Clinical Services Director, The Sussex Beacon
Jason qualified as a nurse in 1993 and has over 20 years experience as an RCN representative 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) from August 2009 – May 2014 as Clinical Director/Governance and Quality Director and has previously worked for Marie Stopes International as UK Director of Quality and Clinical Services. Jason has a 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 member 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 for single people 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.
She has been involved in the RCN since she was a student nurse, and has held various offices in the RCN including Steward, Branch Chair, Agenda Committee Member, Council Member for London, Nurse Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the RCN Health Visitor and Public Health Forum. In her spare time Linda volunteers with Festival Medical Services providing health care at music festivals including Glastonbury and Reading.
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. She completed the Diploma in Travel Medicine at Glasgow University and a BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion and Education. She is a member of The British Global and Travel Health Association (BGTHA) and the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), previously co vice-chair of the ISTM Nurse Professional Group (NPG) and current member Publications Committee. 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 in 2013. 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). Previously editor of the THF newsletter and the FTM magazine she enjoys writing, attending conferences, gathering and disseminating travel health information and forging links with nurses around the world.
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.
Helen is a prominent specialist nurse and wrote the 2010 report on the future of NHS health and work services. She joined Public Health England to lead the modernisation of occupational health services. Helen’s national leadership in OH has been recognised by being named in the Nursing Times 50 Most Influential Nurses List and being appointed as a Queen’s Nurse. Helen has a long interest in professionalism: She has researched competence in midwifery, led university nursing course inspection teams, and assessed services on behalf of both the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Radiologists. She led the UK’s first research into Nurse Executive leadership. She is currently leading the implementation of nursing revalidation in Public Health England. Helen is the nurse member on the UK panel for health care workers with blood borne viruses and represents the RCN on the council for work and health.
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