Meet the Scholl Academic Centre Team

Anne Mills - Director, Scholl Academic Centre

Anne has a track record of connecting academics and clinicians to ensure that research and scholarly activity is focussed on improving the experiences of patients, families and carers, in other words ‘keeping it real’.  She has held Honorary positions at Cardiff University and Queen’s University Belfast.

With a background in paediatric oncology, Anne has worked with international trials steering groups, advocating the case for improving children’s experiences during trial programmes, ensuring that supportive care was always at the forefront.

Whilst at Hospice, Anne has competitively bid for and attracted grants and trust funding to allow the Scholl Academic Centre to grow in both size and ambition.  Her fundamental belief is that patients, families and populations fare much better in a dynamic and active research culture.  It’s Anne’s ambition to create that culture as her legacy for the future.

Ken Mills - Chairman, Scholl Academic Centre

Ken is the lead of the Blood Cancer Research Group at Queen’s University Belfast.  He has numerous publications and generates grant income of around £2m.  He currently teaches on both undergraduate and Masters courses at Queen’s.

He has been chair or member of several national and international clinical and research networks including the National Cancer Research Institute, EU Harmony Project on big data in blood cancer and a range of clinical working groups.

Judi Watson - Palliative Care Academy Lead

Judi comes to Hospice with a strong background in learning and development, organisational development at senior management level, both in the public and private sectors.

She has used this expertise to work with colleagues to develop a Palliative and End of Life Care Competency Framework which is being used extensively both within the organisation and with external partners to develop and deliver Hospice Influenced Care.

Dr Ben Harris - Director of Quality

Dr Ben Harris, Clinical Lead and Director of Quality

In addition to his clinical role at Hospice, Ben takes a special interest in outcome measurement and quality improvement across the organisation.  Hospice is the only Hub for Project ECHO on the Isle of Man and Ben has managed the implementation of Project ECHO and has successfully overseen the establishment of a strong community of practice with our partners as part of our philosophy of Hospice Influenced Care.

Dr Giovanna Cruz - Head of Research

Giovanna is an experienced researcher with a background in epidemiology and biostatistics.  Her research includes epidemiology of cancer and autoimmunity, life course epidemiology, vulnerable populations and health disparities.

In her current role she is engaged in health services research focussed on the design of population-based approaches to integrated palliative and end of life care.

She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and has several publications in cancer epidemiology and autoimmune disease.

Cheryl Young - Nurse Consultant

Cheryl extensive experience in palliative and end of life care plays a fundamental part in her research activities.  She has been instrumental in developing evidence based end of life guidance for the Isle of Man.  Cheryl also makes a significant contribution to our education portfolio delivering clinical, symptom management and specialist ethics programmes.  Cheryl is also the Clinical Education Lead for our team here at Hospice.

She is a member of the National Clinical Guideline Committee (NCDG) publishing clinical guidelines for the care of dying adults in the last days of life.  She is currently part of an Expert Panel critically reviewing and refining the study's preliminary findings and recommendations.

Cheryl’s interest in ethical issues led her to gain her MA in Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care.  She also has a BSc (Hons) in Cancer and Palliative Care.

Gina Fleming - Palliative Care Academy Administrator

Gina handles all of the administration for our extensive programme of education and training courses.  In addition to this, she also ensures that our Mandatory Training is in place and monitors our high standards of completion.

Kim Quine - Digital Education Co-Ordinator

Kim leads on our digital developments within the Palliative Care Academy.  Her role includes leading our Project ECHO programme as well as creating new education and training modules using innovative digital platforms.

Frances Newman - Research Team Volunteer

We are fortunate to have Francis supporting our research activities.  She previously ran coding departments for London market research companies specialising in business, corporate finance and insurance sectors.

Lonan Challis - Research Assistant

Lonan joined Hospice at the start of her research career and has quickly developed her expertise in working with young people from across the Isle of Man who have experienced bereavement.

Lonan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and has already had her first paper published in the Journal of Integrated Care.

Dr Hollie Quaye - Clinical Psychologist

Hollie’s role with Hospice is split between clinical practice, being an active member of the academic research team and supporting our education programmes.  She is keen to draw on research in her practitioner role and develop interventions to reduce distress for patients and their families who access our palliative care services.

Her research interests are empirically focussed on systemic principles and the effects of close personal relationships on recovery from physical and mental disorders using qualitative methods, especially social constructionist approaches.

Hollie completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

Dr. Rosie Peel - Clinical Psychologist

Rosie joined Hospice in February 2020 having previously worked in Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Primary Care Psychology services. As part of the Psychological Support team at Hospice, her role includes direct clinical work, supervision, education and service development. Rosie has a particular interest in therapeutic work with patients and relatives and is completing Practitioner training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

As a Clinical Psychologist, Rosie draws on the evidence base to inform her interventions. She is keen to contribute to this evidence base and is looking forward to working with the academic research team.

Rosie completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin.

Professor Sarah McGhee - Associate

Sarah has recently retired as Director of Research at Hospice and we are delighted that she has agreed to continue to support us as a valued associate and volunteer.  Sarah led on the Needs Assessment: Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care for the Isle of Man.

Sarah has extensive research experience with the University of Glasgow and the University of Hong Kong.  Her areas of research include epidemiology and economics, valuation of intangible benefits and measurement of quality of life, evaluation of services for chronic disease, cost effectiveness of vaccines and other treatments and costs of air pollution.  She has more than 160 published journal papers and book chapters on these topics.

Sarah has a PhD from the University of Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr Kate Kirk - Associate

Kate specialises in psychotherapy with young people and adults with life threatening and life limiting illness and spent a large part of her career with the Isle of Man Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

As part of her PhD research, Kate focused on working psychodramatically with clients post childhood sexual abuse.  She has written articles and chapters and co-edited two books.  She is a member of the UK Council for Physiotherapy (non-clinical) and he Research Committee of the Federation for European Psychodrama Training Organisations.

Helen McAskill - Associate

Helen is a registered nurse and brings expertise as a lead within the clinical research and health improvement fields.   As part of her role with the Department for Health and Social Care, she is the programme lead for custodial and forensic health specialist services programme to support the mental and physical health needs of offenders.

Dr Lottie Morris - Associate

Lottie completed her training as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath and has gone on to specialise in psycho-oncology and palliative care.  Lottie has published academic papers and conference presentations relating to psychological aspects of both physical and mental health conditions.  She has recently published a book chapter relating to palliative care.

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