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Core Team 

  • Dr Yasmin Khan, Senior Responsible Officer
  • Marie Hancock, Senior Network Manager
    • Marie has worked for the NHS for over 20 years with a clinical background in nursing. Prior to joining the Clinical Network, she worked in public health, medicines management, oncology research, in the NHSE National Palliative and End of Life Team for three years and as a commisioner of end of life services in Hull CCG and Doncaster CCG. In her current role as Network Manager within the Network she is part of the senior management team.

SCN ICS Clinical Leads

North East & North Cumbria
  • Kathryn Hall
    • I am a GP at Collingwood Surgery and GP Clinical Lead for Palliative Care North Tyneside.

  • Jenny Wilson
    • I am the Director of Clinical Services and Deputy Chief Executive, Eden Valley Hospice, Carlisle.

  • Helen Aspey - Children & Young People
    • I am a Children's Palliative Care Consultant at The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Head of Department CHIPS.  CHIPS is a specialist service designed to provide expert palliative care support for babies, children and young people with serious and life threatening conditions and their families. 
  • Suzanne Garbarino-Danson - Children & Young People
    • I have been a nurse for over 25 years and trained as a children’s nurse in the northeast. I have 3 grown up children and my family brought me back to Carlisle where I worked on children’s ward for many years and here I completed my Paediatric Nurse Practitioner degree and  worked alongside the junior Drs, seeing acutely unwell children. I briefly worked at the Hospice as clinical educator before going into further education at the local college where I taught health and social care for 6 years, I was also involved with the University delivering bespoke sessions. My nursing continued a part time basis whilst teaching and then following this I took on a Nurse Practitioner role in a GP practice where I worked for a further 6 years. In May 2019 I started working as the clinical lead for Jigsaw children’s Hospice in Cumbria during the pandemic Jigsaw closed for a period of time and the nursing staff moved to the adult unit. This was when I was asked to extend my role over both adults and children as my counterpart on the adult unit had left the organisation. This has been a huge learning curve for me and not without its challenges but I am thoroughly enjoying my role in palliative care. My recent clinical lead role for the SCN has increased my knowledge of the wider palliative network and has enabled me to further my skills and knowledge.


West Yorkshire 
  • Deborah Penfold
    • I am a GP in Bradford with a particular focus on palliative care, care homes and complex care for housebound patients.  I am the Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care for Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership.  I am one of two Clinical Leads for Palliative and End of Life Care for West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (ICS).
  • Elizabeth Price
    • I am the Lead Nurse for Palliative Care in Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I have an interest in education and am joint lead for the North East & Yorkshire Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care Development Programme. I am also joint Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care for West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (ICS).

  • Ross Smith
    • I am a consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust / Martin House Children's Hospice. 

Humber & North Yorkshire
  • Michelle Muir
    • I am the Clinical Services Director at St Catherine's Hospice.

  • Lynn Andrews
    • Lynn commenced her nurse training in 1985 qualifying as a nurse in 1988. Worked in acute care in Medicine for over 27 years in a variety of roles becoming the Head of Nursing. It was working as a newly qualified nurse on a Respiratory Ward that Lynn developed a passion for Palliative and End of Life Care. This passion came from the  period of late 80s and 90s where there was very little specialist services for people dying of conditions other than cancer and support for families. A side room for the dying patient and a cup of tea for the bereaved family was considered to be good end of life care.  In 2013 Lynn started to work at St Andrews hospice in a number of roles across Adult and Children’s units and became Director of Clinical Services in a joint post for Hospice and Care Plus Group supporting staff from both hospice and community.

           Her current post is working as Deputy Chief Nurse for Care Plus Group retaining responsibility for the Palliative and End of Life                     Teams along with Specialist and Community Nursing along with working as one of the Clinical Leads  for Humber and North                         Yorkshire along with Michelle M, Helen and Michelle R .

  • Michelle Rollinson - Children & Young People
    • ​​​​​​​I am the Chief Executive at St Andrew's Hospice.
South Yorkshire 
  • Sam Kyeremateng
  • Rod Kersh
    • ​​​​​​​I am a Consultant Community Physician and Divisional Director Therapies, Dietetics and Community Care at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Anton Meyer - Children & Young People
    • ​​​​​​​I am a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care and a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.​​​​​​​