Nurse Consultants/ Practitioners/ Specialist Profiles

Pauline Reid, Nurse Consultant and Lead Nurse for GastroenterologyPauline Reid

Nurse Consultant and Lead Nurse for Gastroenterology.
Honorary Lecturer Liverpool John Moores University.
Contact: 0151 706 3554.

Following 12 years working in Accident and Emergency, I began work as a staff nurse in the Gastroenterology Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in 1995.

In 1997 I became the liaison nurse for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Medical Research Council randomised controlled trial to evaluate a 'once-only' flexible sigmoidoscopy screen in prevention of bowel cancer morbidity and death.

On completion of the patient screening phase of this trial the ICRF funded me to undertake a Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificate which helped me in my successful application for the Lecturer Practitioner post, a joint appointment between the Gastroenterology Directorate and the University of Central Lancashire. I held this post for two years until my appointment as Nurse Consultant Gastroenterology in 2001.

In my role as Nurse Consultant I have developed and run a nurse-led Iron Deficiency Anaemia clinic which sees over 300 new patients per year. I perform diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and therapeutic flexible sigmoidoscopy.

I was made an honorary lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University in 2007 and provide teaching sessions on anatomy and physiology and GI disease management to their pre-registration students.
More recently I have been appointed the Lead Nurse for Gastroenterology where my role will be to manage the nursing team within the Gastroenterology Unit and facilitate changes which will help keep the unit working to full capacity while maintaining high nursing standards.

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Alison Young Nurse Consultant in Nutrition, RLBUHT

Since qualifying as a general adult nurse in July 1991 I have gained experience as a staff nurse on a general medical ward, then spent 7 years as an ITU nurse at Wythenshawe Hospital. During this time I became interested in the field of Nutritional Support and changed practice in the ITU environment to use more enteral rather than parenteral nutrition.

In September 1998, I was successful in my application to become a Parenteral Nutrition Nurse at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. My main role as the Parenteral Nutrition nurse was to develop a nutrition service for patients requiring parenteral nutrition. This involved education and training of staff, development of protocols and personal training in IV access device placement.

In addition, as I nutrition nurse I trained to place PEG tubes, endoscopic NJ tubes and other gastrostomy devices.

In October 2002, I was successful in my application for Nurse Consultant in Nutrition and was the first Nurse Consultant in Nutrition in the UK.

Throughout my career at the RLBUHT I have strived to develop the Nutrition Nurse Service to meet the needs of our patients, the organisation and across organisational boundaries throughout Cheshire and Merseyside.


RGN 1991
Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing 1994
Diploma in Critical Care Nursing 1995
ENB 998 – Teaching and Assessing
ENB 870 – Understanding Research
ENB 100 – Intensive Care Nursing
BSc (Hons) Degree in Nursing 1997
MSc of Research 2009


Poster Presentation at BAPEN 1998
Poster Presentation at RCN conference 2007
Poster Presentation at BSG conference 2009

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Helen Caldwell, RGN, Cert Ed, MRes Nurse Consultant in HepatologyHelen Caldwell RGN, Cert Ed, MRes
Nurse Consultant in Hepatology

I qualified at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in March 1991. Once I qualified my first job was working on a busy surgical Gastroenterology ward, with rotation onto a 5-bedded high dependency oesophageal varices unit.

After 12 months I went to do voluntary work in an Infectious Diseases Children’s Hospital in Romania. On my return I got a job working on the Gastroenterology Unit back at the Royal Liverpool hospital. As the unit expanded and new jobs became available I progressed to work as a Nurse Trainer / Educator in Endoscopy and then in 1996 I was appointed as a Gastroenterology Specialist Nurse working with patients with upper GI cancer and liver disease.

After having 2 children and working part time I decided to specialise in Liver Disease of which one of my roles was to set up the Hepatitis C Treatment clinic.

In August 2006 I was appointed as Nurse Consultant in Hepatology and am continuing to develop my role in all aspects of liver disease and now am competent in undertaking ultrasound guided liver biopsies. The service has now expanded and as well as a nurse consultant, there are also two specialist nurses in hepatology and very recently a hepatitis C nurse has been employed to work in local GP practices to set up a community hepatitis treatment service.

In December 2007 I completed my Masters in Research Degree and am about to start my non-medical prescribing course.

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Karen Gowland 
Nurse Endoscopist and Oesophago/Gastric cancer nurse practitioner.

RGN, Ba (Hons), Healthcare Practice, Specialist Practitioner Award. 

I am a dedicated professional Nurse Practitioner and Endoscopist, working autonomously within a busy Gastroenterology service, and have a depth of knowledge and experience in both upper and lower gastrointestinal diseases.

After qualifying in 1982 as a registered nurse, I had a number of posts including intensive and coronary care, liver transplantion, and urology, prior to commencing as an endoscopy nurse at the Royal in 1989.

In 1993, after a short spell as the Unit sister, I became first gastroenterology clinical nurse specialist in the UK, initially appointed to offer advice and support to patients with a variety of chronic GI conditions. Having proven the value of the role, further Nurse Specialists posts were developed at the Royal and throughout the UK.

My current role has involved establishing and managing the OG cancer patient pathway, plus I also have a keen interest in the surveillance and treatment of upper GI pre cancerous conditions.

I have been an independent endoscopist for three years and have commenced training in therapeutic upper endoscopy.

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Una Duffy 
Nurse Endoscopist and Oesophago/Gastric cancer nurse specialists

RN, RM, Advanced Certificate in Endoscopy. 

I am an experienced Nurse endoscopist in upper GI endoscopy and more recently colonoscopy. In the past eight years I have worked within a team of Gastroenterology Specialists striving to improve patient care and the patient’s experience of endoscopy mindful of the pressures to offer a timely service.

I qualified as a registered nurse in 1982 and went on to train as a registered midwife.

Most of my nursing experience has been on medical wards in various capacities, from staff nurse to ward sister. I also spent two years as a practice nurse at a GP surgery.

My interest in Gastroenterology began in 1996, after several years as an endoscopy nurse I extended my practice in 2001, to train as a nurse endoscopist and specialist nurse in the management of patients with upper GI disease and OG cancer.

I offer a wealth of knowledge in my current role, having been integral to the development of the Cancer pathway and Barrett’s surveillance and more recently managing patients offered HALO ablation therapy.

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Belle Gregg
Specialist Nurse/Nurse Edoscopist

To Offer consistent, high quality, safe and integrated clinical care for IBD patients based on multi-disciplinary team working, promoting nurse led services.

Perform diagnostic flexible sigmoidoscopy 

Belle Gregg qualified as a RGN in 1986 at Royal Liverpool University hospital. Previous to current post was ward manager of Ward 5Y, gastroenterology ward at Royal Liverpool hospital.

Became a specialist nurse in IBD in 2003 and has been proactive in leading and developing nurse led services offered to patients with IBD.

Responsible for development of nurse led clinics/anti TNF therapy services.

A trained nurse endoscopist in performing diagnostic flexible sigmoidoscopy.

Chairperson of local NACC group.

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Julie Barr

Trained in the Royal Liverpool Hospital and qualified in 1991.

My first job was working in Theatres at Broadgreen Hospital for approximately 12 months. I then went on to work in the private sector whilst bringing up three small children.

I returned to the NHS in 1996 when I got a job working on a Urology Ward at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

In 2005 I got a job working as a staff nurse on the Gastroenterology Unit, I did this for just over 2 years and then I was successful in getting my current post as a Specialist Nurse in Hepatology. I was still in this post today working with patients with liver disease as well as working along the Nurse Consultant in the Hepatitis C treatment clinic.

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Andrew Kneebone RGN
Specialist Nurse

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Lisa Leedham
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition

Since qualifying as a general nurse in 2002, I have spent 5 years as a staff nurse on a surgical gastroenterology ward. I was involved in the management of patients requiring artificial nutritional support. In October 2007, I was successful in my application for the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition. Since this time I have developed skills in PEG insertion, gastrostomy tube insertion, Nasojejunal tube placement (blind and using endoscopy), PEG assessment, Nasal Bridle placement, IV access placement (peripheral midlines and PICC lines), parenteral nutrition assessment and monitoring and upper GI endoscopy.


Diploma in Professional in Higher Education 2002
NM3 157 Preparation for Mentorship and assessing 2004
NM3 602 Clinical Practice Development 2006
NM3 601 Research in Clinical Practice 2007
Basic Skills in Endoscopy (JAG Accredited) 2008~
Working towards a BSc (Hons) in Nursing

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Sue Kennedy 

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Jane Randles 

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