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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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Julie Bliss

Senior Lecturer, Kings College London

Julie is an RGN and district nurse currently working as a senior lecturer at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King's College London where she is the pathway lead for the MSc Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner District Nursing programme.

Julie is also the chair of the Association of District Nurse Educators (ADNE) where she links with community providers to support pre and post-registration nursing students, as well as working with community staff for continuing professional development.

Part of her work with pre-registration nursing students has included working with colleagues to develop primary care simulation for first year students and evaluate a placement circuit which is primary out of hospital services with an inpatient placement. She is also a member of the British Journal of Community Nursing Editorial Board.

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Sue Rayment

Clinical Lead, Northamptonshire Healthcare

Sue qualified as an SRN in 1982 and worked at St Thomas' Hospital, London until she became a community staff nurse in Chelsea in 1986. She attended a 12 week secondment at the Battersea Leg Ulcer Clinic under the direction of Dr Stanley Allen, resulting in a love of helping patients with leg ulcers. She then trained as a district nurse at South Bank Polytechnic in 1987/88.

She is currently a Band 7 Operations Manager for one of three locality DN teams in Northampton. She recently completed a Pg Cert in Leadership and maintains clinical practice by working occasional weekends and odd days in the leg ulcer clinic.

Sue believes that district nursing is the best job in the world, and that developing relationships with patients and providing individualised care offers tremendous job satisfaction. As a member of the forum, Sue is keen to hear the views of the wider forum membership and to share examples of good practice and new ways of working. Sue also looks after the forum twitter account.

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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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