Our Partnerships

In order to successfully deliver this project we have established a number of local, regional and national partnerships. These include;

Helen Convey RN, MAHelen Convey Photo – Lecturer in the School of Healthcare – University of Leeds

Helen’s academic interests and research activities focus on ethical practice, decision-making, professional conduct and innovation in learning and teaching.

Helen’s interest in the STaR Project comes from her own work to support nursing students in their transition to accountable practitioners. Helen holds a Developmental University of Leeds Student Education Fellowship, for excellence in learning and teaching. As part of her Fellowship Helen developed and implemented a learning and teaching strategy to support BSc Adult Nursing students in their transition from student to registrant nurse.

Helen teaches healthcare ethics and law across a range of professional groups, she’s the Chair of the School of Healthcare Research Ethics Committee and she has experience of sitting as a Registrant Conduct and Competency Panelist for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Helen is also a part-time PhD student. Her research is about how carers make decisions on behalf of people who are living with dementia and what can be done to support carers when they are making proxy decisions.

Jonpaul Robinson – Charge Nurse – Newbridge Mental Health Unit – Hull

Jonpaul Robinson

My name is Jonpaul Robinson BSC (Hons) PGCert HCL (open) RNMH,  I am a Band 7 charge nurse of an acute Mental Health Treatment Unit.

I have over the years worked in a number of different clinical settings including the community, and older people services. I am passionate about the services we in the NHS strive to provide against a tide of budget restraints, organisational change and difficulties with recruitment. Within the Mental Health Care Group I support the work of the inpatient  units and play an active role in the mentoring of student nurses, recruitment and retention of the newly qualified staff.

And ensuring that training requirements of the organisation and the staff are at the forefront of safe and effective delivery of services.

I am passionate about the experience of the newly qualified staff nurse and how to best equip them for life on the front line of contemporary nursing practice, and see it as a mission to ensure that the transition is facilitated in the best and most effective way, to encourage retention, ensuring that we are better able to retain registered staff to work with the most vulnerable patients, within the service.

I am married to Mandy and have 2 children aged 6 and 9 who all keep me on my toes and grounded to the reality of everyday life, and who’s support enables me to undertake my work effectively and consistently to deliver high standards of care delivery and service provision.

Haley Jackson

Haley Jackson – Research Nurse (Humber NHS Trust)





Nicola Buckle – Practice Development Matron (Hull and East Yorkshire NHS)

Jo Ledger – Deputy Chief Nurse (Hull and East Yorkshire NHS)
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Mark Coningsby

Elysium Healthcare’s Preceptorship Academy & University Lead


Mark qualified as an RMN in 2004 and has worked in a variety of services, within forensic nursing, where he also trained as a Management of Violence and Aggression, Basic Life Support and Defibrillator tutor and trained staff in these skills for over five years.

During his time in the forensic services, Mark worked in medium and low secure services as well as locked and open rehabilitation, in both male and female mental health and learning disability services. In January 2015 Mark began in his current role.

Mark’s role now covers multiple areas, including:

  • Coordination and continuing development of the Elysium Preceptorship Academy
  • Attending careers fairs at universities and job fairs across the country
  • Supporting units with open days and interviews
  • Liaising with universities on placements and opportunities
  • Providing support and supervision for staff on the Preceptorship Academy

Mark has a keen professional interest in ensuring that all newly qualified nurses get the best possible start to their careers and the best preceptorship a service can provide.


CaptureMy Photo1Nicola Buckle

I am a registered nurse with over 15 years acute nursing experience in respiratory, cardiac and neurosciences, my current role is Practice Development Matron (PDM) for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, involves leading on the nursing education agenda and workforce developments for the Trust. Working with many teams across the trust, including the Practice Learning Facilitator service and undergraduate nursing; working closely with the Clinical Nurse Educator teams and Trust Education & Development Team, as well as outside agencies.

Operationally I have implemented the Trainee Nursing Associate role and Nursing Apprenticeship role within the trust, working in Partnership with the local college and university on a pilot scheme of Health Care Support worker apprentices, an initiative to get 16-18 year olds into the health profession. I work closely with the student nurses, newly registered nurse and all nursing apprenticeship branches, supporting teaching, learning & support and development.

I have implemented a standardised Trust Preceptorship and Induction Programme, providing clinical supervision with the support of the CNE Team, organisational development team and trust coaching lead. I am a coaching practitioner; this qualification supports me with all of the above and has helped me to develop both personally and professionally. The STaRs project is a something I am keen to support and develop.

I have a passion for enabling others within the Nursing profession and organisation through investment in their development. Equally, enabling others to ensure the highest standards of care for the patients and service-users is core to my values and beliefs, and what motivates me to deliver in the role.