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Meet the Team

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Stephen McKeever

Forum Chair                 

Dr Stephen McKeever is a Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University London. Stephen initially trained as adult nurse before completing a conversion course to become a children's nurse in 1997. Since this time his clinical experience has mainly focused on the care of the critically ill child. This experience has been gained in hospitals in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Whilst in Australia, Stephen worked for the New South Wales newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS).

Stephen has an established track record of undertaking and publishing research. Topics of investigation have included neuromonitoring, brain injury, pain/sedation, and engaging nurses in evidence based practice. In 2012, Stephen graduated with a PhD from The University of Melbourne. His doctoral thesis examined electroencephalogram changes occurring in children during anaesthesia. In May 2015, Stephen commenced work on Causes of ATtrition in CHIldrens NursinG (CATCHING) study. This research has delivered valuable insights into why student children’s nurses stay or leave their programmes.

Dave Clark

Dave completed nurse training as an adult nurse in Leicester and worked within critical care. After a short time he converted to children's nursing and was senior clinical nurse in children's intensive care. He subsequently moved into education as a practice educator and later lecturer/practitioner. Dave joined Cardiff University in 2001 and with colleagues he developed the children's clinical simulation laboratory, at the time one of the few dedicated clinical skills laboratories in the UK and has published widely about this initiative.

Dave leads CYP education in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff and he recently completed a PhD in the social sciences. He represents the school at a number of all Wales strategic forums and is proud to be working with the RCN as a committee member. He hope to bring a Welsh perspective to the forum as well as his expertise as an educator and clinician.

Katie Bagstaff

After Qualifying as a registered Children's Nurse in 2000, Katie went on to work on a surgical ward specialising in plastic surgery, orthopaedic and neurosurgery. In 2002, she then moved to Paediatric Recovery and has an extensive clinical knowledge of Children's surgery. She now works as the Senior Sister Paediatric Recovery and Childrens Day Surgery ward. Within her role, Katie also co-manages the Adult Recovery areas.

She is passionate about promoting the needs of the children and young people within the Perioperative setting, and has developed regional competences and conferences to encourage and support this. 

Aside from her clinical enthusiasms, Katie is committed to providing and promotive team ownership and engagement. 


Professional Lead: Fiona Smith

Freya McFadden

Committee Member

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