Therapy Sub Committee

Sarah Kearney

Chair and Oxygen Lead

I have worked as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist on the Isle of Wight since 1998. I jointly manage the respiratory department, share clinical leadership with our consultant and work closely with the CCG lead GP to lead a local respiratory network. I had my post ‘badged’ by the BLF in August 2010 and my clinical work is almost entirely in the community supporting patients to stay at home and developing self-management plans. I am the service lead for home oxygen and assessment and see patients for both assessment and review; follow up visits after acute admissions and provide palliative care. I lead a small multi- disciplinary team whose main focus is COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation, although we see any non-malignant respiratory disease.

In 2010 I worked for one day a week with South Central SHA as a clinical fellow, supporting Maxine Hardinge on the National Strategy and sat on the regional respiratory board. I recently participated as an assessor for the RCP pulmonary rehabilitation accreditation pilot project.

I have been a member of ARNS for many years and joined the Executive Committee in 2016.

Sarah Kearney

Alexandra Christie

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Lead

My name is Alexandra Christie. I currently work for Berkshire Health Care Foundation trust as a Respiratory Physiotherapist for the community respiratory team. I have had a keen interest in respiratory since my 2nd placement as a student and from then on knew that was where I wanted to be. When I moved from the acute into the community I starting being involved in Pulmonary Rehab and very quickly became aware of the significant, positive impact it can have for people with lung disease. It is very rewarding to help someone achieve their goals of walking the dog again, doing some gardening or waltzing with his wife. It is an invaluable service that should be standard care for anyone with chronic lung disease. I hope as part of the ARNs subcommittee I can help continue promoting and supporting this wonderful resource.

Alexandra Christie

Maria Parsonage

Pleural Disease Lead

I am a Respiratory Nurse Consultant working across Respiratory Medicine and Pleural Disease at Wirral University NHS Foundation Trust. I have been working in advanced respiratory nursing practice across the Wirral Peninsula since 2002 and I am passionate about evidence based respiratory healthcare. I have been instrumental in developing advanced pleural services across the Trust over the last 10 years and delivering services to patients with both benign and malignant pleural disease. As the pleural nursing lead, I am responsible for nurse led pleural clinics and procedure lists. I have written policy and guidance and I support medical staff and other health care professionals to gain competence with advanced pleural procedures.

Nationally, I am a member of the British Thoracic Society new Pleural Guideline group; on the executive committee for the UK Pleural Society and a member of the British Thoracic Society Lung Cancer & Mesothelioma Specialist Advisory Group. I hope as the ARNS Sub-Committee pleural lead I can inspire others to push forward modern pleural nursing in the ever changing and challenging socio-economic environment.

Maria Parsonage

Iain Wheatley

NIV /Sleep Lead

Current role: Nurse Consultant Acute and respiratory Care (specialist sleep and ventilation)

Early career as a Combat Medical Technician, in the British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps before training as a nurse and qualifying in 1996.  Iain’s civilian nursing career started in general medicine before transferring to intensive care, and later moving into critical care outreach.  Whilst as a critical care outreach practitioner Iain set up a medical high dependency unit. With experience of non-invasive ventilation the role developed to provide sleep and ventilation services for inpatients and outpatients as well as domiciliary services and palliative care. Since working in his current post Iain manages the respiratory team, health improvement team and sleep and ventilation services and is the independent prescribing lead for Frimley Health. He also runs, teaches and manages the University accredited Respiratory education module. Iain has presented at national and international conferences as well publishing a number of articles. He has assisted with the development of an E-learning Acute Non-invasive ventilation program for Health Education England. More Recently Iain has provided clinical expertise as a case reviewer for NCEPOD and the subsequent report ‘Acute Non-Invasive Ventilation: Inspiring Change (2017).

Iain Wheatley

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