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Meet the Team



Professional Lead:  Marie Therese Massey

Kim Grimmer

Kim qualified in 1994 and has worked in various settings including secondary care, primary care and the Royal Air Force. After completing a return to practice course in 2012, Kim worked as a practice nurse in a local GP practice where she developed both practical skills and advanced her academic skills by studying towards the MSc in Advanced Practice, which she plans to complete in 2020.

Kim was the student nurse lead for the practice and during this time successfully hosted two nursing students and one return to practice student, who went on to secure their first post registration roles within the local primary care area. Clinically, Kim has a specialist interest in contraception and sexual health. She completed the FSRH Diploma and also the FSRH sub-dermal contraceptive implant training.

Since November 2018, Kim has been working at her local CCG as the Practice Nurse Lead for Wiltshire, where her role is involved in driving the 10 Point Plan forward for General Practice Nurses in Wiltshire. Kim is also the nurse representative for the RCGP Severn Faculty. Kim is delighted to be a member of the RCN GPN Steering Committee and is looking forward to the work this will generate throughout 2019.

GPN Forum committee member

Kim Grimmer

Committee Member

Practice Nurse Lead at NHS Wiltshire CCG

Sarah Hall

Sarah qualified from Hereford School of Nursing in 1986, she has had a varied career both in the UK and abroad, working in Care of the Elderly, Haematology, SCBU and adult intensive care. She has been a practice nurse since 2000.  Sarah has previously been chair of her locality GPN Forum and has worked on several  projects for NHSE. Since  2015 she has also had the role of Practice Nurse Lead role for South Devon & Torbay CCG; 2017 Sarah was appointed full-time GPN Lead for both Devon CCGs whilst continuing to have a small clinical role in a local GP practice, this enables her to maintain her competencies in diabetes care and prescribing whilst reminding her what it is all about. 
Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

Committee Member

Practice Nurse Lead NEW Devon CCG, Primary Care Nurse Lead and NMP Lead SD&T CCG

Ellen Nicholson, QN

Forum Chair 

Ellen is course director and lecturer for the academic general practice nursing programme at London South Bank University. She has previously worked as a nurse manager for a GP at scale partnership managing the complexity of system change and transformation. As well as working across both primary and secondary care providers in London, South West England and overseas, and held a company directorship for a number of years. 

Ellen holds various national roles as a member of the RCN General Practice Nurse Forum steering committee, RCN Advanced Practice Credentialing committee and has sat on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Asthma Management Guideline and Asthma Quality Standards committee with both primary and secondary care respiratory experience. Additionally she is a member of a political party health resource group researching and influencing health policy.

Ellen has written articles on the general practice nursing workforce and has successfully presented posters at national conferences on subjects such as integrated asthma services and advanced practice. Additionally, she was a finalist with a North East London GP Confederation in the 2017 Health Service Journal awards. She is committed to both facilitating the development and profile of nurses in general practice and further afield, highlighting nursing as a career through her role as a Nursing Now ambassador.

Ellen Nicholson

Ellen Nicholson

Committee Member

Lecturer at London South Bank University 

Joyce Pickering, QN

Joyce has been a practice nurse for 14 years after completing a RCN “Return to Nursing” course. She is currently a Nurse Manager in a busy town practice in South Devon. This is a very exciting time in general practice with opportunity to influence the shaping of practice nursing. As well as being a practice nurse Joyce also works for CQC, as a specialist advisor, which she enjoys very much and believes it’s a great opportunity to witness good practice.  

Diabetes is Joyce’s main clinical focus. Joyce delivers diabetes education in South Devon for GPS, GP’s and HCA’s. They host student nurses from Plymouth University, which has been extremely rewarding and they hope it will encourage student nurses to consider practice nursing as a career choice.  

Last year, Joyce worked with the Royal College of General Practitioners on their Online services for patients. Being involved in these different roles gives Joyce a balanced overview of life in General Practices, as well as the challenges and rewards that brings.There are great opportunities ahead in the 10 point plan and Joyce will be working hard with the RCN to try and deliver better opportunities in both education and terms & conditions.

Joyce Barclay

Joyce Pickering

Committee member

Nurse manager at Cricketfield Surgery, Devon

Kathryn Smyth, QN

Since qualifying as a registered nurse, Kathryn has worked in a variety of posts across both primary and secondary care. Kathryn’s professional interests lie in the community setting particularly general practice where she has worked as a practice nurse since 2003. After completing her specialist practitioner General Practice Nurse postgraduate diploma in 2007, she became a practice teacher and avid promoter of educational opportunities within practice nursing, focusing her master’s dissertation on the subject area. Kathryn taught as an ad hoc lecturer on the general practice nurse foundation course before taking up a full time teaching post at the University of Central Lancashire in 2016. She continues to work within the clinical environment. 

Kathryn joined the RCN as a student nurse and became a member of the GPN forum committee in January 2018. She is a Queens Nurse and an active member of her local GPN forum committee. Currently she is teaching and supporting Return to Practice GPN students and has developed educational opportunities for GPNs across her locality. Increasing placement opportunities for student nurses within general practice is high on her agenda and she is working to identify practice nurses and clinical environments that are keen to develop mentorship opportunities.

Kathryn has recently contributed to a chapter in the 3rd edition of The Text Book of Non-Medical Prescribing (Nuttall & Rutt Howard, 2016) and has been published in several nursing journals. She is a member of the Association of General Practice Nurse Educators and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a peer reviewer for the Practice Nursing Journal and enjoys attending conferences where she has presented posters on Transition from Children’s to Adult Community Services and the recently published RCN GPN best practice guidelines in managing childhood immunisation clinics. 

Katy Smyth

Kathryn Smyth

Committee Member

Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire and works in the clinical environment as practice nurse

Annie Winstanley

Annabelle is a newly qualified general practice nurse. Having qualified in 2017, she moved directly into the community after her nurse training. Whilst at university she founded the Oxford Brookes Nursing Society, which is still flourishing to this day. Currently she works in Oxfordshire as a general practice nurse and acts as an advocate for other newly qualified nurses to enter the profession. A keen RCN member, Annabelle attended congress in 2018 as a voting member and having been inspired applied to join the committee in Winter 2018.

Annie Winstanley

Annie Winstanley

Committee Member

General Practice Nurse in Oxfordshire

Page last updated - 08/07/2019