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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.

Jason Cross

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Since qualifying as a staff nurse, Jason's career focus has centred on surgical patients. He has worked within trauma and orthopaedics and joined Guy's and St Thomas' in 2002 in the orthopaedic pre-admission clinic. Jason was one of the leading practitioners involved in developing and implementing the nurse led orthopaedic pre-assessment service. This model of care is now used in the Trust's central pre-operative assessment clinics.

Jason joined the POPS team in 2008 and divides his time between outpatient clinics and the wards. He works in the 'one stop shop' nurse-led clinic for colorectal patients and on the wards he liaises with the surgical teams, providing specialist nursing and medical advice for patients over the age of 65.

Jason has input into medical student training and is a regular speaker on the surgical pre-assessment process for the anaesthetic department. He has spoken nationally and internationally on the use of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in the surgical setting and on his role as an independent practitioner. 

Ruth Leighton

Practice Development Nurse Theatres, Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Ruth studied Nursing at the University of Wales, Bangor where she qualified in 2002. Ruth started work as a Recovery Nurse, and in 2005 she completed an anaesthetic diploma which allowed her to work in a dual role. 

Ruth had a keen interest in training and development and was link nurse for major incident until 2010 when she joined the practice development team.

Ruth is now the practice development nurse for theatres where she helps promote, support and develop clinical practice within theatres. In 2015 she took on the role of Practice Educator for Cardiff University she provides leadership for the clinical education and assessment team. In 2016 Ruth presented at the OneTogether UK infection prevention expert conference.

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


Professional Lead: Anna Crossley

Page last updated - 22/10/2019