Meet the Team
More information about the forum's committee, including biographies and contact information
Headache Nurse Consultant (BSc Hons, NMP, MSc, ADvDip (CPD)
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Siobhan started her nursing career in 2001.
After achieving a BSc in nursing studies in 2004 she landed her first registered nurse role on a busy medical assessment unit gaining a huge amount of knowledge, skills and confidence. From then on she has attained much experience in many areas of neurosciences and neurology.
In 2015 Siobhan was awarded the Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification (NMP) whilst working as a ward manager on a Neuro-Rehabilitation ward for brain injured patients. Working in this environment heightened her enthusiasm and drive to care for such patients in enabling and empowering those who had suffered severe brain injuries to return to some form of normal life post-surgery.
She began her next step of her career at Salford Royal in Manchester 7 years ago and over that time setup the Nurse led Headache service including treatment and consultation clinics. This rapidly growing headache service led to an increasing expansion into the community to form Greater Manchester’s first nurse led community headache service.
Siobhan was awarded an MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain and Headache from the University of Edinburgh in 2019, which helped gain vast insight into the world of research, especially into new migraine treatments. From this she successfully published her first journal article in the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing with excellent reviews and which has been a platform for future publications. She also completed a clinical examination course at Masters’ level to which has optimised her clinical skills in the assessment of patients.
She is the founder of CHAMPS (Chronic Headache and Migraine Patient Support) group which was set up in 2016 at Salford Royal. She also regularly presents at national and international headache conferences and headache nurse meetings.
Siobhan became a member of the Royal College of Nursing Neuroscience Committee Forum in 2019 and is extremely passionate about bringing headache to the forefront creating a structured approach to headache education and how we introduce and encourage new headache nurses to the field.
In May 2021 Siobhan was successfully appointed Headache Nurse Consultant at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. She is looking forward to implementing and leading new initiatives for the way in which primary headache disorders are managed in Cumbria creating an exemplary service which may be replicated within the UK. This in turn will promote efficiency and improve patient outcomes.
Becoming the first Headache Nurse Consultant in the UK is a fantastic opportunity to be a trailblazer for other aspiring nurses or indeed all headache clinicians. She is highly driven in pushing forwards many other exciting initiatives for headache management in the future.
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Lead Nurse - Neurology, Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Medicine
Institute of Neurosciences, Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.
Marie joined the NHS as a Neurosciences Nurse in 2000. Marie has had several roles within the Institute of Neurosciences during her career including Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, and Senior Charge Nurse within the Neurology services and Neurosciences Night Nurse Practitioner. In January 2020 Marie became Lead Nurse for the Neurology services at the Institute, the National Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.
Marie is passionate about Person Centred Care and Quality Improvement.
Marie is an active member of the National Neuroscience Benchmarking Group and the British Association of Neuroscience Nursing Committee Member.
Consultant Nurse for MND, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery
Jan has worked almost entirely in the field of neuroscience nursing since qualifying as a nurse in 1987. Initially as a neurology ward based nurse and then as unit manager of the neuro-intensive care unit at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (NHNN). In 2003 she took up the post as the clinical nurse specialist for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at the same hospital. In June 2016 Jan was recruited to England’s first Nurse Consultant post for MND. The MND service at NHNN is now the largest consultant led MND service within the UK.
Alongside neurological, ITU and management qualifications Jan has an MSc in palliative care from Kings College, London and has a specialist interest in advance care planning and home ventilation for this group of people.
Jan joined the RCN Neuroscience Forum in January 2017 and is a keen advocate for nursing in this specialty to help improve the knowledge and standard of care delivered to people living with a neurological illness. Her aim is to see the forum proactively engage with student nurses in the future so that we inspire and secure highly motivated junior nurses to help take neuroscience nursing forward in the future.
Maria Ines deSousa de Abreu
Neurology and Neurorehabilitation Clinical Nurse Specialist currently working in Bromley Healthcare CIC – NHS
Between 1986 and 2008 Ines was linked with an International Charity and worked as a volunteer nurse in several countries caring for children and adults with complex needs and setting up new Health Services, including: a Walk-In Centre dedicated to the treatment of Minor Injuries, Malnutrition, Malaria, and other tropical diseases; a Nurse led Children’s Neuro-rehabilitation and HIV/AIDS Centre in Mozambique in 2001, and an Health Promotion, Education, and Outreach Services for the detection, treatment and social reintegration of people with Epilepsy and Mental Health Disorders, promoting the reduction of Stigma and Misconception attached to these disorders in the South of Angola in 2006.
In 2008 Ines joined the NHS where she has been passionately working in Trauma and Emergency Medicine, Neurosciences and Neurorehabilitation, including Translational Clinical Research, in Hospital and Community settings as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, managing a caseload of adults and people with neurological conditions, including Early Supported Discharge for stroke patients, and support people with other long-term and life limiting neurological conditions, having a key role on supporting patients, their family and friends managing complex needs and end-of-life care and support. She had a key role on promoting research and the implementation of the "Shine Project" - promoting self-management on people with Brain Injury in King’s College Hospital.
In March 2020, in the higher peak of the COVID 19 outbreak, she became a senior clinical assessor within Bromley Healthcare Care Coordination Centre, working close with the Rapid Response Team, District Nursing, and other community services. As member of the MDT she actively contributed to the setup of the new Single Point of Access, part of the reorganisation of services to manage the COVID-19 outbreak, linking health and social care services to support a safe discharge from Hospital, Safe Care in the community, and preventing avoidable admissions to Hospital.
Her life has been marked by the passion for research and innovation in neurosciences, with personal commitment to achieve excellence on patient centred holistic care, promoting self-management, reducing stigma, and striving to support better training for nurses, other professionals and carers in Neurosciences and Neuro-rehabilitation, endorsing interdisciplinary and inter-agency collaboration on service development and improvement.
Ines was appointed member of the RCN Neurosciences Forum steering committee in November 2019.
Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Debbie began working in the NHS in 1985 and has held a variety of roles, including ward sister in surgery and infection control, clinical audit facilitator and district nurse. She also gained some experience of working within industry as a welfare officer and occupational health nurse.
Debbie started working as a community MS specialist nurse in 2004, setting up the service and securing recurrent funds. She continues to champion community specialist nursing and the benefits of providing such a service. She is passionate about the demonstration of the need for MS nurses and has published articles on the cost benefits of her service. One of her greatest achievements was receiving the Queens Nurse award in 2012. She was also the interim nurse advisor for the MS Trust, representing over 250 MS nurses nationally for 18 months. The role involved working with the Department of Health, NHS England and the RCN to ensure that MS nursing is at the forefront of delivery of care. She has also assisted with national conferences and MS specific study days to ensure that MS nurses receive the education, advice and support required to fulfil their roles.
Debbie is now a community palliative care clinical nurse specialist, with an interest in neurological patients and medicinal cannabis. She is also an independent consultant I working as Policy Advisor to the UKMSSNA which involves co-ordinating and responding to NICE guidance, attending technology appraisals, partnership working with the MS Society and MS Trust, ensuring MS Nurses are represented nationally including press interviews, roundtables and All Parliamentary Groups.
Debbie is a book reviewer for the Nursing Times, book and article reviewer for the Nursing Standard and BJNN. She is on the editorial advisory board of the RCNi Primary Healthcare Journal and has written various articles and comment pieces for the nursing and national press.
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