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Meet the Team

Doris Corkin

Forum Chair

Doris is delighted to be in her second term of office with the RCN, as a forum steering committee member and appreciates opportunity to highlight the Northern Ireland perspective. Doris has both adult and children’s training and has specialised in neonatology for over twelve years. Doris worked in an acute medical / surgical ward for six years and was instrumental in establishing a new community children’s nursing service before accepting her current teaching position in 2003.

Doris' higher education teaching commitments include pre-registration and postgraduate nursing including masters level, with specific interests in the nursing care of young people with critical / complex / palliation needs, encouraging service user / carer involvement within the curricula.

As a module coordinator, Doris makes every effort to develop her clinical skills within the field of children’s nursing through facilitation of inter-professional education and has presented her teaching, research and travel awards at national and international conferences.

Doris is lead editor of a unique care planning textbook, invited to write numerous chapters and articles with nursing colleagues and students and contributed widely to RCN Documents including Congress fringe events. Has held a number of external examiner university appointments, member of professional committees /organisations and continues to actively inspire students and motivate healthcare professionals in relation to life-long learning.

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Gillian Priday

Gillian’s background is in Nursing, Psychology and research.  Her first degree was in Psychology, she went onto complete an MSc in Health Psychology.  Gillian then went on to do her Nurse training and is now completing her Masters in Nursing. Gillian currently works as a Staff Nurse on a busy children and young people’s ward.

Gillian has also worked in the community with homelessness services. As part of this job she helped and supported children and families involved in human trafficking. One of her main roles was to work with different organisations within the community to deliver health promotion and provide access to healthcare for vulnerable people. This involved working with and managing a team of volunteers to develop new strategies to best meet the needs of the local community and ensure holistic and high quality care was being delivered. 

Gillian joined the Children and Young People's Specialist Care Forum steering group because of her passion for promoting and advocating for children and young people’s nursing and bringing policies to life in practice, Gillian’s particular interests are in oncology and intensive care medicine.

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Christine Desmond

Christine Desmond

Christine Desmond is a clinical nurse specialist in paediatric endocrinology at the Royal Berkshire hospital. Christine qualified at the Westminster hospital as a registered general nurse in 1991; completing the paediatric conversion course at the London hospital in 1996, she worked at the Middlesex hospital where her interest in paediatric endocrinology began.

Christine’s current key role is to provide support and education to patients with complex endocrine conditions during diagnosis, treatments and ongoing care. Christine has developed nurse led endocrine clinics and more recently set up virtual thyroid clinics. She always strives to maintain the provision of a high quality care for children and adolescents with endocrine problems. She is also committed and proactive in her role to improve transition for adolescents to adult services.

She has continued to gain further academic qualifications including a BSC in professional nursing and a post graduate certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing. Christine is looking forward to her role within the forum and is happy to be contacted regarding any endocrine issues that need to be addressed.

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Colette Datt

Colette Datt

Colette Datt trained as an adult nurse, before doing her paediatric nurse training at Middlesex University. She worked on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital whilst completing a BSc in Child Health.  Colette worked as a paediatric community nurse for several years, before returning to the Whittington in 2002 to set up the Paediatric High Dependency Unit.  In 2010 Colette started a new role as an asthma and allergy CNS.  During her time as an asthma/allergy CNS she has worked with the HLP asthma group and initiated a schools asthma project in Islington.  Colette has also enabled a smoking CQUIN within acute paediatrics and is currently in her final year studying for an MSc in allergy at the Imperial College.

Colette was appointed as a Nurse Consultant for Paediatrics in Oct 2016.  One of the main aims of this role was to strengthen clinical paediatric nursing leadership within the children and young persons’ service ICSU. Colette's subspecialty is asthma and allergy and she continues to work clinically as part of her role. She is committed to ensuring the voices of children & young people are heard within all aspects of children’s services.  Her areas of interest are around key CYP priorities including smoking cessation, obesity, transition, sexual health, autism and young carers.

She sits on the Healthy London Partnership Asthma Leadership Group and helped develop the HLP Asthma Standards and has worked with a nursery nurse to develop ‘the monkey has asthma resources’ for younger children with asthma.  Colette is newly appointed to the of CYP Specialist Care Forum steering committee and appreciates the opportunity to network with other nursing colleagues and other professional groups within CYP healthcare, whilst being able to identify priorities, inform policy and influence practice within this forum.

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Dr Marie Marshall, RGN, RSCN,BSc,PhD

Marie's clinical background is in Children’s Nursing specialising in working with children and young people with diabetes at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Working with children and young people with a long term condition and their families, exploring the impact this condition had on their daily lives is where Marie first developed her interest in research and in pursuing a PhD which was researching the ‘meanings’ children and parents align to living with diabetes. Understanding what health is and what it means to children and families through the use of ‘storytelling’ is a powerful means of engagement with both children and adults. Enabling these stories to be told frequently provides insight into what they consider important and how they can best be supported.

More recently Marie has been on secondment three days a week using her research knowledge and skills to work on projects in the community and across Greater Manchester. These projects are designed to reduce health inequalities that individuals, children and families frequently experience when living in areas where there are high levels of deprivation and poverty. Working in these communities Marie is very much aware of the impact poverty has on the long term health outcomes of children and families. She is passionate about her role as a nurse and researcher and continually strives to bring the two together in her everyday practice.

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Angela Cole

Angela is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Intestinal Failure at The Royal London Hospital. Angela qualified at St Bartholomew's Hospital (City University) as a RSCN in 1999. She worked at St Bartholomew's Hospital and The Royal London Hospital, where her interest in Paediatric Gastroenterology developed.

Angela was the Clinical Nurse Specialist for children and young adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease at The Royal London Hospital, she was instrumental in establishing the Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease nursing service. During this role she developed a key interest in the transition process for young people from paediatric services into adult services.

Angela's current role is to provide support and education to patients/parents/carers with Intestinal Failure requiring Home Parenteral Nutrition. Angela works with and supports the multi disciplinary team to ensure that children and families receiving Home Parenteral Nutrition have access to continuing care, respite services, education and other resources to promote the importance, of children and young people having the opportunities to reach their full potential. Supporting everyone working with the child and family is key to this process. Angela also leads on promoting independence through the transition into adult services, working closely with young people and families to teach the specialist nursing tasks as well as promoting adherence and compliance.

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Professional Lead: Fiona Smith

Page last updated - 14/09/2018