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Meet the Team

Debra Holloway, FRCN

Forum Chair
Nurse Consultant in Gynaecology, Guys and St. Thomas’

My current clinical caseload is one-stop outpatient procedure clinics, which included hysteroscopy and insertion of IUS/IUCD and other minor procedures. This clinic sees women who are pre-menopausal and I am also the lead for the PMB services. Following on from this service there is an operative hysteroscopy clinic for resection of polyps and Essure sterilisation. This caseload is manly women who have bleeding problems but her other clinics include patients who have problems with the menopause and bleeding on HRT.

Other clinics include co-leading a menopause service and a clinic within the Haemophilia centre for women with a bleeding disorder and gynaecology problems.

I am involved with nursing students, medical students and post-regristration education and have an active teaching and training role, both with secondary care and primary care. My background is in gynaecology nursing, where I have held a number of posts from staff nurse to clinical nurse manager, before returning to a clinical role and was also the clinical lead for gynaecology alongside the nurse consultant role for five years.

I am currently the chair of the RCN Women’s Health Forum but prior to this was on the steering group of the gynaecology forum and on the old RCN Menopause group, which has reformed as the UK menopause group.

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Mandy Myers

Director of Nursing, British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

Prior to working in abortion provision, I have worked in sexual and reproductive health care in one guise or another since 1991.

I spent my formative professional years working in genitourinary medicine, including HIV management, in London and subsequently in Derbyshire. During that time I also qualified in (what was then) family planning.

My next move was into Shropshire and teenage pregnancy where I learned a lot about the complexities of life and multi-agency working, the latter being key in rising to the challenge of reducing the teenage pregnancy rate.

In 2002, I had a wonderful opportunity to live in South Africa for three years, where I worked in sexual and reproductive health, including the national programme for the rollout of state-funded antiretroviral treatment for those with HIV – a massive public health initiative for the country.

When I returned to the UK I joined BPAS. I am committed to high quality, evidence-based women’s sexual and reproductive health services and to ensuring that women retain the right to choose whether or not to continue a pregnancy.

I am very pleased indeed to have been appointed to the Women’s Health steering committee and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the broader membership to increase the profile of and improve women’s health.

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Wendy Norton

Module Leader, Learning Beyond Registration

After qualifying as a registered general nurse at Charles Frears School of Nursing and Midwifery in Leicester, my nursing career has focussed on women’s health care.

My clinical experience spans 18 years, across Leicester and Birmingham. My initial post was as a staff nurse and then deputy sister on a gynaecology ward in Leicester.

I then moved to Birmingham to work as a nurse specialist in sexual and reproductive health, and later I returned to Leicester to take on the role of infertility nurse specialist and unit manager at the BUPA Assisted Conception Unit. It was while I was working at BUPA that I completed my degree in sexual health.

In 2004, I moved into nurse education and was appointed to the role of Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University, and undertook my MSc in Professional Education.

I am currently the module leader for the sexual health and women’s health care modules for the Learning Beyond Registration programmes. I also have an active research remit, and my areas of interest are contraception and sexual health, sexuality, reproductive health and assisted conception, as well as women’s health care. I am presently involved in research exploring user’s perceptions of care delivery and services, and this is the subject of my PhD.

I am delighted to be on the Women’s Health Forum steering committee and to be given the opportunity to contribute to and develop initiatives that improve women’s health care provision.

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Jeannette Richards

Specialist Nurse, Sexual Health Lead, General Practice 

After qualifying in 1984 from Scarborough School of Nursing, I did some General Adult Nursing before starting on the Gynaecology Ward in 1989. After 13 happy years the unit dynamics changed and wards were changed so I ventured into Outpatients for 5yrs to revisit some general nursing but found myself migrating back to women's health. I developed a Nurse Led Ring Pessary Clinic and became Lead Nurse for the Termination of Pregnancy Clinic, as well as working alongside the Gynaecology team in general clinics. The local Family Planning nurse team and I won an award for Innovation, we designed a pathway for direct referral into clinic from the community team to reduce waiting times.

In 2007 I ventured into General Practice as the Sexual Health Lead further developing the role, ensuring all available community sexual health services were available within our surgery. In the first year I won a Durex Bursary, identifying problems of seaside towns, alcohol and high teenage pregnancy rates. My role is now Specialist Nurse, encompassing all the Contraceptive and Sexual Health diversity, general and acute. Currently I am developing the nurse role in The Menopause which is a perfect area to develop for nursing.

I am also a Cervical Screening Mentor for the North Yorkshire Coast with Locala. I do the practical training and assessment for practice nursing competency in Cervical Screening. This also enables me to go into other surgeries and update staff on Contraception and Sexual Health, continually trying to lift standards and understanding in Women's Health.

I am delighted to be enrolled onto the Women's Health Forum Steering Committee and look forward to joining with other members to continually develop the nurse role in this area.

Ruth Bailey

Nurse, Team Leader Sexual Health and Contraceptive Brighton Nurse

I completed my nurse training at St. Bartholomew’s school of Nursing and Midwifery, qualifying as an RGN in 1988. I initially specialised in cancer care completing my ENB Oncology Certificate at Bart’s and was a ward sister in solid tumour cancer care at Homerton Hospital.  I then took a post as senior sister in general medicine before completing an MSc in Nursing Studies at City University in London in 1995.

I moved to Brighton and undertook a variety of roles in organisational and practice development, and worked for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust as a Senior Nurse for Practice development. I led a number of Trusts wide multi-professional development programmes including the productive ward programme.  During this time I served as a fitness to practice panel member for the NMC.

In 2009 I decided to change direction and go back into clinical practice as a practice nurse. I gained a BSc (hons) in community specialist practise where I developed my passion for women’s health.
I worked as both a practice nurse and a CASH nurse for Sussex community foundation trust before taking up my current role as Nurse Team Leader.  In 2015 our service integrated with BSUH sexual health and I have contributed to developing the integrated sexual health service providing a one stop shop for our clients.  I have enjoyed developing skills in diagnosing and managing sexually transmitted infections and expanding my knowledge in sexual health.  I am an experienced LARC fitter and I teach contraception to medical and pharmacy students and on the FSRH course of five programme.  I have been a member of the RCN for over 30 years and I am delighted to have been appointed to the Women’s Health Forum.

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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.


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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.

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Page last updated - 17/10/2018