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Meet the Team

Sue Hill

Forum Chair 

Sue qualified from Guys Hospital and worked in various staff nurse posts in London and Dorset. On completing her district nurse qualification, she spent many years as a sister in a New Forest practice.

Sue had various community, managerial, service improvement and transformational roles and more recently was Senior Nurses for SE England with HEE.

Sue was involved in the development of the Productive Community Services Programme from its inception until 2013. She spent over three years touring the country and visiting both Australia and New Zealand whilst delivering the programme.

Sue became a Queens Nurse in 2014.

Sue had research about the Understanding the Benefits of the District Nurse Specialist Practitioner Qualification published and continues to advocate for the ongoing training needs tor community staff.

Having retired from the NHS she currently has a portfolio career including working with the University of Winchester and SimComm Academy and the RCN.

Sue is passionate about nursing and the need to have the right skills in place so that people can be empowered to drive and shape their health care. She is always looking to develop innovative solutions to strategic challenges and would like to enable more staff to have their views heard, and to be able to listen and support nurses working in the huge variety of different nursing teams in the community.

She is really keen for members of the forum to talk to the committee to ensure views are heard and we lobby for the issues our members experience.

Julie Green

Professor of District Nursing, Dean of Education, Keele University

Julie started her nurse training in 1987 and since has worked in a variety of roles in both primary and secondary care. In 1996, Julie was fortunate to get an opportunity to undertake the Specialist Practice Qualification as a direct entrant and became a District Nurse. From day one of the SPQ programme, Julie knew that this was where her heart lay as a nurse and fully embraced every opportunity.

Once qualified, Julie led a caseload in a busy, deprived, urban area of Stoke-on-Trent. The opportunity to support and care for people in their own home was an absolute privilege and being a District Nurse is something that Julie is immensely proud of! Julie also worked as a Discharge Liaison Nurse for a period, working within a large local Trust enabling patients to return to the care of their caseloads. During this time, Julie represented colleagues as their Nurse Representative on the Primary Care Trust Executive Board. This executive board role (1999-2003) gave her the first experience of representation, gathering the views of colleagues and advocating for them within an organisation.

In 2003, Julie moved to work within education as a Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University. Throughout her time at Keele, Julie has continued to work in practice and, to this day, maintains her clinical competency. Julie has been the Award Lead for the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) BSc and PGDip and Director of Postgraduate Programmes. Julie continues to deliver teaching sessions across all fields of the pre-registration nurse curriculum and within post registration modules. In November 2018, Julie secured the cross-faculty role of Dean for Education, working with Schools across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Julie supports the quality of educational delivery and leads inter-professional education. In January 2020, Julie was proud to be promoted to Professor of District Nursing and in April 2021, Julie was appointed Head of School for the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University.

Julie has a particular interest in community nursing practice and, in 2013, was extremely proud to be awarded the Queen's Nurse (QN) title; a title awarded to those who demonstrate a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice in the community. In 2021, Julie was honoured to be appointed Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. Julie continues to be involved nationally in the promotion of those roles that support patients outside of hospital. Julie was Chair of the RCN District and Community Nursing Forum from 2017-2021; Julie has relinquished this into Sue Hill’s competent hands but remains a member of the steering committee.

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Gail Goddard

Gail qualified as an RN from University College Hospital in 1988. She then worked in the hospital setting until 1990 when she joined community nursing. Gail worked as a community RN, a district nurse team manager, a specialist community practice teacher and a general practice nurse for the past 30 years, in the Twickenham area.

In her present role, she is responsible for the practical development of the clinical and leadership skills required for student district nurses completing the specialist practitioner qualification, while also providing clinical leadership to the district nursing team to meet the needs of the caseload and the local population. Gail is a nurse prescriber and a mentor for pre- registration and post-registration students. Gail was honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Nursing Award in 2013.

Gail has just completed the QNI leadership programme, which has encouraged her to widen her influence and speak up for what she believes in. Gail is also an active Dementia Friends Champion and especially enjoys holding awareness sessions for young people.

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Wendy Newnham

Wendy Newnham

Nurse Director, Procare Health Ltd and Procare Community Services

Wendy qualified as a registered nurse in 1996 at the Whittington Hospital in London and realised during her pre- registration training that she wanted to work in the community setting. Her first role as an RN was at St Thomas’s hospital on a urology ward before heading off for a year working and travelling in Australia. This opened Wendy’s eyes to different ways of working. On her return Wendy worked as a community nurse in Kingston where she completed her SPQ BSc in district nursing. After qualifying as a District Nurse, Wendy worked in Kensington and Chelsea, returning to Surrey after becoming a mum. For a few years, Wendy had several part time roles including Discharge Liaison Nurse, twilight nurse, practice nurse and nurse visitor to older people.

Wendy's first management post was in 2004 as a Service Development Manager and Lead for Long Term Conditions in Surrey where she set up one of the first Community Matron teams. In 2011 Wendy then went on to work as Deputy Chief Nurse across Surrey Community Services for three years during which time Wendy studied for her MSc in health and social care achieving a distinction for her research dissertation on the benefits and challenges of using mobile working in adult community nursing.

Wendy then became the Lead for Adult Community Nursing Services across Surrey for four years before moving for a short time into a CCG as Head of Urgent and Integrated Care. In 2019 Wendy joined a local GP Federation in Guildford and Waverley, Surrey where she led on the successful transfer of the local adult community nursing service from the acute hospital to the GP Federation. As Nurse Director, she feels privileged to oversee a strong team of district and community nurses, community matrons, community night nursing team and a clinical leadership team, and other primary care services all of whom enable their patients to remain at home.

Starting in 2022, Wendy has been selected for a National Clinical Senior Nurse Fellowship with the Chief Nursing Officer Team at NHS England, working alongside the National Head of Community Nursing over a one year secondment.

A fitness enthusiast, Wendy has run the London marathon three times, achieving good for age category in 2021. Wendy has also run several ultra-marathons including a 100km and achieving first place in a 62km ultra marathon. Prior to COVID Wendy trained as a Zumba instructor and enjoys shopping and travelling. She has two teenage age children, a cat and a Cavachon dog. Wendy is very passionate about community nursing and all that it can offer and want to support district and community nursing at a wider level by being a member of the forum committee.

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Marysia Graffin

District Nursing Sister, Coleraine South Urban NHSCT

Since April 2010, Marysia has been a community nurse working within the NHS, working alongside the integrated team to provide a nursing service for patients requiring care in their own homes.

Marysia began her health care career as a care assistant in a nursing home in 1989, working various roles as a domestic then senior care assistant. She worked within this profession, until she received her BSc (Hons) in Adult nursing from the University of Ulster in September 2008. Marysia returned to the University of Ulster in 2013 to complete her specialist practice in district nursing which led onto her current role as district sister. Marysia is a nurse prescriber and mentors for pre-registration and post-registration students. Marysia was honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Nursing Award in 2016. Marysia completed the QNI leadership programme in 2018, which encouraged Marysia to complete a course as investigating officer within her role.

While her main passion is nursing, on her days off she enjoys walking and family time. Marysia's long term career plan is to continue with her education and she is currently working on a masters degree.

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