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Meet the Team

Julie Green

Forum Chair
Professor of District Nursing, Dean of Education, 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. Over the years Julie has developed and led the Specialist Community Nursing programme and has been the Director of Postgraduate Programmes. In November 2018, Julie secured the cross-faculty role of Dean for Education. Julie works with the range of Schools across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, which includes medicine, radiography, social work, physiotherapy, counselling, midwifery, nursing and physician associate programmes. Julie’s role is to support the quality of educational delivery.

Julie is an 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 wounds 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

Head of Workforce Transformation, Health Education England, 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 1980's. She obtained her district nurse certificate and spent all of the 1990's as a sister in a New Forest practice.

She had various community managerial and service improvement roles. 

Sue was involved in the development of the Productive Community Services Programme from its inception until 2013. She spent over three years touring the country and visiting both Australia and New Zealand whilst delivering the programme.

She became a Queens Nurse in 2014 and currently works as the Head of Workforce Transformation where she continues to influence community nursing.

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.

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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Marysia Graffin

District Nursing Sister, Coleraine South Urban

Since April 2010, Marysia has been a community nurse working within the NHS, working alongside the Multidisciplinary team to provide a nursing service for patients requiring care in their own homes. 

Marysia began her healthcare career as a care assistant in a nursing home in 1989, working various roles as a domestic then senior care assistant. She worked within this profession, until she received her Bsc (Hons) in Adult nursing from the University of Ulster in September 2008.  Marysia returned to the University of Ulster in 2013 to complete her specialist practice in district nursing which led onto her current role as district sister.

While her main passion is nursing, on her days off she enjoys walking and family time.  Marysia's long term career plan is to continue with her education and she is currently working on a masters degree in professional development.

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