Lucy initially study sports and exercise science, where her passion for nutrition lead her to retrain as a dietitian in 2011. Starting out as an adult dietitian, Lucy quickly developed an interest in paediatrics and has been working in this area ever since.
Having worked at busy district hospitals and specialist allergy services in London, Lucy is now the lead dietitian in the MDT gastro-allergy service at a large Children’s Hospital. Lucy also specialises in paediatric gastroenterology, focusing on parenteral nutrition, irritable bowel disease, food intolerance / gastrointestinal food allergy, gastrostomy feed, gastrointestinal surgery and bowel dysmotility conditions.
In addition, Lucy forms part of the teaching team on the British Dietetic Association Paediatric Masters Modules, has been a guest speaker at various teaching forums across London and is a member of the BSPGHAN working group for eosinophilic oesophagitis.
Endometriosis Clinical Nurse Specialist
University Hospital of Wales
Liz Bruen is an Endometriosis Clinical Nurse Specialist based at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. She was the lead nurse on the Task and Finish Group 2018 instigated by the Welsh Assembly Government to assess service provision and access to endometriosis care in Wales in primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.
A primary outcome was the development of an Endometriosis CNS per Health Board in Wales with a focus on developing services within primary care. Liz is also a member of the British Society of Gynaecology Endoscopy BSGE Endometriosis CNS Subcommittee which is proactive in standardising and raising the profile of all Endometriosis CNSs.
Consultant in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health
NHS Fife Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Katie Boog MBChB MFSRH Dip GU-Med PGA Med Ed SRH
Katie is a Consultant in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health in NHS Fife, where she is also the lead for the Fife Vasectomy Service and Fife Deep Implant service.
Katie is also the Co Director of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinical Effectiveness Unit, leading on guidance dissemination and CEU guidance-related education and audit products. She is currently writing the new FSRH intrauterine contraception guideline.
Her special interests include complex contraception, sexually transmitted infections and medical education, with a particular interest in making guidance and evidence accessible and relatable to clinicians and she has designed and delivered SRH learning activities at both local and national level in a wide range of formats. She is the FSRH General Training Programme Director for Fife.
Katie also holds roles in recruitment and assessment of the SRH workforce. She is the Community Sexual and Reproductive Health lead for the Multi Specialty Recruitment Assessment, is on the interview panel for CSRH specialty training and is an OSCE examiner and question writer for the FSRH Membership exam.
Senior Lecturer Advanced Practice
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Fiona Downie is a senior lecturer in advanced practice at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. She recently retired from her clinical post of nurse consultant in Tissue Viability in an acute cardiothoracic hospital. Her interest in tissue viability has a 25-year history. Her, particular, interests are in acute wounds that fail to heal, and the influence of bioburden in wound healing. In addition, she is especially interested in: SSI surveillance; pressure ulcer risk assessment /classification; and MARSI prevention. She has completed an MSc in wound healing and tissue repair from the medical school, Cardiff University, Wales. Her research study, whilst undertaking her MSc, looked at nurses’ and doctors’ knowledge in relation to the practice of wound swabbing. She has completed a Post Grad Certificate in Education, gaining a distinction for this. In addition, Fiona was awarded a Chief nurse of England’s Gold award for services to preventing pressure ulcers and for her contribution to education in tissue viability.
RightBreathe & NW London CYP Asthma Network
Darush is a respiratory pharmacist for RightBreathe & NW London CYP Asthma Network He is Co-Chair of the TaskForce for Lung Health Medicines Optimisation group and part of the PCRS Executive Committee. He has presented at various national & international conferences (including ERS, IPCRG, PCRS, CPC, Respiratory show) and was asked to help review the National Training Standards for Smoking Cessation. He is an active teacher and follower of the IPCRG Asthma Right Care social movement and enjoys spreading positive messages on how people can live much better with asthma. Darush has published more than 25 clinical papers and writes teaching modules on various pharmacy platforms. He has been recognised by his healthcare peers at the 2019 PCPA GP Pharmacist awards for excellence. Darush enjoys running and raising money for respiratory & cardiac charities. One of his main missions is to reduce health inequalities caused by tobacco and poor health care and spends a lot of his time teaching in deprived locations across the UK.
Nurse Entrepreneur & Founder
Queen's Nurse Heather is an entrepreneur, writer, social innovator and health policy influencer. She is a former general practice nurse and director of primary care.
Heather practises a social model of public health, inventing and co-producing solutions with local people. Based on her own severe asthma as a child, her latest innovation is BreathChamps: Where children families and communities learn about breathing in fun ways.
In 2018 Heather won the Sue Pembrey Award for person and community centred care and has also received the Open University Business School Alumnus Award for her 'Outstanding Contribution to Society'.
The granddaughter of a Lancastrian weaver, she believes in cooperation for mutual benefit.
Independent Respiratory Nurse Consultant
Anne Rodman has been training people to improve care for respiratory disease for over ten years. She has an MSc in Acute and Emergency care and a Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Care, working in primary care since 1995. Formerly an Education for Health academic trainer and marker for more than a decade, Anne is COPD course tutor and online learning developer for Rotherham Respiratory who provide accredited courses across a range of long-term conditions. She also provides respiratory consultancy to general practices and is an assessor for the ARTP spirometry courses. Her current clinical role includes working in a dedicated team of GPs and other health professionals in a regional Post-COVID assessment service, assessing need for further investigations and planning care packages for those living with post-COVID syndrome. Anne is passionate about the role of education in improving care, to ensure correct early diagnosis that enables patients to make informed choices and maintain a good quality of life for them and their families. She believes all patients should receive good quality care provided by a properly trained health care professional.
Professor Omar Usmani
Professor of Respiratory Medicine
Imperial College London and Consultant Physician, Royal Brompton Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital London
Dr Usmani is Reader and Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital. He qualified in Medicine at King’s College London and completed his PhD at Imperial College London, for which he received the 2005 NHLI Imperial College PhD Prize for the best thesis. Omar’s previous research themes are Inhaled Drug Delivery, Airways Physiology, Lung Imaging, Respiratory Pharmacology and Tele-monitoring / E-health. He is currently Co-investigator and Lead Clinical PI, on an EU HORIZON 2020 grant, investigating the role of Tele-monitoring and E-health in asthma self-management, as well as Secretary [and Head-elect] of Assembly 5 (Airway Diseases, Asthma and COPD) at the ERS, Vice President of Scientific Outputs of REG (Respiratory Effectiveness Group), Chair of UKIG (UK Inhaler Group), Vice-Chair of Drug Delivery to the Lungs (DDL), and former Europe Liaison Officer of the International Society of Aerosols in Research (ISAM). In 2015, Omar received one of the highest accolades in aerosol science, the Thomas T Mercer Award from the American Association of Aerosol Research (AAAR) and ISAM, recognising his international research excellence in pharmaceutical aerosols and inhalable materials. In 2019, he was awarded the Fellowship of The European Respiratory Society (FERS).
Dr Vince Mak
Consultant physician in respiratory integrated care
Lead Respiratory Nurse
University of Huddersfield
Dr Leanne Atkin PhD MHSc RGN is a Lecturer Practitioner at University of Huddersfield additionally being Vascular Nurse Consultant at Mid Yorks NHS Trust. She completed her Masters degree in Advanced Nursing Practice 2010 and her PhD in 2017, her research focus was the treatment and management of peripheral arterial disease. Her passions include leg ulcer management, quality agenda, peripheral arterial disease and advanced wound management. She has published over 50 articles related to lower limb ulceration pathways, vascular diseases, wound assessment and quality of life. She is currently leading the ‘Legs Matter’ campaign aiming to raise patient and public awareness of lower limb conditions and working with the National Wound Care Strategy chairing the lower limb stream of work.
University of Derby
Gerri is a Registered General Nurse with over 39 years of experience spanning both acute medical and surgical nursing in the acute setting, within the UK and abroad. For the last 6 years Gerri has worked in a part time academic role as a senior lecturer in Advanced Practice, teaching advanced practice skills to allied health professionals. Prior to this, she worked as the Lead Hepatology Nurse Specialist. Her expert knowledge of liver disease, has enabled her to publish widely in many nursing, prescribing and medical journals. Moreover, Gerri has a national profile and has been involved as expert advisor on x 2 Quality Standards, x 3 NICE Guidelines. In recognition of this, she was awarded the title of NICE Nurse Expert Advisor in 2015. In January 2020, Gerri and her co-author Yvonne Francis published a venesection guide for the UK, endorsed by the RCN. This guidance benefits thousands of patients who undergo venesection for haemochromatosis and polycythaemia in the UK and abroad. This recognition resulted in being awarded the prestigious Nurse of the Year 2021 accolade from the British Journal of Nursing, nominated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Gerri successfully completed her PhD in June 2021, titled “Advancing health professionals’ knowledge of liver disease.”
Clinical Team lead
MSc Women’s Health
DFSRH and Faculty registered trainer
Clinical Team leader for Sexual Health SW London
Anups de Silva
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust
Dr de Silva has been a Consultant Gastroenterologist for over 18 years and is the Clinical Lead for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at NNUH. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School. He carried out his speciality training in London before taking up Consultant posts in the East of England. He is responsible for formulating regional high-cost drugs pathways in conjunction with his local Clinical Commissioning Group. He is an accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist and therapeutic endoscopist.