Introducing, the APDS committee members:
Amy Outingdyke, St Joseph’s Hospice.
Born in Canada, Amy has lived in London for the past 10 years. With a professional background as a social worker, Amy was first employed by St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney to work on the wards. She moved into the role of day hospice manager over 7 years ago. Amy is currently chairing the APDS committee.
Kathy Birch, Princess Alice Hospice.
A physiotherapist with a background in neurological rehabilitation, Kathy started working in specialist palliative care in 2001 on the in-patient unit, and in the day hospice at Princess Alice Hospice. During this time Kathy also trained as a lymphedema therapist. As the therapy team at Princess Alice Hospice grew Kathy took on managing the team, and in 2009 took on management of the day hospice.
Elaine Stevens, University of West Scotland.
Elaine is a lecturer in Cancer and Palliative Care at The University of The West of Scotland and is the programme leader for the BSc (hons) Professional Health Studies. Elaine is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience in palliative care. She has worked in clinical, education and research roles during this time and is currently completing her PhD investigating the impact of palliative day services on attendee wellbeing. Elaine is the chairperson of The Independent Association of Nurses in Palliative Care.
Margaret Cassidy, Ayshire Hospice.
With a background in community nursing, Margaret joined the Ayshire Hospice in 1999 as a specialist palliative care nurse. Margaret took the role as team manager for 6 years and in 2012 became community and day services manager. Her role there continues to evolve as they redesign day services, resulting in increased occupancy levels with greater flexibility and diversity. Her team continues to develop as they offer a wide range of services for patients, families, and carers in various settings, offering more choices including the introduction of a drop-in café and carers’ café.
Joan Follett, Grove House Hospice.
Joan completed her nursing training at University College Hospital in London, and became increasingly interested in palliative care as she gained both more professional and life experience. After obtaining the ENB 931 course ”Care of the Dying”, Joan went on to work at Grove House Hospice in 1994, now part of Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Today, as well as managing a very busy day service, Joan has set up and developed a very successful nurse led clinic at the hospice, which provides advice and support to both patients and carers from the day of diagnosis.
Jonathan Singh, St Leonard's Hospice.
Following a career as a Primary School teacher and as a C of E priest, Jonathan entered Hospice work in 2011 – first as Chaplain and later as Family Support Team Manager and Bereavement Support worker at Saint Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate. In 2015 he was seconded to St Leonard’s Hospice, York, to review Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services. Following this project he was appointed Manager of the new Sunflower Centre at St Leonard’s where he redesigned ‘Outpatient’ services, restructured the staffing team, and launched a brand new community-facing service. The Sunflower Centre has been in operation since January 2016, and is going from strength to strength.
Kate Barber, St Elizabeth's Hospice.
Following a 10 year career in clinical physiology, neurophysiology, and neurodiagnostics, Kate trained as a registered nurse in 1999. After working in critical care, Kate joined St Elizabeth's Hospice after the excellent care her mum received there. Kate loves day services, and feels passionately about how loss of identity and of social and community integration, do not join the list of patient losses. Working closely with patients with Motor Neuron Disease, her career has gone full circle, from diagnosing a neurological illness to supporting patients with one.
Angela Finn, Willen Hospice.
Angela originally completed her registered nurse training at The Royal Free Hospital in London just over 30 years ago. Working within surgical and then clinical oncology she gained specialist nurse qualifications in oncology and chemotherap, and was part of a small team who set up an outpatient chemotherapy service. Angela became a urology oncology advanced nurse practitioner at Milton Keynes University Hospital where she formed close links with the local hospice. Angela currently works as the sister of The Wellbeing Centre at Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes. She leads a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who provide truly individualised, holistic, goal-centered care and rehabilitation, to patients with specialist palliative care needs. Enabling the patients who attend the Wellbeing Centre to live their lives as fully as they can, despite having a life limiting condition, is a tremendous privilege. Angela was elected as a committee member of APDS in 2016.
Following an early start in accountancy, and a long break to raise a family, Anne worked for Help the Hospices (now Hospice UK), from 1997-2013, and before that as a fundraiser for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. During a varied career focusing on administration, Anne qualified in Human Resources in 2001. Anne now works part time from home giving administrative support to a number of small charities, including APDS, whilst enjoying some of the benefits of early retirement.