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Meet the Team

Penelope Stanford 

Forum Chair

Biography to follow shortly

Katie Pedwell

Katie Pedwell

Worcestershire Acute Health Care Trust

Katie started her ophthalmic nursing career in 1973, undertaking a pre-registration diploma in ophthalmic nursing at Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital. On completion of her general training, she returned to Birmingham Eye Hospital for 21 years. During this time she gained managerial experience whilst managing the eye casualty and enjoyed the specialist nurse practitioner role in a busy department.

In 2002 she became a nurse manager in ophthalmology at Heart of England NHS Trust and managed eye clinics on two separate sites. She also developed her clinical practitioner role in post-operative eye examination for cataract patients. During this time she obtained her masters degree in practitioner development.

In 2009 Katie entered the private sector in Birmingham and became the registered manager of the hospital with the Care Quality Commission, obtaining experience in laser refractive surgery and refractive lens exchange procedures. She then became a coordinator for an ophthalmic research study and attained her GCP certificate.

Katie currently works in the eye clinic at Worcestershire Acute Health Care Trust and enjoys her time with her patients, providing a high standard of care and having an influential role in teaching staff nurses and student nurses.

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Juliat Burns

Juliat Burns

Department Manager, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Juliat is the ophthalmic department manager at Warrington and Halton Hospitals, NHS Foundation trust and is a passionate ophthalmic nurse.

She is responsible for developing excellence in clinical practice and leading the development of nursing and nursing practice within ophthalmology services. She works as an expert practitioner, provide expert clinical nursing advice, training, education and clinical leadership within the speciality. Although her role is challenging, she finds it rewarding to provide optimal standards of patient care.

Juliat has also worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital as a research nurse and has had several papers published. She joined the forum in 2014 and remains eager to promote the field of ophthalmic nursing.

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Nicola Dunlop

Nicola Dunlop

Oculoplastic Nurse Consultant

Nicola commenced her ophthalmic nursing studies at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1998. Following this, she worked in the operating theatre, successfully completing the ophthalmic theatre course, as well as the mentorship and counselling courses. She consolidated her academic achievements by obtaining a non-medical prescribing, post graduate diploma in health management, as well as a masters in health management. In 2013, Nicola was awarded the British Thyroid Foundation: Evenly Ashley Award.

Nicola pioneered the first nurse-led services at Moorfields in botox, minor surgery, post-operative clinic and virtual histology reporting. She runs a bi-yearly botox study day for ophthalmic and neurology nurses and doctors, and developed the patient pathway currently in use in the oculo-plastic/adnexal service.

Recently she created the first comprehensive dvd on caring for patients with loss of an eye, which led to her starting work on a second dvd on thyroid eye disease and its management and audit. A third dvd on the management of watering of the eye is currently in development.

Nicola was recently promoted to nurse consultant and is currently undertaking a doctorate in nursing. She is driven by a desire to educate nurses and improve the quality of compassionate patient care in its many facets. Nicola joined the forum in 2015 so that she could work with other members to influence ophthalmic changes that will benefit both patients and nurses.  

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Yvette Revell-Smith

Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

Yvette is a RGN with 23 years of experience as an ophthalmic nurse. During this time she has worked at the University of Leicester NHS Trust as well as on the Isle of Wight. She has a specific interest in corneal and retinal disease. Until recently she worked as an ANP and non-medical prescriber, where her main duties included working as an autonomous practitioner, leading in practice development, instigating evidence based practice changes and strategically planning for the efficient and prudent running of the hospital’s eye services.

Yvette is passionate about promoting core ophthalmic nursing values to equip the future workforce. She believes firmly in a patient-centred approach linking new research and empirical evidence to inform practice. She has extensive experience in ophthalmic practice and hopes to develop and enhance post registration ophthalmic education within the South region. 

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