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Meet the Team

Sarah Cato

Forum Chair

Bio coming soon


Professional Lead: Suman Shrestha

Rachel Bird

Deputy Nurse Director for Operating Services, Critical Care & Anaesthesia (OSCCA) Directorate, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Rachel qualified in 1996 with a Diploma in Adult Nursing for Sheffield University.  She gained experience on a Trauma Orthopaedic ward before moving into the Emergency Department at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This is where Rachel spent the next sixteen years of her nursing career progressing to a Senior Sister & Emergency Nurse Practitioner. During this time Rachel continued with her studies and obtained a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing, a MSc in Advanced Practice Development and became a Non-Medical prescriber.

Rachel moved out of Emergency Care in 2012 into a key clinical leadership position where she provided operational and strategic leadership ensuring the delivery of high quality patient care.

In 2016 Rachel wanted to progress her career to fulfil her aspirations of becoming a Chief Nurse and moved to The Rotherham Foundation Trust, where she was Matron in a number of areas; Emergency Care, Critical Care, General Surgery, Endoscopy, Trauma & Elective Orthopaedics.

Rachel’s passion for Emergency Care continued and in 2019 became Lead Nurse in the largest single site Emergency Department in the country at Nottingham University Hospitals.  In December 2021 Rachel moved back to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Deputy Nurse Director for Operating Services, Critical Care & Anaesthesia (OSCCA) Directorate.

In 2019 Rachel obtained a leadership scholarship with the Florence Nightingale Foundation which has provided her with a number of opportunities to further develop her leadership skills. During the scholarship Rachel completed a service improvement project to improve the timeliness of post-operative analgesia and in 2022 she will be attending Harvard University to complete a leadership course.

Throughout Rachel’s career she has strived to ensure that patients receive excellent care and that staff are supported and cared for. Prior to leaving Nottingham University Hospitals she was involved in reducing Violence and Aggression on health care professional and wants to continue with this work whilst she is a member of the Emergency Care Association Forum.

Rachel is still passionate about Emergency Care and wishes to continue to help support and develop Emergency Care nurses now and in the future.  

Tanya Boulter

Tanya qualified in 2005 with a BSC (Hons) in Adult Nursing. She has gained experience in a variety of nursing environments, including working on a trauma unit and an acute coronary care unit. Following a period of working as a cruise ship nurse, she decided to apply for a position in the Emergency Department at Royal Bournemouth Hospital and hasn't looked back since - that was five years ago. Tanya completed her studies for the Advanced Nurse Practitioner qualification in 2013, and it has given her an insight into how nurses can shape the environment they work in. Tanya has progressed to a role as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner within the Emergency Department, where she manages the care of patients who present with minor injuries. 

Her particular passions include education of staff and care of patients with mental health conditions within the Emergency Department. Tanya believes that it is important to act as a role model, but to also introduce learners to the reality of nursing, including problem solving and trying to achieve a high standard of care delivery whilst coping with a busy and chaotic environment, understaffed shifts and high patient volume. She has also recently completed a CPD course at Bournemouth University entitled 'Caring for Mental Health Patients in a Non-Mental Health Environment'. which focused on learning about conditions such as schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, dementia and delirium. 

Tanya has been a member of the Royal College of Nursing since she qualified in 2005. She is currently Secretary for the Dorset Branch of the RCN. This has given her an insight into how members can collectively work together to achieve a common goal. She has also attended the RCN Congress in 2018 in Belfast and would encourage every member to apply for a funded space - the experience is so worthwhile and reaffirms why we became nurses. 

Debbie de Labauve d'Arifat

Matron, Emergency Department, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Debbie qualified in 2004 and went to work directly as a newly qualified adult nurse in her local Emergency Department having always had a passion to work in emergency care. Over the following 7 years she worked her way up to a Band 7 alongside studying for her BSc in Emergency Care. She then went on to develop skills and knowledge in autonomous practice by undertaking her Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Nursing which encompassed advanced practice and non-medical prescribing allowing her to work in a dual role as both a Senior Sister and an ANP. Once she had consolidated these skills, she diversified by undertaking the role of Practice Development Nurse due to an ongoing passion for nurse education and development. After 13 years in in an emergency environment she decided to use her advanced practice skills by working in primary care as an ANP for 2 years.  

Debbie is currently employed by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in central London as the matron of their very large and busy Emergency Department which has allowed her to develop into an experienced leader with a particular passion for education, workforce and resilience.

Sara Morgan

Nurse lecturer, University of South Wales

Sara has 16 years Emergency care experience, Working within the Emergency Unit at the University Hospital of wales. Here Sara progress from a junior staff nurse to a team leader. Whilst working in Cardiff She undertook her MSc in Advanced nursing Practice and was instrumental in setting up and developing the ANP service within Cardiff and Vale UHB. Her last clinical post was as an Advanced Nurse practitioner in ED.  Sara now works as a Senior Lecturer in Advanced Practice at the University of South Wales. 

In 2015 Sara moved to the University of South Wales to work as a senior lecturer in Advanced Nursing practice and teaches on an extremely successful MSc programme. Sara works in both pre, post registration Nurse Education at the University, and has a specialist interest in developing Emergency care skills through simulation. She was recently part of a team who developed a multi professional Blue Light simulation event for a cohort of pre registration Nursing and Gwent police probationer students. This event focused of collaborative working and emergency preparedness.  
Sara is still passionate about Emergency care and the development of future Emergency Care nurses

David Smith 

Matron, Emergency Department, University Hospitals Plymouth

David has worked for the NHS for the best part of 20 years apart from a stint when he joined the military where he undertook an operational deployment of Afghanistan.  He has been in the Emergency Department for the past 8 years with a brief stint in an Intensive Care Unit before realising his career firmly lay within the Emergency Department. 

David’s Emergency Nursing career has found him working almost exclusively in East London apart from a spell South of the river at Kings College Hospital during his tenure, he was a part of the team that had three major incidents in a very short space of time in 2017.  He then moved back North of the river and into another Major Trauma centre as junior charge nurse which included supporting research within the ED at the Royal London hospital before undertaking a Practice Educator post supporting Emergency Nurse education. 

David currently is employed as the Matron of Derriford Hospital. It is the only Major Trauma Centre within the South West of England, the only reason why he gave up the hustle and bustle of London. 

He is passionate about workforce and representing the nursing voice, particularly within relation to Emergency Nursing. 

He has undertaken his Post Graduate Certificate in Academic practice and is currently working with the local higher education institutions to develop a bespoke post-graduate nursing module to compliment and enhance the portfolio of nursing courses being offered. He will be undertaking some of the teaching and ensure quality is maintained to provide a sustainable solution to nurse education in the South West of England. 

Page last updated - 07/03/2022