Luke is a Registered Mental Health Nurse working for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT). He has worked in various areas of mental health when training at the University of Salford then working for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – including acute mental health, drug detox inpatient and PICU. Recently, he has worked within the Primary Care partnership Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service, working closely with GPs and IAPT practitioners in delivering care to patients with complex needs. He now works as a Physical Health and Infection Prevention Nurse – supporting nurses around improving physical health knowledge, physical health training and intervention for mental health patients at LYPFT. He was proud to work at the COVID-19 vaccination hubs in Leeds to deliver the roll out of the vaccine and hopes his current work helps improve the outcomes for mental health patients with associated physical health issues.
Maxine Womack is a Deputy Ward Manager in Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust. She started working in mental health in 2007. When she first started working in mental health Maxine was a domestic assistant in the private sector. She soon realised that working in mental health was what she wanted to do and so she then transferred her job role to a Support Worker. Maxine then commenced her Nurse Training in 2015. And qualified as a nurse in 2018. She currently works as a Deputy Ward Manager on a Male Rehabilitation Unit.
Elizabeth is Practice Education Facilitator in the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. She began her career in nursing in 1977, qualifying as a State Enrolled Nurse working in surgery. She then retrained as a Mental Health Nurse in 1980 specialising in older adult nursing, predominantly dementia care. In 2003 she became involved in developing the assistant practitioner role across the Trust. She qualified as a lecturer / practice educator in 2005 and was heavily involved in teaching an in-house mentorship programme and supporting mentors in practice which has evolved into the implementation of the NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment. Elizabeth is currently working to increase student capacity across the Trust.
Julia Robinson is a Registered Adult Nurse, a Registered Children’s Nurse and a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree (BN Hons) and is a non-medical prescriber. Julia has a clinical background in children’s surgical nursing and health visiting. She has also worked with the United Nations (UNHCR) as a volunteer nurse caring for Myanmar refugees in Malaysia. Julia joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2016 as a lecturer in children’s nursing and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professor Debbie Roberts is Director of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Liverpool John Moores University. She has deep expertise in nursing, with over 30 years of experience as a qualified nurse, and 20 years as a nurse academic for universities in Wales and England. Debbie’s areas of teaching and research expertise includes practice and immersive learning, as well as clinical simulation. She has a particular interest in linking research, teaching and innovation; ensuring that evidence-based teaching is used within nurse education and relevant research is embedded into the curriculum. Widely published in the field of nurse education, Professor Roberts has edited a text book (currently being revised as second edition), and contributed to two others, used as a core texts in nurse education programmes in several countries. She also has published 30 peer-reviewed articles for international journals with her work often cited by others, indicating the impact of her ideas on teaching and learning internationally. Professor Roberts has established a wide range of national and international links through her work as an external examiner and on the editorial board of Nurse Education in Practice, and as Scientific Co-Chair of the 2016 NETNEP Global Nurse Education Conference. In 2019, she was nominated as one of the top 100 women in Wales in the inaugural Welsh Women’s Awards, which celebrate those women who continue to thrive and excel at the forefront of their professions and make meaningful contributions to the country.
Karen Vipond’s career experiences have been very varied as she has worked as a biologist, teacher, trauma nurse, district nurse, health visitor, and medical research coordinator for Oxford University and the World Health Organisation. She has combined her different careers as a biologist and a nurse in order to teach biological sciences to health care professionals. She was a lecturer at the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University and is now a tutor for the Open University School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care.
Dr Jan Quallington qualified as a RGN (Adult) and undertook specialist education in cardiothoracic nursing. Her clinical practice was in acute medicine, coronary care and intensive care. After moving into education in a university setting Jan studied for an MA in Medical Ethics and Law and gained a Doctorate in Medical Ethics from Keele University. She undertook a number of roles in higher education and led a large multiprofessional team to deliver a wide range of health and social care education in partnership with health and social care providers and service users. Jan writes on ethical reflection and leadership in health and social care. She was most recently Head of the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester before her retirement from healthcare education in 2019.
Erica Pavord was a Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Worcester and now works as a systemic counsellor with families in Monmouthshire. Before becoming a counsellor, she spent fifteen years as a secondary school teacher. She has a special interest in communication methods and teaches a range of therapeutic communication and counselling skills. Her research interests include understanding attachment narratives and narrative enquiry methods. She has co-written and contributed to a number of books on subjects such as communication skills and child and adolescent mental health.
Georgios graduated as a Registered General Nurse in Athens, Greece, before moving to Cardiff in 2014 and completing his master’s degree in Advanced Practice Education for Health Professionals. His clinical experience is in acute medical admission wards and emergency departments across Greece and the UK.
He is a lecturer in nursing and also a doctoral candidate at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. His teaching activities include nursing skills and procedures.