Our Hospice offers a range of palliative care and end of life training and educational courses to support health and social care professionals, GPs, nurses and medical students.

We have a very experienced, passionate team from a broad range of backgrounds. To find out more about our team members, take a look at their profiles below.

  • Camilla Barrow, Clinical Education Lead

    Qualifications of note:
    BSc Physiotherapy BSc
    European Certificate in Palliative Care

    At the Hospice: Camilla has worked at St Mary’s since 2017, when she originally joined as a Senior Physiotherapist.  From here, Camilla went on to manage our Day Hospice service, where she launched the Space to Breathe Programme; helping patients to learn coping mechanisms and mastery of breathlessness. In her current as Clinical Education Lead, Camilla is responsible for developing and coordinating the Hospice’s end of life and palliative care education programme.

    Educational expertise: Camilla has always had a desire and passion for education and has a keen interest in breathlessness management and palliative rehabilitation.  She considers it a real privilege to work with patients and carers who are living with a palliative diagnosis and towards the end of their life, but believes that do this well, people need to feel competent and confident.  Driving her work, is a desire to share knowledge, experience and expertise to improve end of life and palliative care within our wider communities and collaboratively with our external partners.

    Looking ahead, Camilla is excitedly about to embark on her Master in Medical Education at Warwick University.

  • Debbie Dyoss, Education Administrator

    Debbie has worked for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice since 2004 and has had personal experience of what a fantastic difference the Hospice makes to patients, carers and their families.

    Debbie’s role as Education Administrator is to coordinate all Hospice education sessions from promoting and marketing, dealing with initial enquiries, managing the booking process, organising speakers, and finalising programme timetables through to the event day itself, making sure that everything runs smoothly.

    Debbie also oversees the coordination of placements within the Hospice.

  • Sharon Hudson, Community Development and Partnership Lead

    Qualifications of note:
    Registered General Nurse
    MSc Health Research

    Background: Sharon is a Yorkshire lass, born and bred and qualified as a nurse in 1990 in Halifax.  She started her career working in HIV and AIDS care, which she credits with shaping her ethos of nursing – keeping the patient at the heart and in charge of what matters to them.

    Sharon’s career in palliative care began in 1994 and since then she has worked in several roles across Hospices and Community Health Care; managing, leading and educating.

    At the Hospice: Sharon joined Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice in 2006 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, working in the local community.  Career highlights include:

    • The design and launch of the Hospice’s Space to Breathe Programme
    • Completion of her Masters in Health Research, where she explored the Barriers to Access to Palliative Care for People with COPD and Non-Cancer
    • Leading Palliative Care Community Services in Solihull and working with the team to design a service to support Care Homes
    • Successfully launched a programme of support to Care Homes in 2018
    • Being a Director of BrumYODO – a group of folk utilising arts to create opportunities to discuss death and dying in society – and advisory member for Dying Matters.

     

    For the last year Sharon has been working as the Hospice’s Community Development and Partnerships Lead.  In this role, Sharon;

    • Works with partners across the Strategic Transformation Partnership to develop integrated services
    • Supports communities to enable them to care for each other at the end of life
    • Leads on equality, diversity and inclusion – looking at ways to improve access and culturally appropriate care for those who are not able to access Hospice Care.
    • Has launched a new Homelessness Support Service for Birmingham – aimed at supporting people who are homeless at end of life and in bereavement.

     

    Educational expertise: Sharon currently delivers education at University of Birmingham Masters and undergrad programmes with a focus on Equality, Structural Vulnerability and Communities.  She also facilitates the Hospice’s SAGE&THYME communications skills course and leads the delivery of the European Certificate in Palliative Care.

    Her previous community development work has also led to diverse educational opportunities such as working with schools to support Death Literacy and organisations to support Compassionate Workplaces.

  • Ruth Roberts, Community Palliative Care Nurse

    Qualifications of note:
    Registered General Nurse
    BNurs (Hons)
    Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Cancer Care
    Master’s Module in Research Governance & Project Management
    National Institute of Health & Health Education England, Clinical Academic Internship Programme

    Background: Before joining the hospice, Ruth worked in Renal Surgery, General Medicine and Oncology.  She is a champion of patient centred care and believes strongly in questioning clinical practice and considering how our ways of working influence the experiences of those who actually use our services. Ruth enjoys teaching other healthcare professionals and building on their existing strengths and knowledge as well as learning from their experiences.

    At the Hospice: Ruth has worked at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice for almost 10 years. During this time she has had a variety of roles, including Infection Prevention and Control Resource Nurse, Quality Assurance Support Nurse and Research Nurse. Ruth is currently part of our Community Palliative Care team, working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

    As a Research Nurse, Ruth worked on a number studies covering topics including, clinically assisted hydration at the end of life and prognostication  She was also the Hospice’s  Principle Investigator on studies on the management of opiate induced constipation, optimum models for Hospice at Home teams, and management of excess saliva in motor neurone disease.

    In her Quality Assurance Support Role, an important part of Ruth’s role has been to work alongside colleagues to build knowledge and understanding of clinical governance activities such as audit and policy review throughout the organisation and to ensure that these activities are reflected in our practice which strives to reflect and continually improve.

  • Kate Palmer, Care Homes Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Qualifications of note:
    Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care
    European Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care
    BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
    Registered General Nurse

    Background:
    During Kate’s nursing career, she has worked for 8 years as an ITU nurse, 4 years as a District Nurse and as an IPU nurse at John Taylor Hospice.

    At the Hospice: Kate has worked at St Mary’s Hospice for 19 years.  During her time here, she has had a number of roles including Staff Nurse, then Junior Sister, on the inpatient unit, Day Hospice Manager and Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist working across the local community.  In her current role, Kate has launched and now leads the Care Homes Support Team.  During the Covid-19 pandemic Kate was seconded to (and is still an integral part of) the Birmingham Community Health Care Enhanced Care Home Support Team to help the team of Advance Nurse Practitioners with Palliative and End of Life Care in Care Homes across the whole of Birmingham as services rise to the challenge.

    Educational expertise: Alongside Care Homes Support Sister, Becky Brown, Kate runs the Hospice’s Six Steps End of Life Care Programme, supporting Care Homes across South and Central Birmingham.  As well as teaching and facilitating the programme, Kate’s is responsible for providing ongoing advice and support and bespoke sessions on topics including Advance Care Planning, Symptom Management, Use of Syringe Drivers and Dementia at the End of Life.  Kate also delivers webinar sessions to a range of health and social care professionals and she is currently developing a weekly support session for Care Home staff in Bereavement, Loss and Grief.

  • Becky Brown, Care Homes Support Sister

    Qualifications of note:
    Dip HE Adult Nursing
    European certificate in Palliative care
    Degree in Palliative care

    Background: Becky started work at the hospice as a registered nurse on the inpatient unit 6 years ago.  For the past 18 months, Becky has been supporting Care Home staff across Birmingham to provide better end of life care to their residents.

    For the past six months, Becky has also been supporting colleagues on our inpatient unit as they respond increase in needs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Educational expertise: In her new role, Becky works alongside Care Homes Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kate Palmer managing the delivery of the Hospice’s Six Steps End of Life Care Programme.  As well as teaching and facilitating the programme, Becky delivers the Hospice’s Managing and Identifying a Dying Patient webinar, which forms part of our wider, virtual training curriculum.  Becky is also a facilitator/examiner for the European Certificate in Palliative Care.

  • Hannah Warwick, Palliative Care Social Worker, Homelessness Support Service Team

    Qualifications of note:
    BA Social Work

    At the Hospice: Hannah joined Birmingham St Mary’s in 2016 and in her role as a Palliative Care Social Worker she provides psycho-social support to patients and their families /carers both in the local community and at the Hospice.

    After someone is diagnosed with a life limiting illness there are a number of changes that take place within their lives. Hannah supports these patients and their families / carers with the practical side of adjusting to some of these changes, as well as providing emotional support.

    Educational expertise: Hannah’s is a pivotal member of the Hospice’s Education Team, and regularly delivers training to medical students, GPs and care home staff.  She also teaches medical and social work students offsite at the University of Birmingham and has also delivered training to students at Birmingham City University.

    Hannah’s interests are in the latest research on homelessness and the impact of addiction, multiple health conditions and complex needs, and the impact of palliative care provision to this group.  Looking ahead, she is excited to be helping to setting up the education programme that forms part of the Hospice’s new Homelessness Support Programme – which will help ensure third sector organisations and NHS teams working with the homeless community across Birmingham, are able to recognise and better support people’s palliative, end of life care and bereavement needs.

  • Lisa Kennedy, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Qualifications of note:
    Registered adult nurse
    European certificate in palliative care
    Degree in Adult Critical Care

    Background: After qualifying from BCU in 2003, Lisa worked for a period in the medical admission unit at Selly Oak Hospital, before moving to Intensive care, where she worked for 11 years.  Lisa moved into palliative care in 2015, when she joined the Hospice.

    At the Hospice: Lisa is the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Hospice, working within our Community Palliative Care Team, offering specialist palliative care to patients in their own homes and our primary care clinics.

    Educational expertise: Lisa is passionate about palliative care education, and enjoys the challenges that it brings. She particularly enjoys group participation and feedback and wherever possible, she tries to use real life scenarios to bring practical elements to the subject.  In recent months, Lisa has been instrumental to the delivery of our recent curriculum of bespoke webinars to support health and social care professionals, GPs and Care Homes, presenting on topics including Drug Management, Advance Care Planning and Symptom Management.