Jennie is Lead Nurse (UK) for Patients First who are a group of NHS senior doctors and nurses that support NHS whistleblowers to raise patient safety concerns professionally. They work closely with all stakeholders in healthcare such as NHS England, Monitor, TDA, GMC, NMC and professional unions to promote a culture of openness, transparency and accountability within the NHS.
She herself is a vindicated whistleblower in the high profile legal case of Fecitt & Others v NHS Manchester which outcome triggered a change in the legislation, affording more protection to those who are victimised by co-workers as a result of making protected disclosures. She also was a contributor to Sir Robert Francis ‘Freedom to Speak Up Review’ and co-authored Patients First submission to the review which many of Patients First recommendations were included in Sir Robert Francis’s twenty principles set out in his review findings.
Jennie is passionate about patient safety and wellbeing and supporting services to maintain high standards of care. She is comfortable and credible with staff at all levels and is someone who enjoys dealing with complexity and problem solving through developing high performing teams, where all are valued.
Jennie maintains clinical practice as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner and is Managing Director for Primary Healthcare Training Limited, providing mandatory training to healthcare professionals within the NHS and private health sector. She is Registered Nurse Panelist for the Nursing, Midwifery Council, Fitness to Practice Conduct and Competency & Health Committees and a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.