Facilitator

Tina Fear

RN; RM; ONC; HVCert; CertED(FE); MA

Email:  Christine.Fear@uwe.ac.uk

Christine Fear

I am a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol with a lead role in developing partnership working with both general practice and care homes for older people across the Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset regions. My background is general nursing, health visiting and general practice nursing. My interests lie in social gerontology, specifically, health and well-being of the older person, particularly the vulnerable in terms of both care provision and prevention of abuse. I work with general practices as an Associate Postgraduate Dean for Nursing in the School of Primary Care (GP training), Severn Deanery. I am also currently involved in EU research projects relating to older people and technology.

Specialist practitioners/Lecturers will be supporting this programme to provide expert knowledge for students.

Caia Francis

Caia Francis  Email:  Caia.Francis@uwe.ac.uk

My background is in respiratory medicine, I have spent the majority of my working life both caring for, and influencing the care provided for those people and their families with respiratory disease. This includes (but is not limited to) setting up respiratory outreach services, setting up and running large  respiratory services in acute and community settings, and  designing, successfully wining large bids for the conducting of  large multi-scaled, multi- site research into respiratory diseases.  I have been the chair of the Royal College of Nursing Respiratory Forum, I work with the Royal College of Physicians,  Royal College of General Practitioners, HQIP, the Department of Health, NICE, the former Clinical Skills and Knowledge Frameworks and the former southwest strategic health authority.  I have held  significant roles within the Nursing Midwifery Council.  

My personal academic research is into asthma, and recently into the experiences of children and teachers in the management of asthma within school settings.  I have written extensively upon respiratory disease, this has seen the publication of academic books, papers and clinical frameworks, knowledge standards, NICE guidelines, strategy publications  and respiratory commissioned research by HQIP across all four nations, and I remain very actively and currently involved with all these organisations.  Recently I have participated in and am a lead author upon the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) and the HQIP commissioned COPD audit of service provision across the UK.  

Sam Clark    Email:       Sam.Clark@uwe.ac.uk

My previous job before becoming a Senior Lecture at UWE was working in research, running a pharmaceutical trial in London for people suffering with alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency (a genetic abnormality causing COPD).  Other roles included running the Smoking Cessation clinic, leading the COPD patient database within the trust and working on other research trials related to COPD.  

 
I have always worked in Cardio-Respiratory nursing and have a large amount of clinical experience in: Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, HDU and Respiratory Medicine.  I have a particular interest in Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and other therapeutic interventions for people suffering with severe COPD.  
 
Last year I completed an MSc in Cardio-Respiratory Nursing at Imperial Collage London to help reinforce my clinical experience. Following my dissertation I have presented the finding at international conferences and currently awaiting to have the work published.