Course Directors

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Mrs. Brechany

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Qualifications:
1982- 1985: Registered General Nurse Training – St James Hospital Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
1985: Certificate in Science for Nurses
2007: Extended and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses – Northumbria University
2008: Clinical Skills and History Taking – Northumbria University
2009: DBS Masterclass for Specialist Nurses
2013: Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Northumbria University
2014: Updated ICH/GCP certificate.

Professional Experience:
2001- present: Senior Movement Disorder DBS Nurse Specialist and Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist. Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle UK
1999-2001: Parkinson’s Disease Research Nurse- Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle UK.
1993-1999: Senior Neuro-theatre Sister – Royal Victoria Hospital. (First DBS cases in Newcastle in 1998)
1990-1992: Sales Representative Ethicon Ltd UK – Laparoscopic devices. Ireland.
1989-1990: Scrub Nurse General Theatres. St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Australia.
1987-1988: Scrub Nurse General Theatres. St John of God’s Hospital Perth Western Australia.
1985-1987: Theatre Nurse – Trauma and General surgery theatres. St James’s Hospital Dublin, Ireland.

Other Experience with training:
2003: Medtronic PD Nurse Training for Activa Deep Brain Stimulation Course.
2009: DBS Masterclass for Nurse Specialists
2014: Master Class in Apomorphine and Advanced therapies for Parkinson’s disease.
2016: Non Oral therapies Road shows for Parkinson’s UK
2017: Training programme in Kolkarta, India for DBS
2009-present: Numerous presentations/ educational forums Nationally and Internationally on DBS.

Affiliated Associations:
2014 – Current time: Vice Chair of National DBS Nurse Association.
A member of the DBS National UK Forum – supported by Parkinson’s UK.
National DBS Registry.
Parkinson’s Excellence National Network.

Subthalamic deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease has no significant effect on perceptual timing in the hundreds of milliseconds range. Neuropsychologia 57(2014)29-37. T.E Cope, M Grube, F. Cooper, U Brechany et al.
Making a difference in Parkinson’s disease: An audit of patient perspectives. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Nov 2009. Vol 5. N0 11. 497-501.
A Multicentre longtitudinal observational study of changes in self reported health status in people with Parkinson’s disease left untreated at diagnosis. Journal of neurology,neurosurgery and psychiatry 78(5):465-9 June 2007 DOI:10.1136/JNNP.2006098327. Donald Grosset, L Taurah, David Burn, R Chaudhuri, U Brechany et al.

The long term outcomes of Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s disease in Newcastle General Hospital.
Parkinson’s disease National audit within the Newcastle Upon Tyne hospital trust – 3 yearly 

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Deep Brain Stimulation Rehabilitation Project

Heather Hunter1, Una Brechany1, Nicola Pavese2, Lynn Rochester2

1: Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust   2: Institute of Neurology, Newcastle University (2018-2020)