I am a cardiovascular specialist nurse working the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London since 2002. I have coordinated both randomised controlled trials (RCT) and surveys. These include the EUROACTION cluster RCT of a nurse led multidisciplinary family centred preventive cardiology programme conducted in eight countries and 24 centres in Europe between 2002 and 2006; the third and fourth EUROASPIRE surveys of secondary and primary prevention care in over 20 countries in Europe; the British Cardiovascular Society sponsored Aspire-2-Prevent survey based in the UK; and the EUROACTION plus intensive smoking cessation with varenicline which was implemented in 4 countries including the UK.
I graduated from my first undergraduate degree in French in 1981 and went on to train as a nurse at Charing Cross Hospital in London, subsequently completing a further undergraduate degree in Nursing in 2000. I practiced as a specialist cardiac nurse in coronary care and then cardiac rehabilitation, leading a programme at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire between 1995 and 2002.
I was part of the team that set up the MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert and short courses in Preventive Cardiology at Imperial College London where I conduct senior teaching. I lead the modules in Preventive Cardiology Theory and Practice and Smoking Cessation. I completed a PhD on concordance for health behaviours and cardiovascular risk factors and concordance for change in couples where one partner had coronary heart disease.
I have taken taken leadership roles in professional societies serving as President of the British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care which is an affiliated group of the British Cardiovascular Society. I am currently the Chair of the European Society of Cardiology Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions.
et al., 2015, Patients with coronary artery disease and diabetes need improved management: a report from the EUROASPIRE IV survey: a registry from the EuroObservational Research Programme of the European Society of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diabetology, Vol:14, ISSN:1475-2840