Mr Michael Dooley – Women’s Clinical Lead, and College Treasurer.
Michael Dooley is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Dorset County Hospital. His special interest is reproductive endocrinology with particular expertise in infertility, menopause, premenstrual syndrome and sports gynaecology. He has attended three Olympic Games as British Team Doctor. Mr Dooley has established The Poundbury Clinics as centres of excellence providing an integrated approach to women’s health.
Dame Professor Donna Kinnair DBE RGN HV LLB MA – Nursing Lead
Donna joined the RCN as head of Nursing on 1st June 2015, providing leadership to the Nursing departments. Donna was then promoted and joined the RCN Executive Team to Director of Nursing, Policy & Practice, effective from 1st January 2016, where her key role is to work with the UK-wide RCN staff to drive and implement the future RCN Professional Nursing, Policy & Practice strategy. Donna held various roles, prior to joining the RCN, including clinical director of emergency medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services. Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.
Dr Nigel Hewett OBE MB ChB DRCOG DCH FRCGP – National Lead for Inclusion Health.
Dr Nigel Hewett is a General Practitioner who has worked with homeless people since 1990. In 2000 he set up the full time Leicester Homeless Primary Healthcare Service; this is now Inclusion Healthcare, a community interest company judged “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to homeless people. In 2009 he launched University College London Hospital’s Pathway homeless team. In 2010 he was a founder member of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health of the College of Medicine and in 2011 became Medical Director of Pathway – a new Charity formed to improve the health care of homeless people and other excluded groups and support the Faculty. In 2014 he edited the 2nd edition of the Faculty Standards for Inclusion Health, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians. There are now 10 Pathway hospital care coordination teams from Bradford to Brighton and teams being developed in Scotland, Ireland and Perth Australia.
Laura Marshall Andrews – GP Lead
Laura founded the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre in 2013. The Centre is an NHS GP surgery which has an integrated team of Complementary Therapists and a Healing Arts Centre. The Healing Arts Centre run programmes in Dance, Drawing and Film making, Art psychotherapy, Narrative workshops, Singing Groups and a Wellbeing Gallery. The programmes are funded through the Robin Hood Health Foundation, a charitable trust set up alongside the practice. Laura is also pioneering a ‘Slow Medicine’ programme in collaboration with Prof Helen Smith and the University of Sussex.
The practice has recently begun Narrative Workshops for clinicians as part of a resilience program for doctors and nurses in Primary Care. In November 2014 they won Innovators of the Year in the GP Awards.
Laura Neilson – Social prescribing Lead
Laura Neilson is a junior doctor and founder of Hope Citadel Healthcare CIC; a not-for-profit community interest company that provides NHS GP services in Greater Manchester. She sees the College of Medicine (CoM) as a place to “think differently beyond the usual spheres of health and medicine”. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, Pilates, going to church, sewing, watching history documentaries and breaking up squabbles between her three sons.
Ally Jaffee – Student Nutrition Lead
Growing up, my mother instilled within me the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition was central to this. This has sparked my interest in preventative and lifestyle medicine. Last year as part of our ‘Whole Person Care’ module and this year as part of my ‘Optimum Health in later life’ module, I have researched the role nutrition and food play in the prevention and management of certain chronic conditions, as well as with wellbeing.
I have been involved with the College of Medicine since June 2016, when I volunteered at the ‘Food. The forgotten Medicine.’ conference in London. This gave me the opportunity to gain a much greater insight into the benefits that a good diet holds, especially in the prevention of many chronic diseases. I learnt a great deal from the fantastic speakers such as Dr Ali Khavandi, Tim Spector and Dr. Andrew Weil and I was inspired by their passion surrounding nutrition and drive to change current perspectives within healthcare. It also allowed me to meet and work with students with a similar interest. Subsequently, I felt compelled to transfer their insights and raise awareness around the importance of nutrition and diet to fellow medical students and the community. Along with a Bristol student colleague, we founded the UK’s first Nutrition in Medicine Society (NIMS), to provide a platform to promote nutrition education, as there isn’t enough taught within the curriculum currently.
I further participated in the ‘Mental Health: a 360°approach’ summer school in Birmingham. I had the opportunity to learn more from fellow students, especially those who showcased their research and work in a team with several students for the ‘Dragon’s den-like’ innovation challenge. It was fantastic to be able to inspire one another and have such a positive group dynamic. To my delight my team won a place at AbbVie’s Sustainable Healthcare ‘Beyond Medicine’ conference in London, which was a great privilege to attend. As part of my role as Student Nutrition Lead, I hope to be able to help with the promoting and organising of events and encourage students from all healthcare disciplines to get involved where they can and help spread Hippocrates’ message “let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”.
Dr Eleni Tsiompanou – Palliative Care Lead
Dr Eleni Tsiompanou is a Palliative Care Consultant whose experience has taken her from the clinic and laboratory to Penny Brohn UK, an integrative oncology centre, and to creating the Health Being Institute. She has influenced palliative care practice on a national UK level in her role as Chair of the ‘Food and Nutrition Group’ at Hospice UK.
Eleni combines her Palliative & End-of-Life-Care experience with her post-graduate scientific training in Nutritional Medicine and Ayurveda and her lifelong interest in “History and Philosophy of Medicine and Sciences”. She asks questions and aims to bring together the science of the present with the wisdom of the past. Eleni is a passionate speaker, writer and blogger, holding regular workshops in central London for healthcare professionals and the general public.
Bogdan Chiva Giurca – National Student Champion for Social Prescribing
Bogdan is an award-winning undergraduate medical student with a strong passion for medical leadership and innovation. He is currently the National Student Champion for Social Prescribing and the founder of the newly established National Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme. The scheme has been created to enable medical students – the generation of today, and the future doctors of tomorrow – to get involved in learning about, teaching, and promoting Social Prescribing within their region.
In the past, the medical school curriculum has been established with little involvement from medical students. Bogdan is hoping that medical students can stand up and request to be taught concepts that will be key to their future practice. Bogdan is looking forward to collaborating with as many medical students nationally to put this puzzle together and to attempt introducing Social Prescribing into the undergraduate and postgraduate medical school curriculum.
Dr William Bird MBE – Nature Lead
Dr William Bird is a GP with more than three decades’ experience in physical activity, nature and health. He has been instrumental in setting up nationally recognisable schemes such as Green Gyms and Healthy Walks.
William is co-editor of the recently published Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health and BBC Wildlife magazine voted him one of the top 30 influential conservationists in the UK.
As CEO and Founder of Intelligent Health, he has developed Beat the Street, a physical activity intervention programme delivered in towns and cities across the UK and Europe.
In 2010, he was awarded an MBE for his services towards physical activity and health