Florence Nightingale Foundation
Alumni Association


Abi Masterson

Abi, Deputy Chief Executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, is leading the establishment of the Alumni Association. Abi has been running her own consultancy company since 1998 and undertakes work for a wide range of organisations including government departments of health, regulatory bodies, healthcare delivery organisations and professional associations. She has both a bachelors and Masters Degree in nursing, and is currently completing her professional doctorate at Ashridge Business School.

Claire Whitehouse

Claire began her nursing career as an intensive care nurse in 2005. In 2010 she was appointed as a Critical Care Clinical Research Nurse at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, where she completed a study entitled ‘Burnout in Critical Care Nursing Staff’ and managed 14 studies across three sites. She was successful in obtaining a research scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2010 for a Research Methods course at Kings College London. Since April 2012 she have been a Senior Clinical Research Nurse at The James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is due to complete an MSc Nursing Studies in 2015. Claire is responsible for the generic research nurse team and promotion of research within the Trust and Region and is extremely interested in research education from student nurses through to all members of the multidisciplinary team. Her research interests are: developing research capacity within the NHS, supporting clinical research nurse and student development, nurse/midwife/AHP-led research.

Christine Norton

Christine Norton is Florence Nightingale Professor of Clinical Nursing Research at King's College London & Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust. Christine trained as a nurse at St George's Hospital London and has specialised in caring for incontinent people for over 30 years. Her current reserach programme focuses on improving quality of life for people with chronic bowel conditions and improving acute hospital patient experience.

Dee Sissons 

Dee is responsible for the professional leadership of the charity’s 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses, healthcare assistants and clinical support workers, as well as ensuring a consistently high-quality nursing service for all our terminally ill patients and their families. Dee was previously at Bolton NHS Trust, where she was the Director of Patient Safety & Experience and Chief Nurse.

Gary Jones

Gary Jones CBE FRCN is a registered nurse with over 30yrs experience in emergency care.
He was awarded a Florence Nightingale travel scholarship in 1980 travelling to Canada & the USA to study emergency nursing and paramedic training. Gary was created a Fellow of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 1995, Fellow of the RCN in 2002 and appointed a CBE in 2003 in recognition of his continued development of emergency nursing in the UK. He has advised at National level on many aspects of emergency care including paramedic training, expert nursing practice and emergency care in the community. From 1994 - 1997 Gary was the Honorary Consultant Nurse Advisor in A & E Nursing to the Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health. Currently Gary runs a very successful Training & Development company.

Joanne McPeake 

Joanne is a Senior Staff Nurse in Critical Care, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Clinical Research Fellow in the Academic Unit of Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care, University of Glasgow. She is a current Florence Nightingale Research Scholar. Over the last three years She has been generously supported by the Band Trust with her PhD. She is carrying out a mixed methods study which aims to explore the nature and complications of alcohol related admissions to critical care, as well as exploring recovery from critical illness. Joanne is also actively engaged in other research projects which are analysing public involvement in healthcare design, and rehabilitation after critical illness. She is hoping to complete her PhD in the next year and continue to work in a Clinical Academic Role in the future.

Lynne Parkes

Lynne is a Registered a Nurse who qualified in 1986. Lynne has had a diverse clinical career both within the NHS and in the private sector and has a Masters degree in Health Care Law. Most recently Lynne has been working on NHS 111 implementation and mobilisation as the Head of Clinical Services (North) for NHS Direct but is now taking a short sabbatical to focus on her Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship.

Natalie Yates-Bolton

Natalie Yates-Bolton is a lecturer in nursing at the University of Salford. In 2011 Natalie undertook a Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship to the USA to learn about an approach to dementia care called 'I'm Still Here'. This included dementia friendly design, Montessori activities and emotional intelligence. On return to the UK Natalie established an inter-disciplinary dementia design group at the University of Salford which subsequently developed into the Salford Institute for Dementia and the International Dementia Design Network. Natalie is one of the co-leads of the Salford Institute for Dementia and the International Dementia Design Network. 

Natalie is the co-lead of a European Union funded project POSADEM, which involves six European partners developing a pan-European Masters in Dementia. Natalie is leading an evaluation of one of the Department of Health funded £ 1 million Dementia Friendly  Environments projects. Natalie is the Programme Leader for the M.Sc. Dementia: Care and Enabling Environments. Natalie is  a Florence Nightingale Travel Scholar. Her PhD study is exploring meaning and purpose in nursing home life.

Natasha Phillips

Natasha commenced her nursing career as a nursing assistant at the North London Hospice 20 years ago. This experience formed the bedrock of her nursing practice and the vision for patient centred care that drives her today. She has held a number of senior leadership roles in the NHS and currently works as Assistant Chief Nurse at UCLH. Natasha is also a visiting research fellow at the National Nursing Research Unit at King's College London. Natasha’s passion for co-creating organisations where compassionate care can flourish led to her current PhD studies examining the situated nature of ward sisters’ leadership in acute hospitals. In 2011 she was awarded a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship that enabled her to undertake an Organisational Development Practitioners Programme at the internationally renowned Roffey Park Institute and a bespoke study tour in Boston. These opportunities alongside the mentorship and multitude of other opportunities that came with the Scholarship have supported Natasha on her path as a clinical academic and as a nurse leader. She is a member of the FNF Alumni steering group as she is committed to supporting the Foundation so that it can continue its outstanding work supporting nurses who seek to drive forward nursing practice.

Natasha can be found on twitter @NatashaRoseP

Rebecca Blackwell

Rebecca Blackwell gained her degree and nursing registration at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London in 2007. She has a palliative care nursing background, working at St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham before moving into nursing research at the National Nursing Research Unit at King's College London, and subsequently working on the Woundcare for Epidermolysis Bullosa (WEB) project with Dr Patricia Grocott, which was recently awarded the 'Outstanding Research Impact' Guardian University Award. While working as a research assistant, Rebecca built her PhD study which is based on experiences and observations of patient, carer and staff palliative care needs. The study is entitled 'Improving the experiences of palliative care delivery for older people, their carers and staff in the Emergency Department using Experience-Based Co-Design' and is funded by a Health School Studentship at King's College London. The study invites those involved in receiving and providing palliative care in the Emergency Department (patients, carers and staff) to share their experiences through interviews. Building on the findings from the interviews the groups work together to develop strategies to improve their shared experience. 

A Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship awarded to Rebecca in 2012 has enabled ongoing links and shared practice between the UK and US, specifically at the Older Person-only Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and a group of specialist emergency practitioners who work to improve palliative care in this environment. Her long-term goal is to contribute to the development of models of palliative care in the Emergency Department, improving experiences for patients, carers and staff.

Theresa Murphy

Theresa Started her nursing career in Jersey, Channel Islands, and from there went on to specialise in neuroscience and critical care. Having held several ward sisters posts, she became a senior clinical nurse overseeing emergency and critical care, she has maintained her clinical skills whilst holding senior managers posts across both teaching hospitals and the DGH setting. Theresa completed her LL.B whilst she was senior ward sister on an acute medical unit [one of the first in the country.].Now an experienced Director of Nursing with a proven track record in transformational change, she also holds an Hon Professorship from City of London University, and was a Nightingale Leadership Scholar from 2012. Theresa’s key interests are building resilience in clinical team working, to improve patient outcomes, and tackling health inequalities.

© The Florence Nightingale Foundation