Meet the Team

Dr Becky Cowling – Associate Specialist in Community Paediatrics

Tel: 01204 463532

Professional background

Dr Cowling qualified in Manchester and has worked in a variety of hospitals and community settings in the North West.   She joined the Community Paediatric Team in Bolton in 2007.

Her special interests include autism, childhood epilepsy and audiology.

 

Dr Charlotte MacKinnon – Specialty and Associate Specialist Doctor in Community Paediatrics

Tel: 01204 463527

Professional background

Dr MacKinnon qualified as a GP in 2001 and has worked in Bolton as a GP since then.  She has maintained a special interest in adolescent health and safeguarding children for a number of years including working at The Parallel Young People’s Health Centre since 2003 and as Named GP for Safeguarding Children since 2005.

Dr MacKinnon started as a Specialty Doctor within the community paediatric team in August 2015. She has a special interest in Looked after Children, adolescent health and transition.

Helen Jameson – Epilepsy Specialist Nurse

Qualifications: RGN RSCN DipN, BSc (hons) Nursing Studies, Dip Epilepsy Care, Independent/Supplementary Prescriber

Helen started as an epilepsy specialist nurse in Bolton in 2005, working alongside the community paediatricians as part of the children and young people’s epilepsy service. Prior to this she worked for many years in acute paediatrics in a variety of settings, latterly as a ward manager on the neurology ward at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Helen has also worked as a school nurse in the Wigan area, as an intravenous venous therapy homecare nurse looking after children with rare metabolic disorders across the North West and for Bolton GP out of hours service.

 

Claire Abbott – Epilepsy Specialist Nurse

Qualifications:  Diploma in Children’s nursing, BSc (hons) Nursing Studies

Claire started as an epilepsy specialist nurse in Bolton in 2019, working alongside the community paediatricians as part of the children and young people’s epilepsy service. Prior to this she worked for the NIHR as a paediatric research nurse, helping deliver studies across Greater Manchester and more recently at the Royal Bolton Hospital. She has also worked as an anaesthetic and recovery nurse at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

 

Jillian Davies – Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Qualifications: RGN RSCN Community Specialist Practitioner BSc (Hons), Advanced Practitioner MSc, Independent/Supplementary Prescriber

Jillian has worked in acute paediatrics in Bolton, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Saudi Arabia. Prior to qualifying as an advanced practitioner she worked as a community specialist practitioner both in Bury and Bolton and she now works in community paediatrics and Bolton GP out of hours service.

Her special interests include obesity, adolescents, health and behaviour issues that impact on school attendance and general paediatrics.

 

Maria Gault – Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Qualifications: RGN RHV BSc (hons) Nursing Studies MSc Sociology MSc Advanced Practice Independent /Supplementary Prescriber.

Maria qualified as an advanced practitioner in 2007. Prior to this she worked as a health visitor for Bolton Primary Health Care Trust.  Maria presently works in community paediatrics and the Bolton GP out of hours service.

Her special interests include general paediatrics, infant health screening (6-8weeks), children with neurofibromatosis type 1, children with Down’s syndrome, looked after children.

 

Janice O’Brien –Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Qualifications: RGN, HV BSc (hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, MSc Advanced Practice, Independent/Supplementary Prescriber.

Janice worked for a short time in adult nursing before working for several years as a midwife and then as a health visitor for Bolton Primary Care Trust. She qualified as an advanced nurse practitioner in 2008 and now works within the community paediatric team.

Her special interests include autistic spectrum disorder, vision support (for children with significant visual difficulties), child development, sleep difficulties, infant screening (6-8 weeks).

 

Admin and Clerical Team

We are a team of medical secretaries, administration assistants and clerical officers who support the Community Paediatric Medical Team (consultants, doctors and nurse practitioners). We also deal with medical appointments for looked after children (LAC) and those children who require additional support in the education setting (education, health and social care plans). We organise meetings for the team around the child (TACh) and Bolton Social Communication and Interaction Panel (BSCIP), as well as other specialised groups.