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Meet the Team

Sonya Clarke

Forum Chair
Senior teaching fellow, Queen's University, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Sonya currently works as a Senior Lecturer (education) and Professional Lead for children’s Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University, Belfast (QUB). Her teaching  portfolio includes developing and delivering the CPD within orthopaedics and fracture trauma across the lifespan, undergraduate children’s nursing and PG nurse education.

Sonya originally trained as an RGN within an elective regional orthopaedic hospital in Belfast before specialising within children's orthopaedics where she graduated with a BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner in Orthopaedics at QUB. She practised as a staff nurse and ward sister within a wide range of orthopaedic settings until 2000 before assuming a Lecturer Practitioner appointment between Musgrave Park Hospital, and Queen's University Belfast. In 2003 Sonya was appointed as a Teaching Fellow within the undergraduate children's nursing team and Senior Lecturer in 2008.

Her areas of interest include orthopaedic and trauma nurse education for the child, young person, adult and older person and related scholarly output i.e. key text. She is the current SOTN chair and  enrolled on a part time Doctorate in Education at QUB.

Julia Judd

Committee Member
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

Committee Member
Lead Advanced Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Vikki Flynn

Committee Member
Trainee Advanced Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Ninewells Hospital

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

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

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

Currently I am working toward my MSc in advanced practice and am now working as part of the newly developed major trauma service within our hospital.  My area of specialist interest is limb reconstruction. I have been a committee member since 2016.

Pamela Moore

Committee Member
Nurse Development Lead - Orthopaedics, Musgrave Park Hospital

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.


Professional Lead: Anna Crossley

Page last updated - 13/11/2019