Chapter of Nurses & AHP Members

Committee Members

Katie Morley

Liver Transplant Co-ordinator,
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

I qualified as a Staff Nurse in 2003 and worked in Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne, across the specialities of Infectious Diseases, Coronary Care and Intensive Care. In 2010 I joined the cardiothoracic transplant team at Freeman Hospital as a Research Nurse and On-call Transplant Co-ordinator. In 2014 I moved to be a full-time Recipient Transplant Co-ordinator at Royal Papworth Hospital. 2019 presented me with an interesting opportunity to join NHSBT as the Lead Nurse for Recipient Co-Ordinators on an 18-month secondment.

From an educational perspective I have gained a M.A in Advanced Practice, PG Certificate in Transplantation and PG Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Education. In 2014 I was awarded best oral presentation by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgeons; in the same year I was also a successful applicant for the International Society for Heart and Lung transplantation Travel Scholarship. This enabled me to spend one month in Australia observing their transplant service and discussing the donor choices form which has been implemented across most cardiothoracic transplant centres in the UK.

I am keen for all nurses to feel empowered and sufficiently mentored to audit their practices, conduct research and present their findings. Without this reflection on service provision embedding evidence-based practice begins to stagnate.

Lucy Dames

Lead Nurse –Organ Donation
London Organ Donation Services
NHS Blood & Transplant

Lucy qualified as an Adult Nurse from York University in 2006. Having working in critical care and trauma in London for several years she was exposed to caring for patients who went on to become organ donors and also for transplant patients on occasion. This led her to a career in organ donation and in 2011 she joined NHS Blood & Transplant as a Specialist Nurse in Organ donation (SNOD) in the South West of England. In 2016 she moved back to London as a SNOD and shortly afterwards took on the then newly formed role of Specialist Requester –focusing on the approach to families for consent to organ donation proceeding. Since 2020 Lucy has been one of the Team Managers for organ donation in London and is the lead for equality, diversity and inclusion.

Lucy has a keen interest in supporting nurses to instigate, evaluate and develop advancements in their practice. She is a strong advocate for the use of social media to network, peer review, educate and engage.

Sally Holmes

Professional Development Specialist, NHSBT

Sally qualified as a RGN in 1991 in the West Midlands spending the next 8 years in elderly care and female surgical before entering the world of Critical Care. In 2003 she completed her ENB 100 in Critical Care this is where she was first exposed to the world of Organ Donation and Transplantation. A Transplant Coordinator came and spoke on the ENB100 course and she was inspired.

In 2004 Sally moved to the West Country to continue her Critical Care career in a District General ITU where she was again involved with Organ Donation supporting the Transplant Coordinator in her Sister role. An opportunity arose in 2006 to join the Transplant Coordinators in the Bristol Renal Transplant Coordinators Team and her journey in the World of Organ Donation and Transplantation began. Since then she has worked within donation and transplantation.

Transferring her employment to NHSBT in 2009 allowed her focus to be more on Organ Donation and the support of the donor families, providing them with the best possible care whilst ensuring the transplant recipients receive a safe transplant.

In 2013 the new Education and Service Development Team was developed and Sally was appointed to be part of this new team. Reforming and taking forward Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation Education and development. Three years later the team has completely transformed the way we train our new SNOD’s and how we support our existing workforce.

Eve Watson

Clinical Educator in Solid Organ Transplant,
Institute of Transplantation,
Newcastle upon Tyne

Eve’s role is to improve clinical outcome and optimise patient experience to effect seamless transitory care.

One of the huge benefits of the transplant institute is having the opportunity to share learning with the wider teams in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust and to cascade learning which will directly influence the personal development of future generations of specialists in the field and in turn the outcomes of our patients.

Alison Smith

Transplant Nurse Practitioner,
Oxford Transplant Centre

I am a Transplant Nurse Practitioner, currently working at the Oxford Transplant Centre. I qualified in 1993 and moved into renal care and transferred to the world of transplantation in 1996. I help care for patients following solid organ abdominal transplant. This includes pancreas, kidney, islets, intestinal, abdominal wall, and any combination of the above. Working as an autonomous practitioner, I provide a nurse-led clinic and triage service in conjunction with my medical colleagues, for patients and primary care service providers.

My role is multi-faceted in providing an outreach service to our patients, managing the outpatient clinic flow, and assisting in providing 24-hour cover for the on-call recipient transplant service. I am team leader for the post-transplant Nurse Practitioners and currently working towards an Msc in Advanced Nursing Practice.

An area of interest for me is intestinal transplantation for the palliative treatment for pseudomyxoma peritonei patients, and their subsequent journey and challenges. The psychological and emotional roller-coaster journey this patient group travel is immense and being their support is both a challenge and an honour.

I am excited to be joining the Chapter of Nurses committee within the BTS and to be a voice for nurses working within transplantation and promote our research and development to a wider audience.

Bethan Thomas

NHS Blood and Transplant

Bethan qualified as a RN in 1996, from Bloomsbury College of Nursing and Midwifery. She has extensive experience within critical care since 1996, working in Cardiothoracic High Dependancy, Coronary Care, Intensive Care in UCLH and Intensive Care at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Australia. She returned to London and spent the next 9 years working at The Middlesex and UCH as a Staff Nurse and Senior Staff Nurse in Intensive Care, Critical Care Outreach and Patient Emergency Response and Resuscitation Team.

In 2009 Bethan moved to the South Coast and joined Cardiac Intensive Care Unit as a Sister where she spent the next three years.

In 2012 Bethan began working for NHS Blood and Transplant as a Specialist Nurse Organ Donation working within the South Central team, covering hospitals from the Isle of Wight up to Northampton. Bethan has held several lead roles within the organ donation team but has a particular interest in donor management and optimisation, enabling donors to give the best possible gift to recipients.

Bethan achieved a Bachelors of Science (Hons) degree from UCL and has presented at Conferences both in the UK and internationally, as well as teaching in hospitals, schools and both Portsmouth and Southampton Universities.

Joao Nunes

Donor Care Physiologist,
NORS Retrieval Team.

I qualified as a Nurse in 2018 in Porto, Portugal. Came over to the UK in the same year and started my journey at Royal Papworth Hospital as a Critical Care Nurse in 2019. In 2021, I have taken on the exciting role of Donor Care Physiologist, a key member of the NORS Retrieval Team.

I am very keen on developing the role further and participate in innovative programs and research studies to push the boundaries of transplantation in organ optimisation and utilisation.

I am currently doing my MSc in Advanced Practice and hope to share my knowledge at a local and national level with different job roles and continue to promote development and research in cardiothoracic transplantation.

Nicole Rainford

King’s College Hospital

I qualified as a dietitian in 2012 and have worked across a number of specialties including gastroenterology, colorectal and upper GI surgery, renal, critical care and liver and pancreatic disease.

Since 2014 I have worked at King’s College Hospital specialising in liver disease and transplantation. Within this role, I set up a dietetic service into liver ICU, the only dedicated liver critical care unit in the country. As a dietitians working in liver transplant I carry out pre transplant assessments that include anthropometric measurements to assess frailty and sarcopenia.

I provide advice to people pre transplant, during their hospital admission and post-transplant. I am passionate about improving patients nutritional status so they have the best chance of a good and positive recovery. I have spoken at national conferences including BDA GSG and critical care groups, BSG  and the national liver critical care symposium highlighting the importance of nutrition in liver disease and transplantation.