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Meet the Team

Public Health Nursing Forum Committee

Dee Thirchelvam

Denise Thiruchelvam

Forum Chair

MSc Public Health, BN Hons, RGN, RHV, Fellow of Institute of Health Visiting and Queen’s Nurse

Denise undertook a combined RGN/RHV undergraduate training at University of Liverpool, graduating in 2001. She also has a PGD Tropical Nursing and Master of Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) specialising in epidemiology and communicable diseases. Denise has a wide breadth of experience including health visiting, specialist health protection, commissioning and public health.

Denise worked for the former Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England), public health teams within the NHS and local authorities. She has led on various public health priorities including children, maternity and health protection programmes. Denise has worked for the national commissioning and health improvement team at NHS England on the: Health Visiting Call to Action Programme; Implementation of NICE guidance on behaviour change in support of ‘making every contact count’ and Transforming Primary Care Programme.
Denise currently works at CSH Surrey as Director of Nursing and Quality and Chief Nurse. 

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Tracey Cooke

Tracey began her nurse training in 1981, she is both RGN and RMN trained with a degree in Occupational Health Nursing and has a broad range of experience both in the public and private sector and has worked in the occupational health field for thirty years. She has a special interest in mental health in the working environment. and has worked with various mental health professionals in supporting employees in work. She now works as an independent occupational health consultant/practitioner.

Tracey has been twice published in the Occupational Health Journal writing about her experiences in relation to confidentiality and record keeping. She is passionate about educating the future generation of occupational health nurses and has been a practice teacher, and is also a practice assessor - previously with Leeds Beckett, now Derby University - working with post-graduate occupational health students.

Tracey joined the RCN Public Health Forum Committee in 2019 to raise the public health agenda in relation to the working population and population at large working with fellow public health professionals.

Janet Frimpong

Team Leader– Senior Specialist OH Nurse Practitioner, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Janet qualified as a nurse in 1994, with over 25years experience in medical, surgical, women’s health and cardiac nursing before embarking on a career in Occupational Health. She completed her BSc SCPHN OH Nursing degree at Brunel University, in 2011.  Janet has been working in an OH setting for over 15 years, in both private and public sector. Her current interest is in health and wellbeing of the working population; looking at mental wellness, obesity and menopause. 

As an OH nurse, the Government's Public Health agenda underpins her knowledge, skills and experience when dealing with a range of clients within her specialty. 

Janet has been a member of the Public Health Forum since 2009, Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) since 2013 and IOH previously Association of OH Nurse Practitioner (AOHNP) since 2012.

Sandra Grieve

Sandra Grieve

Sandra’s background was in midwifery, in a university teaching and research professorial unit.  Her husband’s career with HM forces and a Multi-National Company led to a mobile lifestyle within the UK and abroad.  Her interest in Travel Medicine began in 1991 and she continued in clinical practice until 2007 before moving to an educational role. She completed the Diploma in Travel Medicine at Glasgow University and a BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion and Education. She is an active member of several travel medicine bodies, previously co vice-chair of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) Nurse Professional Group (NPG), a current member of the Publications Committee and editor of Travel Medicine News. She remains active in nurse education and was an Associate Trainer (Yellow Fever) for The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) until the training moved online.

Sandra has been an active forum member since 2000, holding office within the travel health forum (THF), the public health forum (PHF) and Forum Governance Group (FGG). She represents PHF on travel health related issues and is co-Chair of the Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine (NECTM) Steering Group. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FTM), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) and an examiner for the Diploma Membership examination. Sandra has been involved in developing guidance for nurses in travel health services. She enjoys writing, developing and attending conferences, gathering and disseminating travel health information and forging links with nurses around the world.  

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Hanna Kaur

Hanna qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2000. Post registration she undertook training for Intensive Care Nursing and worked in a number of Intensive Care / Cardiac-thoracic Care Units. She then moved to do some various Occupational Health roles. Prior to undertaking nurse training Hanna worked with children, including spending 18 months in India. 

Hanna ran a busy TB Service in a London Borough, but since 2012 Hanna has been working as the Lead TB Nurse for Birmingham and Solihull. Her experience includes improving and setting up services/clinics. Also has an interest in reaching out to the underserved population, and has worked with the Homeless Pathway Project Team, to prevent homelessness in those suffering from TB.

Currently Hanna is working with two Task and Finish Groups set by Public Health England, TB Workforce and Tackling TB in Underserved Populations. Both in which she represents RCN. Groups are set to achieve some of the ambitions published in the 2015 Collaborative TB Strategy. Hanna also represents RCN at the Annual Joint Thoracic Committee. 

Debbie Brown

Advanced Clinical Practitioner in GPN

SEN, SRN, DipHE Clinical Nursing Practice, BSC Hons Specialist Practice Nurse, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in GPN, Royal College of Nursing Advanced Level Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Director, NMP and Queens Nurse.

Debbie began her nursing career 40 years ago at a local general hospital in South London where she trained and worked for many years in a variety of departments and wards. After completing further training Debbie moved into Primary Care in 1997 where she continues to work to this present day. Throughout Debbie’s career she has continued to develop professionally and expand her management skills to become Nurse Consultant for Lewisham CCG in both a strategic and operational capacity. Debbie was appointed Clinical Director at Lewisham CCG, bringing knowledge and skills for public health across the life course and understanding the wider determinants of health. Debbie is the editor in-chief for the Practice Nursing Journal. Debbie is also an active member of several lead nursing forums, including NHS England GPN 10 Point Plan London Board and RCN Public Health forum. Debbie was instrumental in setting up Lewisham Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) Training Hub, and is the Clinical Director.

Debbie recently received the CNO gold award for outstanding achievement.  


Sophie Molloy

Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Middlesex University

Sophie qualified as a nurse in 1991 at St. Bartholomews School of Nursing and midwifery. Followed by a period of travelling and working in Australia at The Royal Prince Albert Hospital in Sydney she returned to London and embarked on a career in sexual health and contraception becoming n specialist nurse within this field. Working at Mortimer Market initially and then moving on to The Margaret Pyke Memorial Trust Research department followed by the role of  Lead Nurse at The Margaret Pyke Centre. 

She completed a degree in Nursing studies through the Royal College of Nursing in 2002, became a non-medical prescriber in 2009 and completed the Diploma from the faculty of sexual and reproductive health, and letter of competencies in contraceptive implants and Intrauterine contraception. Over the last 3 years she has completed the post graduate certificate in higher education and Post graduate certificate in advanced professional practice and works as a lecturer in adult nursing at Middlesex University. Her role mainly encompasses continuing professional development for which she is module leader for contraception and sexual health and teaches on the non -medical prescribing course with a particular interest in women's health, prescribing and public health.

Helen Donovan


Professional Lead: Helen Donovan


Helen Donovan RCN Professional Lead for Public health, supports the RCN public health and diabetes forums, she has a wide sphere of influence; supporting members, promoting professional networks and sharing good practice. 

The professional lead role is across the UK and involves providing evidence for policy makers, commissioners and providers, influencing policy development.

Helen’s work particularly involves supporting nurses working in a variety of specialist public health roles but also the wider nursing workforce to embrace their public health contribution. She also maintains a senior lecturer position at the University of Hertfordshire and lectures independently on vaccination and public health. She also has a role with North London STP and Barnet CCG in supporting nursing workforce.

Public Health Specialists and Expert Representatives that support the forum

Jason Warriner

Jason Warriner

Director of Care, Quality and Governance, Cranstoun

Jason qualified as a nurse in 1993 and has been involved with the RCN for over 30 years at a local, regional and national level. Jason initially specialised in cardiac nursing before moving into the field of HIV and sexual health.  After holding a number of senior nursing positions in the NHS he moved to the Terrence Higgins Trust (The national HIV and Sexual Health charity) as Clinical Director/Governance and Quality Director.  He has previously worked for Marie Stopes International as UK Director of Quality and Clinical Services and The Sussex Beacon as Clinical Services Director. Jason has undertaken post registration courses in sexual health, HIV and contraception alongside gaining a BSc Health Care Studies, post graduate certificate in management and post graduate diplomas in management and education and training. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Previously Jason has worked in South Africa on a children's HIV project and has been a trustee for Crisis the national homelessness charity. Currently he volunteers as the healthcare manager for Crisis at Christmas and is a member of the charities Client Services Governance Committee. From 2006 - 2010 Jason was Chair of RCN Congress and served on RCN Council.  From 2011 - 2019 Jason was a member of the Public Health Forum Steering Committee, serving a chair of the forum for six years alongside undertaking the role of Chair of Forum Chairs for four years.  He is currently a member of the RCN International Committee. 


Lynda Greenslade, Lead Nurse Specialist Practice in Hepatology

Lynda is a Liver Nurse at the Royal Free London and has been looking after patients with liver disease for over 30years. Lynda has mainly been involved with patients with all types of liver disease and manage our viral hepatitis nurses. Liver disease has increased massively over the last 10 years with a huge burden in what are wholly preventable cause of alcohol, obesity and hepatitis B and C. Lynda has worked with the RCN Gastroenterology Forum and is a member of the British Liver Nurses Association, as well as a founding member of the European Association for the Study of Liver Disease Nurses Taskforce, all of which aim to raise awareness of liver disease for nurses, patients and the wider social impact of liver disease.   

Dr Michelle Howarth, Senior Lecturer in Nursing

Dr Michelle Howarth is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Salford and Deputy Director for PGR. Michelle has a specialist interest in social prescribing and the use of nature based, person centred approaches to promote health and wellbeing. Michelle leads the National Social Prescribing Network Special Interest Group for Nursing through which she is actively campaigning to raise awareness of social prescribing amongst nurses through research, curriculum development and placement opportunities.

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Nicky Lambert, Associate Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning in Mental Health and Social Work

Nicky is an Associate Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning in Mental Health and Social Work. She has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has worked across a range of mental health services both in the UK and internationally, supporting staff and practice development in acute and mental health trusts, councils, businesses and charities. Nicky is a Trustee for West Hampstead Women's centre and is on Twitter as @niadla. She is keen that people with an interest in mental health and public health engage together as a community to support good practice and challenge discrimination. She has teaching and research interests in women's health, physical and mental health, co-production, social media, arts and health, public health and nurse education. 

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Linda Mages

Linda Mages

Recently retired, Linda gained her SRN in 1983 and RHV in 1990. From 2005, Linda worked for a number of UK Universities teaching public health to pre and post registration nursing students. This included leading undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and Public Health. Linda's research interests span pedagogy, public health and research methods. The latter includes participative design, development of peer researchers, and creative methods that enable engagement of participants who are hard to reach. Linda's doctorate was conferred in 2012.

Kemi Olufon

Kemi Olufon, Nurse Consultant in Health Protection

Kemi is a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and received the honorary title of Queen's Nurse for her contribution to Public Health. Kemi is also a practitioner member with the Faculty of Public Health and is passionate about the prevention of communicable diseases in the wider population. She is the Expert Lead for Gastrointestinal illnesses and the Lead for Group A Streptococcus for the London Health Protection Teams.  

Jan Sinclair, Senior Healthcare Public Health Nurse, and PHE National Nurse Lead Clinical Champion Programme

Jan has spent over four decades in her nursing career and continues to be passionate for promoting physical activity amongst her nursing peers, as well as other healthcare professionals. Jan has organised a variety of group sessions, challenges and teams over the years encouraging them to be more active.

Jan's current public health roles in the NHS and PHE enable her to have an even more expanded impact on workforce health, which is now being identified as a key focus for many healthcare providers and with so many resources available to support this, it is hoped that our nursing and healthcare population will be role models for good health and ultimately be able to effect positive lifestyle change in their inactive patients in particular.

Sharon White OBE, CEO of the School and Public Health Nurses Association

Sharon established the School and Public Health Nurses Association (, a charitable Professional Organisation 14 years ago.

Sharon has worked in both the NHS and Independent sector for nearly 40 years, most of this spent working in the community as a midwife, health visitor and school nurse from operational to director level. She also worked as a designated safeguarding lead/looked after children and young people. Both her NHS and Independent works have involved her in UK and global policy, guidance and research. Sharon has contributed to such policies as the Department of Health Healthy Child Programme, child related NICE guidance, Public Health England and NHS England 0-19 guidance/products, and served on editorial boards for the Journal of School and Public Health Nursing and the British Journal of School Nursing. She is also a published author.

Sharon has conducted a number of service reviews in both the state and independent sector and is involved in developing and reviewing 0-19 (24) services, service specifications, procurement processes and tender development/submissions. She is an established child protection and clinical supervisor and safeguarding expert advisor. She has conducted NHSE Serious case reviews and develops and delivers safeguarding leadership training commissioned by NHS England.

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Samantha Dorney-Smith

Samantha Dorney-Smith, Nursing Fellow

Sam is a Registered Nurse, Specialist Practitioner, and Nurse Prescriber. Having started her career in General Medicine and A&E she has been working with people experiencing homelessness and other inclusion health groups since 2004. She previously managed the Health Inclusion Team (a nurse outreach team working in hostels and day centres in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham), and more recently set up the Pathway inpatient services for homeless people in GSTT, Kings and SLaM. Sam now works as a Nursing Fellow for Pathway, focused on service improvement / development in inclusion health nationally. Her particular interests are the development of nursing practice and inclusion health education generally, homeless health data capture, and medical respite, as well as supporting the setup of new Pathway teams.   She has had several journal articles published, has sat on numerous homeless health related steering groups, and was previously seconded to the DH. She is also currently the Nurse Project Lead for the Queen’s Nursing Institute Homeless Health Programme, and the Secretary of the London Network of Nurse’s and Midwives Homelessness Group.

Gill Boast, GPN Lead and Facilitator in East Staffordshire and a Senior Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton 

Gill is a Queen's Nurse and has worked in General Practice since 1998. Prior to becoming a GPN she was previously a School Nurse, a Trauma Ward Sister and a Staff Nurse in A&E and General Surgery. Gill now teaches with the Community Nursing team on the V300 prescribing, health assessment, fundamentals and specialist practice GPN courses. Gill is the GPN Lead for East Staffordshire CCG and is also a Facilitator with the Staffordshire training hub, supporting GPNs within their clinical roles. She is currently representing GPNs on the Cardiovascular Disease Systems Leaders Forum and is also a volunteer on the Twitter group WeGPNs.

Simon Browes, Nurse Consultant, Programme Director at Nottinghamshire Alliance of Training Hubs. Honorary Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences                                                                                                           

Simon is a consultant nurse and board-level manager with expertise in primary, community and urgent care, service and pathways design, clinical-academic partnerships, professional education and workforce development. He is the executive lead for the Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub, providing workforce transformation, education and development, advice and support for primary and community services.

Simon was elected a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (New Zealand), is past Chair of the Professional Nursing Committee of the Royal College of Nursing, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, and an alumnus of the world-leading NHS Graduate Scheme. He is Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences with teaching and research interests in advanced clinical practice, clinical practice development and evaluation.

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Irene Muh

Irene is the consultant nurse for dual diagnosis at South London and Maudsley Mental Health Foundation Trust and has held senior dual diagnosis roles for over 14 years. She was previously a Consultant Nurse Primary Care at Camden and Islington MH FT.  

Irene is a registered MH nurse and has worked within mental health, addictions and primary care settings in both clinical and management roles. 

Irene holds an MSc Dual Diagnosis and is an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber. She is an External Examiner for the BSc (Hons) Nursing – Mental Health at Birmingham City University; previously an Honorary Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent. 

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Philomene Uwamaliya, Senior Lecturer at Nursing and Allied Health

Philomene is Project Lead for the Resource Hub for Professionals who support Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrant Populations & Humanitarian Champions Programme for Asylum Seekers, Migrant Populations. Mental Health First Aid Instructor & Suicide Prevention Trainer.

Philomène is a registered mental health nurse since 2006 and holds an MSc in Public Health (International Development) and currently pursuing a PhD via published work.  She has 5 years experience of working in primary care and public health with specific programmes aimed at increasing life expectancy and promoting health and wellbeing for Asylum seekers, Refugees and Migrant populations. Since 2011 Philomène has been working as a Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool John Moores University in the school of Nursing and Allied Health. 

She is a recipient of various awards including the prestigious Mary Seacole Leadership Award (2016) which enabled her to develop the Online Resource Hub for professionals caring for asylum seekers and refugees. Her other awards include the Black History Month Award for Outstanding Contribution from the Regional Director of the Royal College of Nursing (2018) and the Vice Chancellor Rising Star Award and Staff Citizenship Award from Liverpool John Moores University (2014).   

Philomène is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, and a Member of the Society for Social Medicine, European Public Health Association, The Expert Consortium on Refugee and Migrant Health.  She proactively uses these memberships to network, collaborate, enhance her knowledge and skills and lobby policy change.

Katharine Whittingham, RGN, MPH, PGCHE, PhD

Katharine is Assistant Professor at University of Nottingham and is experienced in leading innovative curriculum development, reflecting her clinical and public health expertise. She previously worked as Health Promotion Specialist influencing public health policy development, implementing and evaluating projects including the Smoking Cessation service.

Katharine is a member of Public Health England Cardiovascular Prevention (CVD) Board working to ensure the contribution of nursing is recognised and embedded in policy and service development. She is a member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. 

Katharine has advanced knowledge of research methods in nursing practice as demonstrated through doctoral studies. 


Ellie Gordon, Deputy Programme Manager - Mental Health at Health Education England

Ellie is a mental health nurse and her area of clinical speciality is addictions. This includes prescribing and psycho social interventions, and Dual Diagnosis. 

Stephen Flanagan,  Senior Health Protection Practitioner - Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Team, Public Health England North West

Stephen is an established nurse and public health professional with 17 years’ experience of licensed practice. He has worked in a number of specialist areas, most recently public health (health protection) and humanitarian aid.

He is accomplished in the delivery of health protection practice and currently leads the acute response service for Public Health England in Cheshire and Merseyside, managing a team providing day-to-day health protection specialist advice. The prevention and control of communicable disease and non-environmental hazards is a core function of this service.

Academically, he has completed a MSc in global public health and policy at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to this he completed a BSc in health protection. Stephen is a visiting lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, teaching on the Diploma and Tropical Nursing course.

He is a public health forum member of the Royal College of Nursing (UK) and has full registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).

Areas of interest and specialist knowledge:

  • Controlling the spread of TB -
  • Cholera control and case management -
  • Universal access to healthcare for vulnerable groups -
  • Healthcare and human migration -
  • Training and workforce development 

Michaela Nuttall

Michaela is a cardiovascular nurse specialist with unique and varied experience across the NHS and beyond. Developing a passion for prevention over 20 years ago she left public health after 16 years and now focuses on 3 main areas, Director (Smart Health Solutions), Associate in Nursing (C3 Collaborating for Health) and Head of CVD Prevention (Public Health England).

She is the Chair of the Health Care Committee (Heart UK), member of the Nurses and The Guidelines and Information working party (British and Irish Hypertension  Society) elected to the Association of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Health Professional Education working party and a Trustee at PoTS UK.

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