Meet the team
Core team covering Lancashire & South Cumbria and Cheshire & Merseyside
Kathy Collins, Senior Clinical Network Manager
Kathy has worked for the NHS for over 38 years with a clinical background in nursing. Prior to joining the Clinical Network, she held a number of nurse manager roles in an acute hospital trust within Merseyside before moving into the role of business manager for clinical services in specialist palliative care, gastroenterology, and infectious diseases. In her current role as Senior Manager within the North West Coast Clinical Network she is part of the senior management team and leads on Palliative & End of Life Care. Outside of work she is actively involved in the local community in various volunteer roles including bereavement support.
Carmel Wiseman, Programme Manager
Carmel’s nursing career began in 1983 and since then she has had an extensive nursing career working in palliative and end of life care across the NHS and charitable sector.
As a Palliative and End of Life Care Clinical Network Programme Manager Carmel supports the delivery plan across Lancashire & South Cumbria and Cheshire & Merseyside Integrated Care System footprint.
Outside of work Carmel’s enjoys spending time with her family and walking her adorable Labrador Bailey. Carmel loves reading and spends a lot of time in her garden.
Holly Tofield, Clinical Network Manager
Holly is a Clinical Network Manager in the Palliative and End of Life Care Network.
After graduating from university with a degree in Business Management Holly spent time in the North West and London in Management positions within the hospitality industry before relocating back to Wirral in 2018. Holly initially joined the NHS as a Practice Manager overseeing two GP Surgeries in Liverpool.
In April 2022, Holly joined the North West Coast Clinical Network supporting the delivery plan across Cheshire & Merseyside and Lancashire & South Cumbria Integrated Care Systems.
Outside of work, Holly enjoys spending time with her partner and young children, watching Liverpool FC and travelling.
Kath Davies, Clinical Network Coordinator for Children’s and Young People (CYP) Palliative Care Network
Kath is a Clinical Network Coordinator in the Palliative and End of Life Care Network. She has worked in the NHS for over 25 years, previously as a Medical Secretary in a large NHS Trust supporting the Gastroenterology and Oncological Breast Surgery teams before moving on to work at St Rocco’s Hospice in Warrington within the Palliative Care Team. This then led to a move to the Network’s palliative and end of life care team where she has worked for the last 8 years. Kath supports the Children’s Palliative Care Work Programmes for the North West (scroll down to meet the children’s palliative care network Clinical Leads).
Outside work Kath has a passion for yoga and mindfulness, interior design and upcycling furniture as well as walking two energetic dogs and, on occasion, two equally energetic grandchildren. Kath is studying to become a Yoga Instructor and would love to run a yoga retreat!
Lucy Lavelle, Clinical Network Officer
Lucy joined the Palliative and End of Life Care Network team in 2020. She has worked for NHS England for 6 years and previously worked for West Yorkshire Police. In earlier years Lucy studied Environmental Sciences and worked in Thailand, Nevada (USA), and south Korea. In her Clinical Network Officer role, Lucy is the team lead for Records and Information Management. She runs the Future NHS collaboration platform and produces the Network’s newsletter ‘The Loop’. She provides support to the quarterly Network and STP/ICS meetings, L&SC EPaCCS Steering Group, and NW EoL Model review.
Outside work Lucy’s passion is the natural world. She enjoys gardening and cooking, walking the countryside with her dogs, and catching up with friends and family across the UK. She dreams of retreating to the wilds of Scotland for a bit of the “good life”!
Cheshire & Merseyside Palliative and End of Life Care Clinical Network Team
Dr Paula Powell, Specialist Palliative and End of Life Care Clinical Lead, Cheshire & Merseyside Clinical Network
Prior to joining specialist palliative care in 2001 and taking up a Consultant post in palliative medicine in 2009 Paula worked as a GP. In her role as Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Lead, Paula provides clinical leadership to the clinical network and supports colleagues across Cheshire & Merseyside to improve specialist palliative care and end of life care; Paula also represents specialist palliative care on the Cheshire & Merseyside Health Care Partnership Palliative & End of Life Care programme board. In her substantive role Paula is Medical Director at Willowbrook Hospice covering St Helens & Knowsley. Paula has a keen interest is in education and working towards ensuring that all health and care professionals across Cheshire and Merseyside have the skills they need to support patients and families at end of life.
Dr Debbie Harvey, GP Palliative and End of Life Lead, Cheshire & Merseyside Clinical Network
In her role as GP Lead, Debbie provides clinical leadership to the clinical network and supports colleagues across Cheshire & Merseyside to improve end of life care clinical care; Debbie represents General Practice end of life care on the Cheshire & Merseyside Health Care Partnership Palliative & End of Life Care Programme Board and Chairs the Clinical Network DNA CPR working group. In her substantive role Debbie works as a portfolio GP and practices in South Sefton. She has previously worked in older people’s mental health services and holds a diploma in CBT. Most of her time is now spent focusing on cancer services and end of life care with a particular interest in older people, frailty, and care homes.
Dr Sinead Clarke, Cheshire & Merseyside Clinical Lead for Electronic Palliative Care Coordinating Systems (EPaCCS)
Sinead is a G.P. working in Nantwich, Cheshire. She has had an interest in palliative care throughout her career and worked as a G.P. assistant for a long time at St Luke’s Hospice in Cheshire. She now works as joint Medical Director for Cheshire CCG and is the Medical Lead for the Cheshire End of Life Partnership (EOLP). In her EPaCCS network role Sinead works to support colleagues across Cheshire & Merseyside and the Health Care Partnership Digital Programme to develop and implement EPaCCS locally
Sinead passionately believes that providing good holistic palliative care should be seen as the role of all health and social care professionals and that the network and local organisations can play a big role in enabling and supporting this.
Salli Jeynes, Education Strategy Lead and Chair of the Cheshire & Merseyside Education Strategy Group
Salli is a nurse and has worked in palliative care for over 30 years in various roles including specialist nurse, practice educator and nurse teacher. As Education Strategy Lead for the Cheshire & Merseyside Palliative & End of Life Care Network Salli chairs the Education Strategy Network Group which represents all of the organisations and education centres providing training around end of life care across the area and promotes a consistent and inclusive approach to the development and delivery of high-quality education across Cheshire and Merseyside.
Salli’s substantive position is Chief Executive of the End of Life Partnership (EoLP). The EoLP is an organisation which educates, innovates, and collaborates so that people are empowered to care with confidence and compassion at end of life. Salli’s main interests are education, developing the skills and confidence of care staff to support patients and families at end of life; and partnership working, helping organisations and people pool their resources and skills to work towards a better end of life experience for all.
Lancashire and South Cumbria Palliative and End of Life Care Clinical Network Team
Dr Claire Capewell, Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Lead, Lancashire & South Cumbria Clinical Network
Claire started her career as a G.P. in Morecambe Bay before moving to specialist training in the North West. She became a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in 2014. In her role as Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Lead, Claire provides clinical leadership to the clinical network and supports colleagues across Lancashire & South Cumbria to improve specialist palliative care and end of life care. In her substantive role Claire works principally with St. Catherine’s Hospice Community Palliative Care Team across Preston, Chorley and South Ribble. In her non-work, non-parent time she’s likely to be running up a hill.
Dr Hussain Moosa, GP End of Life Care Lead, Lancashire & South Cumbria Clinical Network
In his role as GP Lead, Hussain provides clinical leadership to the clinical network and supports colleagues across Lancashire & South Cumbria to improve end of life care clinical care. In his substantive role Hussain is a GP partner at a practice in Blackburn and a Blackburn with Darwen CCG, Executive GP and clinical lead. He is leading Palliative and End of Life care in Pennine Lancs. Alongside this he is involved in the Long Covid MDTs with secondary care and OT colleagues. Outside of work Hussain enjoys going to the gym, playing football and he has a strong passion for all things motorcar related.
Helen McVey, Programme Project Lead, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Network
Helen is the programme project lead for Bereavement Services and the Specialist Palliative Care workforce review for the Lancashire & South Cumbria Health Care Partnership Palliative & End of Life Care Programme.
Helen has had an extensive nursing career working in both the NHS and charitable sector. Her substantive role is CEO at Pendleside Hospice since 2015 having worked previously in the Hospice for eleven years in the roles of day therapy leader and clinical manager.
Outside of work Helen is a keen runner, volunteers as an enterprise adviser for a local high school and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
Lynn Kelly, Education Strategy Lead and Chair of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Education Strategy Group
As Education Strategy Lead for the Lancashire & South Cumbria Palliative & End of Life Care Network Lynn chairs the Education Strategy Network Group, which represents all of the organisations and education centres providing training around end of life care across the area and promotes a consistent and inclusive approach to the development and delivery of high-quality education across Lancashire & South Cumbia
Lynn’s substantive position is Chief Executive for St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston. In her previous role she oversaw the development of Knowledge Exchange. This continues to thrive and enables the hospice to share specialised skills in end of life care and support other professionals to develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence in this area.
Dr Clare Finnegan, Clinical Lead for the North West Advisory Clinical Planning Management Guidance (NWACPMG), Lancashire & South Cumbria Palliative & End of Life Care Clinical Network
In her role as NWACPMG Lead, Clare provides clinical leadership to the clinical network and supports colleagues across Lancashire & South Cumbria in responding to and implementing the guidance. In her substantive role Clare is a Consultant in palliative medicine working across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.
Clare is passionate about the development of integrated services to ensure that every patient approaching the end of their lives gets the right care in the right place at the right time, in live with their wishes and values. When not in work Clare is kept entertained by her young family and their dog.
Children’s and Young People Palliative Care Network
Anna Oddy, Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester CYP Palliative Care Network
Anna, RN (Child) BSc (Hons) Children’s nursing, undertook her children’s nurse training at the University of Central Lancashire from 1998- 2001. Once qualifying Anna worked at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital on ward 14. Following this Anna moved to Pendlebury Children’s Hospital and worked on the Bone Marrow transplant unit.
In 2006 Anna joined the Children’s Community Team in Rochdale and recognised the importance of palliative care within the community setting. The Children’s community Team provides acute and complex care to children’s with in the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale area. Anna has remained within this team and is now the Complex Coordinator and Palliative Care Specialist Nurse. Anna has completed the double module in palliative care, master’s module in palliative care, advanced communication training and the non-medical prescribing, clinical examination and a module in bereavement support whilst working within the community setting. Anna has led a Greater Manchester palliative care project (TEDDY project) scoping the community palliative care services. This project was then funded to extend to scope the whole of the North West region. Anna is the co-chair of the Greater Manchester and remains and active member of the Northwest palliative care network.
Dr Lydia Bowden, Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester CYP Palliative Care Network
Lydia qualified in Dundee, Scotland 1988 and has worked as a Neonatal Consultant since 1997. Neonatal training in Stoke, Manchester and Liverpool and appointed Neonatal Clinical lead 1998, Clinical Director for 5 years, University Hospital South Manchester. Transferred to new Tertiary level NICU Oldham 2013 as part of reorganisation of Neonatal services. Greater Manchester Neonatal Network Clinical Governance lead for 8 years. Bereavement and palliative care lead, Oldham. Founder member of the NW Neonatal Palliative care group, provide on line resources for Northwest region, including care plans and guidelines for perinatal palliative care. Co-Chair Greater Manchester Children and Young people Palliative care network.
Lydia is an External Assessor for BLISS charter and part of the steering group developing Neonatal unit accreditation. Member BAPM family centred care working party. Recently introduced FiCare on the unit at Oldham and achieve first level 3 unit accreditation. Medical lead for breast feeding Oldham. Member Northwest Neonatal Operational delivery Network special interest groups for FiCare, Breast feeding, Retinopathy of prematurity, Palliative care. NICE evidence review panel neonatal representative 2013-2017. Neonatal expert reviewer Each Baby Counts, MBRRACE neonatal lead Pennine. Reviewer Archives Disease in Childhood and British Medical Journal. President of Northwest perinatal education and research group (PREMNW). Faculty and co author NW difficult neonatal airways group. Works one session per week as Medical examiner for Northern Care Alliance. Lydia is married, has 4 children and 4 chickens!
Jan Sutherland-Oakes, Clinical Lead for Cheshire & Merseyside CYP Palliative Care Network
Jan is the Director of Services for Claire House Children’s Hospice in Liverpool and Clinical Lead for Children’s & Young People (CYP) Palliative Care Network for Cheshire & Merseyside. Jan chairs the C&M CYP zonal network group and is a member of the North West CYP Clinical Leads group developing the strategy for children’s palliative care services in the North West.
Lynn Grayson, Clinical Lead Lancashire & South Cumbria CYP Palliative Care Network,
Lynn is Director of Clinical Services at Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley has more than 35 years of nursing experience working in a number of hospitals across the country in Paediatric Intensive Care and Paediatric Oncology completing post registration courses within these specialties as well as an MSc in Advanced Practice and Non-Medical Prescribing qualification.
Lynn joined the team at Derian House in 2015 as Clinical Nurse Specialist before taking on her current role as Director of Clinical Services in 2018. Lynn’s priority is to ensure the delivery of outstanding palliative and end of life care for babies, children, young people and their families and alongside this is keen to raise the profile of the role children’s hospices can play as a provider of this.
Having been an active member of the network group since commencing at Derian House Lynn was pleased to have the opportunity to take on the Clinical Lead role working alongside colleagues across the North West to make a real impact for children and young people with life- limiting or life threatening conditions.
Outside of work Lynn enjoys escaping to the hills with her hubby and dogs, Latin & ballroom dance classes (yes, she’s a massive strictly fan!) and is a season ticket holder for Wigan Warriors where she can be found cheering them on from the noisy South Stand.