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Meet the Team

Julie Gregory

Julie Gregory

RCN Pain & Palliative Forum Chair

Clinical Educator

Julie has over 30 years of clinical experience of caring for patients in hospital environments. Initially her clinical background was in orthopaedic nursing which led to her interest in pain management. She was an acute pain nurse specialist for over 12 years at a district general hospital and more recently as an adult nurse lecturer at the University of Manchester. Julie is currently a locality based clinical educator at East Lancashire Teaching Hospital.

Julie believes that it is important to ensure that healthcare staff have the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure consistent and best pain management practice. As a nurse lecturer she embedded pain management into the undergraduate degree at the university and was the lead for a post registration/graduate pain management unit at degree and master’s level.

Her research activity included the use of action research to demonstrate changes to the assessment and management of pain on a medical unit and her ongoing research interest is pain recognition and assessment for people with communication difficulties, including cognitive impairment. Julie promotes pain management nursing by speaking regularly at meetings and conferences and through publication.

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Kate Lillie

Kate Lillie

Lead Lecturer for Palliative Care, Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery

Kate is the lead lecturer for palliative care at Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery and an active member of the interdisciplinary Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group. She has an ongoing professional interest in the care of the dying patient which is grounded in twelve years of palliative care nursing and five years of teaching about end of life and evidenced based care.  

For her PhD she considered the how the family history of cancer affected the care needs of patients receiving palliative care in the context of increasing awareness of inherited genetic predisposition to disease. She has since been involved in research considering the needs of people living with arthritis and a study looking at supporting grief and loss within the criminal justice system.  

Kate is also interested in the ethical aspects of practice, research and education and is a member of the Keele University ethical review panel and the school ethics committee. She has been a member of the RCN since she started her nurse training in 1988. She applied to become a member of the forum both to contribute to the ongoing development of pain and palliative services in the UK and to listen and learn about other perspectives on care.

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Nigel Dodds

Nigel Dodds

Consultant Nurse for the community nursing team, St Christopher's Hospice, London.

Nigel started his nurse training in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1988. Since qualifying in 1991, he has worked in the fields of infectious diseases, drug rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS, oncology, and palliative care. Nigel has palliative care experience gained in community, hospice and acute care settings in the UK, and in sub-Saharan Africa. Nigel has post-registration qualifications in public health nursing (Health Visitor), as a nurse teacher, and advanced practice qualifications in advanced assessment, and independent prescribing. With a BSc(Hons) in Palliative Nursing, a MSc in Medical Anthropology, and a second MSc in Healthcare Research (Palliative Care). 

Nigel currently works at St Christopher’s Hospice in London, where he is a Consultant Nurse for the community nursing team, working in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. 

Nigel became a Pain and Palliative Care Forum representative in 2020, and is really looking forward to meeting other members of the forum to find out what they need to support their work and interests. Nigel believes the RCN has an important role to contribute to on-going development of pain and palliative care nursing, and can do this by working with its members. 

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Amelia Swift

Dr. Amelia Swift

Amelia is an experienced nurse and lecturer working at the University of Birmingham School of Nursing and holding an honorary contract with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Her interest in pain began when as a staff nurse in intensive care nursing she witnessed the challenges of balancing effective pain management with the need to support cardiovascular stability and respiratory weaning in patients who had undergone cardiac surgery. She then moved to working in chronic pain and developed an interest in the neurobiology and neurochemistry of pain culminating in undertaking a PhD exploring neurotransmission of osteoarthritis pain at the level of the dorsal horn.

A move to full-time education allowed Amelia to pursue her interest in helping others develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in pain management through education and research.  She continues to write, research, teach and practice to improve pain management of all kinds.

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Karin Cannon

Karin Cannons

Nurse Consultant, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

A member of the RCN since a student nurse, Karin qualified as a nurse in 1987 from Bart’ Hospital. Since then she has worked in a variety of clinical areas including critical care. As the Nurse Consultant for Pain Management in a large NHS district general hospital foundation Trust, she works clinically with inpatients and outpatients. Karin is the service lead for the Inpatient/Acute and Outpatient/Chronic pain services that are provided to the 3 hospitals in her Trust.

Passionate about patient comfort, staff support and education Karin co-authored the RCN’s Pain Knowledge and Skills Framework for the Nursing Team in 2015. A long-term member of the British Pain Society, Karin is a committee member of the Head Pain Special Interest Group (SIG) and an active member of the Acute Pain, Philosophy and Ethics, Education and Developing Countries SIGs. Karin’s research interests include non-medical prescribing and opioid reduction in patients with long-term use. 

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Suzanne Monks

Suzanne Monks

Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

Suzanne is lead lecturer for palliative and end of life care within the Nursing and Midwifery department of Sheffield Hallam University. She started her career in cardiology where she developed her interest and passion to care for those at end of life, with her most recent clinical role being an end of life care facilitator. Suzanne formed and continues to chair a Yorkshire and Humber end of life care facilitators' forum which disseminates local and national educational, research, strategic and service developments in relation to the end of life care.

Suzanne has been a member of the RCN since the start of her nurse training in 1999. She has been part of the pain and palliative care forum for a number of years and wanted to be part of the steering group to learn from forum members and enable their voice and to be a part of the RCN's work towards palliative and end of life care services within the UK.

Sandra Campbell

Sandra Campbell

Macmillan Consultant Nurse in Cancer & Palliative Care NHS Forth Valley (Since 2006)

Since qualifying in 1981, Sandra has gained experience in a variety of care settings and developed a passion for cancer and palliative care with a particular interest in the value of good communication. Her current strategic role allows me to fulfil a vision of really making a difference to patient care - by working with many teams providing leadership on initiatives in cancer and palliative care at local and national level. Privileged to be the UK Clinical Lead for End of Life Care on an RCN project in 2014-15, she also performed the role of National Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland for two years, one day per week between April 2017 and April 2019. 

Sandra also studied at Doctorate level for five years and has been a UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) Board member since 2014. She sits on the Board of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) and the Committee of the RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum. One of her proudest achievements included the development of the Macmillan One to One Service in Forth Valley and the introduction of Holistic Needs Assessment. Sandra believes strongly that kindness and compassion are at the heart of the human connection. 

Regarding supporting people in their own homes for as long as possible, Sandra thinks it is essential to establish confidence in the provision of good personal care by a team who have built an excellent relationship combined with the "safety blanket"   approach of knowing who to contact if there is a problem or even a question causing concern. Identification of need and care coordination are critical in service delivery of end of life care regardless of place of care and death. 

Martin Galligan

Martin Galligan

Lecturer Practitioner Royal Marsden School 

Martin completed his nurse training and early years as a qualified nurse in Edinburgh were he worked within main theatre recovery, it was here that he developed his interest in the management of acute and complex pain. From this role he moved to London and developed into a clinical nurse specialist role in complex cancer pain at the Royal Marsden Hospital. From here he then moved onto the role of lead nurse for pain services at a busy district general hospital caring for patients with acute and chronic pain. 

He has now moved into the academic setting and working as a lecturer practitioner at The Royal Marsden School with a focus on advanced practice and symptom management. 

He continues to work clinically within the pain management team at the Royal Marsden and is involved in pain management on a local and national level, he is the current  vice chair of the London Pain Interest Group and committee member of the British Pain Society Pain Education Special Interest Group and Association of Advanced Practice Educators. 

Martin has a special interest in pain education and in particular the knowledge and attitudes of health care professionals during the assessment and management of pain in all settings. 

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Professional Lead: Carolyn Doyle


RCN Professional Lead: Community and End of Life Care, nursing.

Page last updated - 27/04/2020