Joint Hospital Group South - PHUT
Cdr McCullough graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1998 with a Diploma in Nursing Studies and was employed from 1998-2004 as a staff nurse in the Anaesthetics, Theatre and Intensive Care Directorate at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast. During this time, she completed a BSc (hons) in Health Studies.
Joining the Royal Navy in November 2004, she was appointed as a Junior Sister on Stonehouse Ward, MDHU Derriford. Following a brief period on Derriford’s Intensive Care Unit (ITU), she commenced a Post Graduate Certificate in specialist practice (Intensive Care) at the University of West of England. On completion, she was assigned to the Princess Royal Medical Centre in Gibraltar as an ITU nurse and the Training Officer. On return to the UK, keen to sub-specialise she completed a MSc in Advanced Practice Neuroscience Care at Kings College London.
Deploying to Afghanistan on Herrick 14 (2011), she spent 6 months as 2IC of Intensive Care Unit, receiving a Cdr Med Commendation. On return from deployment, she was assigned as the Hospital Officer on the Primary Casualty Receiving Facility (PCRF) RFA Argus and deployed on Atlantic Task Patrol (North) anti narcotic and anti-piracy mission. During this time, she was awarded a Fleet Commanders Commendation on the Operational Honours list.
Undertaking Intermediate Staff Course in 2012, her first staff appointment was as SO3 Healthcare deployed at Naval Command Headquarters (NCHQ) where she was the desk officer responsible for devising the assurance and governance framework for all healthcare facilities within RN ships. Promoted to Lt Cdr in 2014, she deployed to Sierra Leone as Deputy Officer Command Nursing and Head of Wards on board PCRF during the Ebola crisis.
Returning from deployment, she worked at Surgeon General’s Headquarters as business manager and then as SO2 placements responsible for overseeing the Joint Hospital Group (JHG) contracts. In 2016, she was assigned to a newly created post as Deputy Officer Command Nursing within the Maritime Deployed Hospital Group and deployed on Operation Trenton. Initially deploying as the Senior Nursing Officer in charge of clinical staff, she was subsequently promoted to the Officer in Command of this UN R2 Hospital, spending 7 months in South Sudan.
On completion of Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC), Cdr McCullough was promoted into SO1 Medical Personnel and Complaints at Naval Command Headquarters (NCHQ).
Cdr McCullough is a keen sportswoman and has represented Northern Ireland and Ireland nationally and internationally as a competitive swimmer. Her other hobbies include golf, running, reading and looking after her two nephews.