Education and Career Development Sub Committee
Current role: Respiratory Nurse Specialist
Alison qualified as an RGN in 1992 and has had a variety of roles in this time but predominately has worked within primary care since 1997. Her passion for respiratory nursing started as a practice nurse which started after completing her asthma diploma. Since then respiratory has been the mainstay of her career and she now have the luxury of specialising in this field.
Alison has a unique job role which involves educating primary care staff, within her local CCG, including GPs, practice nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists regarding respiratory care. This enables her to have a strong relationship with secondary care consultants and is a link between the different’ worlds’ of secondary and primary care by helping either side to understand how the other works. She also works as a respiratory nurse specialist in a large GP surgery looking after and managing their complex patients.
Alison has been a member of ARNS for several years and became an executive committee member in 2016
She is an ARTP/BTS trainer for spirometry and regularly runs courses in her local area. She now represents ARNS on the focus group developing strategies to ensure quality assured spirometry.
Northern Ireland Lead
Currently holds the post of Lead Practice Based Pharmacist since January 2017. Has worked previously as Community Pharmacy Manager since 1998.
Graduated from Queens University, Belfast, Degree in Pharmacy(1997), Holds Diplomas in Independent Prescribing and Asthma Management, Accredited Advanced Inhaler Technique Trainer, Accredited ICON 1 and 2(COPD)Trainer
Previous Vice-Chair of Pharmacy Forum and past Member of Council for Pharmaceutical Society NI.
Has worked with many key stakeholders within the healthcare system to develop and promote better respiratory management through proper patient engagement, service provision and education and training around respiratory review/ management in both Asthma and COPD. One of his specialist areas of interest is Inhaler Technique training.
Has been acknowledged for his proactive approach to promoting excellent customer care, through patient focused outcomes, delivering improved review processes and has received many industry accolades for Service Development, Respiratory Management, Health Promotion and Management ability.
Presented a poster at PCRS in 2014 based on his work around
Respiratory Reviews and has been associated with RIRL as a result. Several of these RIRL studies have been presented throughout Europe where he has been named co-author.
”I have been seeing respiratory patients in primary care for over 10 years. In that time, there has been many changes to guidance and new therapies coming to market. The knowledge base has increased due to the many research trials carried out world wide. Now is a very rewarding time to work in this field, as many patients in Wales are in need of optimising the management of their condition and Nurses are in the ideal position to help them achieve this. To enable Nurses to provide a high standard of care, high calibre courses need to be available and access to these courses encouraged and supported by employers.
In my current role as Interface Respiratory Nurse Specialist for the Llanelli GP Cluster, I am implementing the national COPD audit recommendations, in particular streamlining the Spirometry READ Codes that are used across the GP databases. Soon RHIG plans to launch an all Wales Respiratory template for Primary care, to standardise care.
Specialising as a Respiratory Nurse is a rewarding career and i hope to raise the profile of courses available in Wales to help Nurses achieve this.”Sian Rowlands
Dr Nicola Roberts is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Community Health at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Nicola is a health services researcher with a background in Biological Sciences and Toxicology (MSc PhD). She teaches undergraduate, postgraduate Masters and PhD students within the nursing department. She also manages the Masters dissertation module. Nicola’s research focuses on evaluating the delivery of care to those with respiratory illnesses. This has included the evaluation of service developments such as the use of lay educators, integration of respiratory healthcare, telephone consultations, self-management tools such as electronic asthma and COPD action plans and improving patient-HCP communication. Her current research is focussing on patient activation and the delivery of education in pulmonary rehabilitation. She is also collaborating with colleagues at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore around COPD public health issues.Nicola Roberts
As Senior Nurse and Clinical Lead with three practices within Coventry, I support two traditional GP practices and one providing services to the homeless. I Chair our local Clinical Governance meetings and am a regional Clinical Lead and National Lead at the Nurse and Medicines Management meetings.
I am a dedicated and experienced nurse manager who has worked in primary care for more than twenty years. My experience as a clinical lead, a professional development lead, a prescribing lead and an educator ensures that I have the skills and knowledge to communicate effectively and set high standards of care. I also enjoy educating and developing othersHeather Randle