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Meet the Team

More information about the Forum committee, including biographies and contact information

Liz Marland

Forum Chair       

Liz Marland initially trained in 1981 as an Enrolled Nurse going on to obtain RGN, RSCN then a BSC(hons) in Children’s Community Specialist Practitioner. This was then followed by an Msc in Child studies.

During her career Liz has worked at Pendlebury Children’s, Booth Hall Children’s and Duchess of York Children’s hospitals before continuing on to work in a children’s hospice for five years. While working at the children's hospice she gained invaluable nursing care skills which she benefitted from when she moved onto her next post.

In 1999 Liz set up the first CCNT in Trafford, running an acute and chronic acre service with nurse led clinics for asthma, constipation and enuresis. The service provided nursing acre - including palliative care 7 days a week. She then left to teach on the post grad Children’s community specialist practitioner course at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Liz now owns three nursing homes for young people with complex health needs and in her spare time she does fund raising for the local church and spends time with her 4 dogs.

Ken Hull

Ken commenced nurse training in 2000, having changed careers in the late 1990s after ten years as a dairy farmer. 

Ken worked at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, initially working on a rotational programme (Bone Marrow Transplant, Cardiac, Paediatric Haematology / Oncology). Following this period he worked for six years as an oncology nurse and gained a First Class degree in Nursing Children and Young People with Cancer from Cardiff University.  

From 2010 until late 2015, Ken worked as a CLIC Sargent Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nurse Specialist Key Worker and completed an MSc in Advanced Practice Cancer Nursing from Kings College London. This provided valuable networking opportunities and the chance to work closely with charity acute and community care health providers. 

Late in 2015 Ken was appointed to the Lead Nurse post for a Children's Community Nursing Service. 

He has previously served on the RCN CYP Specialist Care Forum steering committee and having changed clinical focus, has successfully been appointed to the RCN CYP Continuing and Community Care Forum. 

Ruth Richardson

Ruth Richardson, Registered Nurse, Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, BSc Specialist Practitioner, Community Children’s Nursing.  

Ruth has worked in children's nursing in a variety of roles since obtaining her post registration in sick children's nursing in 1987. She moved to Wales in 1994 and after a short period in the University of Wales hospital joined the ABUHB CCN team in 1997 where she was one of the first cohorts of staff employed to provide respite for children with complex needs. 

In 2002 she became a borough manager and obtained her degree in Community Health Studies (CCN).   

Ruth has a strong interest in education and implemented a HCSW training programme for the service, this interest in ensuring children with complex nursing needs receive quality care led to her current position as Continuing Care Manager for the service.  

Ruth has previously chaired and is now secretary for the All Wales CCN Forum and jointly leads on a CYP Continuing Care subgroup; working at a national level to standardise the implementation of the Wales Government CYP Continuing Care guidance. She has been strongly involved in writing and initiating multi-agency training for Continuing Care across Wales.  

Patricia McNeilly

Patricia trained initially as a general nurse before undertaking the RSCN course at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1987. After qualifying Patricia worked in the paediatric unit of a district general hospital for ten years during which she undertook a BSc in applied psychology.  From 2001-2003 she worked in the community setting with children requiring palliative care and their families, completing her CCN course at this time.  Since 2003 she has been a lecturer in children’s nursing at Queen’s University Belfast.  In 2014 Patricia completed her PhD research exploring the participation of disabled children, young people and their parents in health and social care decisions. Patricia has published numerous articles relating to disability and palliative care for children.  Patricia is co-editor of the book Palliative care for children and families: an interdisciplinary approach

Orla McAlinden

From both an adult and child nursing background, Orla has worked in children and young people's nursing since 1984. Orla has worked in general paediatrics as well as PICU and NICU posts. 

Since 1997 Orla has been a lecturer in nursing at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland and has taught across undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. 

Orla is a tweeting nurse at @karmicgirl as well as a CQC Specialist Advisor for Paediatrics, a member of the steering committee for the RCN Continuing and Community Care Forum and one of the moderators for the recently established RCN Children and Young People Forums' Facebook group. 

Orla's professional interests include medical ethics, law, professional issues, infant mental health and CYP emotional and mental health issues.  

Nicola Lewis

Nicola Lewis RGN; RSCN; BSc (HONS) CCN Team Manager for Abertawe- Bro-Morgannwg University health board, South Wales. 

Nicola has been a Community Children’s Nurse with Abertawe Bro-Morgannwg University Health Board since October 2000. Her previous background in Paediatric nursing includes General Paediatric inpatient care in East Glamorgan Hospital NHS Trust and the Princess of Wales Hospital NHS Trust. 

Nicola gained her RSCN in 1995 at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, following this she specialised in Paediatric Oncology and haematology at the Welsh regional unit at Llandough hospital in Cardiff gaining relevant clinical and theoretical qualifications. Nicola achieved her specialist practice BSc in Community Health Studies; CCN pathway at University of Wales, Swansea in July 2001.  

Her areas of professional interest are to develop CCN services in line with government policy, ensuring that the emphasis for care closer to home encompasses children as well as the adult population. 

Her current role is Continuing Care Manager for Children and Young People within ABMU Health Board.  Nicola has undertaken several secondments throughout her nursing career , that include , specialist , educational and managerial roles to broaden her experience, expertise and to overall improve the care she provides to the children, young people and their families she cares for. She is currently Chair of the All Wales Children’s Community Nursing Forum and a member of the RCN steering committee for CYP Community and Continuing Care Forum.

   Joanna Grant


Professional Lead: Fiona Smith

Page last updated - 05/03/2019