Emma Gee


Emma Gee is a nurse consultant in thrombosis and coagulation at King's College Hospital in London and leads the VTE Specialists Network. She qualified as a nurse at the University of Brighton in 2001 and gained experience in a variety of specialities post registration before joining King's College Hospital in 2004 where she worked in critical care.

In 2007 she joined King's Thrombosis Team and subsequently become a nurse consultant in 2014, leading a team of nurses covering anticoagulation, VTE prevention and DVT management.

Emma is a non-medical prescriber and has an MSc in Advanced Nursing and Leadership.

Sheena Patel

Vice Chair

Sheena Patel has worked in the specialist field of anticoagulation and venous thromboembolism (VTE) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, since 2010. Sheena graduated with honours from The School of Pharmacy, University of London. She has completed a postgraduate diploma in general pharmacy practice [The School of Pharmacy], MSc (with merit) in advanced pharmacy practice [University College London], and independent prescribing (with distinction) [King’s College London]. She is a faculty member (advanced stage II) of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Sheena is the Lead Pharmacist for Anticoagulation and Medication Safety/Clinical Governance. Her roles include co-leading the national VTE prevention programme within the Trust; implementation of anticoagulation/VTE safety initiatives and pathways including safer discharge of patients on anticoagulation therapy; introduction of VTE pathways e.g. lower limb immobilisation, ambulatory suspected VTE pathways; root cause analysis for hospital associated VTE events; anticoagulation management plans; supporting anticoagulation and thrombosis clinics; guidelines and policy development; VTE education for multidisciplinary teams including presentations at national and international meetings; audit, research and quality improvement projects with growing publication portfolio; and standardisation of VTE services across two hospital sites. She led on the Trust achievement of VTE exemplar status demonstrating exemplary leadership and expertise in VTE prevention. She is also involved in supporting the medication safety agenda and strategy.

She is Co-Chair and Secretary of the Trust Thrombosis and Thromboprophylaxis Group, and a committee member of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association - Haemostasis, Anticoagulation and Thrombosis Group, offering expertise and sharing best practice to improve patient outcomes. She is a passionate champion within the haemostasis and thrombosis area.

Rebecca Simpson

Vice Chair

Rebecca Simpson is Lead Nurse for VTE Prevention at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and member of the VTE National Specialists Network.  She gained experience in a variety of specialities post registration including emergency nursing, critical care, clinical education and prison nursing.

Rebecca joined Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2013 and established the VTE Prevention Service, which achieved VTE exemplar centre status in 2016.  Rebecca continues to oversee the VTE Prevention Programme which has been nationally commended and is currently working with a newly established multidisciplinary Harm Free Care Team.

Becs Walsh

co-VSN secretary

Becs Walsh, Lead Pharmacist for Anticoagulation & Thrombosis Prevention, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Becs graduated from Bradford University with a Masters degree in Pharmacy in 2002 and undertook pre-registration pharmacy training in Sheffield, qualifying in 2003. She completed a post-graduate diploma in Clinical Pharmacy in 2005 completing rotations through various medical and surgical specialties. She worked in oncology and palliative care before becoming the first pharmacist to be employed in the role of thrombosis prevention & anticoagulation at Sheffield in 2009. Becs is an active member of the Yorkshire & Humber Anticoagulation Pharmacists group and professional secretary of the local thrombosis committee.

Claire Gibson

co-VSN secretary

Claire is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science and a Chartered Scientist and has worked in the NHS for over 40 years. Most of this has been within the laboratory setting, specialising first in Haematology and Transfusion and further sub-specialising in Haemostasis. She has always had a special interest in Anticoagulation and gained Extended Practice qualifications in Anticoagulation Therapy Management via the Institute of Biomedical Science.
In 2019 she moved away from a scientific role in order to transition the Anticoagulation Monitoring Service to a patient-centred, community POCT model.

With a keen interest in VTE, on returning to the Alexandra NHS Trust, she also re-established the Thrombosis Group, which she Co-Chairs.