Tricia McGinnity
Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Southampton Children’s Hospital

Originally training and working in adult nursing, Tricia qualified as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in 1993, qualified as a non-medical prescriber in 2006 and completed her BSc in Clinical Practice in 2011. Tricia has worked as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist in Southampton since 2003. Prior experience includes the role of Sister on a Paediatric Medical Unit and subsequently a Paediatric High Dependency Unit.

Tricia’s current role is divided between cystic fibrosis and respiratory care. Tricia utilises prescribing and independent practitioner skills whilst running nurse led respiratory clinics and supporting the extensive Consultant Respiratory & Cystic Fibrosis Clinics. Working in a tertiary centre for paediatric respiratory care, her workload varies but includes the care of patients with difficult asthma requiring biologic treatment. Tricia was a steering group member for a research trial regarding an intervention to improve adherence for adolescents with asthma. Tricia continues to be a member of the Southampton Children’s Hospital Transition Steering Group who successfully developed and implemented the ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ generic transition programme which has subsequently been implemented in other NHS Trusts and services nationally and internationally.

Tricia joined the NPRANG committee in April 2014 taking on the role of administrator in 2015. Tricia enjoys collaborating with the other committee members to contribute to the group network, sharing best practice and influencing policy.