Education Working Group - Biographies

Rebecca Verity, United KingdomRebecca Verity, United Kingdom (Chair)
Rebecca is Director for the Royal Marsden School. She is passionate about supporting and enabling health professionals to do their work well through the delivery of excellent education and career development opportunities. Throughout her career she has held several education and clinical practice roles. These included working as a senior lecturer in cancer and palliative care at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London (KCL). In 2011, she was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship. Since completing her doctorate studies, Rebecca’s research interests have focussed predominately on the educational and support needs of health professionals. Methodological expertise includes participatory research, intervention development and supporting staff to implement research findings into practice. She was awarded a post-graduate certificate for academic practice in 2006. Rebecca is also a trained facilitator for the UK National Advanced Communication Skills Training programme.

Harald TitzerHarald Titzer, Austria (Vice Chair)
Harald works as a nurse Consultant in the Department of Oncology and Haematology at the General Hospital of Vienna. Before this, he began his career as a ICU Nurse with a specialisation in Oncology and Haematology care. At the IMC-FH Krems in Lower Austria, he studied Advanced Nursing Practice with a specialisation in patient education. During the last three years he has also become a lecturer in several education institutes and IMCs in Vienna and Lower Austria, teaching Nursing Theory and Nursing Interventions in Oncology. Currently he is studying in a Nursing Science Masters programme at the University of Vienna. He is a board member of the Austrian Association of Haematology and Oncology Nurses with a focus on developing and implementing training for cancer nurses in Austria.

Celia Diez de los RiosCelia Diez de los Rios, United Kingdom
Celia is a MacMillan Advanced Nurse Practitioner specialising in Medical Oncology and working in breast care at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She graduated from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (Spain) in 2007, where she undertook, in 2009, an MSc in Research and worked as an associate teacher. In Spain, she worked in a variety of specialties. In 2013, she moved to the UK to specialise in oncology. In 2016, Celia completed the PGDip in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Southampton. As part of her job, she has helped to develop the Advanced Nurse Practitioner role in oncology, with a special interest in acute oncology, cancer-associated thrombosis, patient experience and collaboration to develop cancer nurses. As part of her actual role, she is setting up and leading the nurse practitioner role in breast care. You can follow Celia on Twitter: @PotisDR

Patricia FoxPatrick Jahn, Germany
Patrick is a nurse and researcher with an oncology and supportive care background. He received his academic qualification in Germany and Canada and currently holds an academic position as head of the nursing research unit at the University Hospital Halle (Saale). He is elected board member of the German Oncology Nursing Society (KOK). Within his research, teaching and practice he is focused on clinical evaluation of complex interventions to improve supportive cancer care particularly on pain, fatigue and oral mucositis.

Rubén MartínRubén Martín, Spain
Rubén works as a Lecturer in the University of Oviedo, Spain. He has post-graduate qualifications in health promotion (2013), a masters in nursing science (2008), and a PhD (2013). He is also principal investigator in the Health Promotion research team at the University of Oviedo and ISPA (Health Research Institute of the Principality of Asturias). His research is focused predominantly on the educational and support needs of cancer survivors and chronic illness prevention through health promotion strategies.

Wendy McinallyWendy Mcinally, UK
With knowledge, skills and expertise developed over 25 years in clinical care and educational delivery environments across the UK and internationally, Wendy has built a comprehensive research portfolio around children and young people with cancer. Working with academic colleagues and the Teaching Fellow community across Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland) and other international organisations, Wendy develops and manages clinical initiatives within child health and cancer nursing. This work focuses on enhancing practice through education, as well as the overall student learning experience. Wendy is currently working on a number of initiatives, in particular teenagers and young people living with cancer, and is nearing the completion of her PhD journey. Wendy is also an Editorial Board Member for the journal Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing and peer reviewer for the European Journal of Oncology Nursing and Cancer Nursing Practice. Wendy is also a member of CCLG/RCN and TYAC.

Andrea NecasovaAndrea Necasova, Czech Republic
Andrea has been working as an oncology nurse since 2007. Her workplace is the Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy Clinic in Charles University Teaching Hospital, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. She graduated from university in three disciplines: General Nursing Studies, Health Care Management and Spanish Philology. In Spain, she completed a Research Fellowship focused on the training system of Spanish nurses. As well as her clinical nursing practice, Andrea works in psychosocial help and care: she is a member of the hospital’s psychosocial intervention team. Her teaching experience involves lecturing at the University and mentoring in the hospital.

Mary NevinMary Nevin, Ireland
Mary Nevin RN, RNT, MSc (Nurse Education), is a Health Research Board Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Mary has over 13 years’ experience as a nurse educator at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Mary has developed experience in a wide variety of teaching methods and has a particular interest in problem-based learning and clinical simulation technology. Mary’s research interests include nurse competency, palliative care, and care delivery systems in the hospital environment. As well as her research role, Mary also works clinically as a Night Nurse with the Irish Cancer Society providing end of life care to cancer patients in their own homes.

Memnun SevenMemnun Seven, Turkey
Dr Seven is an assistant professor at Koç University School of Nursing, Istanbul, Turkey. She has been teaching in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology nursing at graduate and undergraduate level for more than 10 years. Her research area mainly focuses on women and cancers. Her passion for conducting research and opening new horizons to young nurses always keeps her enthusiastic. She strongly believes that nurses are stronger when they are united not only nationally but internationally.

Virpi SulosaariVirpi Sulosaari, Finland
Virpi Sulosaari joined the academic community after working as a registered nurse for ten years, mainly in hematology and cancer departments. She has post-graduate qualifications in hematology nursing, a masters in nursing science and a PhD (nursing science as major subject). Currently, she is a principal lecturer at Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland. She is also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Turku. Professional interests include medication and pharmacology education, oncology nursing and palliative care education, development of advanced nursing roles, and research in these fields. She is also principal investigator in a research project on inter-professional collaboration and professional empowerment at the Cancer Excellence Centre of Western Finland (2017-2020).

Debbie WyattDebbie Wyatt, UK
Debbie Wyatt qualified as a registered nurse in 1983 and following a variety of nursing posts moved into nurse education in 1988. She has worked in Higher Education for a number of years and during her career has been involved in a range of pre-registration, post registration and post graduate programmes for nurses and allied health professionals. Her main areas of interest and expertise relate to cancer care, cancer education and communication skills and she currently works as Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester and as Macmillan Lecturer/Head of Clinical Education at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Debbie manages and supports education and professional development in cancer care for a range of health care professionals and believes that cancer education can make a real difference to practice.