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Meet the Team

ANP Committee Members

Jennifer Charlewood

Jennifer Charlewood

Forum Chair

Jen Charlewood is a registered adult trained nurse who has spent most of her nursing career in general practice. She first worked as a treatment room nurse, then a practice nurse. After undertaking further training she qualified as a nurse practitioner and a non-medical prescriber. She spent some time working in Out of Hours work alongside her general practice job. In 2017 she gained her MSc in Clinical Nursing. In 2018 she successfully credentialed as an Advanced Level Nurse Practitioner with the RCN, and was also made a Queen's Nurse for her work in primary care.

Jen has been passionate about working in primary care and advanced practice for many years. She currently chairs the RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner Forum Steering Committee. She spent three years representing practice nurses in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. Currently she works for NHS England South West, representing nurses working in general practice for the region. She still does locum work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

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Neal Aplin

MSc, BSc, Dip(HE)
Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Neal is a dedicated, enthusiastic healthcare professional and experienced autonomous clinical practitioner, uniquely experienced with primary care, secondary care and pre-hospital care experience. He has contributed to research both nationally and internationally and expertise and specialist interests have included implementing point of care testing, developing ACP led services including ANP led abdominal paracentesis and a very enthusiastic clinical simulation trainer!

Neal currently works as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Older Persons Care at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon and he lives nearby in Royal Wootton Bassett with his wife and three daughters. 

He qualified as a nurse in 2002 after studying at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has worked in a variety of clinical areas including CCU, ED, ICU, acute medicine, NHS Walk in Centre, GP surgeries, Out of Hours and Emergency Ambulatory Care. 

Neal continues to study in Bristol, obtaining a BSc Critical Care in 2007, becoming a non-medical prescriber in 2008, and completing an MSc in 2018. Other experience has included serving with the Royal Air Force Reserves and he is a volunteer with St John Ambulance, where he is mainly involved with teaching St John Cadets first aid skills. 

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Sharlene Hogan

MSc Cardiology, RGN
Lead Advance Nurse Practitioner for Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery

Sharlene graduated from Brighton and Sussex University in 2011 with a masters in cardiology. In 2017 she successfully completed a module at master’s level in “Innovation and Leadership” at South Bank University. In 2011 Sharlene qualified as a Non-Medical Prescriber. She is currently an Advance Life Support Provider. Her nursing career started in 1991 when she trained to become a registered general nurse at London South Bank University and qualified in 1994. 

Within the last two years, Sharlene has changed directorates within Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, to develop a new service as the Lead Advance Nurse Practitioner in Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery. It is a challenging and great opportunity that allows her to utilize her cardiac expertise while gaining new skills and knowledge in management, leadership and staff development. In this directorate the nurse practitioners as well as Sharlene have replaced the FY1 doctors and now manage the ward patients’ clinical needs. 

Prior to working in Gastrointestinal Surgery, she has been practicing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in cardiology for the last 12 years and had a specific interest in interventional cardiology, arrhythmia patient care, electrophysiological intervention and pacing. While in cardiology she developed the Nurse-Led cardioversion service which involved the management of her own caseload of patients’ pre, peri and post cardioversion. Utilising skills such as consenting, non- medical prescribing, performing the external cardioversion and ensure safe discharge and follow up of patients. She also organised and chaired the Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) patient support groups. In December 2017 she was interviewed by the BBC to help promote the importance of these groups and demonstrate how they benefit patients. 

Teaching and mentoring is integral to her role as a nurse. Sharlene for many years has presented at the HC-UK Conferences with a focus on cardiology and non-medical prescribing sharing her experience and knowledge. In the gastrointestinal service she has provided in-house training for practitioners who require training in abdominal examination. Sharlene is affiliated with the Arrhythmia Alliance and often does patient information workshops to educate the general public about atrial fibrillation, pulse checking, AED defibrillator use and basic life support teaching. She has participated in developing a patient information video, on the use of Direct Oral Anticoagulants, in patients with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation which received an award of excellence. She remains passionate about patient care and advancing nursing as a profession and career.

Tom Johnson

Thomas Johnson

Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Lecturer in Advanced Practice

Tom is and Advanced Nurse Practitioner in secondary care in Bristol, with roles in Hospital at Night and Acute Medicine. He currently holds the post of Lecturer in Advanced Practice at the University of the West of England, and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Academic areas of interest include non-medical prescribing, pathophysiology and diagnostic reasoning, and the management of long term conditions.

In 2019, Tom was appointed to the RCN ANP forum committee, and has worked with colleagues across the UK to drive forward Advanced Practice, and promote wider understanding of this level of practice. He has spoken nationally on the role that the Advanced Practitioner has on the management of deteriorating patients.

Having trained in Bristol, Tom has a background in Cardiology and Critical Care and has been actively involved in service development and provision, as well as professional education. 


Professional Lead:  Wendy Preston

ANP Forum Committee 2020

ANP Forum Committee 2020
Jacqueline Thompson

Jacqueline Thompson

Nurse Consultant, Older people, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Tayside 

Jacqueline’s nursing career began in Critical Care in the mid 90’s in East Yorkshire.  She relocated to Manchester in 1998, completed her Post-graduate certificate in education and swiftly following this commenced the MSc in Clinical Nursing at Manchester University in 2000.  In 2002 she became the first nurse clinician in cardiothoracic surgery in a large inner city teaching hospital in Manchester. She embarked on the first supplementary and independent non-medical prescribing course in 2003. This gave rise to her being a champion for non-medical prescribing and driving forward the number of active non-medical prescribers within the organisation.  Keen to broaden her clinical horizons she then moved within the same hospital to become the first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in acute medicine, care of the elderly in 2006. Her current role as a Nurse Consultant is in Dundee, in the North East of Scotland. Her clinical caseload is same day home visits as part of the Tayside enhanced community support model for the frail, elderly.  This role is part of the Scottish Governments 2020 vision that ‘Everyone is able to live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting’. Jacqueline has presented at both National and International conferences and has published on the role of the advanced nurse practitioner in acute medicine.  Her interest and expertise areas include transformational change to improve services for older people, advanced nursing practice and end of life care.

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Helen Wenger

Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Medicine, RCHT, Truro, Cornwall

Lecturer on Advanced Practice Programme & module lead for Advanced Clinical Assessment skills, University of Plymouth

Helen is an RCN credentialed Advanced Nurse Practitioner working in the Emergency department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust in Truro. She is also a lecturer at the University of Plymouth on the Advanced Practice Programme and module lead for Advanced Clinical Assessment skills.  They have recently merged with the medical school affording some great opportunities to work together with medical colleagues.

Having trained in Essex, undertaking a diploma in Adult Nursing, she quickly realised that she had a keen interest in Emergency Medicine. Helen undertook a BSc in Emergency and Urgent Care at City University in London which then allowed her to create some networks, resulting in her being seconded from her ED Lead Nurse post in Essex to the Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  A post Helen felt humbled to have performed as a Venue Medical Manager.

In 2013 Helen relocated to Cornwall.  Here she continued her role in management as a Matron for Specialist Medicine however, she found that her career was moving further away from actual patient care.  Hence, she returned to ED and started her MSc in Contemporary Healthcare (Advanced Practice) at the University of Plymouth.

Helen has an active interest in compassion fatigue in the Emergency Department and her dissertation evolved into several recommendations to help maintain a sustainable workforce. 

Advanced Practice is an absolute passion of Helen's and working between the acute trusts and the university in Southwest has identified the need for standardisation, credentialing and managing expectations of employers as well as the general public. Being in the fortuitous position of being able to practice clinically at an advanced level and facilitating learning at an advanced level, the opportunity now to influence and sculpt the landscape of advanced practice is tangible.

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