Talk to me about: Nursing Strategy, National N&M Transformation Programme projects, Monogenic Diabetes

Julie joined the organisation on a part time secondment in September 2022.  As well as working on the National Nursing Transformation projects, Julie is prioritising the engagement of clinical nurses to enthuse and empower them to embrace recent advances in genomics to enhance patient care and improve patient outcomes.

Julie also continues to work in her clinical role at Newcastle Hospitals, where she has worked as a Specialist Nurse since 2009. She has built a nurse-led service, providing support, with clinical and genetic investigations to patients and families affected by inherited cardiac conditions and sudden adult death syndrome.  Julie is passionate about this work, and she has worked hard to involve patients in the development of this clinical service, to ensure that it is relevant to those who need it.  She has forged strong relationships with the local cardiomyopathy support group and with local and national heart charities.  A major highlight of her career was when she was nominated by her patients and won the Clinical Excellence Award at the 2016 national Cardiomyopathy UK charity conference.

Julie graduated from Surrey University and qualified as a nurse in 1986. She gained a PG Cert in Genomics from Plymouth University and has specialist post-graduate qualifications in various aspects of cardiac care.  Much of her career has been spent working clinically in cardiology. She has also spent time working in outcomes research and research delivery and in the early 1990s, Julie set up and ran the Clinical Audit Department at Freeman Hospital. She also led the local response to the national Patient Research Experience Survey, while working on a secondment with the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Research Network in 2016.  She is excited to bring her extensive patient-focussed experiences to the role of Lead Nurse.