Meet The Team
- Dr Yasmin Khan, Senior Responsible Officer
- Dr Sarah Mitchell, Regional Clinical Lead
I am a ‘DeepEnd’ GP and Associate Clinical Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Leeds. My research focusses on improving palliative and end-of-life care for people of all ages through early identification of need in primary care and integration of services. I combine clinical practice and research with commissioning and policy roles in the NHS, including as Regional Clinical Lead for the North East and Yorkshire Strategic Clinical Network and the National Senior Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care.
- 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.
- Teresa Storr
- 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.
- 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 .
- Helen Turner
Helen began her nursing career in 1996 when she attended Sheffield University to undertake a nursing degree. After qualifying in 1999, Helen took her first role in Acute medicine at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. It is in this first nursing position that Helen’s passion for Palliative and end of life started.
Since then Helen has had numerous clinical roles; including community nursing and qualifying as a Community Specialist Practitioner in 2004. In 2009 Helen took on her first leadership role, and has gained a vast amount of experience since then across both community and acute hospital services. Her most recent appointment was in June 2022 when Helen was appointed Director of Clinical Services at Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
Helen is passionate about ensuring services delivered are safe and of the highest quality for Palliative and end of Life patients and is always seeking new and innovative ways of ensuring the needs of the population are met.
- Michelle Rollinson - Children & Young People
- I am the Chief Executive at St Andrew's Hospice.
- 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.
- Jo Lenton - Workforce Lead
- I am the Director of Care and Lead for Healthcare Partnerships at St Luke's Hospice.