Clinical Director Neonatal Services / Neonatal Nurse Consultant / Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (ANNP), Florence Nightingale Scholar.
Rόisίn is currently an ANNP / Neonatal Nurse consultant in a tertiary NICU in the South West Peninsula hosted in Derriford, University Hospitals Plymouth. She is also the Clinical Director for the neonatal services completing her 2nd term (6 years) in 2019.
She joined the NHS in 1990 through the neonatal intensive care course, the then ENB 405. Rόisίn has remained in the neonatal service since then and has undertaken most roles and witnessed all the changes, clinical and managerial, that have impacted on the neonatal service.
Rόisίn sits on the executive committee of the South West Operational Delivery Network (ODN) including 12 neonatal unitswww.swneonatalnetwork.co.uk/ . She also sits on the executive for the neonatal nurses association (NNA) in the UK and integral in raising the profile of neonatal nursing including advancing practice www.nna.org.uk/
In her clinical director role she leads a 20 cot NICU, 18 cot Neonatal Transitional Care (NTC) ward and a Neonatal Outreach Service (NOS) covering 7 days / week. Rόisίn’s focused on keeping the baby and mother/father/family at the centre of the service and has an ethos of Family Integrated Care (FICare). Therefore, she has developed the NTC and NOS which has resulted in a reduction in the length of stay for preterm babies, achieved the NHSE ATAIN (avoiding term admissions to NNU/separation from mother after birth) target of <5% and consequently prevented bed blocking on the NICU. Rόisίn was a member of the BAPM working group who produced and published a ‘Framework for Neonatal Transitional Care’ in 2017. #RightBabyRightCotRightTime
Rόisίn is a regular speaker at regional, national and international neonatal conferences and in November 2017 was the keynote speaker at the Neonatal Nurses College of Aotearoa, Wellington New Zealand http://nnca.org.nz/
She has developed a UK & Ireland ANNP forum with the support of Chiesi which is in its 3rd year. The forum includes a research and leadership meeting and she is keen to coach other ANNPs to develop neonatal services in NICUs/LNUs/SCUs/TC/Outreach/Transport Services keeping focus on baby & family journey. Rόisίn is also keen to coach ANNPs/Senior nurses in the UK to develop leadership skills, develop to nurse consultant and to sit on executive boards in line with the Neonatal Toolkit 2009.