RCN Eastern Board
Natalie BrooksNatalie is an emergency care staff nurse at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a qualified nurse for two years and previous to this she worked in the same trust as a bank health care assistant. During her degree, Natalie was an RCN Student Information Officer, supporting many campaigns, helping other members become active and supporting student members to attend RCN Congress. Natalie is currently the safer staffing campaign member lead for RCN Eastern, an RCN Steward and vice chair of the RCN Norfolk branch. Natalie is currently chair of the RCN Eastern Board.
Michael is an active RCN safety representative and steward. He is UK Safety Representative Committee Member for the Eastern Region. Michael has been actively involved in many RCN campaigns and is currently chair of RCN Bedfordshire branch. He works as a charge nurse, is an ex-staff side chair and CQC Specialist Advisor. Michael is currently vice chair of the RCN Eastern Board.
Sarah is transformation lead nurse at Ipswich Hospital. She has been a RGN for 30 years and started her training in 1987, having previously been employed as a health care worker and enrolled nurse. Since then she has worked as a matron, ward sister and clinical proactive facilitator. Sarah is an RCN Steward and chair of the Suffolk branch.
Eva is a theatre nurse and PACU (recovery) practitioner. She has experience across medical and surgical units, both in outpatient and inpatient settings. Eva also works in A&E. Her overseas professional experience covers the breadth of nursing and midwifery, including paediatrics and mental health.
Eva is an RCN steward and her interests include issues affecting the Black and Minority Ethnic groups. This has seen her speak several times at RCN Congress, including in a motion on waiving the IHS fees faced by overseas nurses and their dependants. Eva is a member of the Bedfordshire branch.
Fiona’s 16-year nursing career has included working in wards, practice development and clinical practice education at Southend University Hospital. At present she is Clinical Practice Educator and in this role she supports students, newly qualified and overseas nurses. She also works clinically in post-op recovery, which enables her to keep in touch with patient care while working with nurses and other healthcare professionals. As part of an MSc in Medical and Clinical Education, Fiona researched the experiences of overseas nurses working in the UK, which has assisted in overseas nurses OSCE training. She advocates the use of simulation for nurses and inter-professional learning. As Clinical Practice Educator, she has developed courses for newly qualified, overseas nurses and multi professionals both at the hospital and also within her secondment to Anglia Ruskin University. Fiona's personal interests include travelling, climbing and mountaineering. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Mountain Medicine with the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Fiona is the RCN Eastern representative on the RCN Professional Nursing Committee.
Jes works as Team Leader in operating theatres at Southend Hospital. Jes started his nursing career in the UK as a Supervised Practice Nurse in 2004 and followed the career pathway within theatres. Jes completed his BSc (Hons) in Leadership and Management in 2017 and Masters Degree in Health Care Management in 2019 at Anglia Ruskin University. Jes is currently the staff side Chair, Chair of RCN Essex Branch, Lead Steward and Staff Governor at Southend Hospital. Jes is the RCN Eastern member of RCN Council.
Jenny JanesJenny has held a variety of roles in care for the elderly over the last 25 years. She was a district nursing sister for 10 years and also spent 15 years as a psychotherapist in a GP practice. Jenny has been active in the RCN for 55 years as a branch member, secretary, steward, safety rep and also attending RCN Congress. She was an RCN officer for 10 years. Jenny is now retired but is active in volunteer work with health-related organisations. She is a carer for a relative with dementia. Jenny is a member of the RCN Suffolk branch.
Sarah has been an adult nurse for 20 years, training and working at her local acute trust in Essex. Sarah briefly worked in Australia as a nurse while backpacking before returning to theatres at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. During her career Sarah has worked in various roles in theatres, post anaesthetic recovery and pre-assessment, as clinical nurse specialist role and managed an off-site day unit for a year before leaving theatres after 16 years and starting her current role. Sarah completed her RCN safety rep training in 2018. Since then Sarah has become part of a growing team off reps at Broomfield, which has grown from two just two years ago and now stands at nine. Sarah is a keen crafter and rugby first aider and is the administrator for her hospital's staff support page. She is a member of RCN Essex branch.
Leah has been nursing for 12 years. She currently works for NELFT as a community heart failure nurse specialist but has held various roles during her career, gaining many skills, including a health coaching accreditation, and building strong working relationships along the way. Leah has been a member of the RCN for 11 years and in 2020 became an RCN steward. In August 2020 she led and facilitated a protest on pay in Essex with over 350 health care workers and supporters in attendance. Leah feels very passionate about campaigning. She is always looking at ways to improve services and is not afraid to be honest and stand up for what she believes in. Leah is a member of the Essex branch.
Charlotte is a clinical facilitator in critical care, focusing on international recruitment and delivering training for OSCE and critical care. She has been a trained critical care nurse working across units in Essex and London before becoming a practice development nurse in a more local setting, again focusing on OSCE for international nurses. Charlotte has a BSc First Hons in acute care nursing. She has been a steward for the RCN since 2016 and has been active in branch campaigning locally for staff as well as supporting them at work. Charlotte is a member of RCN Essex branch.
Helen OathamHelen is a Governance Practitioner working for Wellbeing Services, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. She works in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) primary-care based mental health service comprising of NHS and partners such as Mind and Relate. Before becoming a mental health nurse, Helen was a support worker in a care home. Helen is an RCN steward and has held several committee roles in the Norfolk branch. She is also very active at RCN Congress as a voting member, proposing and speaking in key debates. Helen is the RCN Eastern member on the RCN Trade Union Committee.
André is a charge nurse in trauma and orthopaedics at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in Bury St Edmunds. André finished his nursing degree in 2010 at Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, in Portugal, and decided to embark on a journey in the UK in June 2011. Since then, André has worked in multiple trusts across the Eastern region, as a staff nurse as well as an agency nurse. André is passionate about equality, diversity, support of overseas nurses and the cultural ambassador programme. He is also a steward and learning rep. André is involved in RCN Suffolk Branch, becoming the Branch Secretary in 2019.
Andrew RoyAndrew is an emergency care staff nurse at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Addenbrooke's Hospital. Andrew qualified in 2018, and initially worked as a staff nurse in the community across Hertfordshire, based in Hitchin. Recognising he needed to strengthen his skills and work more in a team environment, Andrew then transitioned into the hospital setting and acute emergency care. While completing his nursing degree at Middlesex University, Andrew became an RCN Student Information Officer in the London region where he discovered that they did not have any formal student network across the capital. So, along with a colleague from his university, he set about creating an RCN SIO Network for London. The SIO Network, encompassing representatives from nine universities, went on to hold the first ever London-wide student-led conference at RCN HQ, which was well received and supported. Andrew has been actively supporting campaigns and representing other members at RCN Congress, and has an extensive trade union background while working elsewhere in non-clinical roles within NHS health care before qualifying. Andrew is currently an RCN steward at Addenbrooke's hospital, an RCN rep on the Joint Staff Side Forum, and the RCN rep on the CUH Trust Policy Working Group. Andrew is also currently the branch treasurer for RCN Cambridgeshire Branch.
Claire TurnerClaire has been working in health and social care since 2002, qualifying as an RN (LD) in 2009 and a SCPHN (HV) in 2014. She has worked in various hospital and community settings in both the NHS and independent sector within learning disability, mental health and public health services and has held a variety of roles from support worker to hospital director. Claire has been heavily involved in campaigning for fair pay since 2020. She is a newly appointed RCN Safety Rep and is a member of the RCN Essex branch.
Melanie has been a qualified RGN for almost 30 years and has worked in a variety of settings from acute, to community and independent sectors. Melanie currently works as a registered nurse in social care and community health and is a guest lecturer at the University of East Anglia. Melanie's particular interest is combative behaviours and dementia care, presenting her work globally and publishing a book in 2019. While working at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Melanie was an RCN Steward. She is interested in representing support workers and nurses who work in social care and the independent sector. Melanie is a member of the RCN Norfolk branch.
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