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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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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 - 05/03/2019