Meet the Team
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Salli Jeynes - Director of Education and Practitioner
BA, RGN, RNT, Onc. Nursing ENB 237; ENB 249; ENB 998; ENB 931
Before taking on the position of Chief Executive at The End of Life Partnership I was involved in settings up Cheshire Hospices Education in 1998.
Before working at CHE I worked as a Hospital Macmillan Nurse. Prior to this I was a clinical teacher and then a nurse tutor at Leighton Hospital. I have also spent some time working as a ward sister and a staff nurse mainly in the specialities of cardiothoracic nursing and coronary care.
As you can see from my career history my two professional passions are palliative care and education. I believe strongly in the value of education. To have value it must give practitioners the knowledge and skills they really need to care for and support patients and their families. This is what we all work hard to achieve at The End of Life Partnership - Education that makes difference to practice.
I am currently undertaking as Master of Philosophy degree which can be transferred to a Doctor of Philosophy at some point. My studies focus on the feelings and experiences of palliative care patients in relation to the way their body is affected by their illness.
Outside work I really enjoy the countryside, wildlife and trekking. I love to travel, experience new places and spend time with friends and family - which often involves eating and drinking.
Alison Davies - Head of Education and Practice Development
I qualified as a RGN in 1995 and initially worked within an acute hospital setting before moving into the community. I took up my first community post within ‘Hospital Care at Home’, and then went on to attain my Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District Nursing. Throughout my time within the community I have taken up many varied roles including: Night Sister, Team Leader, Practice Teacher and Facilitator, Professional Executive Committee Nurse, Commissioning Manager and Service Manager. I have a successful collaborative working record within NHS organisations and with key stakeholders. I come with a generalist perspective to the field of end of life and palliative care; having always had a keen interest within this area.
I hold responsibility for the teaching of both the MSc Advanced Palliative Care and the BSc (Hons) in Palliative and End of Life Care programmes within the EoLP. I feel privileged to play a part in the educational preparation and professional development of a diverse range of students.
Rachel Zammit - Head of Public Health and Wellbeing
My name is Rachel Zammit and my role is the Head of Public Health and Wellbeing for the EOL Partnership.
My role includes heading up the Cheshire Living Well Dying Well Programme, which consists of a Programme Team and the dedicated Cheshire Living Well Dying Well Partnership.
I have a background in public health and has experience of programme delivery and leadership within the Prison Service, NHS, police and local government. As a result of my career within the field of public health to date, I have gained valuable experience of multi-agency partnership working, commissioning and strategy development.
I work with lots of people and organisations at all different levels aiming to enable, inspire and empower individuals, families, communities and organisations to proactively engage in the living, ageing, grieving and dying well agenda.
I am currently utilising all of the above skills (and more!) leading such innovative and exciting work which aims to change knowledge, attitude and behaviour towards life, age, death and loss.
Annamarie Challinor - Head of Service Coordination and Development
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1995 and spent 9 years working within acute medicine at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. In 2004 I joined District Nursing where my interest in Palliative and End of Life Care grew. In 2008 I was seconded to a Supportive Care Facilitator Post where I led on the launch and implementation of a localised Advance Care Plan within Primary Care and Care Homes across Stoke-on-Trent.
In 2009 I joined Central & Eastern Cheshire PCT as an End of Life Programme Facilitator and in April 2009 I was awarded my Bachelor of Science in Palliative Care at Wolverhampton University.
More recently I have worked locally as a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, and for almost 3 years combined this role with my End of Life Care Facilitator position. In February 2013 I joined the Central & Eastern Cheshire End of Life Service Model on a full time basis before the team merged in 2014 with Cheshire Hospices Education and Cheshire Living Well Dying Well to become The End of Life Partnership. Since 2013 I have also worked as a trustee for East Cheshire Hospice.
I would describe my current role as Head of Service Development as being extremely diverse and rewarding as this allows me the opportunity to work with and respond to the end of life care challenges faced by a range of different professionals across many organisations. I have a real passion for collaboration and partnership working and see this as key to the achievement of better outcomes for patients and their families.
Lynne Partington - Head of Research and Evaluation/Deputy CEO for the EoLP
M.A, PGDipHE, B.N.(Hons), RGN, RNT, DipN, ENB 998, ENB 285
I qualified as an RGN in 1989 and worked in a number of specialities, including medicine, coronary care and haematology, before moving to work in specialist palliative care in both a hospice in-patient setting and a hospice at home service. I have always had an interest in education and was given an opportunity as a secondment to a Clinical Teacher post at the former Cheshire Hospices Education (CHE). Finding my ‘home’, I stayed with CHE, where I ended up as the Acting Director of Education, until we reformed within the End of Life Partnership in April 2014. Moving to within the End of Life Partnership has given me an opening to engage in another of my interests within palliative and end of life care as Head of Research and Evaluation. Although I have varied interests within end of life and palliative care, I have a specific interest in care of the older person and particularly with those living within care homes. I am currently studying for a PhD at Lancaster University and my thesis aims to 'characterise the physical symptoms experienced by residents dying in care homes'. My goal within the organisation is to ensure that what we do not only has a strong evidence base, but that we are in a position to build upon and share evidence with others to improve the overall end of life experience.
Educators and Facilitators
Kirsty Randall - Educator and Facillitator
Throughout school I knew I wanted to work in the healthcare profession. I started work at East Cheshire Hospice at the age of 16. I worked in the kitchen after school and at weekends. When I started university I worked as a healthcare assitant at the hospice. During my nurse training I continued to work as a healthcare assistant at the hospice, and I knew that palliative care was what I wanted to do. I also wanted to get some experience in the acute trust. I qualified as a general adult nurse in 2010. I began work on an orthopeadic unit. Working full time, my bank work at the hospice took a back seat. In november 2012 I returned to East Cheshire Hospice as a staff nusre.Shortly after returing from maternity leave, an opportunity arose for a secondment to the End of Life Partnership for a period of 12 months. I commenced the secondment in April 2014. I continue to work 2 shifts a week at the hospice as part of my secondment.
Communications, Quality and Performance Lead
(B Soc. Sc (Hons), MA Econ, PhD)
Director of Clinical Services
I work in leadership roles across two charity organisations; working with others in the pursuit of development services, ideas and practice and community development innovations in areas relating to end of life experience and care.
Areas of special interest:
• Normalisation of death and dying in our society and development of vision for Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well
• Exploring what a Community development model looks like from a hospice care perspective
• Enabling appropriate palliative care for people with dementia and development of Dementia EoL Practice Development Team
• Exploring what is the contribution of End of Life Care Services for our homeless population across Cheshire
• Exploring with Mental Health colleagues the contribution of End of Life Services to individuals with serious mental health problems
I have a deep awareness that hospices exist for the betterment of society and I believe have huge and arguably untapped potential to contributing to that mission. The hospice movement led its founder Cecily Saunders was established to challenge the status quo in relation to care of the dying in the 60’s. However until recently, the hospice movement concentrated its much of its efforts into caring for people affected by cancer.
It became apparent to me many years ago, that the knowledge, wisdom and expertise held within hospices and other palliative care organisations must be shared with our community as well as our professional colleagues. The ‘magic’ of hospices may be related to our familiarity and comfort with the cycle of life. We have an understanding about the empowerment of future life planning and appropriate care and support for those with fear of or reality of death and loss.
End of Life Project Facilitator
I originally qualified as a GP in Scotland and during my training I had a very challenging and rewarding post as a Senior House Officer in a Marie Curie Hospice. I had always found Palliative care an area of interest but this post really gave me a chance to learn more about the speciality and I was able to apply this knowledge in subsequent hospital posts and General Practice. After leaving my post as a GP in 2012 to have a baby boy, I felt that it was time for a change to my working life. I am delighted to have started work at CHE as an End of Life Project Facilitator and I am enjoying the chance the support Doctors and community teams in their quest to provide excellent Palliative Care in the community. In my time outside of work I’m a mum to a wonderful little boy and enjoy days out and in with my little family as well as socialising with friends and extended family.
Lecturer and Practitioner
I qualified as an RGN in 2000 and worked in the Accident & Emergency Dept at the Countess of Chester Hospital. I then moved to community nursing spending 4 years as a District Nurse team leader in Chester. Following secondment to Cheshire Hospices Education, I became a permanent member of the team in Spetember 2010. I work closely with the care homes delivering the Gold Standards Framework programme, leading the Care Assistant Course and facilitating palliative care education. I am currently studying for an M.Ed at Chester University.
Lecturer and Practitioner
RN, DIP (HE), BA (Hons) Health Care,Practice - Specialist Palliative Care Award, PGCE (HE)
I have been passionate about timely and appropriate quality care for those living with life limiting illness and facing end of life. My involvement in palliative care has been over many years having worked in a hospice and as a Community Macmillan Nurse. Believing that educational support can empower colleagues to provide 'equitable' and 'quality' care for patients and families, and provide job satisfaction, I was supported by Macmillan (and my team) to develop my educational skills and gain a 'teaching in Higher Education' qualification. Since then, I have worked for CHE as a lecturer and practitioner being involved in the exciting development and delivery of academic work, involvement in commissioned projects and delivery of the 'Connected Advanced Communication Skills training'; all of which put and keep palliative and end of life care on the clinical agenda and support quality outcomes for those living with life threatening illnesses. I maintain an honorary contract within the locality to do some hours as a Community Macmillan Nurse to keep my own skills & relationships with the teams up-to-date & appropropriately focused.
CQSW, Diploma in Professional Studies (Palliative Care), Mentoring and Assessing NH3 157 (2005), BSc (Hons) in Professional Studies, NLP Diploma, NLP Practitioner, CBT, Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Education
I left school back in the 70's to work in a laboratory. After several years of "laborious work" I changed direction and worked as a part time care assistant, supplemented by voluntary work in a mental health setting. It was this experience which led to my interest in social work. Subsequently, I qualified in the 80's as a social worker - CQSW. I then worked on a Child and Family Team until my daughter was born.
1996 I gained employment as a Child Bereavement Project Worker at East Cheshire Hospice.
During my work at the hospice I gained an interest in psychotherapy, group work, drama therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP.); I completed a 1 year Cognitive Behaviour Therapy course; all of which have useful techniques and transferable skills.
2000 I became manager of the social work department and delivered various training courses to colleagues and external agencies. 2002 I commenced the Diploma in Professional Studies (Palliative Care) at Cheshire Hospices Education. I enjoyed the course so much it proved to be the catalyst in promoting change and direction once again, hence 2005 seeking and gaining employment with CHE. Subsequently, I completed a BSc (Hons.)in Palliative and Supportive Care and more recently I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Education. I am now considering embarking on an MA in Art Therapy.
I maintain a few hours counselling per month to keep up with current practice as I believe this enhances the quality of teaching and educational experience students receive.
My interests are animals, particularly Weimaraners; science fiction; mountain biking with my husband; travelling and culture.
Business Support Team
Business Support Officer
I joined the End of Life Partnership (formally Cheshire Hospices Education) in September 2013 as a Business Support Officer after spending eight years working in the banking industry in both administrative, customer support and leadership roles after completing my degree in Business Studies and Sociology.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling, going to concerts and the theatre and walking my 2 dogs.
Business Support Officer - BTEC NVQ Level 2 Administration