Council Election for the role of clinical nurse specialist.
Please see the candidates and their supporting statements below. Voting opens on the 13th February and closes on 27th February,
1. Julie Goodfellow, Freeman Hospital Newcastle
I have worked as a Cardiac Genetics Nurse at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle for 10 years. I have experience in the management of ICC patients and involvement in clinical audit, research and project management. I have a PG Certificate in Genetics and further qualifications in arrhythmia and heart failure management, clinical skills and counselling.
I am passionate about developing specialist services for patients and families with ICCs. I have supported the local cardiomyopathy support group for 4 years, assisting them to carry out patient-led research into ‘Patient experiences of Cardiomyopathy’.
In 2017, I was thrilled to win an Award for Clinical Excellence from Cardiomyopathy UK. This has been one of the highlights of my career as a group of patients under my care orchestrated my nomination. This led to a sizeable charitable donation towards the development of the local ICC service.
If elected, I would work towards developing a nationally recognized competency framework for nurses and genetic counsellors. I believe that there should be a minimum standard of education for professionals involved in the care of families with ICCs in order to support both families and professionals. The AICC is pivotal in providing support to all professionals within this developing specialty.
2. Catherine Renwick, Royal Brompton Hospital
I am a qualified paediatric nurse with twenty years paediatric cardiology experience. I have worked as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in paediatric arrhythmia and inherited cardiovascular conditions (ICC) since 2008. I was the first ICC CNS at Royal Brompton and have been actively involved in ICC service development and became the lead ICC CNS in 2015, managing a team of adult and paediatric ICC nurses, in addition to clinical commitments.
I would like academic pathways for ICC nurses further developed. I believe my experience as secondment senior lecturer (2016-2017) at London Southbank university supports this. I maintain a visiting lecturer post and supervise post-graduate nursing students through MSc dissertation.
I run a national nurse’s paediatric arrhythmia study day and am an active member of the nursing working group for the Association of European Paediatric Cardiology.
I would make a positive contribution to council as there have been no paediatric nurse on council before. Working in a tertiary care centre providing adult and paediatric care I’m in a valuable position to understand the issues facing patients affected by ICC’s across the lifespan. I would also like to encourage nursing research to support the growing evidence base for patients diagnosed with ICC’s.
3. Rachel Walker, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
I have been an Inherited Cardiac Conditions Nurse Specialist since 2008 and have enjoyed developing my specialist knowledge in this area. I enjoy the challenge presented by the range of patients, both in terms of the variety of patients and their needs.
I feel that it is important that families affected by ICCs have support from a team dedicated to meeting their needs, who are able to offer the physical and psychological support needed for them to manage the conditions.
From 2010 to 2017 I worked as a support nurse for Cardiomyopathy UK, which I undertook concurrently with my current position. This gave me further insight into the role of the charities we work with and the needs of patients we work with, as well as a greater appreciation of the need for a national approach to the management of ICC.
My knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to ICC, combined with an appreciation of the need for a national approach to their management, will enable me to make a valuable contribution to the AICC.