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Meet the ESNA Executive

General email contact: ESNAepilepsynursesassociation@outlook.com

This email is checked regularly.  If you require an immediate response from a member of the Executive Committee please contact them directly.

Chair

Phil Tittensor

phil.tittensor@nhs.net

Personal profile:- Phil is Consultant Nurse for the Epilepsies, based in Wolverhampton. He is a Registered Nurse for people with Learning Disabilities (RNMH) and holds a Diploma in Nursing (DipN), a Masters Degree in epilepsy (MSc) and is a nurse independent prescriber (NIP). Phil qualified in 1990 and has worked with people who have epilepsy all of his career. He began his first Epilepsy Specialist Nursing post in 2000, and has worked exclusively with people who have epilepsy since then. His clinical work is with adults, but he still retains an interest in learning disabilities & runs a specialist epilepsy and learning disabilities clinic. Fifty percent of Phil’s current role involves research, teaching and service development. He is principal investigator for several studies at present, and has a particular interest in non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD).

Vice Chair, Resource, Information and Website Coordinator

Caryn Jory

caryn.jory@nhs.net

Personal profile: Caryn trained in London at Westminster Hospital and qualified as a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse.  She became a Queen's Nurse in 2018.  She has worked in paediatrics in London and Manchester.  She specialised in metabolic medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital.   For the past 15 years Caryn has specialised in adults with learning disabilities and is currently an Epilepsy Specialist Nurse working in the community in Cornwall.  Caryn has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals relating to research into various facets of epilepsy care.  She is currently on the committee of SWENG.

Treasurer and Conference Coordinator

Carrie Burke

carrie.a.burke@wwl.nhs.uk

Personal profile:- Carrie qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1998 and managed community homes for people with learning disabilities. She completed her Diploma in Epilepsy and carried out the epilepsy training for all the staff across the service. In 2008 she took up the first GP based Sapphire Nurse post, set up the Epilepsy Service across the GP practices in Pendle, Lancashire and commenced independent prescribing course in 2010. In 2010 she became the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. The post is funded by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust so as well as doing secondary care work within Wigan, she also works with the Tertiary Epilepsy Team at Salford and carry out a monthly VNS clinic.

Membership secretary

Sarah Tittensor

sarah.tittensor@outlook.com

Personal profile:-Sarah is a learning disabilities nurse who trained in Norfolk and has a diploma in epilepsy from Leeds Met.  She worked in residential care for 13 years supporting adults with very complex health issues including refractory epilepsy and was the epilepsy link nurse for West Norfolk. Shenow works in the private sector managing a residential home for adults with multiple disabilities in the West Midlands.Personal profile:-Sarah is a learning disabilities nurse who trained in Norfolk and has a diploma in epilepsy from Leeds Met.  She worked in residential care for 13 years supporting adults with very complex health issues including refractory epilepsy and was the epilepsy link nurse for West Norfolk. Shenow works in the private sector managing a residential home for adults with multiple disabilities in the West Midlands.

Secretary
Charities and Alliance Link
Conference Coordinator

Catherine Doherty

catherine.doherty@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk

Paediatric Lead

Amanda Hirst

amanda.hirst@tgh.nhs.uk

Qualified in 1995 as a Paediatric Nurse and worked in varying roles with Manchester Children’s Hospital ( inc Booth Hall & RMCH). In 2011 I became Special needs school Nurse in Stockport which was the beginning of my epilepsy journey. 2014 I became Paediatric Epilepsy Specialist Nurse for Tameside and Glossop. This is a varied role for children & young people 0-18yrs. I am now privileged to be involved in many national & regional projects inc ESNA, NICE, RCPCH, OPENUK & Epilepsy12


Research, Development and Guidelines Lead

Erica Chisanga

erica.chisanga@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Research, Development and Guidelines Lead