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Meet the Team

Debra Holloway, FRCN

Forum Chair

What is your current role?
Nurse Consultant Gynaecology

What do you enjoy most about your current role?
Patient contact, my own clinics, hysteroscopy and menopause.

What was your best career move?
Nurse consultant role.

What inspires and motivates you?
Improving women's health specifically menstruation issues.

What prompted you to join the Women's Health Forum Committee?
Co-opted onto a project a long time ago, really enjoyed the working group and then joined a sub group and then encouraged to join the steering group.

If you were the Health Secretary and could make one single change, what would it be?
Free prescriptions for women with POI.

What book should every nurse read?
Women's health nursing Oxford Handbook by myself.

What would you still like to achieve in your career?
Development of a trainee nurse consultant.

Where would we find you when you are not working in women's health?
Walking in London or Devon, eating out.


Sally Stacey

What is your current role?
Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Early Pregnancy and Outpatient Hyperemesis, Bristol

What do you enjoy most about your current role?
I like supporting women through difficult times, listening to their stories and having an insight into their lives. Making an awful time better.

What was your best career move?
Completing an MSc in Advanced Practice and moving into Advanced Practice role.

What inspires and motivates you?
I am inspired by learning new skills. I am motivated by all of the constant changes in nursing that aim to make improvements for women’s health.

What prompted you to join the Women's Health Forum committee?
The opportunity to work with nurses on the same wave length with a chance to influence policies at a national level.

If you were the Health Secretary and could make one single change, what would it be?
To Reinstate the bursary for student nurses.

What book should every nurse read?
I don’t think there is just one book I would recommend, I like to read a diverse range of books.

What would you still like to achieve in your career?
One day, when I grow up I’d like to become a nurse consultant, well at least before I retire!!

Where would we find you when you are not working in women’s health?
Either running, playing netball or spending time with my family and friends.  

Deborah Panes

What is your current role?
Endometriosis Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospitals Bristol.

What do you enjoy most about your current role?
The difference I can make to a patient’s life. The simplest of activities such as taking the time to sit and listen to a patient’s story can make them feel valued and understood. Their gratitude is what keeps me going to work.

What was your best career move?
When I qualified, I intended to work for a year in gynaecology and then do my midwifery training. I liked gynaecology so much I never left and am still in the same department 15 years later!

What inspires and motivates you?
My children. They constantly ask questions and challenge why we do something in a certain way. They remind me to always observe what is going on around me, to be interested and to seek answers.

What prompted you to join the Women's Health Forum committee?
As a Specialist Nurse my work is very focused on one condition. Joining the forum will help to broaden my knowledge of women’s health and challenge me. I want to be able to promote the amazing work that women’s health nurses do and contribute to improved standards of care.

If you were the Health Secretary and could make one single change, what would it be?
Make the NHS a more efficient organisation. I see evidence every day of us doing things in a way that waste time and money. We are very under resourced and their needs to be improved methods of working in place.

What book should every nurse read?
The Oxford handbook Of…….
These handbooks are available in a range of specialities and allow you to access information about conditions quickly and succinctly. Perfect for when you just need a quick answer.

What would you still like to achieve in your career?
To do voluntary health promotion work with young people.

Where would we find you when you are not working in women’s health?
Juggling family, career, and home life whilst always trying to squeeze in time for a run and baking a cake.

Ellie Stewart

What is your current role?
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Urogynaecology

What do you enjoy most about your current role?
Working with women who have often put up with their symptoms for many years thinking there is no treatment, or have been too afraid to seek help and seeing their symptoms and their quality of life improve.

What was your best career move?
Doing my nurse prescribing qualification which has allowed me to have more autonomy when treating my patients.

What inspires and motivates you?
Working with senior colleagues with more experience- aspiring to be like them.

What prompted you to join the Women's Health Forum committee?
To be involved in working with other nurses to help influence women’s health nursing.

If you were the Health Secretary and could make one single change, what would it be?
To reinstate the nursing bursary- I feel stopping this has been a key factor in the reduction of student nurse applications, which will have a significant impact on an already understaffed NHS in the future.

What would you still like to achieve in your career?
I would like to become a nurse cystoscopist and at some point, work with women with vesico-vaginal fistulas in Africa.

Where would we find you when you are not working in women’s health?
On the dancefloor (I do ballroom and latin dancing!!!) or spending time with my two daughters.

Ruth Bailey

What is your current role?
Nurse Team Leader Sexual Health and Contraception, Brighton

What do you enjoy most about your current role?
The breadth and diversity of the role and the opportunity to make a difference to people who are marginalised in society.  I like working autonomously within a vibrant team.  I particularly enjoy teaching and undertaking practical procedures like fitting iud's and implants and taking samples.  I love the fact that I am never ever bored!

What was your best carer move?
Taking a year out of clinical practice to complete and MSc in Nursing, before I had children.

What inspires and motivates you?
I am constantly inspired by the power of nursing to touch lives.  I am motivated by the injustice I see around me.

What prompted you to join the Women's Health Forum committee?
The opportunity to work with like-minded nurses, at a national elvel to influence practice, shape policy and wave the flag for women's health.

If you were the Health Secretary and could make one single change, what would it be?
I would re-instate a realistic bursary for students.  I see this as being the single most important intervention to future-proof the profession.

What book should every nurse read?
'Why I am no longer talking to white people about Race' Reni-Eddo Lodge.  It has painfully opened my eyes to systematic racism in the UK.

What would you still like to achieve in your career?
I would like to practice overseas in a developing country.

Where would we find you when you are not working in women's health?
On the beach! I am always energised by a walk or run down the front and a dip in the sea. 

Katharine Gale

Nurse Consultant in Gynaecology, North Bristol NHS Trust

 

I am a Nurse Consultant with 21 years clinical experience in women's health. Following a degree in Nursing Studies at King’s College London, I completed a Masters in Clinical Ultrasound at London South Bank University. My career has taken me from London to Cardiff and I am now settled in the South West of England.

 

In London, after time on the Gynaecology ward I moved into Early Pregnancy care and had the opportunity to set up and manage a combined Emergency Gynaecology Unit. This led on to establishing a nurse led Recurrent Miscarriage clinic offering surveillance scanning in early pregnancy.

 

In Cardiff, I took a dual clinical and educational role working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and a clinical teacher for the 4th Year Medical students. Here I also had the opportunity to train in Operative and Diagnostic Hysteroscopy.

 

In Bristol, I took up a Modern Matron post but maintained my clinical credibility by setting up a Nurse led post menopausal bleeding clinic utilising Hysteroscopy and Ultrasound as well as my non medical prescribing skills.

 

In my current role, as a Nurse Consultant I provide hysteroscopy clinics, a recurrent miscarriage clinic, post menopausal bleeding clinic and more recently I’ve started my training in colposcopy.

 

I am absolutely delighted to be on the committee for Women’ s Health and I am passionate about promoting good practice and sharing innovations from across the sectors. There is still a huge amount of work to do in educating, motivating and empowering nurses to improve the timely diagnosis of endometriosis and treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. I am keen to ensure all nurses have access to up to date patient information and treatment options to enable women to access the care they need and deserve.

 


Nikki Noble

Lead Nurse Menopause and Safeguarding in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, South Wales

My current clinical work includes a caseload within the specialist menopause clinic and I also do sessional work within the abortion service. I lead on safeguarding within the sexual and reproductive health directorate, which mainly covers child sexual exploitation but encompasses all child and adult safeguarding.

I qualified as a registered adult nurse in 2000 from Cardiff University. Since then I have had several posts, including staff nurse in gynaecology, specialist nurse in pain management and nurse Practitioner in Gynaecology. I have worked in Women’s Health for 17 years in both London and South Wales and have general gynaecology experience as well as more specialised experience in the areas of  early pregnancy, abortion care, fibroids and DUB, Vulval and contraception and sexual health. I was previously chair of the Welsh Abortion Care Network. I completed a BSc (Hons) in midwifery in 2003 and an MSc in advanced nursing practice in 2011. I am also a nurse sonographer (early pregnancy and gynaecology ultrasound) and I’m currently studying with the University of South Wales to become an independent prescriber.

I was appointed to the Women’s Health Forum steering committee in January 2018 and I am looking forward to working with the rest of the committee to continue to advance and enhance practice within women’s health and support the professional development of nurses in this field.


Contact

Professional Lead: Carmel Bagness

Read the 2019 Women's Health Forum Team Charter

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Page last updated - 10/07/2019