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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 wavelength 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 specialties 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 dance floor (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 career 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 level 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

What is your current role?

Nurse Consultant in Gynaecology

 

What do you enjoy most about your current role?

I absolutely love working in the outpatient procedure clinic.  We have a great team and it creates a safe and caring environment for the women.

 

What was your best career move?

The best career move was moving into an advanced practice role.  Also taking every opportunity to gain new clinical skills to ensure I could optimise the patient experience.

 

What inspires and motivates you?

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.

 

What prompted you to join the Women's Health Forum committee?

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.  Being on the committee in a room of keen and like-minded nurses makes you believe anything is possible.

 

If you were the Health Secretary and could make one single change, what would it be?

I would want to make the NHS the best employer with a focus not just on wellbeing but the health of its staff.  Particularly with the majority of staff being female.  I would love to see staff able to have prioritised access to healthcare and support to enable them to continue caring for others.  We need to tackle the stress and burnout amongst NHS staff.

 

What book should every nurse read?

There were two books that have influenced my career; the first being Nurse Led Clinics by Richard Hatchett and the second Gynaecology: changing services for changing needs by Sue Jolly.

 

What would you still like to achieve in your career?

I would love to do a TED talk.  I would like to see an end to the shame, stigma and taboo's around the female body.  If I can have an input however large or small raising awareness to stamp out the stigma around periods and the menopause.

 

Where would we find you when you are not working in women's health?

Most of my working day is spent with the blinds down in the clinical room so if I'm not working you'd find me outside.  I love nothing better than being in my garden pottering or walking amongst the trees.  The beauty in nature constantly surprises me.


Nikki Noble

What is your current role?

Lead Nurse Menopause

 

What do you enjoy most about your current role?

I run menopause clinics for staff who work in my health board. I love being able to support them with their menopause symptoms, providing practical support and advice as well as prescribing treatment if needed

 

What was your best career move?

Taking the plunge and leave a health board I had been employed at for over 10 years to take on a more specialised role in menopause.

 

What inspires and motivates you?

The feedback I get from women always motivates me. Every time I run a menopause awareness session I always have women staying behind to chat and discuss their issues. They are always so pleased that someone has taken the time to discuss the menopause, what to expect and give practical advice to manage their symptoms. I’m always inspired to strive to improve menopause services.

 

What prompted you to join the Women's Health Forum committee?

I am passionate about women’s Health and felt I had a lot to offer the committee and its supports nurse in all areas of women’s health to broaden their knowledge and skills. It is a very proactive and prolific committee and I would highly recommend applying to join if you have a passion for women’s Health.

 

If you were the Health Secretary and could make one single change, what would it be?

I would like to see equitable access across Wales to specialist menopause clinics

 

What book should every nurse read?

This is going to Hurt by Adam Kay. Sums up everything that is wonderful and difficult about working in the NHS. It’s extremely funny but also very poignant. I found it particularly enjoyable as Adam was an Obs and Gynae registrar and I could relate to many of his stories.

 

What would you still like to achieve in your career?

My career goal is to become a Nurse Consultant in Menopause. I am still thinking over whether or not to study for a PhD – I may be the same in 5 years time!

 

Where would we find you when you are not working in women's health?

I love spending time with my young family and in my spare time you may find me up a welsh mountain enjoying the scenery and fresh air.

Contact

Professional Lead: Carmel Bagness

Read the 2019 Women's Health Forum Team Charter

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Page last updated - 15/10/2019