Claire joined the Network Team in April 2021 from the Lancashire & South Cumbria Critical Care & Major Trauma Network where she had been the Lead Nurse for over 7 years. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1992 and spent a significant part of her career in critical care before taking up a Matrons post at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she provided leadership for the Infection Prevention and Control & Performance and Surveillance Team, before moving into a new role as Head of Patient Safety in 2012. During this time Claire also worked across the L&SC region as part of a NHSE work programme of patient safety. Claire joined the network in Lancashire and South Cumbria on a permanent basis as Lead nurse in 2014, having previously carried out a number of improvement projects for the network whilst on secondment. During this time, Claire has been the Chair of CC3N, representing critical care nursing at various meetings including the Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group and UKCCNA. Educated to Masters level, Claire has also recently completed the first cohort of Professional Nurse Advocate Training through the University of Canterbury and is looking forward to providing staff support through the embedding of this role across the network Claire says; “I am incredibly passionate about critical care services and improving the quality of care we provide for our patients. I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with and support the critical care multi professional teams across West & South Yorkshire in their delivery of consistent, high quality and equitable services that meet the needs of our patients”.
Simon has been a consultant in Leeds for over 20 years and has worked in both paediatric and adult critical care. He has spent much of this time involved in clinical management including 5 years as director of adult critical care, so is well aware of the financial, operational and manpower challenges that we all face day to day.
Simon has a particular interest in improving quality and has previously been a co-opted member of the ICS standards committee. He was the lead author of the last 2 editions of the Society’s transfer guidelines and has recently chaired a WYCCODN group revising the networks transfer documentation and policies. Simon is actively involved in research and is currently the clinical lead /co-ordinator for critical care research in LTHT.
Alison joined the Network Team in June 2017 from Adult Critical Care in Leeds Teaching Hospitals where she had been Clinical Practice Educator since 2015. She qualified and a Registered Nurse in 1999 and has sent the majority of her career in critical care working her way from staff nurse to sister and then to Clinical Educator.
Alison has a particular interest in quality improvement, patient safety, leadership and critical care transfers.
Educated to degree level, Alison is currently undertaking Professional Nurse Advocate Training through the University of Northumbria and is looking forward to providing staff support through the embedding of this role across the network