Meet our SME’s
Course(s) contributed to: Dignity and Personalised Care
Julie Letts has a 37-year career in the public service and has a combined clinical, policy and ethics background. She worked as an Intensive Care Nurse Specialist and educator for 18 years. Another 18 years followed in senior policy roles including as Manager, Clinical Ethics and Policy, NSW Ministry of Health where her focus was a spectrum of ethically complex issues in clinical care, such as end of life. She has a Masters’ degree in Bioethics and is an Advisory Board member for the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics at Macquarie University.
Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative and End of Life Care
Course(s) contributed to: End of Life Care: Symptom Management; Advance Care Planning ; Medication Management: Use of Syringe Drivers; Clinical Skills: Administering Injections
“I am a Clinical Nurse Consultant working for NSW Health with a particular interest in palliative care education and improving end of life care in all settings. I have worked in Specialist Palliative Care roles in Australia and New Zealand since 1998 across acute hospital consultancy, inpatient hospice and community services. I hold a Masters in Palliative Care from Flinders University
Regarded as a clinical expert in the area of palliative and end of life care, I am able to provide complex consultancy to ensure that assessment, care planning and provision of safe clinical care for all patients with palliative and end of life care needs remains a priority.”
Course(s) contributed to: Caring for Indigenous Australians
Mark Elliott is a Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal man whose family are the Trevorrow’s from the Coorong area of South Australia. Mark spent 6 years as the Aboriginal Community Development Officer for the Adelaide Hills Community Health Service (Country Health SA)and managed the Tumake Yande Aboriginal Elders Program in Murray Bridge SA. Most recently he worked as the Aboriginal Project Officer for the Catalyst Foundation (formally the Seniors Information Service SA part time until he retired in June 2017.
Mark has helped to organise major events in Mt Barker SA to celebrate NAIDOC and Reconciliation week winning a state NAIDOC award for best community event in 2010.
Mark was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) for Alzheimer’s Australia since its inception until it disbanded in 2015 and continues to have a passion for working in the area of dementia, especially within Aboriginal communities, has facilitated training in the Dementia Learning Resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and spent two years developing and delivering the Strengthening Dementia Care in Indigenous Communities project for Alzheimer’s Australia South Australia in conjunction with the Aboriginal Health Council of SA.
Mark Chairs the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group which is supported by the Australian Association of Gerontology and continues to deliver training in Aboriginal culture diversity.
Manual Handling Consultant
Course(s) contributed to: Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury
Mike Betts is a Manual Handling Consultant and Director of Mike Betts Training Ltd, a Manual Handling Consultancy and Health and Social Care Training Company based in Dunstable, England. Mike has a Masters Degree in Back Care Management from Loughborough University and is a co-author of the 5th edition of The Guide to the Handling of People, writing the Chapter on Managing Falls and the Falling Person. Mike has written extensively on Back Care and Management of the Falling Person and has presented at conferences in the UK, USA and Australia. Mike is also a former Chairman of National Back Exchange and has been a Registered Nurse for 29 years.
Course(s) contributed to: Medication Management: A Framework
“I have been an accredited pharmacist for over 20 years and have extensive experience in residential medication management reviews and assisting aged care facilities achieve a high standard in medication management. I was winner of the AACP Consultant Pharmacist of the Year in 2010 for my strong commitment to the advancement of patient care and improved health outcomes as well as for the development of an innovative training and resource package Not Just Pills® which improves aged care facility staff skills in administering non-packed medication formulations. Recently I have joined Ward Medication Management as the NSW Regional Manager. In this role I hope to be able to share some of the knowledge I have gained in my time as an accredited pharmacist by mentoring other accredited pharmacists working in aged care with the ultimate goal of reducing medication related harm in the elderly.”
Professional Services Manager
Course(s) contributed to: Diabetes: Everyday Care; Diabetes: Managing Complications and Medications.
After attaining a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) at the University of Newcastle in 2002, Rachel spent 3 years working in Inpatient/Outpatient Service roles within various locations in New South Wales and Victoria within the public health system. In 2007, Rachel obtained a Graduate Certificate (Diabetes Education), as well as establishing a private dietetics and diabetes education consultation practice in Perth of which she was the Director until 2011. From 2011-2013 Rachel continued clinical work as a Diabetes Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for NSW Health. During this time, Rachel was also involved in national policy reviews and national guideline development for various projects relating to people with diabetes. In 2015 Rachel completed a Master of Science (Diabetes) with a project to evaluate the ADEA mentoring program. As Professional Services Manager at ADEA, Rachel responds to all enquiries from members, health care professionals and the general public regarding professional matters. Her role includes liaising with stakeholders on various projects and programs to continually support ADEA members and to improve the health care of people with diabetes.
Course(s) contributed to: Negligence & duty of Care, Elder Abuse, Elder Abuse in the Community, Confidentiality.
Dr Linda Starr is a general and psychiatric qualified nurse, lawyer, associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and a Health Law and Ethics Education Consultant for Health Professionals. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation. Her PhD project linked law and practice through exploring the experiences of those involved in the compulsory reporting of elder abuse in commonwealth-funded residential aged care facilities. Linda has had many years of clinical practice in acute care, mental health an aged care in both metropolitan and country health services before moving into education. She is currently the chair of the state board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia; Director at the Aged Rights Advocacy Service and the foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association. She has an extensive speaking and publication record, nationally and internationally, on issues in health law, forensic nursing, and elder abuse.
Principal, Blackwater Projects
Course(s) contributed to: Outstanding Learning: Engaging Hearts.
Chemène is a learning and performance specialist. She helps clients design, develop and implement learning experiences that improve performance in today’s world of work. To do this, Chemène draws on her 30+ years’ experience working in diverse educational sectors around the world, including school teaching, elite sport coaching, workplace learning and development, and higher education. She relies on her professional network to remain informed of latest research and trends in learning and performance. Chemène helps organisations build learning experiences that work, and helps individuals build the skills and confidence people need to be impactful facilitators, presenters and assessors or simply to be effective in their role. She is lead trainer of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (‘TAE’) for numerous registered training organisations (RTOs) and has produced a suite of TAE learning and assessment materials purchased by more than 100 RTOs to date. Chemène is a sought-after speaker and Master of Ceremonies at conferences and special events.
Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor- Skin Integrity/Wound Management
Course(s) contributed to: Wound Care: An Overview.
Kylie has worked for a large community nursing organisation for over 20 years in various roles such as Primary Nurse, Wound CNC, Hospital Admission Risk Program Diabetes Foot CNC, Project Management and a little time in research. She is currently working in the role of Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor with a focus on skin integrity/wound and translating evidence into practice. She sits on the education pillar and the aseptic technique working party for Wounds Australia. She has presented at conferences and has been published.
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist & Business Owner Forest Speech Pathology
Course(s) contributed to: Dysphagia Awareness and Support of Swallowing Difficulties.
Jenny is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and has extensive experience working with people who are living with swallowing, feeding and communication difficulties. She acts as a mentor with Speech Pathology Australia supporting less experienced Speech Pathologist in their clinical work. She has worked widely in the aged care, rehabilitation, acute care and outpatient settings both in Australia and the UK. Originally training as a Speech Pathologist in the UK, Jenny undertook further postgraduate study at Macquarie University, Sydney gaining a M.A. Communication Disorders. She has also worked in research, teaching and clinical supervision at Sydney, Macquarie and also Australian Catholic Universities. Jenny has a special interest in the area of aged care both in promoting safe mealtime environments and in addressing the facilitation of communication and engagement for people living with dementia.
Jenny currently works in her own mobile private practice, Forest Speech Pathology, based in the Northern suburbs of Sydney. Forest Speech Pathology, as a mobile service is able to provide services across a range of areas in Sydney and is a registered provider with the NDIS.
Jenny is also an accredited Witness Intermediary working with the NSW Justice Department supporting children’s communication in the court context.
Course(s) contributed to: Understanding the condition ; Epilepsy for people with Disabilities.
Debra Parker holds a Masters in Professional Education & Training and brings 18 years’ education leadership experience across community, disability and workplace learning environments to her current role as Knowledge Manager for the Epilepsy Foundation. Debra has a strong passion for inclusive and flexible learning environments which recognises the individual in the learning journey. The Epilepsy Foundation provides support for people living with epilepsy and their families to help them live better lives as defined by them. As Knowledge Manager Debra works strategically to support effective transfer of knowledge; knowledge which enables the Epilepsy Foundation to deliver on its mission to raise awareness of epilepsy in the broader community, to reduce stigma, and to create a more welcoming and inclusive society.
Company owner & trainer
Course(s) contributed to: First Aid: Awareness & the Basic Principles
“I have been a member of one of the voluntary aid societies for nearly 40 years and as a trainer assessor in first and enhanced skills for 30 years. I have taught first aid at work since 1986 and started to specialise in health and social care from 1987. I worked mainly as a domiciliary carer at weekends and when I was not training, I became a manager of a domiciliary care organisation in 2009 and moved to nursing care in 2011. I returned full time to training in January 2015 and am an endorsed provider with Skills for Care in my own right. I train mainly now for my local county council adult social care department but keep my company running as a side line.”
Independent Safeguarding Trainer & Consultant
Course(s) contributed to: Safeguarding in a Residential/Nursing Home Setting; Safeguarding in a Home Care setting; Safeguarding Children; Safeguarding and Whistleblowing; Safeguarding and Bedrails
Seamus Doherty, Safeguarding Training & Consultancy Services (STCS) Seamus is an independent Safeguarding Adults Trainer and Consultant who works across a number of Local Authorities in London and the South East and has worked within the health and social care field for almost 25 years. A qualified trainer and coach, Seamus has specialised in Safeguarding since 2004, he has a proven track record in the delivery and promotion of safe, high quality services that support positive outcomes for service users, carers, families and the organisations that support them. Having seen thousands of cases referred under Safeguarding Adults Policies and Procedures he has come to realise that no two cases are ever the same. People come from (and with) relationships, environments and circumstances that are as unique as their fingerprints and each has their individual experiences, emotions, needs and desired outcomes and we must listen to each and every one and act appropriately.
“I aim to encourage a commitment to the belief that no adult should have to experience any form of abuse; but where they do, that it is all our responsibility to ensure that they are supported in a manner that is right for them.”
Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor - Continence
Course(s) contributed to: Changing Urinary catheter
“I have worked in community nursing for over 20 years and recently this has expanded out to Residential Aged Care. I have a graduate certificate in Continence & Urology nursing and I am currently working towards a Master of Nursing: Continence & Urology. I am passionate about helping people who are living with continence issues to live well, be as independent as possible and be problem free.”
Course(s) contributed to: Dementia: Understanding Behaviour, Dementia: Responding to Behaviour (Care Homes), Dementia: Responding to Behaviour (Residential Care)
Hilary Woodhead has worked in the field of Dementia Care/Older people since 1990. Hilary has worked in a range of care settings, she has direct experience of providing and managing care services and is passionate about developing services that provide outstanding care and support for people with dementia and their families. Since 2000 Hilary has worked in service improvement and staff development, she set up Support in Dementia; (SiD) a dementia specialist training and improvement consultancy with Emma Hewat in 2014. Support In Dementia works with national and local providers of Health, Housing and Social Care; to develop effective care and support, focussing on Dementia Care, Safeguarding and the legal framework that underpins good practice; (The Equality Act, The Care Act, The Human Rights Act and The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards). SiD holds several contracts with local authorities, large care providers and hospital trusts as well as smaller single proprietary care providers. They pride themselves on the diversity of their portfolio and work with associates and providers to continually develop their understanding of the sector and their service improvement and staff development offer. Hilary lives in Brighton with her husband and three kids, she enjoys living by the sea and going to the theatre (she loves show tunes!)
Course(s) contributed to: The CQC – You and Your Team Nutrition and Hydration – Including Special Diets
Preston Walker is an award winning chef with 25 years experience. Working at his family business Oak House Residential Home, Preston strives to improve the standards of cooking across the sector. Preston is a Director of Oak House Kitchen and with expertise in special diets and nutrition for the elderly, provides catering consultancy and training to the healthcare sector. Preston came from a fine dining background working in restaurants throughout the UK. Starting his career at Hambleton Hall, he followed this with stints at the Kildare Hotel & Country Club and Harts Restaurant. As Head Chef at World Service Restaurant he and the team won Nottingham Restaurant of the Year 4 times.
Pharmacist/ Researcher/ Lecturer - Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Postgraduate Medicine - University of Hertfordshire
Course(s) contributed to: Medication Management: Polypharmacy
Amira originally trained as an accountant before gaining an interest in pharmacy, which resulted in the completion of an MPharm degree from the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and multiple awards including the JOEL medal and the General Pharmaceutical Council, mental health and pharmaceutical chemistry research awards. Amira gained her PhD in the in-field detection of New Psychoactive Substance (NPS), which cumulated in the publication of several papers and the JPAG’s Geoffrey Phillips award. Amira joined the University of Hertfordshire as a lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Postgraduate Medicine, where she teaches on the MPharm, Pharmaceutical Science and Bioscience programmes. Amira is also the Training and Development Lead for Propharmace Ltd, where she develops, and reviews teaching material for pre-registration pharmacists and also teaches on the programme. Amira is a reviewer for multiple journals focussing on public health, clinical pharmacy and substance of misuse research. Amira has contributed to the first guidance for pharmacists on psychoactive substances, and the NPS monographs in Clarke’s Analysis of Drugs and Poisons to assist with the identification of NPS by front-line workers. Amira is a committee member of the RPS LNWLPF and JPAG, a member of the RPS MEP advisory board and other pharmaceutical advisory boards.
Course(s) contributed to: Documenting in a Care Environment
Philippa Shirtcliffe is passionate about promoting positive outcomes for people and supporting teams to provide outstanding care. Trained as a nurse, after 10 years in the NHS, Philippa has spent over 20 years working for large domiciliary and residential care providers in the UK. Starting out a care co-ordinator, she managed multi-site branches, led a business development team and had national responsibility for whistleblowing and safeguarding. These roles fuelled her enthusiasm for the establishment of good governance frameworks within care services. Philippa has been developing and writing policies and procedures for over 15 years and is Head of Care Quality at QCS. She retains her nurse registration.
Dr Esther Beck
Lecturer in Nursing at Ulster University
Course(s) contributed to: Dementia: End Stage of Life and Advance Care Planning
Dr Esther Beck is currently a lecturer in Nursing at Ulster University. Esther completed her PhD in 2017 which focused on Palliative Care and Dementia. Clinically Esther worked in both the acute settings and long term care settings. She has completed her specialist Nursing Practice in both Palliative Care and Dementia. Her main focus in her research is to improve the palliative care provision provided within the long term care setting in which she has published widely. Esther is currently secretary for the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing and is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences. She is also an active committee member of the Palliative Care Research Forum as well as the Irish Gerontology Nurses Association.
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