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 group 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
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 recently 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
Liz AllamVice Chair
I qualified as a social worker in 2002 and worked in various settings, including some time in India. In 2014, I found my way into the world of palliative care at Farleigh Hospice in Essex, and I haven't looked back! I personally found that working in a hospice enabled me to practice the values and ethics that first inspired me as a social work student. I now work as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield.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.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.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
Sarah DraperLondon Group 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.Email
Kate WellsLondon Group 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.Email
Megan CrouchmanEastern Group Rep
I qualified as a Social Worker in Australia working in a variety of Oncology and Palliative Care roles. I moved to the UK in 2012, and apart from a brief foray into Children’s Services, I have worked in Palliative Care since. I have held a variety of frontline and management roles, whilst also qualifying as a counsellor and during the pandemic took the decision to return to frontline work. I have held a previous role with the APCSW and look forward to being the co-rep for Eastern.
Kerry ConnorEastern Group Rep
I qualified as a social worker in 1999, I have predominantly been working in statutory local authority social work teams mainly within Learning Disability. I have a keen interest in Mental Capacity and am a qualified Best Interest Assessor. I moved into palliative care in 2019 where I am the Team Lead in the Social Work Team at Keech Hospice where I work across children’s and adult’s services. I am also the MND link for the Association.Email
Heather Beaumont-RussellMidlands Group Rep
Qualifying in 1982 I worked mostly in children’s services in London & Herefordshire until I joined St Michael’s Hospice to lead their children & families service. I now work with adults on the ward & in day hospice. Palliative care social work has given me the chance to spend quality time with people and I want to campaign & advocate again.Email
David HaighSouth West Group Rep
I have been working in the area of Social Work for over 25 years in a variety of settings including Older Adults, Mental Health, Homelessness and physical disabilities. Mainly in The Lake District and Gloucestershire. I love working in end of life care and am passionate about ensuring that people and their families have the best quality experience they can from the Prospect Hospice Service.Email
Karen PalmerScottish Group Rep
I have worked in Social Work since 1995 in a variety of statutory and voluntary organisations, in a number of different types of teams including Children and Families, Adults and Learning Disability. In 2007 I moved to ACCORD Hospice as the Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker. I have a particular interest in participation and engagement across all stakeholder groups in palliative care.Email
Rebecca ChaddockScotland Group Rep
I qualified in 2003 and have been working in Palliative Care since 2008. I’ve worked at Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle and moved to be Head of Supportive Care at St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh in 2016. I studied Theology at St Andrews and Applied Social Science/Social Work at Oxford. In my current role I oversee Social Work, and the development of Supportive Care. I’m particularly interested in early intervention advance care planning, evaluation and widening access to hospice care.Email
Currently VacantEducation Lead Email
Aida ShoushWelfare Benefits Advisor
I have been an advice worker now for nearly 35 years. I have provided advice and casework at all levels and provided training and consultancy on welfare benefits. For the last 16 years I have been a welfare officer at St Christopher's Hospice. We work closely with the social work team providing advice and support to patients, families and bereaved families on social welfare issues. The majority of casework is about welfare benefits but we can never guess what the next person will come with.Email
Anne CullenResearch Lead
I am a former palliative care social worker and manager. Earlier in my career I worked in local authority social services and the NHS and Skills for Care. I recently completed a PhD study: The Concept and Practice of Leadership and Social Work. Currently I work independently as a researcher, advisor and Schwartz Round mentor.Email
Jen SomervilleSocial Media Lead
I qualified as a social worker in 2009 and worked in hospice care in central Scotland for 10 years. I developed my skills in Social Work, Palliative Care and Bereavement Care during this time. Latterly I have been working for Child Bereavement UK as part of the development team. I’m passionate about both palliative Care and Bereavement Care being accessible to all.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
Wendy AshtonNorthern Group Rep
I am Family Support Lead at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children's Hospice in Carlisle. I trained as a learning disability nurse and then as a social worker. I have always had an interest in health social work and worked for 10 years as a Renal Social Worker in the hospital. I have been at the Hospice for over 11 years now and enjoy managing the counselling, spiritual care and social work teams. In 2018 I won the ‘Making a Difference’ social worker of the year award.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 group 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 regional groups, and each area has two or more representatives. They welcome new members, organise local 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 group rep would be a good port of call. Please feel free to get in touch with your local reps.
Dove House HospiceEmail
Community Palliative Care Team for Camden and IslingtonEmail
Royal Trinity HospiceEmail
St Michael's HospiceEmail
South West Group
South West Group
St Columba’s HospiceEmail