Julie qualified as an RGN in 1988 with a career path entirely within older person’s services spanning primary, secondary and intermediate care and has been involved in developing falls services since 1996.
Until recently Julie worked as a clinical nurse specialist for falls in a large acute trust. This placed her as the lead in the design, development and delivery of a trust wide inpatient falls strategy whilst ensuring quality improvements to the care of this patient group.
Her current appointment, which she took up on 3rd Feb 2014, is to support the NHS England Patient Safety National Advice & Guidance Team by providing patient safety incident reporting intelligence via the NRLS & STEIS, clinical and professional information, knowledge, advice and guidance. Additionally, the role creates the opportunity to provide specialist support to internal and external stakeholders for improvements in relation to all aspects of the healthcare of older people and falls.
Julie is vigorously involved with falls research and is/has been clinical advisor to several falls studies collaborating with universities of Portsmouth, Bath and Newcastle, her particular interests are the built environment, bed and bedrail design. She was a steering group member of the successful FallSafe project and a member of the NICE 161 Clinical Guideline Development Group. She is also a steering group member the National Falls and Fracture Audit Programme (Falls Pathway) and an executive member of the National Falls & Fracture Alliance Executive Board.
Her current work programme includes:
Collaborative work with the Royal College Physicians to develop an e-learning module for junior doctors.
Steering group member of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals ‘FrailSafe’ Care Bundle Breakthrough Series Collaborative sponsored by the Health Foundation and hosted by the British Geriatric Society.
Collaborative work with the Royal College of Nursing, Birmingham, Berkshire and Ealing acute trusts to produce best practice guidance for ‘special observations’
Collaborative work with CCG’s and acute providers in East Sussex to develop reporting definitions of serious and moderate falls to the NRLS and STEIS also definition guidance around avoidable v unavoidable falls.
Julie retains a clinical remit in acute care believing it important to keep connected to grass roots nursing and remembering that patients need to be at the heart of everything we do.
“I am an enthusiastic ambassador for the health service and for older people particularly those at risk of falling, a subject I am passionate about. As a proactive and experienced clinician and manager I’m thrilled to be working in NHS England and have the opportunity to influence and shape quality improvements at such high level. I like to be creative, innovative and gently challenge more traditional approaches. I am told I do with this good will, humour and a sensitive understanding of those I’m working with”