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Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Conference

Date 19/05/2022
Time 09:30 – 16:30
Venue Legends Lounge, Birmingham City Football Club

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust will be holding the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Conference 2022 on Thursday 19 May from 09:30 – 16:30.

09:00 – 09:30 Registration, followed by refreshments served in the Boardroom Club N/A
09:30 – 10:00 Opening of conference Lisa Stalley-Green, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nursing Officer, Birmingham and Solihull (BSOL) Integrated Care System
10:00 – 10:15 Being kind, making connections, thinking bold – what does this mean for nursing, midwifery and our AHP staff? Amy Passey – Associate Director of Engagement
10:15 – 10:30 School of Nursing, AHPs and Midwifery
  • Ruth Pearce, Head of School
  • Carol Willis, Faculty Divisional Manager
  • Claire Whittle, Lead Nurse, Nursing Associates
  • Lucy Martin, Head of Post-registration and Unregistered Education
10:30 – 10:45 Supporting, sustaining and celebrating nursing and AHP research careers at UHB
  • Caroline Miller, Clinical Academic Lead
  • Lisa Shepherd, Clinical Academic
  • Marion Thompson, Research Patient
10:45 – 11:00 Student-led clinical learning environment – Ward 12, Solihull Hospital
  • Jo Mason, Matron, Division 4
  • Rachael Priddle, Lead Nurse, Non-medical Education Practice Placements
  • Jennifer Felton, Practice Placement Support Sister
  • Alison King, Ward Manager
11:00 – 11:30 Morning break & refreshments served in the Boardroom Club N/A
11:30 – 11:40 Maternity Services Safety Production Board Karen McGuigan, Lead Midwife for Clinical Governance, Cross Site, Division 6
11:40 – 12:50 Joy, vulnerability: the “Golden Buzzers” Julie Hunter, Director of Therapies, UHB
11:50 – 12:00 International Nursing Programme 2022
  • Carolyn Pitt, Deputy Director of Nursing Workforce
  • Nicky Walker, Team Manager, International Nurse Education
12:00 – 12:10 Trust-wide nutrition and hydration care
  • Jane Fletcher, Lead Nurse for Nutrition
  • Dr Camilla Dawson, Consultant, Speech and Language Therapy
12:10 – 12:20 Fairness Taskforce Bev Baker, Fairness Taskforce Programme Lead
12:20 – 12:30 Inclusion, health and well-being, social cohesion Susan Price, Deputy Director, Health and Well-being, Inclusion and Social Cohesion
12:30 – 12:45 Compassionate Care Certificates Dawn Chaplin, Deputy Director, End of Lifeand Bereavement
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch - served in the Boardroom Club N/A
13:30 – 13:45 Division 1 celeberation: trailblazing professional nurse advocates within critical care services at UHB Louisa Murphy, Lead Professional Nurse Advocate
13:45 – 14:00 Division 2 celebration: pride, possibilities and passion Sally Bufton, Hepatitis ODN Nurse/Manager
14:00 – 14:15 Division 3 celebration: what nursing means to me; resilience of numerous ward moves over a 12-month period; and my journey to being a leader
  • Fiona Green, Matron
  • Lisa Smith, Senior Sister
  • Denesha Connolly, Staff Nurse
14:15 – 14:30 Division 4 celebration: maintaining a clinical service during a pandemic Maddie White, Colorectal Nurse Specialist
14:30 – 14:45 Division 5 celebration: advances in the Haematology Service to improve patient experience; and the Trauma Service
  • Emma Steele, Deputy Director of Nursing
  • Louise Carter, Matron, Haematology
  • Kiran Ali, Ward Manager
  • Laura Jones, Ward Manager, Ward 412 (Trauma)
14:45 – 15:15 Afternoon break – refreshments served N/A
15:15 – 15:30 Division 6 celebration: celebrating youth
  • Bhavna Gokani, Director of Nursing, Division 6
  • Nicky Pettitt, Consultant Nurse for Youth and Transition
15:30 – 15:45 Division 7 celebration: the wonder of community nurses
  • Ursula Hare, Deputy Director of Nursing, Division 7
  • Kellie Owen, Clinical Team Leader
15:45 – 16:15 UHB Nursing Strategy and conference closing remarks Margaret Garbett, Interim Chief Nurse

The following information stands will be available during morning and lunch refreshments:

  • UHB Charity/Lottery
  • MSC Midwifery/Clinical Academic Careers
  • School of Nursing, AHPs and Midwifery
  • Staff health and well-being

Speaker biographies

Lisa Stalley-Green

Lisa Stalley-Green graduated from Brunel University in 1990 with a BSc in Modem History and Politics. She spent nine years working in the prison service and private sector prisons in London, achieving a senior management post by the age of 25, and gaining a master's degree in business administration from Hull University in 1999.

Lisa changed her career path and completed her nurse education on rotation between St Bartholemew's, The Royal London and Homerton University Hospital from 1999 to 2002. She became a nurse professional in 2002, having achieved a Diploma in Nursing from City University/St Bartholemew's.

Lisa has worked in nursing roles in A&E, community and prison settings. She held the post of Chief Operating Officer for Newark and Sherwood CCG from 2010 to 2012, before moving to Lincolnshire Community Health Services. Here, she was Deputy Chief Nurse and then Director of Nursing and Operations of a trust which has been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, before she took up the role of Executive Chief Nurse at UHB.

As Executive Chief Nurse at UHB from 2018, Lisa shaped the nursing and quality agenda post-merger and lead on infection prevention and staff health and well-being through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May 2022, Lisa was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nursing Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board, which forms part of the Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System.

Lisa is a Registered Nurse and member of the Royal College of Nursing, having completed her revalidation in 2020, and is a Kings Fund Alumna.

Margaret Garbett

Margaret started her nursing journey in 1987, when she began her training at the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing in Birmingham. She trained across many hospitals within the Birmingham area, qualifying in 1990.

Following qualification, Margaret specialised in neuroscience nursing, working in various roles from staff nurse to ward sister in both neurology and neurosurgery, culminating in her role as Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neurosciences at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. During this time Margaret also helped develop a specialist nursing course with the local university.

Margaret has always had a strong ambition to develop nursing leadership and improve patient care and went on to undertake a number of nursing leadership roles within University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. As a Matron, Margaret worked initially within the Elderly Care Directorate and helped develop and support the implementation of the Trust’s first Frailty Unit, then moved to Multispecialty Medicine. Margaret’s final matron role was within the Emergency Department at the time the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham opened. During this time Margaret, as part of a wider Trust support team, was able to work with a number of other NHS trusts to provide specialist advice and support to help improve patient care and nursing practice. 

Following her matron roles, Margaret became Associate Director of Nursing within one of the surgical speciality divisions at UHB. This encompassed many specialities including cardiac, liver, renal, colorectal and general surgery, including all of the associated specialist services within each, such as transplant and dialysis services. During this time Margaret also undertook the role of Staff Governor, a role which allowed her to have a greater understanding of how the Trust Board worked.

In December 2017 Margaret was seconded to the post of Interim Chief Nurse at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), a post which was pivotal in bringing the nursing teams across UHB and HEFT together both pre- and post-merger. Following the merger in 2018, Margaret secured the post of Director of Nursing for UHB. This post was a direct support role to the Chief Nurse and crucially brought together the operational nursing teams across the whole of the Trust.

Margaret has continued to support the Executive Team with both day-to-day operational running of the Trust and wider strategic projects.

Amy Passey

Amy is an experienced NHS leader with a passion for supporting leaders and implementing programmes that create healthy, enjoyable workplaces where people can thrive. Amy has a degree in social psychology, is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD), a qualified coach and has worked in NHS organisations for 18 years, in a variety of roles.

At UHB, she is responsible for leading staff engagement, leadership development and culture programmes of work. Amy will be talking about how being kind, making connections, and thinking bold support UHB to build healthier lives for our colleagues and the communities we serve.

Julie Hunter

Julie Hunter is a physiotherapist by background, and became a clinical specialist in neurology on the Stroke Unit at Good Hope Hospital, before being promoted to Physiotherapy Manager for the site.

In 2008, after the merger with Heartlands Hospital, Julie was promoted to Therapy Lead for Planned Care across HGS sites, leading to upskilling hydrotherapy for chronic pain management.

In 2017 she acted up as Clinical Director for Therapies for HGS sites before becoming the Director of Therapies at UHB. Julie was recognised nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officers for the BSOL region.  

Carolyn Pitt

Carolyn has 33 years’ post-registration experience and is currently the Deputy Director of Nursing Workforce at UHB, and the Senior Responsible Officer for International Recruitment.

She has worked in Corporate Nursing for 14 years in  a variety of roles across quality improvement, innovation and workforce. Her expertise is now within nursing workforce planning and utilisation, role development and design, and recruitment.

Carolyn’s role has enabled her to participate in and contribute to both national and local nursing workforce development and national policy.

Prior to working in Corporate services, she was a Matron and has previously worked in clinical leadership and development, as well as a variety of clinical practice settings.

Nicky Walker

Nicky has worked in education at UHB for some time as a Band 6. Before this, she worked in clinical practice within Trauma and Orthopaedics at QEHB.

Jane Fletcher

Jane is the Lead Nurse for Nutrition and has worked at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for 17 years. She leads the nutrition nurse team who work closely within the wider nutrition support team. 

Early in her career, Jane was Secretary of the National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) Committee, where she co-authored the Competency Framework for Nutrition Nurse Specialists on behalf of the NNNG. She is now the nurse representative for the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) Executive Committee. BAPEN is a national, multi-disciplinary charity that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients.

Jane has an interest in expanding the role of nutrition nurses, both as independent practitioners and within the wider multi-disciplinary team. She believes in building the evidence base to promote and underpin excellent nutritional care.

Jane is currently undertaking an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham to gain her PhD in Nursing by Research. Her research project is a feasibility study for a clinical trial titled “Can vitamin D supplementation in people with Crohn’s disease improve symptoms as an adjunct therapy? D-CODE Feasibility Study”.

Dr Camilla Dawson

Camilla is a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist at  Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Honorary Research Associate in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. She is a professional advisor for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) for critical care and head and neck cancer, leading the NHSE “Your Covid Recovery” platform content for people with swallow and communication issues and the RCSLT PHOSP-COVID research, examining the needs of patients post-hospitalisation, carrying out these duties alongside her clinical role at the QE.

Her doctoral research explored dysphagia in the acute phase of recovery after head and neck cancer surgery, followed by her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the first of its kind for a UK speech and language therapist. This portfolio examined causes and effects of post-extubation dysphagia, cross-systems interactions effecting swallow during critical illness and the impact of tracheostomy on swallow competence.

Camilla’s clinical and research aims consistently focus on advocacy for people with swallow and communication problems, always working alongside these individuals and the multi-disciplinary team to identify, examine and create solutions to manage the effects and impact of swallowing problems. She is an invited speaker at national and international fora, consistently publishing peer-reviewed research.

Bev Baker

Bev Baker is very proud of her Jamaican heritage and has observed and experienced the adversity and daily frustrations that staff and patients often face.  She first began her career in the NHS in 1983 and has worked for the Trust since April 1996. She became a ward manager in December 1998 and, after 16 years as a senior sister, she became a matron in 2014.

Bev is a strong leader and skilled advocate.  From her early years she has always had a sense of “community and humanity”, due to her father’s work and passion for equality. She says that: “Equality and Diversity is ingrained in my DNA”, which is reflected in the many roles she has taken voluntarily to drive forward change to address the inequalities locally and nationally.

Bev would describe herself as a “transformational leader” and is a great role model who inspires and empowers others, no matter what position they're in. In 2015 she was nominated by her colleagues in the staff recognition awards and successfully attained first place in the governor’s category: “Going Above and Beyond”.

Bev started her new role as Fairness Taskforce Programme Lead in December 2021 and feels that she has achieved an aspirational milestone in her career with her primary focus on bringing about sustainable cultural change regarding the Fairness Agenda.

Susan Price

Susan was born and brought up in North Wales. Her mother is from Barbados and her father is from Lincolnshire.

Susan knew from when she was about 15 that she wanted to work with people and had an interest in nutrition and it was her mum (who was a nurse/midwife in the NHS) who helped guide and encouraged her to think about being a dietitian.

She went to went to  Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and qualified in 1995.

Her role as a Dietitian has seen her work in a range of clinical areas, including clinical adult services, as a sports dietitian, as a research dietitian and in the community. She then specialised  in ICU and gastroenterology, alongside her role as Head of Service.

In 2020 she was appointed to the role Deputy Director for Health and Well-being, Inclusion and Social Cohesion and she continues to undertake clinical shifts on ICU.

Susan enjoys running (she has completed the London Marathon twice) and cooking.

Sally Bufton

Sally has worked on the Liver Unit at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust since 1991. She started as a staff nurse in liver services,  then as Liver Recipient Transplant Coordinator for 13 and a half years, dealing with end stage liver disease, cirrhosis and liver transplantation patients, and organising both adult and paediatric liver transplants.

In January 2010, Sally started in the role of CNS in viral hepatitis. Part of the role was to treat post-transplant liver patients with hepatitis C.

She moved into the role of Birmingham Hepatitis C Operation Delivery Network (ODN) Nurse Manager in June 2016. This is a regional role overseeing hepatitis C treatment across 11 trusts in the West Midlands.

Sally continues to see patients in clinics, which ensures she understands the needs of the patients and the service. This includes a post-transplant clinic and hepatitis B and C clinics when needed.

She is an independent non-medical prescriber, and has a BSc (Hons) in Nursing and an MSc in Healthcare Policy and Management, and has been a committee member of the BLNA Nurse Forum and Nurse Assessor for Improving Quality in Liver Services (IQILs).

Sally has peer reviewed articles for Progress in Transplantation Nursing Journal and the Journal for Health Sciences in Nursing, and has published articles on hepatitis B, C and ODNs.

Lisa Smith

Lisa began her nursing training at Good Hope Hospital in 1998, and has worked at Good Hope since qualifying as an RGN in 2001.

She has been a ward manager for seven years, and she has a passion for healthcare in older people.

Lisa successfully nursed the first COVID-positive patient at Good Hope and managed the first COVID-positive ward at the hospital in March 2020.

Fiona Green

Fiona began her nursing training in April 1985 at Warwickshire School of Nursing, and qualified as an enrolled nurse in 1987.

After her first post at Dudley Road Hospital, she became a registered nurse in 1992, and worked in various nursing roles for eight years before spending 12 years working as a matron.

She joined UHB in January 2014, and is currently a matron working in healthcare for older people.

Maddie White

Maddie is currently a lead colorectal and stoma care nurse at UHB, with over 30 years' stoma care experience.

She trained at QE School of Nursing in 1982, qualifying in 1985 and has been in nursing for 40 years.

Maddie has been Chair of the Association of Stoma Care Nurses  UK (2017 - 2022) representing stoma care nursing both nationally and internationally. She has published widely on a variety of stoma-related topics as well as running annual national conferences in stoma care. She recently won the BJN Stoma Care Nurse of the Year 2022.