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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.

NATIONAL COMMITTEE

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

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Jutta Widlake

Co 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.

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Jenny Latchford

Co 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.

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Rebecca Chaddock

Vice Chair

I joined St Columba’s hospice in Edinburgh as the Head of Supportive Care in May 2016. Before that I was part of the Family Support Team at Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle, where I was seconded to work on the county wide roll out of Deciding Right, the North of England advance care planning project. I’m a singer and a baker and have loved becoming acquainted with all Edinburgh has to offer on both counts!

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Joanne Garrett

Treasurer

After qualifying as a Social Worker I worked in a Local Authority Adults with Physical Disabilities & Illness Team - it was while working there that I developed an interest in Palliative Care Social Work. I worked as Principal at Marie Curie Hospice Newcastle for 15 years, until my recent retirement. I have been a member of the Association since 2001 and Treasurer since 2011. I will be stepping down from my role at the next AGM.

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Megan Crouchman

Membership Secretary

I have worked in Palliative Care for seven years in both Australia and here in the UK, prior to that Oncology where my passion started. I currently work in the Eastern Region.

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Sally Paul

Regional 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.

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Caroline Charrington

Secretary 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!

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John Gready

Regional Rep

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 have been Northern region co-rep since November 2015.

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Wendy Ashton

Regional 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.

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Sally Mercer

Regional Rep

I am interested in the potential of social media, and use of narrative in assessment/the therapeutic relationship. Out of work I swim, walk, try to knit (badly, but enthusiastically) or write poetry (not so badly and with great gusto!).

 
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Ninon van der Kroft

Regional Rep

I trained and worked as a social worker in New Zealand before coming to the UK. I have worked in both the community and hospital settings. Since leaving statutory practice I have worked for five years with parents and children infected and affected by HIV. I have been a community social worker at St Christopher’s since 2010.

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Anne Mossack

Regional Rep

I initially worked as a volunteer in a hospice driving people to and from appointments and on the in-patient unit. After a period as a bereavement supporter, I completed a social work degree as a mature student. Since then I have worked as a social worker in the community team, for a hospital discharge team, the local authority and been employed in two different hospices. I recently became the regional representative for London SW.

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Kevin Chesters

Regional 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.

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Jutta Widlake

Regional Rep

In addition to my role as Co Chair of the Association I am also the Regional Rep for the South West

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James Neal

Regional 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.

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Susan Macleod

Regional 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.

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Pam Firth

European 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.

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REGIONAL REPS

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.

Northern Region

John Gready

St Catherine’s Hospice

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Northern Region

Wendy Ashton

Eden Valley Hospice

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Northern Region

Ruth Crowther–Wood

Wheatfields Hospice

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London SE Region

Sally Mercer

St Christopher’s Hospice

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London SE Region

Ninon Van der Kroft

St Christopher’s Hospice

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London SW Region

Anne Mossack

North London Hospice Finchley

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Eastern Region

Megan Crouchman

Farleigh Hospice

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Midlands Region

Kevin Chesters

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

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South West Region

Jutta Widlake

St Luke's Hospice Plymouth

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Scotland Region

Sally Paul (Maternity Leave)

Strathclyde University

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Scotland Region

James Neil

St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

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Scotland Region

Susan Macleod

Highland Hospice

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