Meet the team

Core team

Kathy Collins, Senior Clinical Network Manager

Email: k.collins5@nhs.net

Kathy has worked for the NHS for over 30 years with a clinical background in nursing and held a number of nurse manager roles in specialist palliative care, gastroenterology and infectious diseases, before moving into general hospital management.  Kathy originally joined the Cancer Clinical Network through the National Cancer Collaborative Service Improvement Programme in 2001 as a Service Improvement Lead and then joined the general management team specialising in palliative and end of life care.

Outside of work, Kathy is actively involved in the local community volunteering as a School Governor, Secretary to the local Parish St Vincent de Paul society conference, is a Eucharistic minister and is a member of her church bereavement support team. Other interests include cooking and home furnishings, singing in the church choir and she is currently studying part time training as a counsellor.

Kath Davies, Quality Improvement Project Manager

Email: kathryn.davies16@nhs.net

Kath is a Quality Improvment Project Manager 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 within the Palliative Care Team. This then led to a move to the Network’s palliative and end of life care team. Kath supports the Education Strategy work programme, leads the People’s Voice Group and supports the Palliative and End of Life Care Steering Group.

Outside work Kath has a passion for interior design and upcycling furniture as well as walking two energetic dogs and, on occasion, two equally energetic grandchildren.

Clinical team

Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Leads

Dr Paula Powell, Consultant in Palliative Medicine: Paula is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director at Willowbrook Hospice in St Helen’s & Knowsley. A consultant for 6 years, she was previously a GP and combined General Practice and Palliative Medicine for a number of years before focusing on Palliative Medicine.

She has been actively involved with the PEOLCN for 4-5 years, for 3 of those as Chair of the PEOLCN Education Strategy Group. Paula has also worked with others in developing the Cancer Network Malignant Spinal Cord Compression Clinical Guidelines.Her main 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: Debbie is a portfolio GP who 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.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Leads

Jayne Denney, Clinical Lead Nurse for Palliative Care: Jayne has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, with 23 years focussing on Palliative care.

She has worked in a range of settings including Hospice, hospital and community as a senior nurse, clinical nurse specialist and an advance nurse practitioner. More recently she has a been focussing on service development, quality and influencing palliative and end of life care at a strategic level. Jayne is extremely passionate about palliative and end of life care and aspires to excellent end of life care being everyone’s business.

Jayne enjoys family life, exercising and socialising.

Dr Chrissie Hunt, GP partner at Sedbergh Medical Practice, Cumbria: Dr Hunt works three days a week in GP practice.  She has recently retired from GP Cancer Lead posts in the Northwest with the Cancer Alliance, MBCCG, CRUK and Macmillan.

Chrissie is committed to providing the best end of life care to patients in her practice and enthusiastic about sharing her experience and knowledge with the network after 23 years working in General Practice.  Outside work she plays the fiddle in a Ceilidh band alongside her husband who plays acoustic bass, enjoys long walks with two energetic dogs and not least of all, continuing to fund her grown up children through further education!

Project leads

Cheshire and Merseyside

Dr Sinead Clarke, GP and Clinical Director for Performance, IT, Finance, Cancer and End of Life for South Cheshire and Vale Royal CCGs and Network Project Lead: Dr Clarke is a GP working in Nantwich, Cheshire. She has had an interest in palliative care all through her career and worked as a GP assistant for a long time at St Luke’s Hospice in Cheshire. She now works as a Macmillan GP and Clinical Director at South Cheshire and Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Groups, is a GP Advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support and is the Medical Lead for the Cheshire End of Life Partnership (EOLP). She 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 such as EOLP can play a big role in enabling and supporting this.

Dr Julie Raj, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and the Clinical Director for Palliative Care and Acute Oncology at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Dr Raj leads the integrated palliative medical team providing clinical input and support to the hospital and community specialist palliative care advisory teams and in-patient and out-patient services at Woodlands Hospice. She has a particular interest in palliative care in the acute and emergency setting, and the challenges of providing continuity of care for patients crossing care boundaries. Away from work, she enjoys travelling, walking and experimental cookery.

Salli Jeynes: Salli Jeynes is Chief Executive of the End of Life Partnership (EoLP); an organisation which educates, innovates and collaborates so that families, communities and care providers are empowered to care with confidence and compassion at end of life.

Salli strongly believes in the power of partnership working; joining up organisations and people, listening to, learning from, and inspiring each other to work towards a better end of life experience for all.

Salli’s recent career includes working as a Director of Education and a Macmillan clinical nurse specialist in acute and community care. She has also worked as a ward manager, a practice educator and a nurse teacher.

Sharon Bird

Lancs and South Cumbria

Lynn Kelly is Chair of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Palliative and End of Life Care Network’s Education Strategy Group: Lynn is also Director of Knowledge and Technical for St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston, which means she oversees a number of teams including Knowledge Exchange, Volunteering, IT, Maintenance, Housekeeping and Clinical Administration. The work of Knowledge Exchange 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.

The team also work in close partnership with Preston’s College, Runshaw College and UCLan, to develop and deliver new qualifications in palliative and end of life care. More recently, St Catherine’s has been proud to work in partnership with the North West Coast Learning Collaborative to design and deliver the Advance Care Planning and Communication Skills Programme and the Paramedic End of Life Care Training Programme.

Dr Andrew Fletcher, Medical Director at St Catherine’s Hospice and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust working across Hospice and community services: Dr Fletcher has been a Consultant for just over 5 years having completed specialist training in the North Western Deanery. Since taking a post as Consultant in Central Lancashire, Andrew has been involved in the palliative and EOL care network and more recently project lead for the early identification programme. Andrew has an interest in medical education being the North West consultant lead for the joint North West and Mersey education programme and is also directorate training lead at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Andrew is a member of the Central Lancashire palliative end of life care strategy group.