Our AEC staff

team AEC

Both our AECs are staffed by a team of highly trained Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Doctors and Staff Nurses. 


Elinor Beattie (Consultant) 

I completed my medical training in 1996 in Cambridge and worked in Manchester, London and Australia before qualifying as an Emergency Medicine consultant in 2006. Having worked at Ealing Hospital and Charing Cross Hospitals, I joined Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust in January 2014. My interest in Ambulatory Care started while working in Charing Cross Hospital and I was involved in the development of the service for Imperial College NHS Trust. I continue to work part time in the Emergency Department and one day per week in Ambulatory Emergency Care. I have also just completed an MSc in Quality and Safety in Healthcare from Imperial College.

Jemma Walker  (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

I qualified as a nurse in 1999 and my first job was on Hazleton ward in Cheltenham General Hospital. In 2000 I left Hazleton to work in what was then called MAU, but now known as ACU C.  Over the preceding 9 years, I worked up from a staff nurse, to a junior sister and then senior sister, combined with a sabbatical working in Australia, also a nurse, for a short time.  In 2009 I left MAU to undertake a number of different corporate roles including a short time as a general manager in surgery and then as a practice development nurse, first in the medical division and then followed by the surgical division.  I returned to clinical nursing working in AEC in 2013, and have been part of the team ever since.  I commenced my Advanced Practice pathway at Masters level in 2012 at the University of the West of England, and am hoping that I will have passed this and achieved my Masters by the summer of 2016. 

Lou Buckle (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) 

I qualified as an Adult Registered Nurse in 2004. My first post was in the Emergency Department of Weston General Hospital. I left there in 2010, and working in the Emergency Department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, whilst working here I undertook my BSc (Hons) Emergency Care, which included a specialist module in paediatrics, and also worked in the Emergency Department at the Bristol Children’s Hospital. I also undertook a three month sabbatical from Emergency Medicine to work on the Adult Intensive Care Unit at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. In 2009, I began working as a Emergency Department Sister at Gloucester Royal Hospital, with a specialist interest in paediatrics. I commenced my MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practitioner) in 2012 at the University of Worcester, which has included my Non-Medical Prescribing qualification, I am hoping to complete the entire Masters by summer 2016. I joined the AEC team in January 2014 and this is where I am still working.

Kirsty Gibbs (staff nurse) 

Joined the AEC team from the Emergency Department in June 2014.

James Gill (staff nurse) 

Joined the AEC team from Trauma and Orthopaedics in May 2015.  Has previously worked within the Emergency Department . 

Eugene Guthrie (staff nurse) 

I have been a qualified registered nurse and midwife, since 1977, studying at Salisbury Central Hospital Zimbabwe and Mowbray Maternity Hospital, Capetown, South Africa.

During my nursing career, I first commenced work in Zimbabwe, nursing medical, surgical, adults, children, and maternity patients. I then volunteered in Medical Air Rescue Service, also in Zimbabwe, as a registered nurse in attendance.  I have also worked within a GP clinic and a private south African hospital.  Having moved to the UK, I have worked in a local nursing/residential care home before coming to work at the Trust, first within acute admissions in Cheltenham and now having joined the AEC team.

Leanne Potente (staff nurse) 

My care career began in 2004 where, prior to nursing I graduated from The University of Gloucestershire with first class honours in Biology, specialising in Microbiology & Biochemistry. Alongside this I worked in adolescent mental health where I specialised in self-harm and eating disorders..... I then went to work abroad for a year before returning to the UK in 2009 to train as an adult nurse at The University of Worcester where I completed my post graduate diploma in nursing studies. My first job as a qualified nurse was on Hazleton, a gastroenterology & general medical ward in Cheltenham General Hospital. In 2015 I went to work in the endoscopy unit, also at Cheltenham to gain further experience in Gastroenterology and diagnostics; before joining the AEC team in May 2015 where my aim is to develop my clinical and patient assessment skills in unscheduled care.

Godfrey Rankwe (staff nurse) 

Joined the AEC team from York in July 2015.

Arsenia Masters (Technician) 

I started working in the NHS in 2001 as a Health Care Assistant on a Medical Ward in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.  After two  years  I went to work in their  four bedded HDU for two  years until my family moved to Gloucestershire in 2005.  In 2006 I started working for the trust, initially on the bank but then became a permanent member of the team on 7b at Gloucestershire Royal.  I worked there for three years when I undertook the training to become a Lead Health Care Assistant.  I was involved with both of the AEC trials at the hospitals before AEC became a funded service, and prior to working in AEC now as a technician, I also in the Cardiology Investigations team at Cheltenham General.  





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