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Meet the Team

Julia Judd

Forum Co-Chair
Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Orthopaedics, Southampton University Hospital

Julia completed her adult and children’s nurse training in Carshalton in Surrey and gained her MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice in 2005.

Julia, along with her colleague, established and chaired the RCN Children and Young People’s Orthopaedic and Trauma Community in 1998, and is current Treasurer. She has jointly convened and chaired sixteen national paediatric orthopaedic conferences based in Southampton, regularly presents at national and international conferences and is a reviewer for the International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing.

She is currently involved with a number of different national and international research projects, specifically focusing on developmental dysplasia of the hip, Perthes disease, clubfoot and the orthopaedic manifestations of vitamin D deficiency. Julia has published extensively, both articles and book contributions and her professional objective is to promote the speciality of paediatric orthopaedics.

Karen Barnard

Forum Co-Chair
Lead Advanced Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Karen qualified in 1981 and has worked in trauma throughout her career.

In 2005 Karen commenced as a Trauma Co-ordinator and gradually remodelled the role to its current advanced practitioner position, obtaining a PGcert in the process. Karen now leads a team of advanced practitioners. 

Karen has been module leader for the Trauma and Orthopaedic MSc module at Oxford Brookes. She has also been involved in instituting, and now running, a weekly nurse-led Tendo-achilles clinic, which has proved very successful, and is now in the process of establishing an ankle fracture follow up clinic.

Karen has been on the SOTN committee since 2016. She has presented at conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Pamela Moore

Committee Member
Nurse Development Lead - Orthopaedics, Musgrave Park Hospital

Pamela currently works as a Nursing Development Lead for Orthopaedics in Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

In 1989, Pamela qualified as an RN and worked in the medical and surgical admission unit in the Royal Victoria Hospital. In 1991, she transferred to work within the speciality of Fracture Trauma and Orthopaedics, in the Regional Fracture Clinic, where she continued to work for 27 years.

During this time, Pamela obtained her BSc Hons in Health Studies and Advanced Nurse Practitioner qualification in 1997 and then further developed specialist skills in casting by completing the BOA casting certificate in 2005.

Pamela successfully obtained a Specialist Practice qualification in Fracture Trauma and Orthopaedic Nursing at Queens University Belfast in 2007 and since then she has continued to help both nursing and medical staff to develop their skills and knowledge of casting, traction, and splinting techniques.

Nursing Pamela is a specialist lecturer on the Fracture trauma programmes and OSCE examiner for Queens University Belfast. Pamela also teaches on the Casting course provided by the Clinical Education Centre in Belfast that runs twice a year. 

Pamela has been on the SOTN committee since 2016, and has presented at national conferences, and contributed to book and journal publications.

Donna Little

Committee member
Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust

Donna currently works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner within the Trauma and Orthopaedic department of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Initially starting in the NHS as a cleaner Donna became a nursing auxiliary in mental heath and then undertook Dip He-Adult Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University.

She came to North Bristol NHS trust in 1999 where she worked in various specialties becoming a grade E in post op recovery and elective orthopaedics. Following this she moved to RUH Bath in 2009 as junior sister in trauma orthopaedics. During this time she completing her BSc with the support of RCN Foundation Bursaries and presented posters at several SOTN conferences. She then went on become a ward manager and completed an MSc.

Since then she joined Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS as Advanced Nurse Practitioner specialising in hip fracture care and ortho-geriatrics. She is a NHS FAB Academy ambassador and joined the SOTN Committee in January 2019.

Caroline Drewe

Committee Member
Programme Director & Lecturer MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, University of Hull

Caroline completed her adult training in 2000 at the University of Hull and later achieved her MSc there also. Caroline has worked in trauma and orthopaedics for 16 years. She became an advanced nurse practitioner in 2004 and continued working in this role until 2016 when she became an advanced practice lecturer at the University of Hull.

Caroline has a special interest in patients with hip fractures, bone health and family witnessed resuscitation.

Caroline joined the SOTN committee in January 2019.

Nyarai Makona

Committee Member 

Currently, Nyarai works as a team leader/junior sister within the orthopaedics and trauma theatres. Her nursing career started in Zimbabwe where she qualified as a state registered nurse in 1992 and in 1997 obtained a diploma in operating theatre nursing. Nyarai worked as a Senior Sister in theatres until 1999 when she moved to the United Kingdom. 

Nyarai completed the UKCC (now NMC) adaptation programme. After 18 months, she joined the Walsall Manor hospital, becoming a Grade E within the Operative theatres. She undertook a diploma in professional studies (critical care), which covered anaesthetics and recovery modules. Nyarai also attended various orthopaedics and trauma training including the AO Basic and Advanced operative fracture treatment for theatre staff at Leeds Infirmary. Nyarai became a mentor after completing her certificate in mentorship and assessor. She looked after student nurses and operating department practitioners during their placements.
In 2014, Nyarai moved to Luton and Dunstable university hospital NHS trust, as a junior sister/ team leader within the orthopaedics and trauma theatres. There, she rotates between elective orthopaedics and trauma. In 2019 Nyarai obtained Chartered management institute diploma (CMI), her course project included setting up the trauma theatres together with Stryker. The collaboration included training, effective day to day running of the trauma theatres and management of resources. 

Nyarai is passionate about training and professional development of all team members within theatres, and in 2017 was awarded a Highly Recommended Nurse mentor of the year 2017. Nyarai has been a member of RCN since 1999 and she became very active within branch and regional. In 2018 she became an Accredited learning representative after completing the RCN learning rep pathway. Currently, she is a member of the Trust Joint Staff side and Management Committee (JSMC) and Job evaluation panellist.
Nyarai has enrolled with the Birmingham City University to work towards the Surgical First Assistant. Nyarai joined the SOTN Committee in February 2020.

Vikki Flynn

Committee Member
Trainee Advanced Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Ninewells Hospital

Vikki currently works as a Trainee Advanced Trauma Nurse Practitioner within NHS Tayside and East of Scotland major trauma centre.

Her Nursing Career started with the completion Dip He-Adult Nursing at University of Dundee. She initially worked within the private sector working with elective multispecialty surgical patients.  She also spent time working in theatres and later went on to become outpatient manager before embarking on my chosen career in Trauma & Orthopaedics.

Vikki moved into NHS in 2009 and worked within Plaster room/Orthopaedic outpatient department. She gained my BOA casting certificate in 2012 through Glasgow Caledonian University. She went on to complete my BN adult nursing in 2014. She then went on to work as Senior Charge Nurse within and acute Male trauma ward until I took up her present post.

Currently she is working toward her MSc in advanced practice and is now working as part of the newly developed major trauma service within our hospital.  Her area of specialist interest is limb reconstruction. She has been a committee member since 2016.


Professional Lead: Dawne Garrett

Page last updated - 18/10/2020