THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE ASSOCIATION
The Association aims to represent all palliative care social workers in the UK, wherever they are and whatever their setting.
We have an elected national committee that provide leadership and direct the work of the Association. They are supported by the regional representative and are accountable to the membership. All officers of the Association volunteer their time in addition to their work responsibilities.
The National Committee is made up of volunteer members who serve for a term of 3 years at a time. The current committee is made up of the following people
Jutta WidlakeCo Chair
I studied social work and social pedagogy in Germany. I emigrated to London, UK in 1993 to work in specialist adult mental health services. I then moved to Specialist Palliative Care in 2007. Currently I work with St Luke's Hospice in a predominantly strategic role.Email
Jenny LatchfordCo Chair
I am a Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker at St Leonard’s Hospice in York. My varied career in Social Work spans 29 years, beginning in a Generic Team and moving into Healthcare through Adult Social Care and Hospital Team working. My areas of special interest and teaching are Communication Skills and Advance Care Planning.Email
Philippa GrahamVice Chair
I have worked in palliative care since 1995 at LOROS hospice in Leicester where I worked as ward social worker for 11 years and then a further 12 years in the Education team. I have just started a new role as Clinical Practice Lead at Mary Ann Evans hospice in Nuneaton. Previously I've held the positions of Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair of APCSW. I'm particularly interested in education and training plus engaging young people into the hospice environment.Email
I qualified as a social worker in 1982 and after hospital social work with elderly people and generic social work in the community, I specialised in mental health. I moved into management of integrated mental health services then left in 2006 to be a manager in voluntary sector mental health services. In 2015 I returned to a practitioner role, joining Dorothy House Hospice (Wiltshire) as a social worker, working with patients and their families. I am co-opted in this role until the 2018 AGM.Email
John GreadyMembership Secretary
After working in the housing and mental health/dual diagnosis fields through my 20’s, I studied for my MA/Dip SW at Middlesex University qualifying in 1999 with a specialism in Palliative Care. Since then I have worked in Hospices in London, San Diego, California and Yorkshire, and have been Social Work Team Leader at St. Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough since July 2014. I took on the role of Membership Secretary from November 2017 in which I will be co-opted until the 2018 AGM.Email
Sally PaulRegional Rep
I am a lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Previously I worked for 10 years as a social worker in the statutory and voluntary sectors, most latterly as a Social Worker at Strathcarron Hospice. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate social work students and am engaged in a number of research projects that are related to bereavement and loss, palliative care, community engagement and practice development.Email
Caroline CharringtonSecretary to the Association
I work in Clinical Administration at Princess Alice Hospice but my career has and still is predominantly as an event organiser. I took on the role of assisting with APCSW email communication and event organising in 2013. In what little spare time I have I love travelling to the Greek islands and keeping my cat in the lifestyle it is accustomed to!Email
Sally MercerEducation Lead
With a background in Mental Health, Homeless Services and Community Development, I worked in a hospice team for 6 years as Social Work Lead and qualified as a Practice Educator. I am passionate about sharing the contribution Social Work can make to End of Life Care. This year I have started a PhD looking into the experience of Prisoners dying in Prison. I am enthusiastic about the Education Lead role and hope to create conversations with members to see what learning opportunities they feel would be most meaningful.
Sarah DraperRegional Rep
I have been working as a specialist palliative care social worker in London since 2004. For the last few years this has been with the Community Palliative Care Team for Camden and Islington. I have also been involved with Unison previously being a shop steward and social services convenor. I have been a member of the APCSW for over 10 years so thought it was about time I got more involved.
Rebecca BramblesRegional Rep
I have worked as a Social Worker at Dove House Hospice in Hull since I qualified as a Social Worker in 2009. Prior to this, I completed a degree in Counselling Studies at York St John. I have been a member of the Association for as long as I have been a qualified Social Worker and I feel passionate about Palliative Care Social Work. I am also a qualified Practice Educator.Email
Wendy AshtonRegional Rep
I have worked in the field of palliative care for six and a half years. Five of these were with a contract to adult social care, and latterly contracted by Eden Valley Hospice. Prior to this I trained and qualified in 1985 as a Registered nurse for people with a learning disability and then retrained as a social worker in 1995. I take a social work student every year and also talk at Cumbria University to students.Email
Kate WellsRegional Rep
Kate studied social work in Australia and worked in various areas including youth justice, rural youth health, rape crisis and victims of crime services. She came to the UK in 2008 and for the past few years has been a palliative care social worker at Royal Trinity Hospice in the Patient and Family Support Team. She now is part of a pilot project looking at delivering specialist palliative care differently in the community.
Kevin ChestersRegional Rep
I graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Keele University in 2005. I worked on the Younger Persons Physical Disabilities Team in Stoke on Trent until 2009. I have worked at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice since then and now manage the hospice’s Palliative Care Social Work Team, Advance Care Planning Service and the Hospice Buddy support service.Email
Jutta WidlakeRegional Rep
In addition to my role as Co Chair of the Association I am also the Regional Rep for the South West.Email
James NealRegional Rep
I have worked in the field of Specialist Palliative Care SW for some 10-15 years and have found it very rewarding. I currently work at St Margaret’s of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank. I am a singleton practitioner and I’m currently line managed by a member of the Senior Nurse Management team. Before moving to this area of practice I previously worked in Child Protection and Senior Management in Local Authorities in Scotland.Email
Susan MacleodRegional Rep
I have been working in the Highland Hospice here in the North of Scotland since 2014. Having been a social worker for 23 years I have specialised in the field of mental health and wellbeing for the majority of that time. I have been a member of the Association since starting work at the Hospice and have found the support of other colleagues working in the field immensely supportive.Email
Pam FirthEuropean Association of Palliative Care
As Co-Chair of the Task Force on Palliative Care Social Work I represented social work as a director of the EAPC for 8 years. I have recently completed a three year appointment with the EU to develop palliative care social work in the Republic of Serbia. I currently lecture, write and supervise in palliative care and spend my free time with my grandchildren, choral singing and dog walking.Email
To ensure all our members are linked in to the association and feel included in the wider running, organisation and direction of the association, we operate a regional structure. So whether they be based in rural Cornwall, the Highlands of Scotland or the hustle and bustle of Central London, you are in contact with your local colleagues.
The UK is divided in to seven regions, and each area has two or more representatives. They welcome new members, organise regional meetings and act as a direct connection between the executive and the wider membership.
If you have anything you would like to discuss, are looking for advice or simply need a friendly ear then your regional rep would be a good port of call. Please feel free to get in touch with your local reps.
Dove House HospiceEmail
Eden Valley HospiceEmail
Douglas Macmillan HospiceEmail
South West Region
St Luke's Hospice PlymouthEmail
St Margaret of Scotland HospiceEmail