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Meet the Team

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. Prior to chairing the RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum, she was the chair of the London Pain Interest Group. She is a co-opted member of the Council of the British Pain Society.

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. Her most recent book, Perioperative Pain Management, is included in the required reading for most postgraduate pain courses. She has also co-authored e-learning modules on pain and medicine safety and enjoys supporting novice authors and developing presenters’ skills. She represents nursing on the Editorial Advisory Board of IASP Pain Clinical Updates and is an active member of the RCNi Nursing Standard Evidence & Practice Advisory Board.

Felicia is a part time visiting lecturer on a number of postgraduate courses at King’s College London, Imperial College and London Southbank University. Her clinical and research interests include medication safety, translating research into practice and chronic post-surgical and procedural pain.

Felicia represents nursing on a number of current projects including patient information, pain in disability and pain assessment in the older person. She was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2017 for her contributions to nursing and pain management.

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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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Janet Roberts

Lead Nurse, Acute Pain Services, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Janet trained in the 1980’s and began her career in Surgical Nursing.  Following a secondment into the Acute Pain Team approximately fourteen years ago Janet found that she enjoyed this area of nursing and decided to stay.  She now leads the team whilst ensuring that she remains clinical and involved in direct patient care as much as possible.

For her MSc Janet looked at nurses attitudes to towards illicit drug users who are in pain as this is a group of patients she feels can be mismanaged when being cared for in an acute setting, with pain management often being a particular problem.

Janet and her team are keen to work in areas in the trust where  Acute Pain Teams often have limited input.  She and her team have been recognised nationally for the collaborative work they have done with midwives in the Maternity Unit to ensure that mothers who had had a caesarean sections receive adequate and appropriate analgesia, promoting early recovery and optimising the mothers ability to care for their baby.

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 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. 

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. Julie is currently a nurse lecturer at the University of Manchester.

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 has embedded pain management into the undergraduate degree at the university and currently leads a post registration pain unit at degree and masters level.

Her research activity used action research to demonstrate changes into the assessment and management of pain on a medical unit and she is currently investigating pain assessment for people with cognitive impairment. Julie promotes pain management nursing by speaking regularly at meetings and conferences and through publication.

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Isabel Quinn

Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University

Biography coming soon.


Professional Lead: Amanda Cheesley

Page last updated - 02/11/2018