Dr Karen Heslop-Marshall
Chair of Research and Education Sub Committee
Karen has worked in respiratory medicine since 1988. Karen’s clinical role is varied and she see’s patients a number of respiratory conditions including asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, lung fibrosis, tuberculosis, lung cancer and bronchiectasis. Karen mainly works in secondary care but also undertakes home visits.
Karen has represented nurses on a number of committees including the British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee, BTS Specialist Advisory Group for COPD. She has been involved in representing nurses on national guideline groups for nebulisers, asthma, bronchiectasis, COPD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Quality Standards for Bronchiectasis and the NICE COPD Quality Standards Group and Commissioning Framework Group and is BTS Quality Improvement Committee.
Karen’s interest in conducting her own research developed when she completed a post graduate diploma in CBT in 2003. Karen developed a CBT treatment specifically for patients with respiratory problems who face psychological difficulties. Karen completed a National Institute of Health Research PhD Clinical Academic Training Research Fellowship from 2011 to 2016. Her PhD research was the largest RCT into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for COPD patients who experience anxiety and depression. Karen is developing an interactive online CBT treatment programme for COPD, similar to Karen’s face to face treatment. Karen also provides a foundation course in CBT for the physical health setting for staff wanting to learn CBT skills in the physical health setting.
Karen is a co-applicant for research in the use of CBT for respiratory patients before pulmonary rehabilitation and supervisor for two PhD students.
Vice Chair of Research and Education Sub Committee
Kate has worked in the NHS since 1999, first in complaints and litigation, then in NHS management. She completed the NHS management training scheme in 2003 and was awarded an MSc in Health Management from the University of Birmingham in 2005. She then re-trained as a nurse, specialising in acute medical and then respiratory nursing. In 2016, Kate was awarded a Health Foundation scholarship, administered by the University of Southampton, to undertake a full-time PhD, identifying and characterising patients’ experiences of burden of treatment in lung cancer or COPD.
Kate currently works as a Senior Research Assistant in the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group (MSRG) within Health Sciences.
Dr Nicola Roberts
Nicola has a background in Biological Sciences and Toxicology however she works as a health services researcher and Senior Lecturer within the Department of Nursing and Community Health at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research focuses on evaluating the delivery of care to those with respiratory illnesses and other long-term conditions. This includes the evaluation of service developments such as the use of self-management tools, improving referrals to pulmonary rehabilitation and improving patient-HCP communication. Current research includes the role of patient activation in rehabilitation programmes, and the delivery of education in pulmonary rehabilitation. She is also a committee member of the British Thoracic Society Science and Research committee.
Joe qualified as a registered nurse in 1992 and started working within the respiratory speciality in 1996. Joe currently leads a small team at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli and runs the home ventilation service across south west Wales. His time is split 60% clinical and 40% research having been awarded a 3 year Clinical Research Time grant from Health and Care Research Wales. This has led to him starting a PhD and becoming the Principal investigator for 3 national research studies (COPD & MND).
Joe has been involved with ARNS for about 20 years and has sat on its committee. This opened up many doors including representing ARNS on the UK Respiratory Research Consortium, BTS Home Oxygen Guideline Development Group, BTS Standards of Care Committee, NRAD and currently the BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline Review Group.
Joe has published numerous articles, written chapters in a book and e-learning modules. He enjoys teaching and supporting staff development but still maintains his motivation through improving patient outcomes, be it face to face, improving the service or on a national level.
Joe wants to try and promote nursing research, particularly respiratory and wants to continue supporting ARNS in implementing its research strategy.
Ann qualified as a registered general nurse in 1993 and worked briefly in adult medicine before moving to Scotland to complete her registered Sick Children’s (RSCN) conversion course. She has worked at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh since qualifying in 1995.
In 2003 she set up the asthma nurse service providing holistic care to children and their families in hospital and the community. She has completed 5 modules on asthma and allergy through Education for Health and also completed her BSc in child health nursing. She is a non-medical prescriber. She is currently on secondment as a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh/ AUKCAR.
Ann is the Chair of the National Paediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurses Group (NPRANG) and paediatric lead on the research and education sub group within ARNS.
Ann is actively involved in education and is part of the Scottish Allery and Respiratory Academy (SARA) teaching faculty.
Lindsay is currently a Lecturer in Nursing and Researcher in Long Term Conditions, at the School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton.
Lindsay has been a specialist respiratory nurse for 18 years, with an interest in the care of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Her clinical work has spanned primary care, acute care, research delivery, community nursing and pulmonary rehabilitation. She has a clinical research interest in the whole COPD patient pathway and therefore has developed a depth of understanding of the barriers, challenges and complexities of COPD management.
Previously Lindsay has led several clinical service developmental bids including a successful bid with the service to the Queens Nursing Institute to develop a sustainable Singing in COPD project. This included further funding for the British Lung Foundation to integrate singing into the clinical service.
Debbie has worked as an ANP and non-medical prescriber in Primary Care for over 20 years. She has a special interest in long term conditions, namely, respiratory disease. Debbie has worked as a lecturer in nurse education since 2010 and presently runs the postgraduate respiratory course and Specialist practice respiratory pathway at Queens University Belfast.
Debbie is passionate about education and wants it to be accessible, especially for those based in primary care. As a writer, Debbie has had over 50 articles published in the nursing press and written two textbooks. One of which, the respiratory textbook, was made free online during the first surge of Covid 19.
Debbie loves writing and has just finished writing her 7th children's book.