The Learn with Nurses Team
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Michaela Nuttall, RNG MSc
Founder & Director
Michaela is a cardiovascular nurse specialist with a unique and varied experience across the NHS and beyond. She developed her passion from prevention over 25 years ago and has worked within it ever since. In 2016 she left public health after working in the field for 16 years and now focuses on 3 main areas, as a Founder of LWN, Associate in Nursing for C3 Collaborating for Health and Director at Smart Health Solutions.
She is the Chair of the Health Care Committee of Heart UK and an invited member of both the Nurses and The Guidelines and Information working party of the British Hypertension Society, elected member of the Association of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Health Professional Education working party, on a variety of editorial boards and the Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum. Being a Trustee at PoTS UK keeps her firmly rooted in the challenges patients face in living with life altering conditions.
Joanne Haws, RNG MSc
Joanne Haws is a cardiovascular specialist nurse who has held a variety of roles across primary and secondary care over the past 25 years. In 2010 she became an independent nurse consultant delivering clinical, educational and consultancy services to a number of NHS, charitable and commercial organisations across the UK. Joanne is the Clinical Director for South Norfolk Healthcare GPPO and a Council Member of the of the National Association of Primary Care.
As a former Clinical Lead for Education for Health, Joanne passionately believes in educating healthcare professionals to improve patient care and has authored many publications in the nursing and cardiology press both in the UK and internationally. She is a member of the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Working Party of The British and Irish Hypertension Society and sits on the Editorial Board of General Practice Nursing journal.
Mark is an experienced business leader and healthcare consultant. In a career spanning 35 years, he has built up an extensive portfolio of work within the NHS and beyond.
His strength lies in his ability to confidently lead major projects and teams to positive outcomes, including the delivery of a Cardiovascular Screening Programme for staff at a major UK plc across 16 locations; a 3 borough Community Health PAS solution and a 3 site RIS/ PACS system deployment, both within the NHS.
As Managing Director, he always seeks to build and develop close relationships with customers and associate companies, working in partnership to achieve mutual goals.
Claire Carmichael, RN BSc (Hons)
Claire is a newly qualified General Practice Nurse and GPNSNN Ambassador. She qualified from Birmingham City University and has 12 years healthcare experience in a range of settings including: Sexual health and family planning, Elderly care homes with dementia, and working with young adults with learning disabilities. During her time at university she won inspirational student of the year, received a high achievers scholarship and raised over £1,000 for the Cavell Trust charity.
Claire has written articles for best in practice nursing and RCNi and also did a talk at the nursing times careers event in 2019. Claire also has her own blog site and YouTube channel where she shares advice, tips and information for other student nurses but also positive motivation to inspire more people into nursing.
Debbie Terry, RGN BSc (Hons)
Debbie qualified as a general nurse in 1994. A large part of her career has been based in primary care and general practice. Having started as a practice nurse, Debbie developed a passion for respiratory care and spent many subsequent years as a specialist nurse and team leader for a community based multidisciplinary respiratory service. In 2005 she obtained her independent nurse prescriber qualification and a degree in Long Term Conditions management. With a wealth of skills and experience, Debbie now works clinically as an Advanced Community Practitioner, managing patients with complex long term conditions.
Additionally, Debbie worked as a Covid Support Nurse with Smart Health Solutions during the height of the pandemic. With a passion for teaching, she also provides both clinical and non-clinical education nationwide, as a independent trainer.
Helen Williams FFRPS, FRPharmS
Helen is the National Speciality Adviser for CVD Prevention at NHSE&I and is working on delivery of the CVD ambitions for AF, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in line with the Long-Term Plan. Helen has worked as a CVD specialist for more than 25 years in hospital, community, and primary care settingsShe was clinical adviser to the national AF AHSN programme and developed the pharmacist-led virtual clinic model to optimise uptake of anticoagulation in AF, which is now being spread nationally through the NHSE AF demonstrator programme. She is currently also working at UCLP on the development and implementation of proactive care frameworks for long-term conditions to support primary care in the post COVID-19 environment.
Judy Downey, RGN BSc (Hons)
Judy is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of diabetes management, working across primary and secondary care.
She commenced her current role as an independent Diabetes Nurse Consultant in 2016, delivering educational services across North West London. An essential part of this service is follow up and mentorship in the clinical setting.
Judy has developed a passion for prevention and management of type 2 Diabetes by lifestyle measures. She has developed and run low carbohydrate, healthy fat patient education groups – some of the participants have put their diabetes into remission, after attending the group. Judy believes strongly that the updating and upskilling of nurses, HCA’s and other health care professionals is crucial to improve patient care and outcomes.
Judy has authored several publications in the last 2 years in the nursing press. Judy served on the committee of the Primary Care Diabetes Society for 4 years from 2007.
Morven Dunn, RN
Morven is a nurse with almost 30 years of experience within a plethora of nursing roles mainly within the NHS in Scotland but also include working in third sector, further and higher education, New Zealand Health Service and private healthcare.
She currently works as the National Cardiac Audit Coordinator within Public Health Scotland. This role involves establishing national cardiology audits in Scotland to drive quality improvement and assurance across primary and secondary care for those living with or at risk of cardiac disease.
She has developed cardiology expert knowledge from a variety of specialist nursing roles in both primary and secondary care including arrhythmia, chest pain and cardiac rehab roles. She is a values based nurse with a passion for quality improvement and worked within unscheduled care QI team throughout the pandemic.
She has always believed that education improves care and as such has worked as a lecturer in higher and further education and is currently involved in the general practice nurse education delivery in NHS Education Scotland and is an honorary lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Morven has been involved in the development of national guidelines including SIGN and has written articles for several health care journals.
Naomi Stetson, RN Dip N FBIHS
Naomi trained at UCLH, with further training at the University of Glasgow. She developed an interest in Cardiovascular disease more than 25 years ago while setting up a new Hypertension Service at the Royal Free Hospital. Naomi was part of the Development group for NICE 127 and the Topic Expert Group for Hypertension. She has recently retired from the post of Lead Nurse at Peart Rose Clinic part of Imperial Colllege Healthcare Trust, but continues to take an active part in the Nurses and Allied Professionals Working Party of the British and Irish Hypertension Society, and was awarded Fellowship of the Society in 2016, she facilitated the set up of Project Malawi with the BIHS, and was a primary developer of the Omron Academy.
In the last year, Naomi turned her hand to Co-ordinating Covid -19 Support Nurses with Smart Health Solutions and hopes to continue teaching with Learn with Nurses.
Sam Olden, BSc MSc
Sam Olden is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Exercise Scientist that specialises in preventative healthcare and cardiac rehabilitation. Sam works in an independent clinic on Harley Street leading a team of nurses and exercise specialists who deliver specialist exercise and lifestyle interventions. He has a particular interest in the use of exercise and lifestyle change alongside medication in management and prevention of hypertension.
Sam’s experience has involved work in both private healthcare and the NHS as well as both practical and research-based projects. He also takes an active interest in developing and leading education programmes specialising in exercise and cardiovascular disease. Sam is also the Chair for Nurses and AHPs Working Party for the British and Irish Hypertension Society.
Sarah O’Donnell, RN BSc (Hons)
Sarah O’Donnell studied at the university of Bradford, qualifying as registered Adult Nurse. During her time as a student nurse she was also a student representative, school representative and university senator. After qualifying Sarah took on a post grad cert in advanced nursing practice and became a general practice nurse.
Throughout the last 6 years Sarah has championed and mentored people in general practice and became a Senior Lead GPN within the second year of qualifying. Currently Sarah works in practice and also leads the GPN Student Nurse Network (GPNSNN), an idea that came through her own experience and through seeing lack of support and encouragement into the GPN career pathway.
Sarah has also chaired the CNO shared decision-making council for primary care for the past year and worked with Smart Health Solutions on many projects, ranging from Learn with Nurses, Covid support and helping create further networks for nurses. Sarah is currently undertaking post graduate modules to further her knowledge and prescribing practice in general practice.
Una O’Connor, RGN
Rheumatology & PoTS
Una qualified as a Registered General Nurse in London in 1988 and spent many years as a Community Nurse within District Nursing and School Nursing in the London area. After achieving her American Registered Nurse licence, she returned to a hospital role in Intensive Care in preparation for emigration. Unfortunately, life threw a curved ball and Una made the decision to take early retirement but continued with voluntary work managing support groups; one for parents of children with visual impairment and another for parents of young persons with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
When former nurses were approached to return to practice to aid the pandemic, Una responded and joined Smart Health Solutions as a Covid-19 Support Nurse in addition to joining the Learn With Nurses team and is excited to now be involved with the Community Nurse Ambassador Network, Future Learning Disabilities Network and the Nurses and AHP’s Working Party for the British and Irish Hypertensive Society Conference 2021.
Una is currently undertaking a MSc in Medical and Healthcare Education and she loves the diversity that nursing brings, with the opportunity to change direction no matter what your age or experience and to continually broaden one’s knowledge.
Ewa is the Training Co-ordinator and Office Manager for Smart Health Solutions.
She manages all of the course administration, both pre and post event and solves everyone’s problems.
Danny is the Financial Controller for Smart Health Solutions, managing all of our financial transactions and accounts.