Tina has worked in healthcare since 1989. Tina has an extensive operational and change management experience having trained at McKinsey & Company Consultants. She also has considerable expertise in designing services; service improvements and service redesign to achieve consistent and high quality care, particularly for the elderly. Tina has been successful in enabling failing organisations to meet the requirement of government policies and UK care service regulators, and her input is highly acclaimed in NHS England for its innovation in elderly services. Tina was recently invited to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister and discuss issues regarding elderly care and nursing homes strategy for the UK government.
Sue Spencer worked in higher education for nearly 20 years and is a highly experienced and effective facilitator and course developer.
Sue has a special interest in helping practitioners work more effectively with people with long-term conditions and integrate research into everyday practice. Other expertise includes working with practitioners to develop their practice and identify improvements to enhance service user experience.
As a result of her passion for developing practitioners Sue is now working with a range of professionals in health, social care and education to explore the models and tools that are the most effective in supporting them to thrive in the workplace.
Sue believes that people should be at the centre of decision making in health care and her sessions and workshops always encourage participants to reflect on their roles and relationships in helping people manage their condition.
Katy is an experienced nurse, midwife and senior manager with expertise in strategic and operational management and a proven track record of leading successful change in the NHS. During her career of more than 30 years, Katy advanced in a number of nursing and midwifery posts.
Most recently, Katy was a senior manager at an NHS Foundation Trust, managing clinical services, and leading change and innovations to improve quality, performance and productivity. Katy continues to be passionate about improving quality and standards in care.
Dr Zak Uddin
Dr. Zak Uddin is a UK trained, fully qualified General Practitioner working in North East England with commitment to both the NHS and private sectors.Prior to entering General Practice, he undertook five years of surgical training, including successful completion of Membership Examinations from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He has also been awarded a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Zak is passionate about all aspects of healthcare, from individual patient contact, through to education of medical professionals as well as the wider general public
He has been the Expert Medical Writer for the Northern Echo since 2015, covering an array of health related topics which have made headline news.
Jenny has spent the last 30 years working in senior management positions in the commercial/clinical arena. She spent 10 years at Innovex and Quintiles where she managed teams of Nurse Advisers who were outsourced by Pharmaceutical companies in disease areas such as Multiple Sclerosis, Hyperlipidaemia, Dementia, Depression and Schizophrenia. She also managed a team of Nutrition Specialist Nurses working for Nutricia in Scotland where she worked closely with the Scottish Health Boards and in particular the Dieticians. Jenny was awarded Nurse Manager of the Year during her time with Nutricia.
She then went on to work at the Nuffield Hospital in Glasgow as Operations Manager with full responsibility for the Wards, Nurses and Theatres.
In 2015 she was asked to help support the Head of Nursing for AS Watson/Superdrug running Travel /Immunisation clinics throughout the UK. She took the TREC training course and worked in the Edinburgh Dundee and Glasgow clinics. She then went on to take up the National Nurse Manager position and Managed 20 Health Practitioners throughout the UK leading the Nurses to ensure compliance with the required policies and processes as well as managing issues with clinical competence. During her time with Superdrug she set up a formal 2 week Induction Training course for every new Nurse joining the team as well as updating all the Clinical SOP's.
Currently Jenny works as a Consultant for different clients and has just taken on the title of Senior Associate with the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University.
Tracy has a varied range of healthcare experience, spanning over 30 years. Initially working in acute medicine in a large city hospital, before moving into primary care as a practice nurse.
After a number of years in primary care Tracy moved to Community Cardiology, where she worked alongside primary care in producing and delivering training packages for both qualified and unqualified staff, specialising in cardiology, blood pressure and resuscitation. Tracy then moved into heart failure as a nurse specialist where she continued until 2015 when she became part of the Cardiology Research team at a local hospital.
Tracy gained a BA (Hons) in Nursing Practice from Northumbria University in 2008 and is also a nurse prescriber.
Deborah Waddell, a nurse for almost 30 years, gathered experience in a variety of settings including secondary care, primary care, general practice, school health and commissioning. Deborah developed a special interest in paediatric asthma with a particular focus on improving asthma outcomes for children and young people through innovative service design and delivery.
Deborah designed and delivered the successful Ealing 'Asthma Friendly Schools' Project which resulted in improvements in quality of life and a reduction in acute asthma related hospital admissions. In 2014 Deborah was able to present the outcomes of this project at ERS Congress and has supported other areas in the UK to design and deliver new asthma services.
She joined Asthma UK in 2013 as Clinical Lead and as Asthma UK spokesperson has represented the charity on the executive panel and steering group of the current BTS/SIGN Asthma Guidelines. She is proud to have been part of the Asthma UK team which campaigned with other leading organisations to change the law, allowing spare inhaler kits in schools. Deborah is currently a trainer for Education for Health and has been working recently on a Primary Care Workforce Development Project as Lead Nurse.
Gill has worked in primary care since 1985, initially as a Practice Nurse then as Nurse Practitioner and as lead nurse within a PCT run practice. She obtained her B.Med.Sci (Hons) in 2001 and M.Med.Sci in 2004. As well as working in an inner city practice, Gill was involved in producing and delivering training programmes for nurses working in general practice, specialising in immunisation, travel health and asthma. She is now working as a self employed Nurse Practitioner.
Dr Pramod Prabhakaran
A medical consultant with 18 years experience in clinical, educational and leadership roles in the NHS, focussed on strategic planning, service redesign, quality governance and value-based healthcare.
As International Lead and Divisional Medical Director within a large NHS organisation, Pramod has successfully collaborated with health and social care partners in the development of integrated practice units (IPU's) for Diabetes, COPD and children's services. Pramod has a keen interest in digital health, having successfully deployed tele-health solutions for heart failure, COPD and mHealth solution within mental health services.
Pramod has expertise in healthcare costing using the clinically meaningful TDABC approach, and a keen interest in health economic modelling and outcomes based healthcare. He has considerable expertise in developing effective and sustainable quality governance systems, and has led the establishment of clinical networks within his trust.
Pramod has developed international commercial opportunities, and undertaken policy development on 'integrating health and social care for the elderly' on behalf of the Chinese health ministry and British embassy. He is currently completing his MBA. From September 2016, Pramod will be working as International Development Director for Imperial College Health Partners.
After 4 years studying Psychology and Philosophy at University, Ann went on to undertake her nurse training, and most of her nursing career has been spent in Primary Care. Ann was one of the first Nurse Practitioners to work in General Practice and was involved in the consultation process leading up to legalising nurse prescribing. She has been involved in teaching and training across a range of disciplines for over twenty years. As well as this, Ann has had involvement in research and audit work and has had many articles published in the nursing and medical press on a range of subjects. For ten years until 2013, Ann was the Head of Service for Sheffield's contraception and sexual health services and is now an an advanced nurse practitioner in General Practice on a locum basis and a CQC specialist advisor.
Sarah is a registered nurse. After qualifying in 2004, Sarah worked in a variety of primary care settings in North London including urgent care, district and practice nursing. Sarah's areas of interest included wound managements, asthma care and travel health. In 2007 Sarah was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. Sarah then moved into Occupational Health and has specialised in this field. In 2012 Sarah was invited to be the Medical Service Manager for the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies. In this role Sarah contributed to the successful delivery of all opening and closing ceremonies which was an exciting and challenging experience.
Sarah has a Diploma in Adult Nursing, a BSc(Hons) in Clinical Nursing and is currently studying to be a Specialist Public Health Nurse in Occupational Health.
Maggie has a varied range of healthcare experience, spanning over 30 years. She gained a BA (Hons) in Nursing Practice at Northumbria University and has since worked in a number of areas, including medicine, the special baby care unit, theatre and critical care. More recently, Maggie was as a Sister inn the acute response team, working alongside the multidisciplinary team to support vulnerable critically ill patients based on wards by implementing necessary care. Maggie's experience extends beyond the UK, and she has used her skills as a volunteer recovery nurse in West Africa and as a healthcare teacher and trainer in Uganda. Maggie has now been training with Annie Barr Associates for the past 6 years.
Lynn has dedicated her 40-year career in healthcare to the advancement of nursing knowledge and workforce development. After beginning her nursing career in the Royal Air Force, Lynn spent time in theatres and leading a stroke rehabilitation unit. She then worked in primary care in Cyprus for several years, and continued to do so when she returned to the UK as part of a practice nurse mentor programme. During this time, Lynn supplemented her experience by gaining various qualifications in the management of long term conditions, an asthma diploma, a family planning certificate and by attending a number of teaching courses. Lynn then spent 3 years in a PCT/shared services based quality team, where she was involved in commissioning, developing and delivering training programmes. This was followed by a move into the private healthcare sector, where she worked as Training Director, and then into the clinical software development sector, as head of learning and development; both of which gave Lynn an understanding of international healthcare models. In 2010 Lynn became a member of Sigma Theta Tau International- a global community of nurse leaders committed to improving healthcare through the pursuit of excellence in nursing practice, education and research, using scholarship, knowledge and technology.
Karen qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1994 and has specialised in neurology practice for the past 13 years. She currently works as an OT for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions. Her areas of specialisation include posture and seating, wheelchairs, pain and fatigue management, and cognitive and behavioural management following injury. She also is an ongoing case manager for people who have suffered injury due to neurological impairment.
Dr Alan McCubbin
Alan is an experienced and versatile ex-Army GP and GP Trainer with a wide range of experience including: Front line military medicine; General Practice in a multiply deprived South East Northumberland community; GP Training and Tutoring; Clinical Governance and MRCGP Examining. He currently works as a partner at Woodlands Park Health Centre in Wideopen, North Tyneside and is a member of the RCGP CSA Exam Panel.
Helene has a breadth and depth of nursing that reflects her passion and interest in both developing herself and others in the provision of outstanding healthcare. Having occupied roles of general nurse, midwife and Practice Nurse, Helene is now an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a large central London general practice. Helene was a member of the curriculum team at Leeds Metropolitan University on the MSc Nurse Practitioner degree and worked as a part time lecturer, mentor and OSCE examiner. Educating others has been a theme running throughout her career, having also been a National Trainer for the British Heart Foundation. In addition to this, Helene has been involved in research into midwifery and primary care and has authored a number of reports, articles and book chapters. Helene recently joined the inspection team at the CQC as a specialist advisor in primary care.
Ian has been a nurse since 1986 and has had a career that has mainly focused on Emergency Care, with experience in A+E, Coronary Care and ITU departments within secondary care. In 2003, Ian built on his skills to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and he has since moved into Primary Care, working in GP surgeries and Walk in centres.
Ian has a keen interest in Resuscitation Training and is a qualified Advanced Life Support Instructor with the Resuscitation Council (UK), which enables him to teach all disciplines from Basic Life Support, right through to Advanced Life Support courses. He is also a qualified First Aid at Work Instructor and teaches on the whole range of First Aid courses governed by the Health and Safety Executive.
Ian enjoys mixing his training and educational role with a variety of clinical work to keep up to date with his Advanced Nurse Practitioner skills.
Jenny currently works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in General Practice, assessing and treating undifferentiated conditions, managing patients with long term conditions such as hypertension and diabetes and occupying a role of leadership and teaching. Jenny is also a former Chair of the RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner Forum and has chaired the RCGP's General Practice Foundation Nursing Group for the past 3 years, where she is working towards setting nationally agreed Practice Nurse training. As well as this, Jenny lectures and assesses Nurse Practitioners and doctors and sits on advisory groups such as Clinical Knowledge Summaries, Primary Care Foundation, HEE GPN Career Framework group and the Independent Nurse magazine's editorial board.
Gary works alongside Ian as an Instructor in Resuscitation and First Aid at Work. His interest in the field developed during his career in the Fire Service where he was promoted to Instructor, teaching Fire service Personnel how to deal with medical emergencies at the scene of an incident such as RTA's and other major incidents.
Since 2007, Gary and Ian have been delivering training including Basic Life Support, Anaphylaxis Training, AED Defibrillation Training, First Aid at Work / Emergency First Aid and many other bespoke courses to clients all over the country.
Another role, which he has personally adopted, is to deliver Paediatric Resuscitation Training of Infants, to ante natal groups throughout the North of England in GP surgeries, which he provides free of charge as a volunteer. Gary chose to do this after the death of his niece with the belief that if he can teach 1000 prospective parents how to perform CPR and it saved one life, it would be work well done. Gary thrives in the teaching environment and feels passionate about the training he delivers.
John has been a Registered Nurse (BSc hons) for 15 years and has a background in emergency care. After working as a Senior Charge Nurse in Accident & Emergency, John took up the role as a Resuscitation Officer and has been a Clinical Resuscitation Officer in the NHS since 2009. John is a Resuscitation Council (UK) Instructor and regularly directs and instructs ALS and ILS courses. He also teaches basic life support, which includes automated external defibrillators and anaphylaxis, to healthcare professionals. As well as this, John is also a European Paediatric Life Support Instructor and directs and teaches pILS courses on a regular basis.
He has completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education and is a qualified NMC Nurse Teacher.
Tobie is a frontline emergency Paramedic with the London Ambulance Service and is based in central London.
Beginning his career in Emergency care in 2008, Tobie has had extensive experience from working with the busiest ambulance service in the world. He has attended countless cardiac arrests, medical and traumatic emergencies and often taken clinical lead in a variety of incidents. He has worked alongside internationally respected Doctors on the London Air Ambulance and treated people who have suffered massive traumatic injuries. Tobie also has history in teaching in his previous career in outdoor pursuits.
Tobie is passionate about first aid and teaching others how to help in emergencies.
As a law graduate, Reena started her career with Scotland Yard before entering the medical field, working for the Pharmaceutical Company, Pfizer, as an Executive Sales Representative, Acting District Sales Manager and Trainer. During her nine years with the Company she developed her skills and experience, providing one to one training in the complex disciplines of Pain, Men's Health, Women's Health and Cardiovascular medicine.
Pursuing an interest in Primary Care, Reena took on the role of Business Development Manager in a busy London Medical Practice in 2007, adding the role of Health Practitioner to her portfolio in 2013. Amassing a wealth of experience within the roles, she has been able to tailor her skills as a trainer and management consultant, using the position to provide a rare insight into the NHS requirements and expectations for both Clinical and Non-Clinical personnel. Working closely with multidisciplinary teams within both Primary Care and Community Services, she has helped to consistently deliver on quality based targets and always to a strict timetable.
Reena's focus is on delivering CQC Inspection training to GP's, Practice Managers, Practice Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Receptionists and Administrative staff to help them to achieve a successful outcome for their CQC inspection. Delivering on her own experience at successfully delivering exemplary outcomes, she will cover the steps to be taken by Practices and members of their team, before, during and after the inspection. This training will also be offered for individual Practices on a bespoke basis if required.
Jacqui has been nursing since 1976 and has gained a wealth of experience in clinical practice, management and education during that time. She is currently working as an ANP and independent prescriber in a busy walk in centre and has worked as a nurse practitioner in A&E and general practice for over 25 years.
Jacqui has a special interest in respiratory medicine and has considerable experience as a respiratory nurse specialist in both primary and secondary care settings. She also has experience in occupational health and clinical education, both as a respiratory trainer for Education for Health and as a clinical practice teacher in an acute hospital trust.
She enjoys teaching and demystifying difficult concepts, enabling and inspiring colleagues to change their practice for the better – permanently. Encouraging and enabling other health care professionals to deliver consistently high quality, compassionate care whilst developing as rounded, compassionate and highly skilled practitioners and lifelong learners is what she aims to achieve as a trainer.
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