Katie Barnes is an advanced paediatric nurse practitioner (APNP), originally from the USA, with over 25 years of experience in the NHS and internationally, together with a track record of innovation, paediatric service redesign, advanced practice paediatric education and clinical practice excellence.
 
Katie edited the first paediatric advanced practice text in the UK and likewise developed the first (exclusively) paediatric MSc advanced practice programme. Her service re-design projects are often at the forefront of innovation and excellence – in 2013 her team won the Clinical Team of theYear (Children) at the General Practice Awards and they were also a finalist for two Health Services Journal (HSJ) awards in 2013.
Katie’s work in developing and implementing paediatric advanced practice in the UK earned her a place as a finalist in the 2012 Nurse of the Year Awards, while most recently (2014) she was honoured by the Columbia University School of Nursing Alumni Association with their Award for a Distinguished Career in Nursing Education, Practice and Health Care Policy.
In 2008 Katie founded Kids’ Health Matters CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to the improvement of health care for children and young people through advanced paediatric education, advocacy, and consultancy for new models of children’s health care delivery.
 
She currently lives in Liverpool with her husband and three children and is working to develop the paediatric advanced practice workforce with the Cheshire and Merseyside Maternal and Child Health Vanguard programme and practising as an APNP in the Emergency Department at Alder Hey Children’s, NHS Foundation Trust.