennings Acute learning disabilities liaison nurse , Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital

Ged Jennings is undertaking an MSc – clinical research at Edge Hill University and will recommence the Florence Nightingale Leadership programme in 2020. Mr Jennings has worked in a variety of roles and settings in the health and social care industry for more than 19 years. He is extremely passionate about learning disabilities training and raising staff awareness, and believes in using an accessible approach to improve people with learning disabilities' experience of healthcare. Mr Jennings is proud to be part of the winning team at the RCNi Awards in 2019.

Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM Project Health Visitor, Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services
Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM
Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM Project Health Visitor, Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services

Now semi-retired after 40 years of clinical practice and winner of prestigious nursing awards, Janine McKnight-Cowan works independently in education, training and professional development.

As a recognised innovator, Ms McKnight-Cowan embraced ideas learned in practice, creating tools for safeguarding and clinical resources for surgically delivered women.

Ms McKnight-Cowan challenges the status quo, pushes boundaries and hopes to inspire colleagues and other clinicians to achieve growth in practice, in an environment where quality and professional safety are paramount. She believes innovation is not just about that ‘ah ha’ moment, it is about the nitty-gritty of getting that idea to be implemented into everyday clinical practice.

Joanna Broderick Children’s community nurse, Children and Family Health Devon
Joanna Broderick
Joanna Broderick Children’s community nurse, Children and Family Health Devon

Joanna Broderick trained at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and qualified as a registered nurse – child in 1997. She has a range of experience in paediatric nursing in acute settings in this country and abroad, including medical, surgical, oncology and neonatal. She won the RCNi Child Health Award in 2019.

Margaret Sneddon Honorary senior research fellow, University of Glasgow
Margaret Sneddon
Margaret Sneddon Honorary senior research fellow, University of Glasgow

Margaret Sneddon's clinical background spans gynaecology, 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 nine years. Ms Sneddon’s contribution was recognised by the university with a Teaching Excellence Award in 2007 and an Outstanding Contribution to Lymphoedema Education from the International Lymphoedema Framework in 2009. Margaret has been a member of the Royal College of Nursing since joining as a student in 1974.

In 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Lymphology Society. Having retired as head of school in 2016, Ms Sneddon continues input to university education of all disciplines, support of the RCN and has an active leadership role as a trustee with the British Lymphology Society to further understanding of lymphoedema and chronic oedema.

Neomi Bennett BEM Nurse and founder , Neo-Innovations UK
Neomi Bennett BEM
Neomi Bennett BEM Nurse and founder , Neo-Innovations UK

Passionate about patient safety, business and healthcare, Neomi Bennett has turned a life-saving idea into a multi-award winning product. Neo-slip is a novel yet practical solution to the problem of applying hospital TED socks.

Though vital to the prevention of potentially life-threatening deep vein thrombosis, TED socks are tight fitting and can be difficult to put on.

Ms Bennett’s company Neo-Innovations UK now supplies hospitals across the UK, has been approved by NHS Supply Chain and is available on NHS prescriptions (FP10). In addition, Neo-slip is available to order via branches of Boots the chemist across the UK.

Nick Lipley Editor, Mental Health Practice, RCNi
Nick Lipley
Nick Lipley Editor, Mental Health Practice, RCNi

Nick Lipley 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 Mental Health Practice journal in 2018. Nick is also editor of Nursing Management.

Professor 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 at Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Laura Serrant OBE, Queen’s Nurse
Professor 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 at 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.

Rachel Luby Senior Nurse, Health Based Place of Safety, East London NHS Foundation Trust
Rachel Luby
Rachel Luby Senior Nurse, Health Based Place of Safety, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Rachel Luby won the RCNi Mental Health Nursing Award 2019. This was for a quality improvement initiative in forensic mental health services at East London Foundation Trust called ‘Let’s Talk about Sex’. The project focused on supporting staff and patients to overcome the obstacles that had prevented them from confronting this taboo subject. Since the award she has changed job roles and is now at City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health where she has embarked on the ambitious plan to ensure that every patient is offered sexual health screening, access to contraceptives and support should there be a breach of sexual safety. She is publishing a paper and is writing a second CPD article that considers sexual safety in the context of trauma-informed care. She was part of creating the Sexual Safety Standards, is on the Mental Health Practice editorial board, an honouree lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and launched Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust’s Sexual Safety Standards.

Ruth Oshikanlu MBE CEO, Goal Mind
Ruth Oshikanlu
Ruth Oshikanlu MBE CEO, Goal Mind

Ruth Oshikanlu is an expert nurse, midwife and health visitor with more than 23 years’ experience in delivering secondary and primary healthcare services in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She is the CEO of Goal Mind – a coaching consultancy that helps individuals improve their performance at work through employee engagement. She is also a Queen’s Nurse, Winston Churchill Fellow and Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting and Royal College of Nursing. Ms Oshikanlu is the 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 She also received an Honorary Doctorate degree from London South Bank University in November 2019.

Yvonne Coghill CBE, OBE Director of WRES Implementation , NHS England
Yvonne Coghill CBE, OBE
Yvonne Coghill CBE, OBE Director of WRES Implementation , NHS England

Yvonne Coghill commenced nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts.

Ms Coghill 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. In 2018 she was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, an honorary fellowship from King’s College University,honorary doctorates from the Middlesex and Buckinghamshire Universities and has become deputy president of the RCN.

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