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Meet the Team

Anne-Marie McAuliffe

Forum Chair

Senior Orthopaedic Surgical Practitioner, East Surrey Hospital

Since graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1996, Anne-Marie has worked in the perioperative setting. During her career, she has been employed in the NHS and private sectors, in both substantive and short term positions, around the country.  With over twenty years post registration experience, Anne-Marie has amassed a great breadth and depth of knowledge and skills across a wide range of surgical specialities, but her primary area of interest is trauma and orthopaedics. She is a qualified Surgical First Assistant, currently employed as a Senior Orthopaedic Surgical Practitioner in East Surrey Hospital, Redhill. Anne-Marie joined the RCN Perioperative Forum in January 2017, and was elected Chair of the Forum the following year.

Harriet Dean-Orange

Anaesthetic Nurse and Scrub Practitioner

Harriet's first qualified job as a Staff Nurse was in the Recovery Department at the Royal Sussex County Hopsital. Since then, she reaslied her true passion was in the Operating Department and has further studied to become an Anaeasthetic Nurse and Scrub Practitioner. After 10 years experience in clinical practice, she moved to spilt her work time between practice development and clinical work.

As well as working in Theatres, she also has the role of NHS Sustainability and Health Ambassador for the Brighton and Hove area. This role involves working in networks and indiviually to intergrate and promote the agenda of enviormental, social and finacial sustainability within healthcare and has a personal main focus on sustainability in the Operating Theatre.

Laura Hodgetts

Assistant Lecturer, Birmingham City University

Laura is a staff nurse in Birmingham and qualified in 2017. She specialises in scrub and recovery within emergency theatre. She is also an assistant lecturer for Birmingham City University where she is also in the process of completing a PhD and is passionate about undergraduate education as well as the perioperative setting

Sarah Finneran

Committee Member

Sarah has worked in the Perioperative Environment as a Scrub Practitioner and educator on and off since 1990.  She has also worked in other areas both in and out of the NHS, but always comes back to theatres. She has worked with the AfPP as the South West Lead running study days with the team. 

An active RCN member and supportive of her branch and as an RCN Representative.

Sarah is currently working at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust in the Perioperative Education Team."

Rebecca Diedo

Senior Lecturer – University of Brighton

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and is involved in the education of Nursing students as well as coordinating the clinical skills curriculum for Trainee Nursing Associate and Assistant Practitioner Apprentices. She has been a committee member of the RCN Perioperative Forum since January 2020 and has been on the AfPP South East regional study day committee since 2015.

Prior to joining the university in 2017, Rebecca had worked in perioperative practice since qualification. In this time, she gained the knowledge and skills required to undertake dual roles as both an anaesthetic nurse and scrub practitioner. Subsequently using this knowledge to support the learning and development of healthcare professionals working in the perioperative setting, whilst working in the practice education team. She is interested in inter-professional education and creating patient safety cultures.


Professional Lead: Suman Shrestha

Page last updated - 30/04/2020