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Meet the Team

Felicia Cox

Felicia Cox FRCN 

Forum Chair

Lead Nurse Specialist and Head of Pain Services, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

After qualification, Felicia worked as a perioperative nurse in Australia and then the UK. She has worked in pain management since 1997 and is the lead nurse specialist and head of pain services at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. She is a co-opted member of the Council of the British Pain Society. Felicia steps down in December 2019 as the Chair of the Forum. 

Until 2009, she was the editor of the Journal of Perioperative Practice and she currently edits the British Journal of Pain for the British Pain Society. Her breadth of pain-related publications spans the continuum from The Daily Telegraph to The Lancet, with chapters and books in between. She has also co-authored e-learning modules on pain and medicine safety and enjoys supporting novice authors. 
She represents nursing as an Associate Editor of the Pain Clinical Updates section of IASP PAINReports Pain Clinical Updates, co-edits the IASP Acute Pain Special Interest group newsletter and is an active member of the RCNi Nursing Standard Evidence & Practice Advisory Board.

Felicia is an Honorary Lecturer at King’s College London, and Honorary Tutor and Cardiff University. Her clinical and research interests include medication safety, translating research into practice and chronic post-surgical and procedural pain. She is regularly invited to deliver plenary lectures on a variety of pain related topics. 

Felicia represents nursing on a number of current projects including patient information, managing acute pain in patients with drug dependence syndrome and pain assessment in the older person. She was made an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society in 2015 and awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2017 for her contributions to nursing and pain management. 

Carolyn Doyle

Carolyn Doyle

Macmillan Strategic Lead Nurse for Specialist Palliative & End of Life care. Barts Health NHS Trust

Carolyn trained in the early eighties and has spent most of her career working within the community setting. She first trained as a district nurse, then as a Macmillan nurse before progressing into senior management and leading palliative and end of life care services both within NHS and hospice environments. She has worked in partnership to set up and develop new services including the Night Community Nursing Service, the Macmillan advice and support line, the end of life care team covering south west Essex, and more recently a “One response” single point of access for people with palliative care needs. This is a multiagency initiative and brings to the fore varied cross-organisational challenges.

She is currently employed by Barts Health, one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. Her Role of Strategic Lead Nurse for Specialist Palliative & End of Life Care covers four acute hospitals and the community specialist palliative care service in Waltham Forest. This role affords her the opportunity to influence at a political level contributing to a whole system redesign to support people affected by life limiting illness, whilst maintaining her clinical knowledge base up to date.

Carolyn has strong links with NHS Improving Quality and is actively involved in promoting the role of end of life care champions across health and social care. This includes leading the Pan-Essex End of Life Care Facilitators Network. She is passionate about education and learning and led the East of England ABC Education project within Essex. 

Alongside this, Carolyn has a specific interest in the end of life and the palliative care needs of marginalised communities, including those affected by learning disabilities and from the wide spectrum of ethnic diversity. She has been published in the International Journal for Palliative Medicine in relation to educational provision for those working in end of life and palliative care, with a particular focus on catching the concept of spiritual care.

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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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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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Julie Gregory

Julie Gregory

Nurse Lecturer, University of Manchester

Julie has over 30 years 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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Isabel Quinn

Isabel Quinn

Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University

Biography coming soon.


Professional Lead: Amanda Cheesley

Page last updated - 19/08/2019