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Nursing and AHP

Bhuvana Bibleraaj

Nursing & Allied Health Professional Lead

Bhuvaneswari Krishnamoorthy is a Nursing & Allied Health Professional lead for the SCTS from February 2021, Senior Lecturer at Edgehill University and Senior Surgical Care Practitioner at Manchester Foundation trust. She has been an Educational SCTS NAHP Chair from 2014 and she has designed and developed many national educational courses, webinars with numerous national SCTS faculties. She has actively participated and worked with SCTS from 2008 with Mrs. Tara Bartley on education. 

Bhuvana is a faculty member of Fellow of Perioperative care and NAHP lead of Cardiothoracic Specialty Specific group for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Reviewer for Advanced Practice for Health Education England. 
Bhuvana is also a postdoctoral National Institute of Health Research and interested in clinical research, teaching and academic publications. 

Anna Gesicka

NAHP Subcomitte Lead for Critical Care

Senior Sister, Cardiac Intensive Care Lead
Royal Sussex County Hospital
NAHP subcommittee Critical Care Lead 

Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse and accomplished leader with strong academic background, combined with over 23 years of experience in a range of cardiac surgical and intensive care settings. Experienced in delivering high quality; evidence based patient centred-care, and possess specialist skills in Cardiac and General Intensive Care and Cardiac Theatres. 
In 2016, Anna was appointed to the Clinical Sister position in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in Royal Sussex County Hospital, and recently taken up the role of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Lead. She has a dedicated drive for evidence based practice to enhance the patient’s experience through documented improvements in the patient care plan and practice guidelines development.  Anna is a driving force in implementing and promoting the Cardiac ERAS programme components and Patient First initiative in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. 

Winnie (Xiaohui) Liu

SCTS NAHP thoracic surgery subcommittee lead

She is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working in the Thoracic department of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a lead for 8 years in her department, and she gained her MSc Advanced practice degree in 2020. She has taken over this job to transform the thoracic surgical practice and support thoracic NAHPs.

Her few objectives for next three years are:

  • To improve the thoracic activities within the SCTS NAHP committee and disseminate best practices nationally.
  • Encourage teamwork and promote health and wellbeing among thoracic NAHPs.
  • Teaching and promote education.
  • Reducing waste is vital within the NHS and she has planned to act on reducing the waste campaign with national colleagues by developing strategies.  

Lisa Carson-Price

NAHP subcommittee lead: Perfusion lead 2


Having qualified as Clinical Perfusion Scientist in 2005 I have worked in numerous NHS Trusts in the UK, in both substantive and locum positions. Since 2007 I have worked at Glenfield, Leicester; gaining experience in both adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery. Additionally, we provide an adult and Paediatric ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) service. Inclusive of a transport ECMO service for both patient populations.

My vision:

1) Change perceptions that SCTS is just for surgeons: that it is a forum for all disciplines that work in cardiothoracic area

2) Play an active role in work force change: maintain minimum standards in a holistic manner through shared knowledge & bench marking

3) Improve communication & relations between centers: Promote positivity of communication between centers especially between nurses and AHP’s.

Jeni May Palima

Communication Lead

Jeni May Palima is a Cardiothoracic Surgical Care Practitioner at New Cross Heart and Lung Centre, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. She qualified as an SCP in 2017 and is also currently completing her MSc in Surgical Care Practice in order to progress in her career. She has a nursing background in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology and Critical Care. Her surgical skill set includes radial artery harvesting, open and endoscopic vein harvesting as well as first and second assisting. She is currently working on expanding the role of SCPs in her department by exploring the follow-up care of patients who have undergone concomitant or standalone surgical AF ablation.

Rosalie Magboo

Senior Sister

Rosalie Magboo is a Senior Sister in Cardiac Critical Care Unit at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Rosalie is also one of the Barts Charity Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. She has real passion for research even prior to her nursing career. Her research interest focuses on aortovascular surgery, atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery and surgical site infection.  As the SCTS NAHP research lead,  her vision is to encourage, promote and assist in the development of NAHP clinical academic career and research opportunities in cardiothoracic surgery in the UK.

Zoe Barratt-Brown

NAHP Physiotherapy Lead  

Zoe Barrett-Brown is the Team Leader Physiotherapist for Thoracic Surgery at Royal Papworth Hospital. Zoe completed her MSc in Advancing Physiotherapy Practice in 2019 focusing on the benefits of early mobilisation and exercise post Thoracic surgery. She has a keen interest in Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and advancing clinical skills within Physiotherapy.

Nisha Bhudia

Pharmacist NAHP Audit Subcommittee lead.

Nisha has practised as hospital pharmacist for 23 years, 20 of which have she has spent working at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, one of the largest cardiothoracic centres in UK. Nisha has gained a range of specialist clinical expertise in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, heart and lung transplantation, mechanical support (VADs/ECMOs), critical care, theatres and anaesthesia. She is currently the lead pharmacist for critical care and anaesthesia at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital part of Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.


Kathryn Hewitt

Advanced Clincial Practitioner 

Kathryn has worked in Cardiothoracic surgery for ten years in three different centres; John Radcliff Hospital, Oxford, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and most recently at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. She successfully completed her MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice in 2020 specialising in Adult Cardiac Surgery and day-to-day cares for patients pre and post complex cardiac surgeries including; complex aortic surgery, adult congenital surgery, carcinoid heart surgery, heart and lung transplantation as well as conventional cardiac surgery.

Vision: Over the next three years I aim to work collaboratively with the wider NAHP sub-committee and the SCTS Adult Cardiac Surgery Committee to provide quality teaching sessions for all AHPs, utilising the skills, knowledge and expertise present in our centres nation-wide. I endeavour to work with the senior NAHP team to look at providing a standard of practice and competency framework for NAHPs with a view to standardising care offered to patients.

Amy Chadwick

Lead Occupational Therapist

Amy has worked as the Lead Occupational Therapist at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge since May 2016, prior to this she had worked in a variety of roles in the East of England and London. Her focus over the last five years has been to grow the occupational therapy department and expand the scope of the service. She has a particular interest in improving pathways for our more frail patients, ensuring that both mental and physical health needs are assessed and treated, which has been especially important during the recent pandemic. In 2020 Amy started to study for a Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Practice.


Her vision for the NAHP subcommittee group is to attract more Occupational Therapy members, and promote the valuable role within cardiothoracic surgery.

Ramanjit Kaur

Physician Associate NAHP Lead

Ramanjit is a Physician Associate working at John Radcliffe Hospital, and excited about her new post as the NAHP Physician Associate Lead. She is passionate about increasing awareness of the Physician Associate role and providing a diverse narrative to SCTS. In the coming months, she aims to drive the Physician Associate role, highlighting their contributions to healthcare and expanding their opportunities within Cardiothoracic surgery.


Winnie Xiaohui Liu (From March 2024)

Xiaohui Liu is an Advanced Care Practitioner working in University hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She has been in the current role for over 10 years. She has been qualified since 1986. Previously she has worked in China for 17 years prior settling in the UK since 2003.

She gained her MSc degree in Advanced Nurse Practice at Southampton University in 2020. She is passionate about education, innovation and leading projects, which benefits patients’ care and their experience.

Kathryn Hewitt (From March 2024)

"Kathryn has been a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiothoracic Surgery for 8 years and a qualified ACP for 3 years. Kathryn has always had a passion for teaching and mentoring and she believes strongly in the importance of available education for all. Informed healthcare workers lead to informed patients and families, quality care and improved patient outcomes and that is something we should all be passionate about."



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