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Meet the Team

Julie Green

Forum Chair
Professor of District Nursing, Dean of Education, Keele University

Julie started her nurse training in 1987 and since has worked in a variety of roles in both primary and secondary care. In 1996, Julie was fortunate to get an opportunity to undertake the Specialist Practice Qualification as a direct entrant and became a District Nurse. From day 1 of the SPQ programme, Julie knew that this was where her heart lay as a nurse and fully embraced every opportunity.

Once qualified, Julie led a caseload in a busy, deprived, urban area of Stoke-on-Trent. The opportunity to support and care for people in their own home was an absolute privilege and being a District Nurse is something that Julie is immensely proud of! Julie also worked as a Discharge Liaison Nurse for a period, working within a large local Trust enabling patients to return to the care of their caseloads. During this time, Julie represented colleagues as their Nurse Representative on the Primary Care Trust Executive Board. This executive board role (1999-2003) gave her the first experience of representation, gathering the views of colleagues and advocating for them within an organisation.

In 2003, Julie moved to work within education as a Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University. Throughout her time at Keele, Julie has continued to work in practice and, to this day, maintains her clinical competency. Julie has been the Award Lead for the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) BSc and PGDip and Director of Postgraduate Programmes. Julie continues to deliver teaching sessions across all fields of the pre-registration nurse curriculum and within post registration modules.

Julie has a particular interest in community nursing practice and, in 2013, was extremely proud to be awarded the Queen's Nurse (QN) title; a title awarded to those who demonstrate a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice in the community. In November 2018, Julie secured the cross-faculty role of Dean for Education, working with Schools across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Julie supports the quality of educational delivery and leads inter-professional education. In January 2020, Julie was proud to be promoted to Professor of District Nursing.

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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 NHSCT

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

Marysia began her health care 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. Marysia is a nurse prescriber and mentors for pre-registration and post-registration students. Marysia was honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Nursing Award in 2016. Marysia completed the QNI leadership programme in 2018, which encouraged Marysia to complete a course as investigating officer within her role.

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.

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