About WeCYPnurses

Thursday 13th September 2018 by @WeCYPnurses


WeCYPNurses was started in February 2015.  We are children and young people's nurses who are passionate about providing the best possible care for children, young people and their families.  We believe that networking and sharing ideas using social media is a very powerful way to improving practice.

About the @WeCYPnurses chat co-ordinators:

Becky Hepworth (@hepworth_becky) is a Children's Community Nurse Team Leader who lives and works on the Isle of Wight.   She is also a Queen’s Nurse and helped set up wecypnurses.  Becky qualified in 1994 and worked in neonatal units in Nottingham, Cambridge and Basingstoke before diversifying into community nursing. She now works as part of an integrated paediatric unit and has a real passion for caring for children and their families at home when possible. She has been instrumental in the island's new collaborative hospice service for children with life limited conditions.

Becky has found the use of twitter has expanded her horizons beyond the Isle of Wight, has led to sharing and connections with other like minded people and reignited her passion for nursing.


Caroline Dodd (@cdodd09) did her pre-reg training in Nottingham qualifying as a paediatric nurse in 1995. Most of her career has been in general paediatrics at Burton Hospital where she's currently one of the senior sisters. In 2014 Caroline completed a MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice with the Open University. Caroline believes Social media has a huge potential for nurses.

Rob Bradley (@robbradley01) is a charge nurse on a daycase ward which cares for CYP coming in for both surgical and medical conditions.  He qualified as a nurse in 2008.  Rob is also a staff governor and a care maker. Rob is a busy dad of 2 and has been involved with cypnurses since it started.

Juliet Hopkins (@bradley_juliet) has been a registered children's nurse for 15 years and has also been with the team since the start. She has worked in various specialities including liver and small bowel transplants, A&E, school nursing, diabetes and clinical research. Juliet is currently an assistant lecturer at Birmingham City University for the Nursing Associate Programme.  She has a interest in social media and believes it's a valuable platform for professionals to be able to give and receive support, knowledge and ideas from those in the CYP community.

Siobhan Barnes (@sn_barnes) has worked in the NHS in a variety of different administration roles’; in Medical Records, Gynaecology and Maternity before I starting her training as a CYP nurse at the University of Salford in Manchester in 2015.  Siobhan was heavily influenced by her university’s emphasis on using social media in a professional capacity to develop your own learning.  Siobhan is a newly qualified Staff Nurse in a Paediatric ED in the North East and adores the variety and fast paced environment.  Twitter has been the best source of support for a new nurse and wecypnurses is my biggest inspiration to be a better advocate for a child.  When not in her still-stiff nursing blues, she loves running and is constantly training for a race.

Richard Webb (@Webb20Richard) is a children’s nurse, having worked in tertiary and district general paeds for six years.   He is also dual registered as a doctor.  Richard is an APLS instructor, interested in acute paediatrics, PICU/HDU, Paediatric EM, pre-hospital care, adolescent health and health education. Other interests include undergrad teaching, advanced nursing practice, improving basic science knowledge, medical law/ethics and nurse education/simulation. Richard joined the team in 2018.

Marie Phipps (@mazp74) is a children’s research nurse for the NIHR CRN in the West Midlands.  She has been with the network for 10 years, since it was the Medicines for Children research network. Before that she was a staff nurse on the general children’s unit at Stafford Hospital, before all the bad stuff in the news!!  Marie joined the wecyp team in 2018

Louise Marsland (@Louise90999815) is a Paediatric Nurse Specialist leading and developing a new innovative Children and Young People’s (CYP) Integrated Bladder and Bowel service in Newcastle-u-Tyne. She has experience of nursing children as a Sister in PICU at Great Ormond St, Birmingham Children’s hospital and has worked as a Health Visitor for the past 25yrs at Newcastle-u-Tyne Hospitals. She is a Solihull trainer and Supervisor and one of the iHV Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions for Newcastle. In 2012 she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Travel scholarship to examine the effects of Domestic violence on Infant Mental Health in a multi centre study in Australia.  Louise is a member of the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and has been instrumental in the formation of the NE Bladder and Bowel Special Interest Group.  Louise joined the team in 2018.


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