TRAINING AND CURRENT NHS EXPERIENCE
Today travel health medicine is my work and passion, but I began nursing in 1973 at St George’s Hospital in London and undertook subsequent post graduate training in neurosurgery and neuromedicine at one of the world’s leading centres, The Atkinson Morley Hospital, London. I went on to complete midwifery training at the West Cheshire Maternity Hospital, but eventually returned to hospital medicine and ended a busy career in this field back in my training hospital as a medical ward sister.
Following a break to have a family, I became a Practice Nurse in 1990 when my interest in travel health first began. In 1995 I undertook a distance learning travel health medicine course at the University of Glasgow. Being in the inaugural multi-disciplinary group of this course, the first of its type in the world, was both exciting and challenging. At that time I didn’t even own a computer or have any internet connection and e-mail – the learning curve was a steep one! The hard work was worth it though as I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Travel Health Medicine in 1998.
Since that time my career has developed in travel medicine and I’ve held a number of positions some of which are listed below, many in an honorary capacity. I also set up my training business, Travel Health Training Ltd. in 2000 and continue to teach around the UK and speak at national and international meetings. However, I’ve also continued to work part time in a GP surgery seeing travellers in a dedicated travel clinic. Today I undertake this work in London.
Jane Chiodini MSc RGN RM FFTM RCPS(Glasg) Queen’s Nurse
1995 – 1998
MSc Travel Medicine, University of Glasgow
1997 – 2006
Member of the Royal College of Nursing Travel Health Forum Committee and Chair of the group from 2000 – 2006
1998 – 2000
Executive Board Member of the British Travel Health Association
1998 – 2005
Personal advisor and tutor on the Diploma and Foundation courses in Travel Medicine at the University of Glasgow then subsequently with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in conjunction with Health Protection Scotland
1998 – present
Travel Health Specialist Nurse working in a primary care setting part time, running a travel clinic. See above for more details.
2002 – present
2002 – 2010
Honorary Lecturer, the Academic Unit of Travel Medicine and Vaccines, University College London Medical School, and WHO Collaborating Centre for Travel Medicine, London
2004 – 2011
Honorary Member of the Practice and Nursing Issues committee then the Nurse Professional Group of the International Society of Travel Medicine, taking the lead role as Chair 2008 – 2011
2005 – 2009
Part time Nurse Adviser on the telephone helpline for healthcare professional enquiries at the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)
2006 – present
Founder Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG).
2006 – 2009
Elected Honorary Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine Board RCPSG
2009 – 2012
Elected Honorary Secretary of the Faculty of Travel Medicine Board, Educational and Professional Development Lead and Editor of Emporiatrics, RCPSG
2011 – present
Personal advisor and tutor for the Foundation in Travel Medicine course at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Examiner for the Diploma in Travel Medicine and also the MFTM Part II within the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
2013 – present
Editorial Board Member of Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases
2014 – present
Editorial Board Member of Practice Nurse Journal
Awarded Queen’s Nurse from the Queen’s Nursing Institute
First International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) Nurse Professional Group (NPG) Distinguished Nurse Leadership Award
Appointed the Faculty of Travel Medicine Director of Education, Training and Professional Development, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (July 2015 – December 2016}
Awarded Fellowship of the International Society of Travel Medicine
Awarded Principal College Clinical Educator of the Academy of Clinical Educators, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Elected ‘Dean Elect’ of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (taking up the position of Dean of the Faculty in October 2018)
I live in London with my husband Peter who works as the Consultant Clinical Parasitologist at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London www.thehtd.org and Director of the Public Health England Malaria Reference Laboratory at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine www.malaria-reference.co.uk
We have two grown up sons, neither of whom had any desire to follow us into the medical world but are working hard and enjoying success in their own chosen fields in life and make us very proud! My hobbies are exploring London, swimming, a love of musicals and craft work – e-mail me for further information about this at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the image of zebras on this page to Dr. Jon Cossar, good friend, travel medicine guru and inspiring amateur photographer!