Our trainers

abi troughton

Abi Troughton

Staff Nurse in Colposcopy at Guy’s Hospital, London.

Previous experience as a practice nurse.

beverley bostock

Beverley Bostock — RGN MSc MA QN

Beverley is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in general practice in Gloucestershire and a PCN Nurse Coordinator in Hereford. She is also Editor in Chief of Practice Nurse journal. She qualified as an RGN at St George’s Hospital London and gained a BSc in Professional Nursing Studies after completing 2 years of an advanced clinical practice MSc at Wolverhampton University. She is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and holds an MSc in Respiratory Care and an MA in Medical Ethics and Law.

Beverley’s other qualifications include Post Graduate Awards in Diabetes Therapeutics and Menopause Management from Warwick University.

Beverley has extensive educational experience developing modules in long-term conditions, acute illness and general practice nursing for an Open University-affiliated organisation and is an Expert Witness for a clinical negligence company. She has been a Queen’s Nurse since 2015, a title which is given to nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice.

Beverley sits on the Primary Care Respiratory Society’s Policy Forum and is the Asthma Lead for the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists. She is also a council member for the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society and has worked on the Implementation Steering Group of Public Health England’s CVDPREVENT project and Oxford AHSN’s ‘Prevention of CVD during the pandemic’ guidance. She also sat on the national FeNO steering group and the NHSEI severe asthma working party. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer in behaviour change at Imperial College London for the MSc in Preventive Cardiology.

debra holloway

Debra Holloway

Debby Holloway is a Nurse Consultant in gynaecology at Guys and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Her current clinical caseload is one-stop outpatient procedure clinics, mainly outpatient hysteroscopy, other clinics include menopause, and a joint clinic in the haemophilia centre for women with bleeding disorders and gynaecology problems. Debby is the deputy module lead for the gynaecology nursing course at KCL. She has published both books and articles in relation to women’s health. Her background is in gynaecology nursing, where she has held a number of posts from staff nurse to Clinical Nurse Manager, before returning to this clinical role. Debby is the past the chair of the RCN women’s health forum.

In 2016 Debby received an honorary fellowship to the RCOG, the first nurse to receive this and in 2017 received a fellowship of the RCN.

dr george moncrieff

Dr George Moncrieff — FRCP FRCGP DCH DRCOG DPD

Dr George Moncrieff was a GP principal in Bicester from 1985 until 2017, when he retired from his NHS practice. From 1999 he also ran an Interface Dermatology Service in the community receiving direct referrals from around 50 local GPs.

After retiring from his NHS practice he worked in a private practice in Oxford, as well as locums in local GP practices. In 2019 he helped to set up a Community Dermatology Clinic in South Birmingham and was their Clinical Lead until January last year. He remains a Consultant to this Federation.

He was the RCGP Dermatology Curriculum Guardian from 2010 until 2014, Chair of The Dermatology Council for England from 2014 until July 2018 and a PCDS Committee Member from 2005 until 2018. He remains a Primary Care Advisor to the National Eczema Society.

gurdeep seyan

Gurdeep sSeyan

Since graduating from Imperial College in 2013, Gurdeep has worked in a variety of clinical and educational settings across the West Midlands and has completed a PGCert in Education. Gurdeep is extremely passionate about promoting higher standards of practice and encouraging clinical development of healthcare professionals. His innovation and enthusiasm for teaching has been recognised through presentations and publications at an international level.

He now works as a GP with additional educational and pastoral roles at Walsall Manor Hospital and the University of Birmingham.

italo costanzo

Italo Costanzo

Colposcopy Clinical Nurse Specialist at Guy’s Hospital, London.

Previous experience as a sexual health and contraception nurse.

michelle richards

Michelle Richards

Michelle has over 37 years nursing experience in the NHS, 23 of these working in General Practice in South Warwickshire. She is presently working in a large practice in Kenilworth as Practice Nurse Manager, leading a team of 11 nurses and HCSW’s to support their patients, in a surgery with CQC OUTSTANDING rating. Gaining a wealth of experience throughout the years Michelle decided to put her skills towards supporting Junior and student nurses, by sharing her love of ongoing education and Nursing. To ensure the highest standards are reached.

Through hard work and dedication to Practice Nursing she was extremely proud to be a finalist in Practice Nurse of the Year. "The fact my boss actually took the time to nominate me was amazing and that I was a finalist was one of the proudest moments of my career". The following year she led her nursing team to "Best Practice Nursing Team in South Warwickshire"

Having worked as the Lead Development Nurse for her local GP Federation for several years she improved uptake of student nurse placements during their community placements, supported, mentored, supervised and assessed nurses on the GPN & Return to Practice courses at BCU. Making her love of General Practice infectious, she has supported many nurses into permanent positions as Practice Nurses. She also supported the local nurses with educational sessions, meetings and conferences. Recognising that communication between all Nurses was key she developed systems to come together to support each other and provide support for nurses new to their post or the area which has been a great resource.

Michelle continued to increase her own knowledge gaining ARTP accreditation for spirometry, improving her leadership skills with the Mary Seacole programme, completing the diabetic MERIT course and adding to her C&G 7307 teaching adult’s certificate by attending the "Aspire to Inspire" course. She has an interest in all respiratory conditions and cares for patients with COPD and Asthma in the surgery where she is the Respiratory Lead. Michelle enjoys busy vaccination clinics, works hard to increase annual flu uptake and was first to be trained in drawing up the Covid-19 vaccination in Warwickshire. Having worked as Clinical Supervisor at the PCN vaccination clinic she has seen the impact this has had on the population and enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge.

If her tag line is, "I have never worked a day in my life" that might go some way to explaining how much her love of Nursing means to her.

james barraclough

Mr James Barraclough

Mr. Barraclough graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Bristol and went on to complete both his basic and higher surgical training in Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery in the West Midlands. He is currently an ENT Consultant working within three hospitals in the Midlands Region looking after patients with a wide range of ENT conditions. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and is fully registered with the General Medical Council (membership no. 6025669).

He has undertaken higher specialist training during his career and sub-specialises in rhinology (conditions of the nose) and facial plastic surgery. This includes problems relating to the outside and inside of the nose such as a broken nose, sports and trauma related injuries to the nose, facial pain, sinusitis, nasal polyps, congestion and allergies.

He has spent a number of years training in Birmingham Children’s Hospital caring for paediatric ENT patients. This has acquired advanced knowledge and skills in the management of children with specialised ENT conditions.

He has further trained in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in facial plastics procedures and advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, having worked with renowned surgeons Richard Douglas and Salil Nair in Aukland, New Zealand and Shahz Ahmed in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He has also completed the Dunedin ENT Fellowship in New Zealand and worked as a Consultant in Whangarei, New Zealand.

He holds a Masters Degree in Medical Science from Keele University, where he wrote a dissertation on ‘The role of tonsillectomy for recurrent sort throats in children’. His research has since been published in two major journals. He has authored and published over 15 papers in peer reviewed journals and is an invited reviewer of manuscripts for Clinical Otolaryngology and BMJ Open.

He is currently the Lead for the Tracheostomy and Laryngectomy Team (TaLT) in Wolverhampton and also the President of the Young Consultants in Otorhiolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (YCOHNS), a national organisation that assists and guides young ENT consultants in the UK. He is also a Council Member of ENT UK.

sandra grieve

Sandra Grieve — RGN RM BSc (Hons) Dip.Trav.Med. FFTM RCPS(Glasg)

Sandra is an independent travel health specialist nurse. Her interest in Travel Medicine began in 1991, moving from clinical practice to an educational role in 2006. Sandra has been an active RCN forum member since 2000, holding several offices. She is a committee member and travel health lead for the public health forum (PHF), representing the RCN on travel health related issues nationally and internationally. She is co-chair of the Steering Group, Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine (NECTM), a biennial conference focused on education for travel health practitioners. She is active in several travel medicine bodies, a Fellow and current chair of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) Publications Oversight Committee (POC). She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FTM), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow RCPS(Glasg) and external examiner for the Diploma in Travel Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Sandra is involved in developing guidance for nurses in travel health services, collaborating with nurses around the world to support their practice. She enjoys writing, organising and attending travel health conferences, gathering and disseminating related information and forging links with nurses in travel health practice globally.

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Vicky Hobbs and Heidi Ker

Vicky Hobbs and Heidi Kerr are two practising West Midlands based GPs with over 35years of practical experience. They are passionate about raising awareness and knowledge of women’s health topics amongst their health care professional colleagues. Dr Vicky Hobbs and Dr Heidi Kerr have specialist knowledge in menopause management, contraception, and menstrual disorders but enjoy delivering educational talks on many topics we all meet daily in primary care.

Vicky developed a keen specialist interest in Women’s Health early in her career. She completed an MSc Certificate in Community Gynaecology alongside the Faculty’s Medical Education qualification. This allows her to run a weekly advice and guidance triage service to fellow GPs which won a commendation award at the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum. Holding the Faculty Certificate in Menopause Care, Vicky’s knowledge in this field, including bone health management is highly valued. Vicky is clinical governance lead, being passionate about clinical effectiveness and ensuring patient safety is at the centre of improving standards.

Heidi’s interest in women’s health has expanded over her years of experience and enjoys combining her knowledge base of this and cardiovascular management to allow patients to make more informed decisions to better their future health. She is a senior trainer at her practice, ensuring newly qualified doctors receive support through their Royal College examinations and have the appropriate exposure to general practice required to be good independent GPs. She currently holds the position of General Training Programme Director (Black Country) for family planning and offers a coil fitting and subdermal implant service at her practice, which has progressed into a recognised training facility by the FSRH. Through her contribution to training and primary care, she has been awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

viv marsh

Viv Marsh - BSc (hons), PGCE

Viv Marsh, RGN, RSCN, SCPHN, Independent Prescriber, Queen’s Nurse

Paediatric Asthma Nurse Specialist and Asthma Clinical Lead in the Black Country

Facilitation Coordinator for the IMP²ART Trial, Usher Institute, The University of Asthma

I became a registered nurse in 1991 and since then have worked in acute paediatrics, school nursing, specialist nursing, clinical education and research.

My primary professional interest is to contribute towards improving quality of life and clinical outcomes for children and young people with asthma and I am proud to have collaborated with NHSE around the development of the capability framework set out in the CYP Asthma national bundle of care.

As the Clinical Lead for Children and Young People’s Asthma I am responsible for the implementation of the national bundle of asthma care in the Black Country. We have commenced an exciting program of work around Children and Young People’s asthma in the Black Country and our aim is to deliver feasible and sustainable improvements in outcomes for all CYP with asthma.

In my research role I work with general practice teams across the UK to implement the IMP2ART research trial strategy to improve supported self-management of asthma in routine primary care practice.