Senior Clinical Team
Dr Cate Seton-JonesMedical Director
Cate joined Phyllis Tuckwell in September 2009. Her role is half patient facing and half managerial - ranging from ward rounds, patient reviews, assessing junior doctors and getting involved in the most difficult of patient related decisions (e.g. ethical or legal treatment-related cases), to help plan and implement the clinical strategy, liaise with hospitals and CCGs and help monitor the clinical governance of PTHC. This is to help maintain the excellent quality of care we offer and continuing to improve it further. As the responsible officer for the doctors of PTHC, Cate works with the General Medical Councils (GMC) to ensure that all the doctors are fit to practice and up to date. When asked why she loves working at PTHC, Cate said “I get real job satisfaction by making a real difference to patients and their families at what is for them a most difficult and awful time”.
Dr Beata LeBonConsultant in Palliative Medicine
Beata is the Medical Lead for the Phyllis Tuckwell community palliative care team. This role entails providing senior medical input to the multi-disciplinary management of the patients who are looked after by the PTHC community team. She works closely with local GPs and Hospital specialists to ensure best care for our patients and a collaborative approach to their clinical management. She is also involved in teaching, supervising trainee doctors and Hospice Care service development. Beata says: ‘I deeply share Phyllis Tuckwell’s passion for driving excellence in palliative care and am very proud of its well-deserved high local profile. I feel privileged to be able to help patients to remain at home during their terminal illness and provide comfort for them and their families.
Ursula PeartWard Sister
Ursula started working at PTHC in November 2011 as a staff nurse on the In-Patient Unit (IPU). She then went on to the role of Ward Sister in October 2013. The Ward Sister role requires her to maintain patient safety and provide clinical leadership for a team of 43 nursing staff who provide nursing care for patients on the IPU. When asked what she loves about working at PTHC, she said “I have immense satisfaction in what I do daily. I have a hands on approach with patients and am able to support families and carers. I enjoy the challenge of leading, guiding and supporting a large team of compassionate nurses, both practically and emotionally. I believe good leadership enables the nurses to feel supported and to do their jobs well. However, we are part of a large team, the multi-disciplinary team who all contribute to patient care and family/carer support.”
Dr Helen BurgessConsultant in Palliative Medicine
Helen joined Phyllis Tuckwell in October 2013. She is responsible for the medical care of patients admitted to the Hospice In-Patient Unit, provides education to medical and non-medical colleagues and acts as clinical supervisor and educational supervisor for trainee doctors. When asked why she loves working at PTHC, Helen said "I love working here because every day is different!"
Dr Nick DandoConsultant in Palliative Medicine
Nick joined as a Consultant in January 2012. Prior to this, he worked here as a Registrar training in palliative medicine. His principle clinical role involves provision of specialist symptom control for patients with life-limiting illness in their homes and other community settings. This involves working closely with the CNS team, the patients GP and community nursing team. Nick also runs a weekly out-patient clinic to review patients at the Hospice, with a particular interest in supporting patients with non-cancer progressive illnesses (e.g. chronic lung disease, heart failure and neurological conditions). Nick says that he loves working at PTHC because "the whole hospice team including clinical staff, administration colleagues and our volunteers work so hard to deliver excellent care to patients and their families".
Clodagh SowtonDirector of Patient Services
Clodagh Sowton RGN, ENB 237, 998, Dip. Pall. Nurse (1994), C&G 7306, MA Management Health and Social Care. Since qualifying as a nurse in 1984 Clodagh has worked in Ireland, Australia and England in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Her interest has always been cancer and palliative care and following a five-year stint at the Royal Marsden Hospital as Ward Sister initially and then as Nurse Manager on the palliative care unit Clodagh moved to Guildford in 1996. At the Royal Surrey Hospital she worked as a Macmillan Nurse for 3 years until successfully applying, in 1998, to work at Phyllis Tuckwell, initially as the Nurse Manager and since 2000 as the Director of Nursing and now Director of Patient Services. Clodagh completed a MA in Management (Health and Social Care), a course that was highly applicable to her present role as its modules covered many of the issues facing health care development. Within PTHC she is a member of the Clinical Governance and strategy teams, and is a member of the senior management team. Her role is mainly one of leadership, development of clinical services and along with the Medical Director and Chief Executive developing the strategic direction of PTHC. Clodagh lives in Elstead and enjoys the many country walks and pubs the area has to offer.
Angie MacklinHospice Care at Home Manager
Angie joined in January 2007. As Community Nurse Manager, she manages and leads the Hospice Care community nursing services, which includes; the Clinical Nurse Specialists, Hospice Care At Home, Day Hospice and our volunteer team; Hospice Home support. She encourages and develops the skills of the team leaders in all these areas, to ensure patients receive responsive care and symptom support to remain at home if this is their wish. As well as enjoying the direct patient and family care, she believes passionately in leadership and latterly has focused on coaching to achieve this aim. To ensure PTHC representation in influencing best end of life care and the provision of an on-going comprehensive palliative care service, Angie attends external meetings held at the Hospital and within the CCG and Community. When asked why she loves working at PTHC, Angie said: "I love seeing the teams flourish within a dynamic and caring work environment that always puts the patient and family first. Each day is a joy when the results of the care we provide and the overall fantastic [Hospice Care] team is evident in all we do, say and experience."
Karen McEvoyDay Hospice Sister
Karen began working 2 nights a week on the ward back in 1992. After 13 years she moved across to Day Hospice and now leads a team of highly motivated, experienced nurses and volunteers. Working closely with the wider multidisciplinary team, her team are committed to ensuring their visitors maintain their identity beyond simply being ‘a patient’. By allowing time to listen to their ‘story’ and finding out what is important to them, they endeavour to alleviate distress and help them adjust to the limitations that illness brings. Karen’s particular interest is in helping people connect with their inner creativity –helping them discover a hidden talent can bring such joy and a wonderful sense of achievement. When asked why she loves working at PTHC, she said: “every day is different and you never get bored. Far from being a sad place, the Hospice is vibrant, positive and somewhere where you feel valued for the work you do. You get back as much as you give.”
Claire DelaneyPatient and Family Services Team Manager
Claire has worked at Phyllis Tuckwell since December 2003. She manages the Patient and Family Support Team - a group of 12 professionals that include Counsellors, Chaplains, Psychologists and Social Workers. Claire is also a qualified Social Worker and some of her work involves supporting patients, carers and a group of 70 volunteers who enable the team to provide a wide range of support. When asked why she loves working at PTHC, Claire said: "I feel I make a difference for patients and carers every day."
Theresa HopwoodOccupational Therapist
Theresa started working at Phyllis Tuckwell in September 2011. She leads the team of Occupational Therapists and sees patients on the In-Patient Unit, Out-Patients attending Day Hospice and in their own homes. Theresa endeavours to utilise a range of different equipment and techniques to enable patients and their families to maintain their lifestyle and engage in activities that are important to them. She runs the Managing Sleep workshop, for patients and carers, and over the years has developed specialist facilities at PTHC to maintain people’s independence, and way of life. When asked what she likes most about working at PTHC, Theresa said: "It's like one big family. What is important to our patients and their families is important to us."
Sue trained as a physio at Kings College Hospital, before working in palliative care for about 7 years. She has been in her current post at Phyllis Tuckwell for 3 years. Sue is part of a small team comprising 2 phyios and a physio assistant. Her and the team's general aim is to support people to remain as mobile, active and independent as possible throughout their illness. She works mainly on the In-Patient Unit, though also sees some out patients and visit people in their own homes. When asked why she loves working at PTHC, Sue said: "I particularly enjoy working closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and being able to support patients to regain a bit of control and independence."