ANSA Aims

Anaemia Nurse Specialist Association has been established as a national and international form for discussing debating and advancing the provision of anaemia services.

Clinical practice varies from centre to centre. ANSA provides a focal point to encourage, foster and facilitate excellence in exchanges of information and opinion.

Our aim is to improve patient outcomes through optimal care and management. ANSA will only succeed through the active and committed involvement of its members.

Meet the team

Marie Chowrimootoo

Anaemia Nurse Specialist - ANSA President

Marie has been the Anaemia Nurse Specialist at St Georges Hospital London for the past 14 years. She is however moving to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham to take the renal Anaemia Lead Nurse role in the next few weeks. Marie has been in Nephrology nursing since 1989 and has worked at a few hospitals, namely Walsgrave Kings, Oxford. She is a founder member of ANSA and has recently rejoined the Executive Committee after a few years break.

Vicki Hipkiss

Renal Nurse Specialist - ANSA Immediate Past President

Vicki works on the renal unit at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is a Pre-dialysis Sister, but also takes care of patients with CKD 3 and 4 with anaemia. Vicki has worked in nephrology for over 20 years, and joined ANSA as an executive member in 2010.

Sharon Benton

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) - ANSA Past President

Sharon Benton is the ANSA Immediate Past President and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Renal Anaemia in Truro, Cornwall. She has worked in renal medicine since 1993 and became the CNS for Anaemia in 1998. Sharon joined the ANSA committee in 2008 and commenced her presidency tenure in 2012.

Lesley Bennett

Senior Anaemia & Renal Patient Support Manager

Senior Anaemia & Renal Patient Support Manager working at the Oxford Kidney Unit at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Lesley has worked in nephrology for over 35 years, she currently manages 5 various MDT and has been the senior nurse in Oxford for anaemia and advanced kidney care the past 20 years. She is a founder member and was the first President of ANSA.

Anne Davidson

Patient Blood Management Practitioner

Anne Davidson is a Patient Blood Management Practitioner with NHS Blood and Transplant and is based at the Leeds Blood Centre.

Prior to her current role she has worked within nephrology for over 20 years.

Karen Jenkins

Consultant Nurse

Karen is a Consultant Nurse at the Kent Kidney Centre, East Kent Hospitals, University NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a nephrology nurse for most of her nursing career and has worked in all areas of renal. She was an anaemia nurse specialist from 1997 until she became a Consultant Nurse in 2003. She currently runs the conservative management programme and manages the Advanced Kidney care team.

Dianne McDaid

Renal Dialysis Access Nurse

Dianne is currently a renal dialysis access nurse at the Kent Kidney Centre, East Kent Hospitals University Trust. She has worked in a variety of nephrology nursing positions including anaemia, advanced kidney care and dialysis since 1992 in the UK and Ireland. She has been a member of ANSA since 2002 and joined the ANSA executive committee in 2014.

Sue Perrin

Anaemia Nurse Specialist

Sue is an Anaemia Nurse Specialist working at Manchester Royal Infirmary. She has been an ANSA Executive Member since 2011.

Iain Wittwer

Specialist Practitioner

Iain Wittwer is a Specialist Practitioner working in the Churchill Hospital, Oxford. He has worked in Nephrology since 1990 in the USA, London and in Oxford since 1994. He started working in the OKU Anaemia Team as the Anaemia Support Nurse in 2008.

He joined ANSA in 2009 and has been on the Executive Committee for 2 years and is the current ANSA Treasurer. He has been involved in writing some anaemia related articles and a book chapter.

Elaine Locke

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Renal Anaemia

Elaine has worked in renal for many years. She has worked across all fields within renal i.e. PD, Tx, HD, Pre-dialysis. Elaine has worked mainly in the Wessex Kidney Centre, Portsmouth but has also worked at the Renal unit, Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton for 3 years from 1989 as a PD sister. Elaine returned to Portsmouth in 1992 where she took up the post within Anaemia Management, a post she still holds today. 

Gemma Bell

ANSA Secretariat

Gemma is an experienced Events and Accounts Manager

Jane Douthwaite

ANSA Finance Executive

Jane is a Finance Executive with extensive knowledge and experience in accounts specialising in Medical Associations.