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Hazel Hamilton

Hazel Hamilton

Stroke Co-ordinator, Argyll & Bute, NHS Highland - Argyll & Bute

Hazel qualified in 1982 as a registered general nurse, then as a registered mental nurse in 1984. She returned to general adult nursing in 1987 as a charge nurse working in older people services in assessment and rehabilitation. In 2001 Hazel was a project lead for a redesign of stroke services in North Argyll and in 2002 she took up the post of Stroke Co-ordinator for Argyll and Bute, providing a seamless transition from hospital to community for stroke patients and their carers. Hazel has been a member of the Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum for many years.

Email: hazelhamilton@nhs.net
Tel: 01631 789057

Helen MacIntyre

Deputy Committee Member, Argyll & Bute - Argyll & Bute

Tel: 01631 789057

Elizabeth Barrie

Elizabeth Barrie

Lead Nurse Stroke Services - Deputy Committee Member, NHS Ayrshire & Arran - Ayrshire & Arran

Elizabeth provides expert nursing leadership and advice in the prevention, treatment and management of stroke. She is also responsible for leading the education and research agenda and developing nursing staff in relation to stroke care. Her clinical background includes acute stroke, acute medicine, acute care of older person and continuing care. Elizabeth serves on the National Advisory Committee for Stroke, Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum, and is involved in the Scottish Stroke Research Network. She also sits on NHS Ayrshire and Arran MCN Stroke Steering group and all MCN sub groups.

Email: elizabeth.barrie@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk

Sandi Haines, Vice Chairperson, appointed 2017

Stroke Co-ordinator, Borders General Hospital, Melrose - Borders

Deputy: Jamie Thomson email:

Email: sandihaines@nhs.net
Tel: 01896 826096

Jamie Thomson, Deputy


Email: Jamie.thomson@borders.scot.nhs.uk

Christine Cartner

Christine Cartner

Stroke Liaison Sister, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary - Dumfries & Galloway

Christine qualified in 1987 and initially worked in Care of the Elderly. In 1988 she moved to work in a Regional Acute Spinal Injuries Unit until 1990 when she returned to Dumfries to work in acute elderly care, acute stroke unit and the medical admission unit. Since 1998 she has been in post as Stroke Liaison nurse completing a stroke diploma and gaining her degree in nursing studies. She now manages a small team as well as having a Lead nurse role within the Stroke Managed Clinical Network.

Email: christine.cartner@nhs.net
Tel: 01387 246246 ext 32065 or 34227

Karen Smith

Deputy Committee Member, Dumfries & Galloway - Dumfries & Galloway

Tel: 01387 246246

Johanne Graham

NHS Fife - Fife

Amanda Smart

Amanda Smart

Stroke Specialist Nurse, NHS Forth Valley - Forth Valley

Amanda Smart is a Registered Nurse working in Forth Valley and has recently been appointed Stroke Specialist Nurse. Her nursing background has been predominantly in Stroke Care, having worked for a time in the Astley Ainslie Hospital and Western General Hospital’s in Edinburgh, Stroke Rehabilitation Unit and Acute Stroke Unit’s in Forth Valley. She has a keen interest in developing and improving existing services for Stroke patients within Forth Valley and further afield.

Email: amandasmart@nhs.net
Tel: 01324 567691

Diane Vass

Diane Vass

Senior Charge Nurse, Stroke Unit Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin Committee member for Grampian - Grampian

Diane qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993. In 2009 through re-design of medical services Diane took charge of the 8 bedded integrated ward and was instrumental in designing and setting up the Stroke Ward and has continued to develop the service since then with the help of her positive thinking and motivated team. Her team take responsibility of the delivery of National Stroke Standards on the ward; Diane felt it was important to be the co-ordinator for the National Stroke Audit at Dr Grays and with her team keeps the data up to date.
Diane is also the SCN for AMAU at Dr Grays which has helped the appropriate flow of stroke and TIA patients within Dr Grays.

Telephone: 01343 567278


Deputy Committee Member, Grampian - Grampian

Eileen Cowey

Eileen Cowey

University Teacher/Researcher, University of Glasgow - Greater Glasgow (North)

Eileen’s research in acute stroke units focuses on end of life care, catheterisation practices and decision making. Her clinical background includes coronary care, intensive care and surgical nursing, as well as occupational health nursing. She serves on the steering committee of the National Stroke Nursing Forum (UK) and sits on the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Stroke MCN Education Sub-committee. She is a reviewer for various palliative, rehabilitation and nursing journals. Eileen is secretary of the Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum.

Email: eileen.cowey@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: 0141 330 2069



Greater Glasgow (South)

Helen Reid

Clinical Ward Manager, Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Greater Glasgow


Linda Campbell, Chairperson, appointed 2017

Linda Campbell, Chairperson, appointed 2017

Stroke Co-ordinator, NHS Highland - Highland

Linda started her nursing career working with those with learning disabilities. From there she went to the City Hospital in Aberdeen as a staff nurse in Care of the Elderly, Rheumatology and Chest Medicine before moving to Woodend Hospital working in the Day Hospital and then in Elderly Assessment and Rehabilitation. In 1991 she returned to the Highlands and has worked for the NHS in a variety of posts. In 2004 she became Stroke Co-ordinator for NHS Highland and has continued in this post since then. Linda joined the SSNF in 2002 and is the current chair-person of the SSNF and the lead for the SSNF Education and Training Subgroup. She also represents the SSNF on the UK Stroke Forum. She is especially interested in dysphagia management, rehabilitation and self-management.

Email: linda.campbell8@nhs.net
Tel: 01463 704086

Sophie Bassindale

Deputy Committee Member, Highland - Highland

Email: sophie.bassindale@nhs.net

Craig Forman

Craig Forman

Senior Charge Nurse, NHS Lanarkshire - Lanarkshire

Craig started his nurse training in Law Hospital in 1988 and has worked for NHS Lanarkshire since. The earlier part of his career was spent in Law Hospital and Wishaw General as a staff nurse rotating between general medicine, elderly assessment, stroke rehab and cardiology. He took up the role as charge nurse in the stroke unit at Wishaw General in 2004 and then Senior Charge Nurse in the stroke unit at Monklands in 2008. He transferred to the stroke unit at Hairmyres in 2010 and has remained there since.

Email: Craig.Forman@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk
Tel: 01698 366111

Helen Armit

Senior Charge Nurse, Monklands Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire - Lanarkshire

Trish Elder-Gracie

Trish Elder-Gracie

Stroke Specialist Nurse, NHS Lothian - Lothian

Trish qualified as a RGN in Dundee in 1985. Since qualifying she has worked in numerous specialities throughout the UK from critical care to medicine of the elderly. In 2001 Trish became Senior Charge Nurse in Stroke Rehabilitation and Acute Care and has continued to deliver and promote specialised services for stroke patients. Trish has collaborated with CHSS to develop further education through the STARS modules to further develop nurses, AHP and carers. The increasing demand of the importance of immediate intervention for stroke has led to her present post as Stroke Nurse Specialist. She works closely with Emergency Medicine to initiate the stroke pathway to optimise patient outcome.

Email: Trish.Elder-Gracie@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Tel: 0131 536 1000

Dorothy Storey

Dorothy Storey

Stroke Liaison Nurse, NHS Shetland - Northern Islands

Dorothy has been nursing since the 1970's and her clinical background includes Midwifery and Rehabilitation nursing. She completed a Diploma in Stroke Care in 2005 and has been employed by NHS Shetland as the Stroke Liaison Nurse two days a week since then. She holds a weekly Nurse-led Stroke Review Clinic, and is an Independent Nurse Prescriber. She sits on the local Stroke MCN, collects the data for the National Stroke Audit, and represents the Northern Isles on the SSNF Committee. She also works on the General Medical Ward as a Staff Nurse. Dorothy works as a volunteer with the Shetland Stroke Support Group, and has been group Secretary since the group started in 2004, sending out a monthly newsletter and organising the monthly group activities.

Email: dorothy.storey@nhs.net
Tel: 01595 743000 Ext 3197

Susan Kidd


Email: susankidd2@nhs.net

General Members - below



General Committee Member

Lisa Kidd

Lisa Kidd

Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University - General Member - General Committee Member

Lisa is based in the School of Health & Life Sciences/Institute for Applied Health Research. Her clinical background includes acute surgical nursing and her research interests include stroke self-management, person-centred healthcare and patient and public engagement. Lisa has recently received funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing and the National Institute for Health Research which focuses on self-management and has peer reviewed for several nursing and health-related journals as well as funding bodies. Lisa is a Scottish Stroke Nurse Forum committee member and is currently leading the development of a UK-wide Stroke Self-Management Network, to promote the development and sharing of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence around stroke self-management.

Mairi Chrystal

Mairi Chrystal

Head of Stroke Nurse & Therapist Services, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland - General Member - General Committee Member

Mairi is Head of Stroke Nurse & Therapist Services for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. The Stroke specialist teams support patients with a new diagnosis of stroke/TIA, & their families, for up to a year post discharge from hospital. Prior to taking up her current role in November 2013 Mairi was for many years the CHSS Lead Stroke Nurse in Grampian. She has overseen the growth of the Grampian team & the development of the designated clinic nurse service. She is a member of the NHS Grampian Stroke MCN Project Board. She was involved in producing the STARS advancing module on Sexuality. Mairi is now one of the CHSS representatives on the SSNF committee.

Email: mairi.chrystal@nhs.net
Tel: 01224 552789

Di Rennie

Di Rennie

Clinical Site Co-ordinator, NHS Lothian - General Member - General Committee Member

Di currently works in the Site and Capacity team within NHS Lothian based between Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and St John’s Hospital, Livingston as clinical site coordinator. The role is complex, involving supporting staff at the front and back door whilst maintaining patient flow. Di has worked with the SSNF committee for quite some time and is currently responsible for balancing the books as Treasurer. Di also represents the SSNF in the Scottish Non Malignant Palliative Care Forum which is relatively new, only starting 2 years ago

Email: drennie1@nhs.net

Anne Rowat

Anne Rowat

Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University - General Member - General Committee Member

Anne has been a SSNF committee member since 2004 and is the current chair of the Research Action Group. She is a lecturer in adult nursing at Edinburgh Napier University and her research is focused around the theme of complications after stroke. Research has included investigating hypoxia and hypotension during feeding and patient positioning and factors associated with the development of dehydration after stroke. She is also involved in a collaborative study to determine tailored self-management strategies for stroke. Her research work on stroke has informed guidelines and best practice statements. As result of this work she has been awarded a Young Achiever Award and the John Scrimgeour Medal for best non-medical research. She is also on the advisory panel for the art and science section that co-ordinated a series of stroke articles for the Nursing Standard.

Email: A.Rowat@napier.ac.uk
Tel: 0131 455 5670

Debbie Heaney

Debbie Heaney

Stroke Liaison Nurse, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland - General Member - General Committee Member

After graduating in 1995, Debbie worked as a Staff Nurse in the Brain Injury Unit at Astley Ainslie Hospital. This was where her passion for neuro-rehabilitation nursing began and has been a constant feature in her career to date. She has vast experience of nursing in Saudi Arabia and Florida before returning to Scotland in 2006 to take up her current post. Being a member of the SSNF committee is an opportunity to get out of her comfort zone and make a difference!

Email: Debbie.Heaney@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Tel: 01506 523 904

Maggie Lawrence

Maggie Lawrence

Stroke Association Senior Research Training Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University - Deputy General Member - General Committee Member

Dr Maggie Lawrence has a background in neurological rehabilitation nursing and in information science. She has extensive experience of conducting quantitative and qualitative healthcare research in a range of healthcare settings, and with a range of stakeholders. Maggie also engages in a variety of knowledge transfer activities, and was a member of the development group for the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network’s guideline 118: Management of patients with stroke: rehabilitation, prevention and management of complications, and discharge planning. Her research focus is on the role of lifestyle factor modification and stress management in the secondary prevention of stroke. Recent outputs from a Stroke Association Senior Research Training Fellowship (2012 -2016) include a stroke secondary prevention module, Keeping Well, part of Selfhelp4stroke (www.selfhelp4stroke.org), an online self-management resource. Maggie is founder and Chair of INSsPiRE, and international network for stroke secondary prevention research, focusing on lifestyle/behavioural interventions.

Dr Maggie Lawrence - Research papers

Email: Margaret.Lawrence@gcu.ac.uk

Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville

Director of Advice & Support, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland representative - CHSS

Margaret has worked for CHSS for over twenty years. She was joint lead in setting up the Stroke Nurse Service in Grampian which now runs in six health board areas; supported the development of the modules in STARs, subsequently reviewing the modules; represents CHSS on the FAST Campaign and on many Managed Clinical Networks. She was a panel member on the UK Consensus Conference on ‘Approaching the Comprehensive Management of Atrial Fibrillation’ and a member of the Expert Group addressing ‘Developing Peer Support as an Approach to Self-Management for those with Long Term Conditions’. Margaret chairs Stroke Patient & Carer Groups in Highland and Grampian.

Email: margaret.someville@chss.org.uk
Tel: 01463 701191

Hannah Evans

Hannah Evans

Cardiovascular Advisor, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Scotland & NE England - Boehringer-Ingelheim

Hannah qualified as a registered adult nurse in 1998. She spent over eleven years working at St Georges Hospital, London in the Cardiology Department, including clinical experience in cardiothoracic ICU, CCU and the rapid access chest pain clinic. Hannah left her Senior sister position to work in the medical department for Boehringer- Ingelheim as a cardiovascular advisor covering Scotland and the North East of England. Her main interest is now in stroke and cardiac education for health care professionals at all levels. Hannah joined the SSNF as an honorary member in 2009.

Email: Hannah.Evans@boehringer-ingelheim.com
Tel: 07770 641490

Clare McFarlane

Scottish Stroke Research Network manager - SSRN representative - SSRN

Tel: 0141 232 1073
Email: cmcfarlane@nhs.net

Ann-Frances Cullen

Charge nurse - hyper acute and acute stroke unit, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde - Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Ann Frances graduated with a degree in nursing in 2007 from Glasgow Caledonian University. Her nursing career began in an acute/rehab stroke ward with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC). After six years, she then progressed into a stroke specialist nurse role (Lancashire teaching hospital trust), which involved assessing all potential stroke patients in the emergency department and identifying potential thrombolysis candidates. More recently, Ann Frances has taken a role as a Charge Nurse in the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) within NHS GGC. Throughout her career she has been passionate about stroke, with particular interest in raising awareness for stroke prevention.

Email: Ann-Frances.Cullen@ggc.Scot.nhs.uk
Tel: 0141 452 3230

Katrina McCormick

General Member -

Email: KatrinaMcCormick@nhs.net

Una Rutherford

Una Rutherford

Stroke Nurse Specialist, NHS Ayrshire & Arran - Ayrshire & Arran

Una is one of three Stroke Nurse Specialists working within Ayrshire & Arran. She is currently based within University Hospital Ayr. Her role involves the follow-up of stroke and transient ischaemic attack survivors and their families in south and east Ayrshire. One of her main areas of interest is in the promotion of patient self management. Una has worked in stroke care for over 20 years; both in rehabilitation and in her current role. She is currently the chair of NHS Ayrshire & Arran Stroke MCN Patient Consultation Group.

Email: una.rutherford@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk
Tel: 01292 610555

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