Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Jo Hawkins – Female
Jo has been a nurse at Lion Health, and previously Worcester Street Surgery, for 22 years. She is an Independent Nurse Prescriber, with a vast knowledge of the full spectrum of Long Term Conditions.
Andy Caddick – Male
An ANP who’s specialised in Cardiology/Cardiovascular illness for around 15 years. Most of Andy’s career has been spent in cardiology in secondary care where he has been a Staff nurse, Charge nurse/Ward manager before specialising as a Nurse Practitioner. He is an independent non-medical prescriber, and able to assess, diagnoses and implement a treatment plan for patients seen. He joined Lion Health as part of the LTC team.
Paula Middleton – Female
Qualifying in 1992, after working a short spell in the Dudley hospitals, Paula moved into community nursing. Here she gained 22 years’ experience in a number of nursing roles, enhancing her knowledge and skills along the way. Paula’s keen clinical interest has always been caring for the elderly. Paula now cares for all Lion Health patients living within a residential or nursing home.
Rachel Higley – Female
Qualifying in 1997 as a Registered Nurse from the University of Wolverhampton, Rachel spent 4 years on an Acute Medical ward at Wordsley Hospital. Rachel then took a position within the community and completed her BSc Hons in District Nursing in 2004. Following this, experience and skills were gained as a District Nurse Team Leader. An interest in the management of Long Term Conditions was developed and Rachel spent 6 years in a nursing position as an Assertive Case Manager, caring for those with multiple Long Term Conditions. Skills in health and physical assessment have been developed and Rachel supports GPs with home visits and is also involved with some areas of Long Term Condition Management.
Michelle Holland – Female
Qualified 1991 as RGN and as a Midwife 1995. Career long and varied but mainly focused in Primary care and long term conditions. After working as a midwife and then district nurse in both Stourbridge and Worcestershire she moved into general practice as a Practice Nurse Manager , developing new services and managing the diabetes service before returning to Dudley to Lead the community diabetes specialist team. Michelle was Involved assessing complex patients requiring a specialist level of diabetes management/knowledge in both clinics and the home environment. She’s passionate about diabetes education and a trained diabetes specialist educator for both patients and other health professionals . She has been involved in both chairing and speaking at conferences to educate other health professionals in the field of diabetes.
Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Prescriber
Julie Evans – Female
As one of the the Senior Practice Nurses Julie has worked at our practice for many years. Generally she works within the general nursing clinics, and has a keen interest in travel health and related travel immunisations.
Jenny Costello – Female
Jenny has been a member of the nursing team for 10 years. Experienced across the board in all aspects of practice nursing duties. Jenny has a particular interest in diabetes and insulin management as well as being involved in the management of other chronic diseases.
Helen Duffield – Female
Helen qualified as a Registered Nurse 1982 and her clinical background lies mainly within the speciality of medical nursing including oncology and haematology. Previous roles have included Hospital Matron for Older Peoples Services and Clinical Team Leader for a Long Term Conditions programme before she joined as a Practice Nurse in 2012. Throughout her career she has developed a particular interest in quality of care and innovative practice with the aim of improving patient experiences. As a result she was invited to, and participated as, a judge on the Nursing Times and Health Service Journal Integration and Patient Safety Care Awards in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, She is actively involved in the prevention and control of infection control within the practice promoting compliance with national guidance /standards.
Helen Hanson – Female
Helen Qualified in 1988 and moved to London to work in plastics for 5 years then moving to Stourbridge joined the district nursing team. Clinical background lies mainly within district nursing. Practice nurse for 12 years with particular interest in diabetes and wound care but experienced in all aspects of practice nursing.