National Nurses Nutrition Group National Nurses Nutrition Group

Liz Anderson – Chair

Nutrition Nurse Specialist
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Aylesbury
Bucks
HP21 8AL
Telephone: 01296 316645
nationalnursesnutritiongroup@gmail.com

Liz Anderson (formally Evans) became the nutrition nurse specialist for Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust in 2007. She first joined the NNNG committee in this year and was voted Chair of the group in January 2010. She is now in her second term as Chair. She has a varied nursing background in both medical and surgical nursing, with her previous post being a sister of an acute stroke unit. Liz believes passionately in the importance of good nutrition in enhancing a person’s recovery. Liz’s main interest is the promotion of excellence in all aspects of nutrition support both from a quality and safety perspective. Liz has a BA (Hons) in Nursing Practice completing her dissertation in “Trained nurse’s attitudes to nutrition in hospital patients” as well as a PG Cert in Nutrition in Nursing.

She has represented the NNNG on a number of projects with NHS England, the Department of Health, NICE and the RCN. She was a member of the Department of Health’s Hospital Food Standards Panel which looked at patients’ experience of hospital food and nutritional care and published a number of recommendations for Trusts to take forward.

Liz is also a member of the NHS England Nutrition and Hydration Strategy Group, a council member for BAPEN and a member of the Royal College of Physicians Nutrition Committee. She has been published a number of times in various nursing journals and continues to maintain a busy national profile by speaking at events and conferences.


Tracy Wothers – Secretary

Nutrition Nurse Specialist
Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust
Hinchingbrooke Park Road
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE29 6NT
Tel: 01480 416416
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Tracy qualified as a nurse in 2004 and after a short period of working in elective orthopaedics quickly moved to critical care – working in neuro and general critical care units as well as in coronary care. Tracy currently works as the Nutrition Nurse Specialist at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Cambridgeshire, a role that covers all aspects of nutrition at this small district general hospital. In addition to this Tracy is an Advanced Life Support Instructor and continues to teach regularly on ALS courses.

Tracy has recently enjoyed completing the NHS Leadership Academy Mary Seacole Programme and Advanced Skills in Clinical Assessment and is now hoping to continue on to do her Non-Medical Prescriber’s course.


Barbara Dovaston – Treasurer

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Nutrition
C/o ward 12
Heartlands Hospital Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Bordesley Green
Birmingham
B9 5SS
Direct line: 0121 424 1435
Direct Fax: 0121 424 1765
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Barbara works as a lead clinical nurse specialist for Nutrition at The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, across three sites, working with both enteral and parenteral patients. Since qualifying as a RGN in 1994 Barbara has worked within gastroenterology on both medical and surgical wards and endoscopy culminating in a short spell as the clinical nurse specialist for Gastroenterology. An interest in nutrition led Barbara to join the nutrition support nurses in 2000 and was appointed as the lead in 2004. Since this point the nursing nutrition team has expanded so that Barbara now manages 5 other nurses. Barbara represents the NNNG on the BAPEN programs committee and the Enteral Plastic Safety Group.


Claire Campbell – Communications Officer

Nutrition Support Nurse
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Portsmouth Road
Frimley
GU 167UJ
Tel: 01276 526959
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Claire Campbell completed her Dip HE Nursing studies at King Alfred’s College in Winchester in 1998 before moving to Guildford to  work at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Initial roles saw her working in acute medicine including Gastroenterology before moving into the surgical directorate.  This is where her interest in nutrition began as she cared for patient on the colorectal, hepatobilary and upper GI surgical unit.

After 5 years Claire was asked to take up position in the surgical acute unit at Frimley Park hospital. This further developed Claire interest in nutrition support and gained further skills in caring for those receiving both parenteral and enteral nutrition.

In 2007 the Trust developed a role for a Nutrition Support nurse to provide training for staff in parenteral nutrition and also the development of a nurse-led nasojejunal placement service to reduce the amount of PN used within the organization.  This was a part time role and initially Claire carried out his whilst continuing to work on the acute surgical unit.  The role expanded quite quickly and led to implementing the NPSA alerts around nasogastric tubes.  From there the service expanded further and Claire now runs a nurse led service for gastrostomy assessment covering both in and outpatients and the subsequent aftercare and support of these patients.  This resulted in a Trust recognition award for service.  Claire has completed her Clinical Nutrition module at Kings University gaining the Yakult award for the highest mark and is looking to continue her studies for a Masters.

Claire works closely with the dietetics and gastroenterology teams at Frimley and enjoys the challenges and diversity that being a Nutrition Support nurse involves.  Claire is a new committee member for the NNNG and is looking forward to becoming more involved in national projects and the challenges this will bring.


Nina Cron – Committee Member

Specialist Nurse in Nutrition Support
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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Nina qualified in 2005 from Brighton University and consolidated her training at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford on the urology and vascular ward before going into critical care in the post anaesthetic care unit and then ITU.

She left the NHS and worked in private nursing homes and learnt the important role that nutrition plays in keeping residents and staff as fit and healthy as possible.  This combined with her own experience in sports nutrition for running and swimming marathons led to a passion for promoting good nutrition and hydration to enable everyone to live and enjoy life to the full.

In 2010 Nina joined Nutricia as a nurse adviser for patients needing training and support in living with enteral feeding tubes and was inspired to learn from her patients that with the right support there were no limits to the activities that could be achieved.

Currently Nina is working as Specialist Nurse in Nutrition Support at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Working across two sites she is responsible for clinical nutritional support for patients and their carers and staff training and education in nutritional care across the trust. Her focus is ensuring that patients are able to get appropriate and safe nutrition.


Jo Wakeling – Committee Member

Lead Nurse
B.Braun Medical Ltd,
Thorncliffe Park,
Sheffield,
S352PW
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Jo has been qualified for  16 years with experience  always being within Gastro-colorectal nursing and as a specialist nurse for intravenous therapy.  Jo completed MSc in Clinical nutrition and has a specialist interest in home parenteral nutrition. Jo feels very proud that together with her team she has been able to develop the  intestinal failure service at the Royal Berkshire where she spent 5 years working with home parenteral nutrition patients. Jo also has over 9 years experience working for home care company in her spare time and gaining experience with looking after patients in their own homes who require parenteral nutrition. Jo has recently taken on a new role as Lead nurse for South region (full time) for home care company B.Braun and is currently enjoying working with the specialist hospital centres over the south region and ensuring their HPN patients are looked after in their own homes to the best possible standard, as well as training and managing the nursing teams.


Krista Murray – Committee Member

Nutrition Clinical Nurse Specialist
University College London Hospitals
GI Division,
Ground Floor West,
250 Euston Road,
NW1 2BU
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Krista qualified as an adult nurse in 2013 and started her nursing career at Oxford University Hospitals. She initially worked as a staff nurse on a gastroenterology ward and then in surgical recovery before an interest in clinical nutrition led to a role as a nurse specialist with the Oxford nutrition team.

In 2015 Krista moved to London to join the University College London Hospital nutrition team. The hospital has a large and fast growing HPN cohort and Krista’s focus is managing these patients as well as a small amount of enteral work. She is dedicated to improving the service and care for her patients and learning about other areas of intestinal failure.

Krista also represents the NNNG on the NHSE Intestinal Failure Service Review Programme and teaches on the UCL Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc.


Natalie Welsh – Committee Member

Nutrition Specialist Nurse
Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
C/O Ward 46, Ladysmith Building,
Tameside General Hospital,
Fountain Street,
Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 9RW.
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Natalie trained at De Montfort University and after qualifying in 2001 returned home to Devon where she began her career as a staff nurse on a colorectal surgical ward. Natalie has experience as a prison nurse as well as working for Fresenius Kabi and Calea as a home nutrition nurse.  This was where Natalie really found her passion for nutrition support.  The role, although geographically challenging, was rewarding as Natalie experienced the difference she was able to make by supporting people at home.   A secondment opportunity soon arose to work with the nutrition support team at the prestigious St Marks in Harrow in which Calea and Fresenius Kabi released Natalie for nearly 3 years to continue to build her portfolio of experience in caring for some of the most complex patients requiring nutritional care.

In order to best support her family, Natalie and her husband decided to move up north and Natalie began a substantive post at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.  Natalie’s commitment to improve nutrition with the support of senior nursing leadership has started to see the profile of the service gain real momentum.  Natalie was nominated for a British Journal of Nursing; Nutrition Nurse of the Year award in 2017 and was appointed to the NNNG committee, which she describes as a real opportunity to continue her development both locally and nationally.