Meet the committee

Chair: Anita Critchlow

Vice chair & website: Ann McMurray

Secretary: Susan Beattie

Treasurer: Becky Bryson

Co-treasurer: Lynfa Day

Newsletter: Vicky Worrall

Twitter:  Viv Marsh

Administrator: Tricia McGinnity

Joanna Bennett

Roisin Fitzsimons

Julie Westwood

Joy Williams

Anita Critchlow

I have worked at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation trust as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist for the last 14 years. I have just finished my role as Treasurer to the National Paediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurses Group and moved on to the role of vice-chair.

I mainly care for children with asthma with some allergy component to my role. Currently, I have 2 nurse-led clinics per week for respiratory and allergy patients. I am both community- and hospital-based which enables me to review patients at home and educational settings as needed.

I manage jointly with the Respiratory Consultant the Difficult Asthma clinic which includes assessment, home visits and if necessary Omalizumab. I have also been a committee member of the Severe Asthma National Network for the last 6 years, of which the last 2 I have been Treasurer.

Ann McMurray, Asthma Nurse Specialist, RHSC Edinburgh

I am one of the Asthma Nurse Specialists at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. I am a reviewer on the Adolescent section of the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline. I have a particular interest in difficult asthma and have been instrumental in setting up the Omalizumab service at the hospital along with introducing the structured approach to care when dealing with difficult asthma.

I am a member of the faculty for the Scottish Allergy and Respiratory Academy (SARA) and a member of the advisory board for Asthma UK Scotland. I am keen on research and am currently working on some small projects within the respiratory team at RHSC. I am also involved with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research and am interested in Patient Public Involvement (PPI) especially working with the young people's group.  I was previously a committee member on SANN. I am responsible for the website (with some help!!).

Susan Beattie

Bio to follow.






Becky Bryson

I have worked as a Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist (asthma and allergy) at Wirral University Teaching Hospital Arrowe Park Hospital since 2001. I am a member of the North West Paediatric Allergy Network and also a committee member of PRANG North West, having been a member for over ten years, since it began. I am a nurse prescriber and run two nurse led Asthma clinics and one nurse led Allergy clinic per week in addition to weekly Consultant led Respiratory clinics and a monthly Adolescent asthma clinic. Our service is rapidly developing and we have recruited an Allergy support nurse to help with skin prick tests, auto-injector and inhaler education. This has made a huge difference to the running of our clinics and enables us to get through our patient lists more efficiently.

I graduated with an Allergy MSc at University of Southampton in 2011. As the author of a systematic review on sublingual immunotherapy for grass pollen allergy in children I presented a poster at the 2011 World Allergy Congress in Cancun. I am currently completing Part 2 PG Cert Ed LHE at Liverpool John Moores University, and am a National Trainer for Education for Health. I have presented nationally for NPRANG, Allergy UK and regionally for the North West Allergy Group, PRANG North West.

I am delighted to be involved in NPRANG and have been a committee member since 2013 with the role of Treasurer, and am very glad to have Vicky working alongside me in this role.

Vicky Worrall, Paediatric Asthma Nurse Specialist, Alder Hey, Liverpool

I have worked on the Respiratory Unit at Alder Hey Hospital for the past 14 years.  Prior to that, I coordinated The Halton Asthma Project.  This involved working with local GPs and schools, in the borough of Halton, to improve asthma management in school age children, across both Primary Care and Education.  As a result of this I have a particular interest in school asthma management.

My current role involves working as an independent practitioner, providing assessment, treatment and education to maintain high standards of management in both Nurse Led and Consultant Led Clinics, along with providing ongoing support to empower the child and family to effectively manage asthma at home.

I have an interest in Difficult Asthma and have been instrumental in developing the Difficult Asthma Pathway.  I am also involved in our Nurse Led Adolescent Asthma Clinic, where our adolescent patients are reviewed independently of their parents/carers and prepared for transition to the adult services.

I work closely with Primary Care colleagues and we currently meet regularly as part of a group to improve paediatric asthma management across Liverpool.

A large aspect of my role involves training both health and non-health professionals. I am a National Trainer for Education for Health and an Honoury Clinical Tutor, Reproductive and Children’s Medicine, Liverpool University.

I have been an active member of the North West Paediatric Respiratory Asthma & Allergy Group (PRANG) for 11 years.

Having been an active member of NPRANG since its concept, I have recently joined the NPRANG Committee and look forward to the challenge as Co-Treasurer.

I am a keen home baker and will endeavour to provide home baked treats for the NPRANG committee meetings.

Viv Marsh, RGN, RSCN, SCPHN, PGCE, Independent Prescriber

Asthma and Allergy Clinical Lead, Education for Health.

In my role at Education for Health I am responsible for the development and provision of a wide range of asthma and allergy courses for health professionals.

I was involved in the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) and was also a member of the team who produced the Asthma Good Practice Guide for Children. I work with Asthma UK and am a member of their Council of Healthcare Professionals and also the UK Inhaler Group who have recently published a set of National Standards for effective inhaler technique.

I joined the NPRANG committee in 2013 and will be supporting the development of the website and Twitter. 

Tricia McGinnity, Southampton Children’s Hospital

I have 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.

My current role is divided between Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory. I am a nurse prescriber; currently running alternate week nurse led respiratory clinics and supporting the extensive Consultant Respiratory & Cystic Fibrosis Clinics alongside excellent nurse specialist colleagues. Working in a tertiary centre for paediatric respiratory care, my workload varies but includes the care of patients with Difficult Asthma & the Omalizumab service. I have had the opportunity to be a steering group member for a research trial regarding an intervention to improve adherence for adolescents with asthma. I am a member of the Southampton Children’s Hospital Transition Steering Group who have developed and implemented the ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ generic transition programme which has subsequently been implemented in other NHS Trusts and other services internationally.

I am currently the administrator for the NPRANG committee and enjoy collaborating with the other members to share best practice, influencing policy and contributing to the group network.

Lynfa Day

I am the newest member of the NPRANG committee and the first representative to be appointed from Wales. I have worked as a clinical nurse specialist in Paediatric Respiratory, Allergy and Eczema for the past fourteen years based within a local District General hospital within Cwm Taf University Health Board. Along with other members of the team we provide support for children within the hospital and the

local community which is recognised as having challenging health needs with large pockets of deprivation.

I run nurse led clinics for asthma and eczema and provide nursing support for children with Allergy as part of the multi-disciplinary team. Education forms a large part of my role; I provide training for children and their families, school staff as well as other health care professionals.

I have been instrumental in developing a very busy nurse-led service for children with atopic eczema which has been accepted for a poster presentation at the Welsh Chief Nursing Officers Conference this year.

Joanna Bennett

I am one of the respiratory nurses at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital. I have worked as a respiratory nurse for over 10 years, both in secondary and tertiary care. Prior to this I was a Wellchild Nurse within the Birmingham area caring for children with complex medical needs.

My current role involves working as an independent practitioner, providing assessment, treatment and education to maintain high standards of management in both Nurse Led and Consultant Led Clinics, along with providing ongoing support to empower the child and family to effectively manage asthma at home.

I also care for children requiring Non invasive ventilation and oxygen in therapy. Running a nurse led NIV review clinic. I provide education and support for children starting NIV and Oxygen. I also support and teach schools and respite areas about Non invasive ventilation and oxygen. I have previously set up and coordinated a sleep service and have an interest in paediatric sleep.

I’m leading the West Midlands Respiratory and Allergy Nurses group. I’m also due to start with the BTS developing guidelines for pediatric sleep. 

Roisin Fitzsimons

I have worked at the Children’s Allergy Service at Guys and St Thomas Hospital, since it was first established in 2006 and am the Children’s Allergy Consultant Nurse. It’s been wonderful to see the service grow since those early days and I am lucky to work with a great team of nurses who have developed our nurse-led service, in particular our food and drug challenge service on our nurse-led day case unit. My particular areas of interest include drug allergy and sublingual immunotherapy and I have been instrumental in developing these services at GSTT. 

In addition to my clinical role I have pioneered nursing involvement within the GSTT Allergy Academy, speaking at events and am the nursing director and have developed the Allergy in Practice course, which runs annually. I hold a number of other positions nationally, including a visiting lecturer on the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University and Dermatology MSc programmes at The University of Hertfordshire and have advised NICE. I have held positions on a number of British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) committees and am an elected council member. In addition to leading the Allied Health programme at the BSACI annual conference, I am regularly an invited speaker at this and other national conferences.  

I am very excited and honoured to become a member of the NPRANG committee and am looking forward to working with an inspiring group of nurses. 

Julie Westwood

I have been an asthma nurse specialist for the last year 8 years working as part of the respiratory team at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Although based in Edinburgh, my post was partially funded to support clinics in a local district general hospital, St John’s in Livingston West Lothian.

Over the last 8 years I have developed the service at St John’s hospital to include a nurse led paediatric asthma clinic, a joint difficult asthma clinic with medical support form RHSC and more recently a transition clinic where children receive a more streamlined and planned move from paediatric to adult services. The introduction of these services ensures children and young people receive equitable care throughout Edinburgh and the Lothian’s, something I feel very strongly about.

I have only recently joined the committee although I have regularly attended the NPRANG conference which has always been very informative and an excellent opportunity to network and share good practice. I am looking forward to working with such a dedicated and dynamic group of people who are committed to improving respiratory care for children and young people across the UK.

Joy Williams

I have worked as a Respiratory & Allergy nurse specialist for the last five and half years. Prior to this I was a Deputy Sister of The Paediatric High Dependency Unit. I provide a nurse-led Respiratory clinic weekly, I support three consultants with their clinic for Respiratory & Allergy. Part of my role is also providing education for health & non-health professionals, empowering patients & their families to effectively manage their Asthma/Allergy at home.

I have been a NPRANG member for just over three years attending the annual conference which is an excellent resource for networking and sharing good practice.

This is my first year as a committee member & second committee member for Wales; I look forward to working collaboratively with the group.

I like Vicky am also a keen home baker!