Jason qualified as a nurse in 1993 and has been involved with the RCN for over 28 years at a local, regional and national level. After graduating as a nurse from Leeds College of Health 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. Jason has worked in South Africa with CHIVA Africa, a project that supports the roll out of HIV treatment to children, is a trustee for Crisis the national homelessness charity and also volunteers as the healthcare manager for Crisis at Christmas. From 2006 - 2010. Jason was Chair of RCN Congress and served on RCN Council. He is currently Chair of RCN Forum Chairs.
Tracey 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 both general nursing and mental health nursing qualifications. In addition, she has a degree in occupational health and a special interest in mental health in the working environment.
Tracey is passionate about educating the future generation of occupational health nurses, which her role as a practice teacher enables her to do.
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.
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.
Denise undertook a combined RGN/RHV undergraduate training at University of Liverpool, qualifying in 2001. She also has a PGD Tropical Nursing and Master of Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and is a sessional lecturer for Imperial College London. Denise has a wide breadth of experience including general nursing, 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. Most recently, Denise has worked for the national commissioning and health improvement team at NHS England as a Project Manager (Public Health) 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
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.
Helen’s role involves providing evidence for policy makers, commissioners and providers, influencing policy development which acknowledges the nursing contribution to improving the public’s health, in many areas. Helen also works to ensure the RCN supports nurses working in a variety of specialist public health roles but also the wider nursing workforce to embrace their public health contribution. The role is across the UK, with a wide sphere of influence; supporting members, promoting professional networks and sharing good practice. 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.
SEN, SRN, Dip HE Clinical Nursing Practice , BSC Hons Specialist Practice Nurse, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in GPN, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Director, NMP and Queens Nurse.
Debbie began her nursing career 39 years ago at a local general hospital in Lewisham, 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 has recently been appointed as Clinical Director at Lewisham CCG. 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. Debbie was instrumental in setting up Lewisham Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) Training Hub, and is the Clinical Director and was voted Inspirational Leader by her CEPN colleagues across South London.
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 established the School and Public Health Nurses Association (www.saphna.co), 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.
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.
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 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).
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