Melissa Canavan started as a nurse cadet in 2000 and discovered her love for respiratory nursing. She finally qualified as nurse in 2008 after taking time out to travel and have two children. She began her career in the A&E department at St James’ Hospital, Leeds, and left in 2009 to become a practice nurse at Leeds’ Lincoln Green Medical Centre.
After attending a PCRS respiratory leaders event in 2013 Melissa co-founded Leeds Respiratory Network with a colleague. This led to the development of a new social enterprise called Respiratory Care Solutions (RCS) of which she is now a company director.
Melissa is passionate about leadership, education and quality improvement. In 2015, she completed the NHS leadership Academy frontline programme and joined the PCRS Respiratory Leaders Management Team. In September 2016 Melissa left her job as a practice nurse to work at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as a respiratory nurse specialist on a 12-month contract. At the end of 2017 RCS obtained a contract with a collaboration of GPs to standardise respiratory care and reduce variation between eight GP practices. Melissa now works full time as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist for the social enterprise.
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