Claire qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1992 and has spent the majority of her nursing career working in critical care, at local and regional level. She has held service improvement roles at Network level and has also worked as a clinical educator, night practitioner, Matron for Infection Prevention and Control and up until joining the Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network in January 2014, she was Head of Patient Safety at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Claire has an MSc qualification in Professional Practice (Critical Care) and has completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control at Leeds University. Nationally, Claire has previously held the position of Coordinator of the IV forum for the Infection Prevention Society.
Julie is the Locality Network Manager& Lead Nurse within the North of England Critical Care Network and has been in this post since 2011. Prior to her role in the Network she worked as a Clinical Educator within Critical Care and is passionate about the development and the well being of staff.
I started as an auxiliary nurse in 1990 following a short career in floristry! Once qualified I worked in oncology and medicine prior to commencing in Critical Care and followed a traditional path of building a career in critical care, succeeding in gaining an Honours Degree in Nursing Practice before enjoying the role of practise educator at 2 NHS Trusts within Greater Manchester. I obtained a Master’s degree in Leadership and Health Care during this period and gained the position of manager at the Greater Manchester Critical Care Skills Institute in 2011. It is within this role I have been able to develop the knowledge and skills required to embrace education of critical care nurses and which has led to my appointment of Chair of CCNErF which is a great honour.
Karen Cotton is the Lead Nurse for the East of England Critical Care Network. She completed her nurse training as a mature student in 1997 and started out her career at Colchester Hospital in ‘ITU’. She implemented the Nurse-led Follow-up clinic in 2002 and continued for 14 years. In 2009 Karen took up a secondment with Essex Critical Care Network to implement the NICE guideline ‘Rehabilitation after critical illness’. Her interest in the rehabilitation of critical care patients resulted in her contributing to the Critical Care Service Specification and she has co-authored the Rehabilitation chapter of GPICS version 2.