National Nurses Nutrition Group National Nurses Nutrition Group

Claire Campbell – Chair

Nutrition Support Nurse
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Portsmouth Road
GU 167UJ
Tel: 01276 526959
[email protected]

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.

Natalie Welsh – Vice Chair

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.
[email protected]

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.

Tracy Wothers – Secretary

Upper GI/HPB/CUP Cancer Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Milton Keynes University  Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Standing Way, Eaglestone,
Milton Keynes,
Tel: 01908 996549
[email protected]

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 neonatal intensive care. Tracy has always had a keen interest in nutrition and previously worked as a Nutrition Nurse Specialist at a small district general hospital.

Tracy has now taken up the role of upper GI/HPB cancer advanced nurse practitioner at Milton Keynes University Hospital and continues to champion good nutritional care for all, in addition to having a keen interest in palliative artificial nutrition and nutrition in cancer. During her time as a nutrition nurse Tracy joined the NNNG committee and continues on the committee now as NNNG secretary.

Barbara Dovaston – Treasurer

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Nutrition
C/o ward 12
Heartlands Hospital Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Bordesley Green
B9 5SS
Direct line: 0121 424 1435
Direct Fax: 0121 424 1765
[email protected]

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.

Jo Wakeling – Committee Member

Lead Nurse
B.Braun Medical Ltd,
Thorncliffe Park,
[email protected]

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.

Sharlene Haywood – Committee Member

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Galsworthy Road
Kingston upon Thames
Tel: 0208 934 3649
[email protected]

Sharlene qualified as a nurse in 2001, joining a newly qualified nursing rotation programme. From 2002 to 2008 she worked at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in oncology and critical care. During this time she completed a postgraduate diploma and BSc (hons) in cancer care. She then moved into cancer rehabilitation at the Royal Marsden as a Specialist Sister from 2008 to 2011. Her interest in nutrition grew during this time. She became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition Support at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust from 2011 to 2018, covering both enteral and parenteral nutrition. During 2018 she moved to Kingston NHS Foundation Trust as their Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition. Her role there is evolving, she is currently focusing on enteral nutrition. Sharlene enjoys the variety the role provides and having close patient contact. Sharlene became an NNNG committee member in 2018. She is looking forward to working as Treasurer for the NNNG as well as to continue to promote excellence in nutritional care.