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Julie qualified as a registered general nurse in 1993, gaining experience in a range of care environments including medical, surgical and intensive care. Julie went on to become a clinical and professional skills tutor, with a special interest in medicines management, at the University Hospitals of South Manchester. This led onto a role with the Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority as a clinical placement manager supporting student nurses in practice.

Julie joined The Christie NHS Foundation Trust as a specialist nurse in 2005, moving into a governance role in 2007. During this time, Julie was instrumental in the Trust’s achievement of NHSLA level 3 accreditation. She also participated in the comprehensive inspection programme as a specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission and in 2016 she operationally led the Trust to a CQC Outstanding rating, repeated again in 2018. 

In her role as associate chief nurse and deputy director of quality, Julie led the patient safety, patient experience, clinical audit and improvement and non-medical prescribing services for the Trust. She also developed The Christie CODE quality scheme

Julie has an honours degree in health service management and health promotion, a postgraduate certificate in education and a master's degree in leadership in health and social care. In 2017, she also became a scholar of the Florence Nightingale Foundation.