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Meet the Team

Julie Green

Forum Chair
Lecturer, Keele University

Julie qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1990 and has worked in a variety of roles within both primary and secondary care. She has also represented colleagues as a nurse representative on the Primary Care Trust Executive Board. Julie is a Queen's Nurse and an active member of the Association of District Nurse Educators (ADNE).

Julie joined Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2003 as a lecturer in the adult field. She is now award lead for the specialist community nursing (district nursing) BSc and PGDip and delivers sessions across all fields of the nurse curriculum and within continuing professional development modules.

She has a particular interest in community nursing practice, and has honorary contracts with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust and University Hospital of North Midlands. She regularly accompanies students on clinical visits whilst they are on placement.

Julie is an early post-doctoral researcher and is developing a programme on patient centredness in the care of the older person with complex conditions. Her previous work focused on the successful development and implementation of a consultation template for patients with chronic illness and included high levels of patient and carer involvement

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Gail Goddard

Gail qualified as an RN from University College Hospital in 1988. She then worked in the hospital setting until 1990 when she joined community nursing. Gail worked as a community RN, a district nurse team manager, a specialist community practice teacher and a general practice nurse for the past 30 years, in the Twickenham area.

In her present role, she is responsible for the practical development of the clinical and leadership skills required for student district nurses completing the specialist practitioner qualification, while also providing clinical leadership to the district nursing team to meet the needs of the caseload and the local population. Gail is a nurse prescriber and a mentor for pre- registration and post-registration students. Gail was honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Nursing Award in 2013.

Gail has just completed the QNI leadership programme, which has encouraged her to widen her influence and speak up for what she believes in. Gail is also an active Dementia Friends Champion and especially enjoys holding awareness sessions for young people.

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Sue Hill

Education Commissioning and Development Manager, Health Education Wessex

Sue qualified as an SRN in February 1983 at Guys Hospital and worked in various posts in London until she moved to Poole in the late 1980s. She then obtained her district nurse certificate and spent all of the 1990s as a sister in a practice in the New Forest.

Sue then became a service manager of community nurses and was involved in the development of the Productive Community Services Programme. She spent over three years touring the country and visiting Australia and New Zealand while delivering the programme.

She became a Queens Nurse in 2014 and currently works as an education commissioning and development manager where she continues to influence community nursing locally. Sue is passionate about nursing and the need to have the right skills in place so that service users can be empowered to drive and shape their health care. She is always looking to develop innovative solutions to strategic challenges and would like to enable more staff to have their views heard, and to be able to listen and support nurses working in the huge variety of different nursing teams in the community.

She is also an ambassador for the charity African Education Trust and volunteers regularly in Mbale, Uganda, and also a vice chairman of the Countess Mountbatten Hospice.

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Wendy Newnham

Community Nursing Services Lead, Virgin Care

Wendy qualified as a registered nurse in 1996 in London and realised during her pre- registration training that she wanted to be a district nurse. After a year travelling and working in Australia she started working as a community nurse in Kingston before going on to complete her district nursing degree. She then worked in Chelsea as a district nurse. After having her daughter, Wendy settled in Surrey where she juggled motherhood with working as a practice nurse and a nurse visitor to older people.

Wendy's first management post was in 2004 as service manager for community nursing in South West Surrey, and she stayed in this role until becoming deputy chief nurse. She has an MSc in health and social care and her research dissertation focussed on the benefits and challenges of using mobile working in district nursing.

Wendy has been in her current post as community nursing services lead at Virgin Care in Surrey for over two years. She feels privileged to oversee a strong team of district nurses, community matrons, out of hours nurses and specialist nurses, all of whom enable their patients to remain at home.

A fitness enthusiast, Wendy ran the London marathon in April 2016 and also enjoys swimming, Zumba, shopping and travelling. She has two children, two cats and a dog and wants to support district nursing at a wider level by being a member of the forum committee.

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