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Meet the Team



Professional Lead:  Marie Therese Massey

Ellen Nicholson, QN

Forum Chair 

Ellen currently works at NHS Resolution as the Safety and Learning Lead for General Practice. 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

Safety and Learning Lead for General Practice

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

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

Elia Monterio

Elia works as a practice nurse in GP practices across boroughs in London. After qualifying from Kings College London University in 2015, Elia worked in palliative care and transitioned to primary care through the ‘Open Doors’ practice nurse development programme. This opportunity enabled Elia to advance both academic and clinical practice skills and she recently completed her Msc in Practice Nursing. 

Elia completed a Bsc in Human Nutrition and brings expertise in various aspects of applied and ad-vanced concepts in nutrition. While specializing in this area Elia was awarded the best performing intern in a Public Health internship programme and co-authored a report of a survey development to support services for diabetes prevention published by Diabetes UK.

Elia has a special interest in ‘social prescribing’ and as the CIC ‘Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Part-nership’ Clinical Lead has successfully written a business plan proposal that supports the GPN 10 point plan after completing the RCN workshop ‘How general practice can enhance the business through investment in general practice’. Subsequently Elia enrolled on the first cohort of the Rosalind Franklin GPN programme which she hopes to complete in March 2020.
Elia Monteiro

Elia Monteiro

Committee Member

Practice Nurse

Ann Gregory

Ann trained at Sheffield School of Nursing in 1985, has been a renal nurse, midwife and has spent 26 years as a GPN at the same practice in Sheffield, now as a locum. She is a nurse prescriber and has vast experience of telephone triage, minor illness and chronic disease.

She set up the New Arrivals Group in Sheffield, initially to manage the increasing levels of acute hepatitis b infection in a migrating community. The New Arrivals Health Needs Group continues to run and is multidisciplinary. The group provides a forum for themed networking and advocacy around health and social care professionals and those working to support the health and well-being of new arrivals.

Her work on hepatitis b led to a locally enhanced service in Sheffield to screen and vaccinate this community in Sheffield and was subsequently published nationally.  
She started working as a Clinical Nurse Advisor for the Primary Care Digital Transformation Team for NHSX in 2018 and leads on the Digital Nurse Network. 
The Covid pandemic has turned the attention of those in primary care towards digital ways of working and so she is supporting this with regular webinars, and a weekly blog on the NHS Futures platform.

Ann has spoken at national conferences on the primary care digital transformation program. She lectures and assesses at both Sheffield Universities, currently in a virtual capacity.

She continues to work as a locum Nurse Practitioner at her practice in Sheffield and is so pleased to be on the RCNGPN forum committee. After much reluctance she joined Twitter and she is now an active Tweeter and wants to encourage GPN’s to join, she is looking forward to hearing the views and the voice of nurses.

Ann Gregory

Ann Gregory

Committee Member