Board & observers

Dr Jenny Welstand

Lead Heart Failure Nurse Specialist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board, Wrexham

  • Jenny qualified from Charing Cross Hospital in London in 1986.
  • She has broad experience in both surgical and medical cardiac care; in 1990 she joined the cardiac unit in Oxford and developed roles in surgical pre-assessment, as a cardiology nurse practitioner and established a community cardiac rehabilitation service. Both of these later services included research elements and resulted in several joint publications.
  • Moving to North East Wales in 2002 she established an integrated heart failure service working between primary and secondary care.
  • Jenny was awarded a Doctorate in 2013, winning the Lord Jones prize for best thesis and defensive at viva at Glyndwr University. Her thesis investigated the patient’s experience of living with heart failure. Presenting her findings in 2010 at the Cardiovascular Nurses Spring Meeting in Geneva, she won best oral presentation of conference. She has subsequently been invited twice to Demark to deliver key note papers, and to present at the British Society for Heart Failure Autumn Meeting and British Cardiac Society Annual Conference.
  • Jenny has served as a council member on the British Council of Cardiovascular Nursing. 
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