Our clinical team at the National Treatment Centre are highly respected and skilled health practitioners, from our ophthalmology and orthopaedic leads to the nursing teams.
Fiona qualified as a RGN at the Western School of Nursing and Midwifery in Glasgow in 1993. After qualifying she went on to work in London then joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and served 18.5yrs as a Nursing Officer in the Army. Fiona specialised as a Theatre Nurse and was Defence Nurse Advisor for the specialty. She experienced operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan as lead nurse in the operating theatre. Since leaving the Army Fiona has worked at the Highland Hospice and as an Adult Nurse Lecturer at UHI. Fiona is passionate about working as a team, with a focus on excellence in patient centred care.
Zoe Gibbins qualified as a nurse in 2009 and has worked across surgical and medical areas in Forth Valley, Lothian, North West Anglia and Highland. Zoe took her first band 6 post in Cambridgeshire in 2019 working in mixed surgical and trauma orthopaedics before returning to Scotland to work in Inverness in ENT and Ophthalmology. During her time as a Deputy Charge Nurse in England and as a Senior Staff Nurse in Scotland, Zoe found a keen interest in staff development and education and enjoyed aspects of her job where she could support staff and students in the development of their skills. Zoe is now undertaking her PG cert in Education at UHI. She now has the role of Clinical Nurse Educator in the NTC where she will oversee staff education and training in the departments of Orthopaedics and Ophthlamology.
Carrie trained as a nurse in Inverness and qualified 24 years ago.
She spent the first 20 years in Orthopaedics, mainly in elective surgery, then felt like a new challenge so moved into general surgery for 3 years.
Carrie is now the Senior Charge Nurse for the Inpatient ward at the NTC, dedicated to providing a first class service for patients.
Carrie has first-hand experience of the positive impact of the types of surgery that the NTC will provide can have patient’s lives and is looking forward making a difference.
Christina trained as a Registered Nurse at the Western Infirmary and Gartnavel Hospitals in Glasgow in 1987, and worked within the surgical and medical departments, where she had her first experience of Ophthalmology Nursing.
In 2016 Christina relocated to NHS Highland to work in the Ophthalmology department at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. She is now the Senior Charge Nurse of the Ophthalmology Dept for the NTC-H where she will lead and encourage staff to flourish and achieve their maximum potential and help develop the nurses of the future.
After leaving the Royal Navy in 2009, where he was an Air Engineering Technician, Mike took on a student Operating Department Practitioner(ODP) post at Raigmore Hospital as part of a two year diploma with Glasgow Caledonian University. Once qualified, he performed a dual role in anaesthetics and colorectal scrub for 4 years before specialising in anaesthetics and then becoming a band 6 in 2019. During this time, Mike was seconded to Senior Charge Practitioner at Raigmore to cover the role during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike is now the Senior Charge Practitioner for theatres in the NTC where he will oversee all disciplines of theatre for orthopaedics and ophthalmology.