Frankie Brown - Director and Founder
MSc Health Sciences Cert Ed in Higher Education
Frankie has worked in the NHS for over 50 years and within primary care for 40 of that, both as the practices' Women's Health specialist and also Respiratory lead. She has also been a senior trainer for what is now Education for Health and sat on their Education Board, also working for Oxford Brookes for many years teaching in the women's health area. Training and education linked to good and effective practice is what she believes is integral to any advancement for Health Professionals and with this as a background it is where BBO Training gradually emerged and then like Topsy grew and continues to do so. With Hanna now poised to take on the lead she feels that the training is remaining in very safe and competent hands and looks forward to continuing to support BBO for as long as needed
Hanna Smith - Clinical Lead and Director
RGN NMP DFSRH FRT PGCert (MMed) Diab (Dip)
An experienced Nurse Practitioner within General Practice. Recognising that healthcare professionals in the primary care setting need relevant, up to date training she worked alongside experienced Lecturer Frankie Brown and joined BBO training. Hanna is leading BBO training with a passion for evidence based, up to date, relevant clinical courses for healthcare professionals.
Hanna works as the lead nurse for a large local GP Practice, splitting her time between clinical sessions and education. Hanna runs nurse-led clinics specialising in women's health and Diabetes. She also undertakes general treatment room skills including travel health, chronic disease management and wound care.
Hanna holds various qualifications within nursing and education, she is an implant and coil fitter and Faculty Registered Trainer (FRT) for the Faculty of Reproductive and Sexual Health. As a nurse prescriber Hanna runs nurse-led clinics for women's health and diabetes; including insulin and GLP-1 initiation and titration.
Hanna has two young children and enjoys horse riding in her (little) spare time!
Respiratory Nurse Specialist and PN RGN, RSCN. ARTP registered for Spirometry.
Paula qualified as a Registered General Nurse in Belfast 1985 and worked in Accident & Emergency at a major Belfast hospital for 2 years in the midst of the “Troubles”. She travelled to London to train as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, then worked in a paediatric bone marrow transplant unit.
Paula had enjoyed her time in the community during training, and the opportunity arose in 1989 to become one of the early GP practice nurses in London. She has since also worked in both Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Her role has expanded through the years, and her interest in respiratory disease grown. She gained qualifications in Asthma, COPD and is on the full Spirometry ARTP register and now purely works with patients who have respiratory symptoms/ conditions to help diagnose, plus optimise disease management as applicable. Paula still does a monthly respiratory clinic for Stokenchurch Medical Centre.
She was involved in the Bucks Asthma/ COPD project for 1.5 years until funding was no longer available with a fellow respiratory nurse and a clinical pharmacist which is when her interest in the education and sharing of knowledge with other Health care Professionals (HCP) became established.
She has in the past worked part-time as a community respiratory and home oxygen nurse in Oxfordshire whilst still keeping a foot in General Practice, and is currently involved part-time with the Oxfordshire Respiratory Project as one of two specialist respiratory nurses in the Integrated Respiratory Team looking at current practice, and providing mentorship & education of HCP in practice.
She has now also taken on a new role within Buckinghamshire CCG as a Clinical Pathways Specialist for Respiratory for the Long Term Conditions Team.
RGN B.Sc. (hons) and M.Sc. Advanced Nursing Practice,
Independent Nurse Prescriber and City and Guilds Level 3 in Further Education
Sarah has worked in General Practice for 13 years, initially as a Practice Nurse
and then as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner after obtaining her Master’s
Degree. In 2009 she was part of the original team that set up the Walk in
Centre in Reading and then continued to work in General Practice as an
Advanced Nurse Practitioner up until June 2020. She is now a full time Nurse
Lecturer at Bucks University where she is involved in teaching Pre-Registered
Nursing and Post Graduate Nursing Courses. She continues to work as an
Advanced Nurse Practitioner, at Frimley Park Hospital on a Saturday morning
where she has recently completed the RCN Credentialing for Advanced Nurse
Her hobbies include walking her much loved Labrador in the Berkshire Country
side and she has a keen interest in general health and well- being.
Julie Van Onselen
Julie Van Onselen
RGN, RSCN, DipN, DipMar, Teaching Cert, BA(Hons) Dermatology Lecturer
Practitioner, Dermatology Education Partnership Ltd
Julie is a Dermatology Lecturer Practitioner; her background is 28 years as a dermatology clinical nurse specialist, in both primary and secondary care. She is a dermatology lecturer at the University of Stirling, currently coordinating the new masters module in the Advanced Practice master’s degree– Advancing Dermatology over the Lifespan. Julie works around the UK, delivering dermatology educational projects and collaborating on dermatology research projects, currently the Eczema Mindlines project (Birmingham City University). Julie is an adviser to several patient support groups, including Allergy UK, PAPAA, ISG, she has a regular weekly session on the National Eczema Society complex helpline. Julie is a health care writer and publishes widely in professional and health care journals; she is past editor of Dermatological Nursing. She is also special adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin and steering committee member of the Psoriasis Setting Priorities Partnership project, running from 2017-2020, and RCGP Spotlight toolkit on skin. She works clinically once a week and her current clinical post is with Check4Cancer, Skin Health UK, running skin cancer detection and awareness clinics; in the past she ran nurse-led clinics in eczema, psoriasis and acne care. Julie is passionate about improving care and support for people with skin conditions through developing educational initiatives for both healthcare professionals and patients.
Dr Katie Barber
Uro-genital Nurse Specialist. RN FAETC
Bev has worked in Gynaecology all her career where she has had a number of roles
from staff nurse to clinical nurse manager finally sub specialising in Urogynaecology
since 2005. She was the first Urogynaecology specialist nurse and set up the
service in Oxford. She is an accredited Urodynamicist running nurse led clinics for
women with lower urinary tract symptoms +/- uterovaginal prolapse across the
Womens Centre and the Horton in Banbury working with a team of 1 other specialist
nurse and 3 Uro-gynaecologists. She also delivers pessary training around the
country to primary care services.
RGN, Ba (Hons), ANP – RCN, Independent Nurse Prescriber, DN.
The Nurse Training and Career Development Lead for Oxfordshire Training Network and ihas recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education. For the last 5 years she has been working in an Advanced Nurse Practitioner role, holding a list of patients, undertaking the Duty Dr role in General Practice, managing minor illness
clinics within a diverse population and undertaking ward rounds for City Com
the local Community Hospital.
Dr Katie Barber
a GP in her current practice since 2008, Katie has had a
special interest in all aspects of women's health. Katie trained to
become a menopause specialist between 2018 and 2019 and successfully
completed the Advanced Certificate in Menopause Care earlier this year. Katie is now the Clinical Lead for the Oxford Menopause Service, working alongside another GP providing specialist menopause consultations to women across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and
Buckinghamshire, and much further afield. Katie is a British Menopause
Society (BMS) approved Menopause Specialist and Menopause trainer at
OUH. Katie is involved in education across the Thames Valley, teaching junior
doctors, GP trainees and medical students, as well as nurses/GPs/consultants
who have a similar passion for understanding the menopause and providing
the best care for women with menopausal issues