I qualified in 1985 as a Registered Nurse and after many years as a ward nurse I found my niche in the Recovery Room in 1997. In 2002 I qualified as a Paediatric Nurse. In 2005, I completed the ENB 182 Anaesthetic Course. In 2014, I completed an MSc in Advanced Nursing, and in 2021 the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning at Anglia Ruskin University.
I have spent 16 years working in a specialist Paediatric Recovery Room. During this time I designed and facilitated an accredited Paediatric Recovery Room course which has been delivered in association with Higher Education Institutions. I have been invited to lecture on Paediatrics in the Recovery Room at Anglia Ruskin and King’s College London Universities, and in house courses at GSTT.
I have enjoyed being part of BARNA, supporting the speciality through conference, discussion and study sessions. I have always had a passion for developing knowledge and professional development through education. My current role is as Matron for Clinical Imaging and Medical Physics. This includes the remit of Education and workforce for the directorate.
I have and continue to volunteer overseas since 2009, in the roles of CEO, educator, team leader and recovery room practitioner.
I am a registered nurse with over 25 years experience in the perioperative environment [Intensive Care, PACU, Scrub and Anaesthesia]. I began working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Theatres Anaesthesia and Perioperative [TAP] department as a recovery nurse in 2008 and then as an anaesthetic practitioner in 2010.
I have been a Practice Development Nurse in the same department since 2017. I earned a Master’s degree in clinical education from LSBU and contributed to the development of the TAP Academy in 2019. I facilitate the in-house Anaesthetic Practice Course and the Recovery Practice Course accredited by King’s College University through the TAP Academy. I am passionate about evidence-based practice and research-based practice improvement. My special interest include the management of difficult airways, thoracic anaesthesia, human factors and simulation. I enjoy delivering training and look forward to collaborating with BARNA’s prestigious team.
I originally trained at Barts and the Royal London hospitals, qualifying as an ODP in 2002. Since then, I have worked in a number of hospitals, both private and NHS, in the South of England.
My post graduate training has focused mainly on high dependency care and pain management. I worked as an acute pain team lead for a number of years during which I also trained as an acupuncturist and set up a private acupuncture clinic.
During that time I was fortunate to undertake a research internship, focused on improving care within a pain service, with the University of Brighton. More recently despite the enormous stress of working in ICU during Covid, I believe it was also a huge privilege to work with such highly skilled and dedicate professionals which demonstrated time and again the power of education to improve patient care and save lives. I am honoured to be part of BARNA and be involved in its mission to support and educate anaesthetic and post anaesthetic care clinicians.
I began my nursing career in Aberdeen where I studied at Robert Gordon’s University gaining my degree in adult nursing. From there I immediately worked in theatre initially as a scrub nurse before completing a post graduate course at Teeside University in anaesthetic nursing.
Today, I mostly work in emergency and trauma theatres throughout Scotland as an anaesthetic nurse. I count myself incredibly lucky to work regularly in Inverness and Dundee hospitals as well as spending time in Aberdeen hospitals where I currently live.
I continue to keep up a variety of nursing skills in a range of departments and enjoy working on pre op and post op wards as well as my time in theatre. Having an appreciation of roles outside of theatre allows me to understand the impact of patient care and how outcomes can be defined by the patients journey through the hospital.
I sat on the committee of an inter-professional education committee in Abderdeen which encourages professions to work together and have a greater appreciation of each other and is something that I am very passionate about.
IFNA County Representative
I started my musing career back in 1976 at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, then completed my SRN training at Greenwich District Hospital, qualifying in 1980. Immediately joining the operating department I found my passion for anaesthetic nursing and I completed my anaesthetic nursing ENB 182 at Kings College Hospital in 1982.
I retired from the NHS in 2020 after 44 years’ service, 37 of which in anaesthetic and recovery nursing. I now work in the private sector as an anaesthetic nurse which I am enjoying very much and I also continue to practice as an ALS Instructor.
I have a longstanding association with BARNA having held the position of Chair in the past for several years. I continue to be the CNR (Council of National Representatives) for IFNA (International Federation of Nurse Anaesthetists) and am an Executive Committee member.
I believe wholeheartedly in the recognition and development of anaesthetic and recovery nursing and feel privileged to work in this speciality.
I have served on the BARNA committee since 1992 and believe strongly in the need to support and develop anaesthetic and post anaesthetic care nursing. Originally a history teacher, I became a Nightingale nurse, graduating from St Thomas’ in 1977 and since then have nursed for over 30 years both at home and abroad, specialising in intensive care and post anaesthetic care nursing.
Since retiring from leading the Perioperative Modules at Kingston University, I remained focussed on post anaesthetic care nursing both as the Education Lead for BARNA and as Chairman of the Steering Group for ICPAN (International Collaboration of Peri-Anaesthesia Nurses) leading to the creation of ICPAN as a formally constituted International Collaboration for Peri-Anaesthetic nurses in 2015. I have developed Learning and Teaching Resources in Airway, Breathing and Circulation for BARNA members and have initiated BARNA study days on Thermoregulation, Ethics and Law, Obesity, Revalidation as well as BARNA Talks Sessions on Paediatrics & PACU Staffing. In her spare times I lecture on Florence Nightingale.
A newly promoted Recovery Sister working at East Surrey Hospital. Prior to pursuing her nursing career, Jas had a decade of experience working for the corporate industry which included banking, healthcare insurance and printers. Jas loves adventure and is very interested in anything related to travel, tech and sports.
Katie is a Registered Children's Nurse, and a Senior Sister in Recovery at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. She has worked in Recovery for 21 years. She also works one day a week with the East of England Operational Delivery Network, where she has developed and runs a Paediatric PACU course. In addition to this, Katie has an interest in simulation, and has developed recovery-based simulation courses.
TREASURER & Ex Officio Member
Jeremy Lodge has spent his career in public service [and voluntary work] as a manager and consultant, gaining his MBA in 1990 and MSc in Organisation Development in 2010. He is as an ex officio member supporting the Board of Trustees, acting Treasurer and Co-Editor of the BARNA e-journal.