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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 group 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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Wendy Ashton

Co Chair

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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Philippa Graham

Co 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 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.

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Anne Kendall

Treasurer

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.

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John Gready

Membership 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.

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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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Rebecca Brambles

Northern Group 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.

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Sarah Draper

London 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.

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Kate Wells

London 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.

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Liz Allam

Eastern Group Rep

I qualified as a social worker in 2002 and have worked in various settings; including mental health, employment and homelessness. I have also spent time living and working in India. A year ago, I found my way into the world of palliative care social work at Farleigh Hospice in Essex, and I haven’t looked back! I have been energised by the opportunity to do ‘real’ social work and practice the values and ethics that first inspired me as a social work student.

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Kevin Chesters

Midlands Group 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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David Haigh

South West Group Rep (Acting)

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.

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Lizzie Smith

South West Group Rep (Acting)

I have worked as a specialist palliative care social worker for 3 years. I am passionate about death and dying becoming less taboo in our society. When I am not focused on quality end of life care I am very much living as a busy mum and grandma to lots of lads.

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Rebecca Chaddock

Scotland 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.

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Sally Mercer

Education 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 qualifying as a Practice Educator. I am passionate about sharing the contribution Social Work makes to End of Life Care. I've recently started a PhD looking into the experience of Prisoners dying in Prison. As the Education Lead I hope to create conversations with members to see what learning opportunities they feel would be most meaningful.

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Aida Shoush

Welfare 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.

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Anne Cullen

Research 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.

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Jen Somerville

Social 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.

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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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GROUP 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 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.

Northern Group

Rebecca Brambles

Dove House Hospice

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London Group

Sarah Draper

Community Palliative Care Team for Camden and Islington

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London Group

Kate Wells

Royal Trinity Hospice

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Eastern Group

Liz Allam

Farleigh Hospice

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Midlands Group

Kevin Chesters

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

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South West Group

David Haigh

Prospect Hospice

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South West Group

Lizzie Smith

Prospect Hospice

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Scotland Group

Rebecca Chaddock

St Columba’s Hospice

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