Steve qualified as a nurse in 1992. For the next twelve years he worked on the Trauma & Orthopaedic Units at Southampton and St. George’s, Tooting. During this time he helped develop a minor head injuries unit; had the lead for introducing Integrated Care Pathways for patient care; commissioned dedicated beds for planned orthopaedic surgery and opened a Discharge Lounge.
Steve is married to Kirsty and they have three children. Lego, football, pirates, mermaids, fairies and teddies now form a significant part of home life. His greatest two home achievements are beating his eldest son on a computer game (once) and actually having the last word (but as you would expect, only once)!
The concept of The EOC first came to Steve’s attention in 2002 and he became involved in a number of working groups looking at staffing design and equipment needs. He became Deputy Director of Nursing for the centre in 2003 and took a key lead on commissioning equipment and contracts. Steve spend some years as the EOC General Manager, overseeing the full range of hospital services and contracts but to this day, he maintains the food is really not his fault!
Now, Steve is looking to the future of the EOC saying: ‘The centre has amazing, dedicated staff, exceptional medical teams and is delivering a world class service to its patients. As our strap-line says, the future really is about keeping one step ahead!’
Sue King Director of Nursing
Sue qualified in 1979 and completed her Orthopaedic Course in 1981 at The Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Hospital. Sue has worked in Germany in a Spinal Injuries Unit, and at the Southampton University NHS Trust on the Trauma & Orthopaedic Unit.
Sue's last position before taking up the post of Director of Nursing/Nurse Consultant at SWLEOC, was as a Matron at St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust. Sue completed her DMS in 1999 at Kingston University and her MSc in Clinical Leadership at City University in 2003. Sue also has an Honorary Contract as a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University where she teaches the current Orthopaedic Course.
Stephanie Couzens Clinical Lead for Theatres
Lorna Andrew Orthopaedic Anaesthetist
Lorna Andrew qualified in 1981, having trained at St Andrews University and Manchester University. She worked in various parts of the country before finishing her anaesthetic training in London. During this time she spent a year anaesthetising at a paediatric orthopaedic hospital in Hong Kong. Lorna was appointed as Consultant Anaesthetist to Queen Mary?s Hospital, Roehampton, in 1993 with a special interest in Intensive Care.
With the merger with Kingston Hospital, she transferred to Kingston Hospital in 1998 and continued working in her fields of Intensive Care and Orthopaedic Anaesthesia. Now she no longer has an active role in Intensive Care but finds the experience and knowledge that she has in that field to be very useful when caring for high-risk elderly patients. Regional anaesthesia for lower limb surgery is Lorna?s special interest and expertise.
Anwar Hussein (BM BCh DPhil FRCA) Consultant and Honarary Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia & Critical Care Medicine
Dr Hussein read medicine at Oxford. During his undergraduate training he became interested in research and took time out to undertake studies in circulation and acute pulmonary injury at the Radcliffe Hospital. After completing his PhD thesis he continued his research interests as a postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University, Canada and Vanderbilt University, USA.
He then returned to Oxford to complete his clinical studies and commence anaesthesia training. Postgraduate training in anaesthesia and critical care medicine took place in London where he gained his FRCA in 1996. He was appointed Consultant at St Helier Hospital in 1999. His current interests include critical care and perioperative medicine, and orthopaedic anaesthesia.
Anna Cronk Matron
Anna commenced her nurse training in 1984, qualifying in 1987 and immediately starting work in the Orthopaedic Unit at Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton. Here Anna worked on a mixed Trauma/Elective ward and later took over the Pre-Assessment Clinic.
Anna continued with Pre-Assessment on transfer to Kingston Hospital and then moved back into the ward environment. Her last post before joining the team at SWLEOC was that of Senior Ward Sister on the Elective Orthopaedic Ward at Kingston.
Anna completed her degree in 1998 and is about to start her dissertation for a Masters degree in Nursing.
Sarah Langfield Clinical Lead Pre Assessment, Outpatients & Outreach
Sarah qualified in 1991 after completing her nurse training at St James University Hospital Leeds. She then commenced her career in orthopaedic nursing at St James hospital before undertaking the specialist Orthopaedic course at Bradford & Airedale NHS Trust in 1992. Once completed she returned to St James Hospital before moving to London to be with her husband John. After working at the West Middlesex hospital in Isleworth she then took promotion as a sister at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London and worked on the Orthopaedic wards and in the fracture & orthopaedic clinic where she helped develop the nurse led pre-assessment unit. In 1998 she completed her MSc in Health Sciences & Clinical Care at Westminster University and took on the role of Service Manager. Sarah left the Chelsea & Westminster 1999 after giving birth to Twin girls. In 2005 Sarah joined SWLEOC as an Advanced Practitioner in pre-assessment before taking on her current role as Outreach Manager. In this role Sarah is responsible for the outpatient services at SWLEOC which includes the one-stop clinics where patients are pre-assessed at the same times as their outpatient appointment if they require an operation. She is also responsible for developing outpatient and pre-assessment services within the community.
Mark van Vlokhoven Lead Radiographer
Jane Harrison Lead Therapist/Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist
Jane qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1987, having trained at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital/ Birmingham University. Jane became a member of the Society of Orthopaedic medicine in 1992.
Jane has worked both in the NHS and in the Private sector, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham; the Accident Hospital in Birmingham; Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge; The Wellington Hospital in London and then at Epsom General Hospital.
Jane was involved in the development of the South West London Elective Orthopaedic centre and was appointed to lead the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy service to SWLEOC in November 2002.
Suzanne Tyne Lead Practitioner, Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
Suzanne qualified in 1992 after completing her Diploma training in Portsmouth, she then worked at St Helier Hospital in acute medicine. Suzanne moved into the field of Critical Care in 1994 when she joined the Intensive Care Unit. Leaving her position as a Senior Sister in Intensive Care, Suzanne helped to set up the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit at SWLEOC in September 2003.
Suzanne is the Lead Advanced Practitioner for PACU, the unit which encompasses recovery, High Dependency and Intensive Care nursing.
Suzanne assists in the development of critical care skills for our staff in partnership with the local Critical Care Network to maintain high standards in nursing care available to our Patients at the Centre.
Christine Dixon Principal Pharmacist
Chris obtained her Pharmacy degree at Bradford, and then completed her professional training and registration in Liverpool before heading south.
From 1977 to 1984 she worked at Epsom hospitals gaining experience on general surgery, medical, orthopaedic, paediatric, psychiatry and geriatric wards whilst completing the regional Clinical Pharmacy course.
From 1984 until joining EOC in late 2003, Chris was the pharmacy manager at Atkinson Morley's hospital, Wimbledon. Although a Neuroscience unit, this had parallels with SWLEOC as it took referrals from other hospitals, and had a strong multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.
Jo Wilkinson Service Manager
Jo joined the EOC Management Team in 2007 as a Service Manager. Jo previously worked for a NHS Trust and for private sector companies within the leisure and tourism industry. Jo was awarded a BSc and PgDip in Exercise Science in 2002 and in 2011 completed a MSc Leadership and Management in Health. Jo’s Service Manager position has enabled her to work within all departments at EOC and visit other healthcare sites nationally and in Finland.
Jo previously managed the Theatre Department promoting financial effectiveness and improving theatre case efficiency using her Lean, Six Sigma and Kaiser knowledge. More recently, Jo managed the Outpatient and Inpatient Departments within the EOC and worked with partnership Trusts to streamline the patient waiting lists. Jo has maintained her responsibility for the risk management, health and safety, and information governance for the centre. In the future, Jo will be involved in a number of upcoming projects over the next year and is enjoying the new challenges ahead.
Jo completed the London Marathon in April 2012 and raised funds for patient equipment and care. She is training for the 2013 London Marathon and hopes to beat her previous fundraising amount. Jo will run 26.2 miles (42 km) on the Sunday 21st April 2013 and can be seen training around the Epsom area. If you would like to sponsor her, please contact the EOC to find out how or alternatively, there is a web page www.justgiving.com/EOCmarathon2013 where donations and messages of support can be left.